The Note: Bolten and Snow

More Marlantes: "Barton told a group of reporters off-camera that 'profit's not a bad word,' and that many of these oil execs are his 'friends,' but when companies are fortunate enough to be making big profits, they have an obligation to reinvest in things like pipelines, refineries, etc, rather than 'stock buyback plans.' He also said that he planned to hold 'the most comprehensive set of hearings that have ever been held' over the next 6 weeks."

There's new momentum in Congress behind raising CAFE standards, even among previously resistant lawmakers, reports the Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin. LINK

Brian DuBose of the Washington Times reports on the failed attempt in the House to increase oil refinery capacity in the United States. LINK

Though House lawmakers approved a measure to beef up penalties on price gouging, experts say it will do little -- if anything at all -- to change prices at the pump, reports William Neikirk of the Chicago Tribune. LINK

Under the Banner "Gas, oil giants aid Santorum," Borys Krawczeniuk of the Scranton Times-Tribune takes a look at how "as gasoline prices skyrocket, the oil and natural gas industries have been busy pumping cash into the campaigns of congressional incumbents up for re-election" and Notes that "the industries contributed more than $7.2 million last year to congressional campaigns, with Republicans receiving more than five times as much as Democrats." LINK

Lobbying reform:

The Washington Post's Jeffrey Birnbaum contrasts the promises made with the actual measures in the lobbying reform bills passed by the House and Senate and concludes "neither version is as tough on lobbyists and lawmakers as Republican leaders promised in January, after former GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe public officials in a major political corruption scandal." LINK

Birnbaum also provides an excellent primer on which portions of the final law could have different rules for the House and Senate and which provisions must be the same for both chambers.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the ethics measure passed narrowly by the House preserves some of the most talked-about perks, including corporate jet travel. Now the House will try and reconcile the bill with the more aggressive version the Senate passed.

The New York Times Notes Rep. Dreier (R-CA) promising more reform is on the way. LINK

The Hill's Elana Schor and Patrick O'Connor give a detailed account on the passage (217 to 213) of the bill in the House yesterday, Noting that eight Democrats voted for the bill, signaling "a reluctance to take a possible political hit by voting against any reform legislation." LINK

Josephine Hearn of The Hill writes of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) efforts to unify Democrats before the vote by arguing "that Democrats would hand Republicans a victory if they voted for a measure that Democrats and others have denounced as a sham." LINK

House and Senate negotiators are expected to take on issues like gifts and the revolving door in the coming weeks, reports USA Today's Drinkard. LINK

Politics of immigration:

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan reports that the May 1 rallies don't seem to have had any significant affect on American public opinion on immigration. LINK

The Washington Post editorializes in favor of "Nuestro Himno." LINK

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