The Note: Who's in Charge Here?

"If the decision. . . turns out to be Justice O'Connor's last, it will be a fitting coda to a 25-year tenure in which she often played a pivotal role in the court's abortion jurisprudence."

Clintons of Chappaqua:

The New York Times gets a hold of independent counsel David Barrett's final report on his investigation into Clinton-era HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and reports that it accuses some Clinton Administration officials from DOJ and the IRS of "thwarting an inquiry into whether Mr. Cisneros evaded paying income taxes." LINK

Robert Novak is of two minds on the soon-to-be-released independent counsel report into Clinton-era corruption at the I.R.S.: gratified to finally see the results of $23 million investigation, but dismayed by the large number of redactions. His solution: asking Congress to make them public. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

The Governor hits the road – with Susan Kennedy in tow – to prove to California Republicans that he really is one of them. LINK

What does Patty Mar think of all of this? The San Jose Mercury News reports that Bush-Cheney 2004 uber strategist Matthew Dowd has signed on with Gov. Schwarzenegger's reelection team. Dowd and Schmidt -- so happy together! LINK

"It is not clear what Dowd and Schmidt's hiring means for Mike Murphy, who ran Schwarzenegger's recall campaign, as well as the special election, in which the governor lost all four of his ballot measures."

"Murphy insisted he is still in charge of the governor's election effort. 'I'm chief,' he said in an e-mail."

Politics of immigration:

The New York Times reports on the expected strange bedfellows alliance between the Chamber of Commerce and SEIU on immigration reform including a guest worker program like the one sketched out by Sen. McCain and Sen. Kennedy. LINK

Political potpourri:

Larry Wilkerson's long friendship with his former boss, Colin Powell, ended when Wilkerson spoke out about what he saw as a neoconservative "cabal" running the country. LINK

The Federal City Club dissolved last week, reports the Washington Post. LINK

Beer, tobacco, and money-lending industries have formed a 527 group in Iowa that, per their filing papers, promotes "conservative principles and engages in advocacy to improve the health, education, prosperity, safety and overall quality of life for all Iowans," reports Jane Norman of the Des Moines Register. LINK

Three strategists from American business and politics --William Moore, Robert Norcross, and Michael Shannon -- have joined the internatinoal management and communications consulting firm ViaNovo. Moore will provide Capitol Hill expereince and coalition management from DC. Shannon's work in Austin, TX will focus on strategic communications, media planning, and research analysis. Norcross, who will specialize in public policy, advocacy and crisis strategy, is opening Via Novo's new Dallas-Fort Worth office.

And former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) will join CNN as a political analyst. LINK

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