The Note: Same Story, Slightly Different Words

Bloomberg's Jay Newton-Small looks at the "balancing act" Democrats are planning for November on Medicare: "They are helping senior citizens sign up for the new prescription subsidy, championed by President George W. Bush, at the same time they slam it as a cumbersome boondoggle that helps insurance companies and drugmakers more than Medicare recipients." LINK

Start your stopwatch now to clock how long it takes EMILY's List to turn Robin Toner's Page One New York Times story on Democratic women House candidates into a fundraising appeal. LINK (It hit our inbox from the EMILY's list press office at 7:20 am)

The Weld-D'Amato feud continues: LINK, LINK, and LINK

Too bad the poor can't invest in hedge funds, writes the Wall Street Journal in an editorial that refers to New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer as "Lord High Executioner."

The Des Moines Register's Philip Brasher reports that a group affiliated with U2's Bono has come up with a new way to get Rep. Nussle's attention: "Doctor his biographical entry on the online reference guide Wikipedia." LINK

"The organization, known as ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History, wants" Nussle to support "increased funding for combating AIDS and poverty in poor countries."

"So the group added the following to the Wikipedia entry for Nussle:"

"'As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Congressman Nussle and Iowa also have an incredible opportunity to influence and save lives in Africa and the world's poorest countries by fully funding the fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty.'"

(Read the "Gang of 500" Wikipedia entry here: LINK)

Michael Fletcher of the Tampa Tribune has the Florida gubernatorial candidates voicing their opinions on the South Dakota abortion ban that is becoming a debate topic in the Florida race. LINK

The AP on the same: LINK

The Boston Globe's Frank Phillips writes that a lack of Republican candidates and Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-MA) focus on 2008 is weakening the GOP in Massachusetts. LINK


The Travis County DA is pushing the appeals court to reinstate conspiracy charges against Tom DeLay, while "The Hammer's" lawyers are angling to keep the charges off the table, reports R.G. Ratcliffe of the Houston Chronicle. LINK


Abramoff and his business partner "will soon be subpoenaed by defense attorneys to give sworn statements in the Konstantinos 'Gus' Boulis murder case" because, per the defense attorney, "'the SunCruz Casino sale is at the heart' of the murder case," writes Jon Burstein of the Sun Sentinel. LINK


Dick Polman, one of the finest political journalists of his generation, is headed to the academy -- one of those fancy Ivy League perches, no less. LINK Presumably, life will be less like the world's longest funeral now. LINK

The Power & the Glitter (con't):

Andy Spahn, the Democratic Party's go-to man for connecting the power to the glitter (and vice versa), is opening his own consulting firm. Spahn spent more than ten years at Dream Works SKG working with Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen. During his tenure at the studio, he managed the charitable and political giving of the firm's three founders while running the Corporate Affairs department.

From his offices in Universal City, Andy Spahn & Associates will continue to work with Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Dream Works Animation while also representing other individuals and companies with an interest in "giving back and making a difference in their communities."

Good luck and good day, Andy.

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