The Note: Thumbs on Both Sides of the Scale

Roll Call's Morton M. Kondracke writes that President Bush needs to spend some political capital if he wants to include a guest worker program in new immigration legislation.

John Stanton of Roll Call reports that Republican disunity over immigration is providing a cover for discrepancies among Democrats on the issue.

The self-declared pro-immigrant Paul Krugman of the New York Times hopes to see Congress fail to enact immigration reform this year rather than "have it rush into ill-considered legislation that betrays our moral and democratic principles." LINK

More than half a million people marched in Los Angeles on Saturday to protest federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented immigrants, penalize those who help them and build a security fence along America's southern border.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday that the demonstration "far surpassed the number of people who protested against the Vietnam War and Proposition 187, a 1994 state initiative that sought to deny public benefits to undocumented migrants but was struck down by the courts." LINK

The Los Angeles Times editorial board calls the weekend protest, "the most awe-inspiring political rally in recent California history. . ." LINK

The choices before the Senate on immigration "will provide a barometer of Bush's waning influence over a Republican Party increasingly on edge about midterm elections. Their debate is likely to not only color the meeting between Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox, in Cancun, Mexico, later this week, but also to lay bare the fractures that the issue creates within the GOP on social, economic and security grounds," writes Nicole Gaouette of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

The Washington Post reports on how immigration reform could alter business as usual. LINK

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter's immigration mark-up giving foreign students permanent residence if they utilize their advanced math, science, or engineering degrees would only help stifle outsourcing and boost our economy, applauds the Wall Street Journal ed board. LINK

Chicago Tribune's Ana Beatriz Cholo has five activist buses heading for Washington D.C. for an "immigration showdown" today. LINK

The Houston Chronicle's Gebe Martinez covers all the angles in the immigration debate, including polls, legislation, and rallies. LINK

The Arizona Republic editorialized over the weekend that it would be "a courageous move" if Sen. Reid were to make good on his vow to filibuster Frist's bill if it comes to the floor. LINK

SCOTUS:

Newsweek reports on previously undisclosed comments Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made in Switzerland concerning detainee rights, which have caused the word "recusal" to be on many bloggers' fingertips for the last 24 hours. LINK

In Sunday's Washington Post, Charles Lane called the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case, which the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday, "one of the most important of Bush's presidency." LINK

Stem cells:

Believing that stem cell research holds the promise for medical breakthroughs (and sensing that opposition to expanding embryonic stem cell research on the part of some Republicans splits the GOP), the DCCC will begin its nationwide stem cell push today.

In Newark, NJ today, the DCCC will unveil a Web video depicting Rep. Ferguson as beholden to an extremist viewpoint on the stem cell issue. The Web video can be viewed here: LINK

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