"Let's be clear: There is scarcely a problem Downtown - big, small or in-between - that isn't directly traceable to the governor's attention-deficit disorder regarding the site of the deadliest attack on United States soil since Pearl Harbor."
Washingtonpost.com's Chris Cillizza offers an upside review of Rudy Giuliani's non-campaign campaign for the Republican nomination in '08, taking Note of Giuliani's advantages over the rest of the field in fundraising and homeland security prowess. LINK
Giuliani was named yesterday to a bipartisan panel headed by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) to examine the nation's involvement in the war in Iraq, Newsday reports.
Sen. Clinton joined Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) in stalling Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach's nomination as FDA commissioner until the agency comes to a decision about the over-the-counter distribution of Plan B morning-after contraceptives, per Newsday's Glenn Thrush. LINK
Former Vice President Al Gore received his first congressional meta-endorsement for a 2008 presidential run yesterday from Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-VA), reports the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza. LINK
"The photo made Warner - the former Virginia governor - look cartoonish with a sallow and saturnine look featuring huge white teeth, a maroon velours jacket and a lavender shirt," writes the New York Post's Deborah Orin in her coverage of the New York Times correction. LINK
Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) visits the Granite State on Saturday and said, "I've instructed my people on the (DNC calendar) commission and any support I have on that commission to support New Hampshire." LINK
Rick Klein of the Boston Globe on Sen. Kerry slamming the ex-Big Dig boss who has been tapped by President Bush to run the Federal Highway Commission. LINK
"This nomination adds insult to incompetence. I have a bad feeling that Richard Capka could be to highways what George Tenet is to slam dunk intelligence, what Dick Cheney is to visionary energy policy, and what Donald Rumsfeld is to prewar planning.'"
More from the Boston Herald: LINK
The Note doesn't usually cover UN reform, but when the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal writes that the Bush Administration "has borrowed from John Kerry's playbook" it's worth Noting. LINK
The Boston Globe reports that Senator Kennedy will meet with IRA head Gerry Adams in the hopes of solving a murder mystery. LINK
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) plans to introduce legislation that would ban protest at funerals of soldiers who died while on active duty, reports the AP. LINK
Margaret Carlson of Bloomberg sings the praises of Sen. Obama's unusual "likability." LINK
"After John Kerry and Al Gore, and facing the prospect of Hillary Clinton, one of the most polarizing figures in public life, the Democrats may decide to put likeability (and brains) ahead of experience and age. If so, they need look no further than the senator from Illinois."
Politics of Katrina:
Sens. Lieberman and Collins -- usually a beacon of bipartisan bonhomie -- are split over the Connecticut Democrat's request for access to White House documents and aides as a part of their committee's Katrina investigation. LINK