The Note: No Surprises

WASHINGTON, May 11

Bi-monthly Note Quiz for Insiders Only:

Are you surprised that George W. Bush's post-9/11 government has more secret domestic surveillance programs?

Are you surprised that a rare "Jim VandeHei and Peter Baker" double byline in the Washington Post yields a super must-read, that says, according to White House officials, lawmakers, and new polling data, "disaffection" over spending and immigration have caused conservatives to "take flight" from President Bush and the Republican Congress at a "rapid pace" in recent weeks, sending Bush's approval ratings to "record lows" and presenting a "new threat to the GOP's 12-year reign on Capitol Hill"? LINK

Are you surprised George Will approvingly quotes Bob Bauer in a column about John McCain?

Are you surprised that Rahm Emanuel yelled at Howard Dean to end a meeting?

Are you surprised that Peggy Noonan has perfect pitch on what ails her party and/but she still thinks Ronald Reagan cut the deficit? LINK

Are you surprised that John Edwards didn't up and tell Winnie Hu he was running for president in 2008?

Are you surprised that the left-wing blogosphere is going (to go) nuts over Karl Rove and Jack Abramoff?

Are you surprised that Duke Cunningham is not the only Member of Congress potentially involved in the Duke Cunningham investigation?

Are you surprised that Ed Rollins and his New York Senate candidate are still playing bad cop-good cop?

Are you surprised that Paul Begala feels compelled to sneak into New Hampshire? LINK

Are you surprised that the New York Times and the Secretary of HUD don't seem to know what "anecdotal" means?

Are you surprised that Jackie Calmes of the Wall Street Journal found that all politics is local, except when that is not true?

Are you surprised that President Bush meets with Chinese human rights activists in the White House residence at 10:55 am ET, before heading down to Biloxi, MS to deliver the commencement address at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College at 3:00 pm ET?

First Lady Laura Bush is also doing the college campus thing today. She is in Nashville, TN to deliver remarks at Senior Class Day at Vanderbilt University. Mrs. Bush then heads to Louisville, KY for a RNC fundraising luncheon where she is expected to raise $325,000 at a private residence.

The Nashville Tennessean reports, the First Lady will be receiving an award on behalf of disaster relief works and getting an earful from two anti-war groups that plan to protest the event. LINK

Speaker Hastert and Minority Leader Pelosi address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Small Business Summit" at 3:00 pm ET in Washington, DC.

House Majority Leader Boehner holds a 10:30 am ET on-camera press briefing. The Senate begins debate this morning on the tax-cut conference report. There will be eight hours of debate equally divided. Upon use or yielding back of time, a roll call vote will occur on the conference report.

At noon ET, Democratic Sens. Kennedy, Harkin, Feinstein, Schumer, and Menendez plan to renew their call for House-passed stem cell legislation (H.R. 810) to be included in the Republican "health week" agenda in the Senate.

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