The Note: The Turtle Is Back on the Fence Post

The New York Times' Janofsky must writes a must read on how Democratic candidates are seeking to gain electoral edge by hammering away at gas prices. LINK

The Washington Post's Steven Mufson Notes that Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday to make sure major oil companies weren't "intentionally keeping refinery capacity offline to jack up prices." LINK

Roving responsibilities:

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne writes that the redefinition of Karl Rove's job means only one thing: "The administration's one and only domestic priority in 2006 is hanging on to control of Congress." LINK

". . . all the spin about Rove's power being diminished is simply wrong," writes Dionne. "Rove is simply moving to where all the action will, of necessity be."

Politics of Iraq:

"Under intense domestic and American pressure, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari dropped his bid to retain his job on Thursday, removing a major obstacle to forming a new government during a time of rising sectarian violence," leads the New York Times. LINK

The development caused the New York Times editorial writers to craft this headline above their lede editorial today: "A Glimmer of Hope in Iraq" LINK

Bush agenda:

Timed with today's IMF conference on "global imbalances," Treasury Secretary John Snow pens an op-ed for the Washington Post. LINK

Mr. Hu goes to Washington:

David Jackson of USA Today writes up President Hu's visit, Noting that "neither Bush nor Hu announced progress on Iran." LINK

The San Francisco Chronicle: "Bush, Hu, agree to disagree." LINK

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank Sketches Hu's "indignities" in a piece that includes three must-see photos of President Bush reaching out and pulling Hu by his suit jacket to let him know that he was walking toward the wrong set of steps to leave the stage during arrival ceremonies at the White House. LINK

"It was the fifth time that the two men have met in the past year. The mood was friendly, yet the tension was unmistakable," writes David Sanger of the New York Times. LINK

The Washington Post's Peter Baker and Glenn Kessler call yesterday's Hu visit a summit which emphasized "symbolism over breakthroughs." LINK

The two major New York tabloids put the Bush-Hu-protestor story on its front pages. LINK and LINK

Rumsfeld rumblings:

Michael Gordon of the New York Times (and "Cobra II" fame) writes how the agent-of-change SecDef is criticized for being somewhat resistant to change. LINK

The Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer worries that the dissident generals will put pressure on the rest of the generals, retired or serving, to declare which cap they belong to. Krauthammer seems to think this, in turn, will undermine the US tradition of military deference to democratically elected civilian superiors. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire reports: "Senate Democrats mull pushing 'no-confidence' floor vote on Pentagon Chief Rumsfeld."

GOP agenda:

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