The Note: Home Is Where the Polls Are

Former Rep. Duke Cunningham's (R-CA) sentencing hearing is scheduled for 4:00 pm ET today. The judge "will decide whether to punish Cunningham with the 10-year maximum term, the six-year sentence defense lawyers are seeking or something in between," reports The San Diego Union Tribune. LINK

The congressional delegation lead by Reps. Hastert and Pelosi in the Gulf Coast visits New Orleans, LA, Bay St. Louis, MS, and Pass Christian, MS today.

The grand jury examining the CIA leak was scheduled to meet in Washington, DC at 9:30 am ET.

Sen. Clinton (D-NY) joins the President of Cornell University and others at a 3:00 pm ET press conference on breast cancer and Avian Flu research at Cornell in Ithaca, NY. Later this evening, Sen. Clinton addresses the Democratic Rural Conference dinner in Ithaca, NY.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean addresses the Democrats Abroad annual international meeting at noon ET in Washington, DC.

The Senate convenes at 9:45 am ET for continued consideration of a bill (S 2320) that would shift $1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Asistance Program from fiscal 2007 to the current fiscal year.

No votes are expected until Monday evening.

The Supreme Court Justices gather this morning for their formal group photograph and a two-minute photo opportunity so we'll have fresh video to show you (with Samuel Alito) when we next put a Supreme Court story on the air.

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) is in Utah today with no public schedule.

Sen./Dr./Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) addresses the South Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee in Columbia, SC tomorrow evening.

How's this for Oscar counter programming? Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) at the Spartanburg County Republican Party Convention in Spartanburg, SC and former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) at local Democratic fundraisers in Davenport and Iowa City, IA will be aired on C-SPAN's "Road to the White House" on Sunday evening.

Iraq, ports, and the war on terror will be the topics on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday when George is joined by a roundtable of generals. And you also won't want to miss Stephen Colbert's take on his colleague Jon Stewart's Oscar hosting role.

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg:

Ron Brownstein's write-up of the Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll ledes with the overwhelming opposition to the newsy Dubai Ports World deal and goes on to explain the drag on the President's traditional strong suit (handling the war on terror) -- and thereby on his overall approval rating -- the ports deal seems to cause. LINK

But Brownstein works his best magic when wisely getting at the crux of this political moment.

". . . in a trend that could affect turnout in the November midterm elections, Bush confronts what might be called an intensity gap: The percentage of Americans who said they strongly disapproved of his performance on a wide range of issues greatly exceeded the share who strongly approved."

More Brownstein: "GOP victories in the 2002 and 2004 elections derived largely from Bush's ability to generate a huge turnout of voters passionately committed to him. But in the new survey, Bush is generating much more ardor in opposition than in support. If that translates into a surge in turnout in November by his foes, Republicans could lose their control of Congress."

"The poll found 43% strongly disapproved of Bush's performance, more than double the 19% who strongly approved."

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