The Note: Bolten and Snow

Sens. Bingaman (D-NM), Bayh (D-IN), Coleman (R-MN), Lieberman (D-CT), and Chafee (R-RI) hold a 11:15 am ET press conference on their legislation aimed at breaking America's dependence on fossil fuels.

Sens. Reid (D-NV), Kennedy (D-MA), Harkin (D-IA), and Feinstein (D-CA) hold a 11:00 am ET press conference on stem cell research.

Sen. Kennedy (D-MA) meets with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at 12:30 pm ET to discuss immigration reform legislation.

In advance of a United Nations review of the Bush Administration's alleged use of torture, many of the most prominent human and civil rights organizations are holding a press tele-conference at 1:00 pm ET to discuss their expectations for the UN hearings.

Gov. Mitt Romney attends a 6:00 pm ET closed press fundraiser for Gov. Don Carcieri (R-RI) in East Providence, RI.

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) attends an event for FAIR Wisconsin in Washington, DC opposing a ban on same sex marriage.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean and Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker hold a 4:45 pm ET press conference on the Indiana Voter ID law in Indianapolis, IN.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman addresses the Republican state party chairs in Colorado Springs, CO at 3:00 pm ET. Mehlman is expected to focus on the 2006 races, campaign technology, and engage in some q&a with the members. There will be closed press regional political meetings and strategy sessions as well throughout the day.

Big Casino budget politics:

The Los Angeles Times has Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) saying he believes the President's veto threat is real: "We have never been down this path before with this administration, with a substantial, firm veto threat." LINK

The Washington Post's Shailagh Murray reviews the earmarks being tacked onto the emergency spending bill and writes that while the "presumption is that the extraneous provisions will get cut in a final conference committee with the House," avoiding a presidential veto, "so far, the Senate has found additional spending irresistible." LINK

Carl Hulse of the New York Times writes up President Bush's renewed (and on camera) veto threat to the supplemental should it arrive on his desk with a price tag higher than the $94.5 billion he has stipulated as his ceiling. LINK

Jonathan Weisman focuses his Washington Post piece about the congressional agreement on extending the President's tax cuts and the new "day of reckoning" imposed by the bill: January 1, 2011, when the cuts are now set to expire. LINK

According to Weisman, the dilemma confronting Congress on that date will be to "either allow taxes to rise suddenly and sharply. . . or impose mounting budget deficits on the government far into the future."

A vote on the tax bill will likely be pushed until at least next week, reports the Wall Street Journal, as congressional Republicans continue to wrangle over the details.

Politics of gas:

ABC News' Liz Marlantes reports, "House Energy Chairman Joe Barton -- a Texan -- today sent what he calls a 'strong' letter to a number of oil CEOs asking questions about the investment of record profits -- or as he put it, asking them to detail 'where the money's coming from and how it's being spent.'

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