The Note: Home Is Where the Polls Are

"Thomas Wilner, a lawyer representing several detainees at Guantanamo, agreed that the law cannot be enforced. 'This is what Guantanamo was about to begin with, a place to keep detainees out of the US precisely so they can say they can't go to court,' Wilner said."

"A spokeswoman for McCain's office did not respond to questions yesterday," reports the Washington Post.

Salon's Joe Conason writes that the recent avalanche of troubles for the White House and the Republican Party are benefiting not only the Democratic Party, but also Sen. McCain, who "has seen his institutional adversaries in the Republican establishment brought low, one by one, clearing away the obstacles to his likely presidential bid in 2008." LINK

Lt. Gov. Kerry Healy (R) voices her opinion in opposition to Catholic bishops banning adoption to gays from Catholic adoption agencies. LINK

Former Republican Bay State governors threw a fundraiser last night in Boston for GOP gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Kerry Healy (R) in efforts to boost both campaign funding and stamina after Republican Chris Mihos announced his entrance to the race as an independent. LINK

The Boston Globe reports that health care reform in Massachusetts has hit another road bump. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's John Harwood writes in his "Washington Wire" section that President Bill Clinton's action on child obesity provides a boost to Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) on the path to 2008.

What was up with DeLay's favorable presidential comments towards Secretary Rice yesterday?

2008: Democrats:

MSNBC's Tom Curry talks with Jerome Armstrong, the founder of and Dean campaign veteran, who will handle "netroots" operations for former Gov. Mark Warner's (D-VA) 2008 bid. LINK

Armstrong is the co-author of a new book called "Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of Peofple-Powered Politics" which he wrote with Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the proprietor of the Daily Kos web site. Armstrong and "Kos" are critical of veteran consultants Bob Shrum, Tad Devine, Steve McMahon and others who they accuse of giving bad advice and producing ineffective campaign ads.

The Washington Post's front page story about a study which warns that the Antarctic ice sheet is melting includes a reference to Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) saying that the US must act quickly to impose "mandatory limits on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases." LINK

Sylvia A. Smith of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette recaps a National Journal report that says Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) is the "most conservative" of the Democratic '08ers. LINK

Apparently, not all Indianans agree. The headline of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's letters to the editor section: "Sen. Bayh has become much too liberal". LINK

Sen. Bayh continued his criticism of the Dubai ports deal yesterday in a telephone news conference, reports James Wensits of the South Bend Tribune. LINK

"We simply can't put the desire for profit ahead of our desire to protect American safety," Bayh said.

Sen. John Edwards plays H-O-R-S-E during ESPN's coverage of Duke vs. UNC tomorrow night. LINK

Patriot Act:

On Sen. Feingold's birthday, the Patriot Act reauthorization passed 89 - 10.

The "no" votes came from Sen. Jeffords (I-VT), Sen. Feingold (D-WI), Sen. Byrd (D-WV), Sen. Akaka (D-HI), Sen. Bingaman (D-NM), Sen. Harkin (D-IA), Sen. Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Levin (D-MI), Sen. Murray (D-WA), and Sen. Wyden (D-OR).

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