The Note: Home Is Where the Polls Are

The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig reports that a classified document that an Islamic charity says is "evidence of illegal government eavesdropping on its phone calls and e-mails was provided in 2004 to a Washington Post reporter, who returned it when the FBI demanded it back a few months later." LINK

Chairman Hoekstra announced the House Intelligence Committee is planning to expand its oversight of the Bush Administration's domestic warrantless wiretapping program, reports the Los Angeles Times. LINK

The New York Times paints the expanded review as a victory for Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM). LINK

Politics of immigration:

In a story that breaks down the three-way split among Republicans on the issue of immigration, the San Francisco Chronicle's Carolyn Lochhead has Sen. Specter conceding that he has found no takers for his compromise bill. LINK

"The fracture in the Republican Party over immigration immediately became apparent in a three-way division among party members on the committee. Hardliners urged a crackdown on employers and the border. Others pushed a guest worker program that would require an exodus of all 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. And still others called for a guest worker program that would allow illegal immigrants now here to apply for permanent residence and citizenship while enforcement was beefed up."

The Judiciary Committee started the clock ticking toward Sen. Frist's March 27 goal to bring immigration reform legislation to the floor of the Senate. But, as the Los Angeles Times reports, Chairman Specter said his colleagues on the committee considered Sen. Specter's bill to be an "unmitigated disaster." LINK

The Los Angeles Times editorial board offers kudos to Cardinal Mahony for his approach to immigration and for speaking his mind. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

The new Field poll in the California gubernatorial contest shows the Democrats still widely unknown, but the Westly Camp will surely act gleeful that he slightly edges out Schwarzenegger in a head to head general election matchup, whereas Angelides simply ties with the governor. LINK

Of course, it is all within the margin of error, so the glee may be somewhat misplaced.

As criticism rises on his upcoming visit in Ohio for the Arnold Classic -- incidentally also a gathering of "supplement"- makers and lobbyists--, the fierce Governor tells reporters that he would "pass up the trip if he was needed in Sacramento." LINK


Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) has planned a fundraiser hosted by lobbyists Bill Paxon and Susan Molinari for next Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal's John Harwood.

New Orleans:

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: "More than 700,000 displaced Louisiana voters will soon get information packets on how they can participate in local, state and federal elections this year. But a radio and television education campaign informing them of their voting rights has not gotten off the ground, officials said Thursday." LINK

Peggy Wilson, Johnny Adrianni, F. Nick Bacque, and Virginia Boulet threw their hats in the New Orleans mayoral ring yesterday, bringing the number of total candidates to 14, reports Frank Donze of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The list is expected to grow even further before today's 5pm deadline. LINK


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