The Note: Touching a Nerve

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff tells the Associated Press that China is refusing to take back 39,000 immigrants who have been denied entry to the U.S., creating a expensive backlog that's clogging detention centers. Also Note the Secretary's beleaguered tone in the final quote: "I didn't realize until a couple weeks ago that really, every year in this job is a lifetime." LINK

The New York Times editorial board opposes the Specter proposal currently before the Judiciary Committee and urges the committee to follow the McCain-Kennedy approach even if that means Sen. Frist has to extend his deadline. LINK

Politics of funny video:

Ben Smith was kind enough to post the Squier-Knapp-Dunn inspired mock Bloomberg campaign ad on his Politicker blog. For those of you that missed the Inner Circle this weekend, it is well worth your time to check it out. LINK

Corrections:

Yesterday The Note inadvertently called the San Francisco Board of Supervisors the "Democratic congressional delegation." It is the Board of Supervisors which has passed a resolution calling for President Bush's impeachment, not the city's congressional delegation.

On Tuesday, The Note received a post-publication clarification from Ron Bonjean of the Speaker's office: "To All Note Lovers, our press releases can be accessed at the homepage of www.speaker.gov on the left-hand side under "Recent Releases." LINK

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