The Note: Thumbs on Both Sides of the Scale

The New York Times' Edmund Andrews takes an excellent look at the powerful lobbying arm of the oil industry and how things get done on Capitol Hill. It's an article that will likely be added to many a political science survey course syllabi this semester. LINK

The Washington Post's David Broder indicated on Sunday that he doesn't like the John Anderson-Birch Bayh proposal to change the system of electing a president because Broder believes the plan "ignores the implications of a direction election plan for two of the fundamental characteristics of the American scheme of government: the federal system and the two-party system." LINK

Susan Miligan of the Boston Globes Notes that guest appearances for politicians on comedy shows may be a right of passage (and a press secretary's worst nightmare) for many politicians as they work to garner the attention of younger voters. LINK

Aaron Gould Sheinin of The State writes up Gov. Sanford's "most unusual of dinners," where, driven by their charitable hearts, "three Democratic state senators, a Republican senator, a Republican who wants to be governor, a lobbyist, a few more lawyers, a journalist and their spouses" got together. LINK

Week ahead:

On Tuesday, the Fed's Open Market Committee releases a statement on the federal funds rate at 2:15 pm ET, the Supreme Court hears a challenge to the lawfulness of President Bush's military commissions, Sen. Gary Hart (D-CO) speaks to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-VA) speaks at the "War on Christians" conference in Washington, and ABC's George Stephanopoulos delivers the keynote address at the New Hampshire Primary Awards Dinner in Concord, NH

On Wednesday, a sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jack Abramoff, President Bush meets with the president of Nigeria at 10:55 am ET, makes remarks to Freedom House a the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill at 1:20 pm ET, and heads to Cancun, Mexico. Meanwhile, House and Senate Democrats unveil their comprehensive "Real Security" plan to protect America. Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) attends the Manchester GOP Lincoln-Reagan dinner in Manchester, NH

On Thursday, Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) hosts a fundraiser for Gov. Schwarzenegger in New York and Justice Anthony Kennedy delivers remarks to the American Society of International Law in Washington on Thursday. President Bush meets with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Cancun, Mexico.

On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Sen. Feingold's proposal to censure President Bush, the President returns to the United States at 3:25 pm ET when he touches down at the Bush ranch in Crawford, TX, and former President Clinton discusses progress made at the midyear mark for the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, NY

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