The Wall Street Journal's ed board applauds the Treasury Secretary for not branding China a currency manipulator and criticizes Sen. Schumer and "his running mate," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), for demanding a vote on their "Son of Smoot-Hawley tariff proposal for 27.5% levies on Chinese goods."
The Tony Snow era:
The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz profiles ex-newsman Tony Snow in advance of his first televised briefing at some point this week. LINK
"From immigration policy to energy to emergency spending, House Republican leaders are publicly breaking rank with their counterparts in the Senate, fearing that Senate efforts at compromise are jeopardizing the party's standing with conservative voters," reports the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman, in what is almost a must read. LINK
Keying off of Dr. James Dobson's "fact-finding" trip to Washington to assess how Republicans are moving forward with the legislative initiatives most important to "values voters," the New York Times' Kirkpatrick reports on the vocal -- both public and private -- discontent with the Republican leadership in Washington among Christian conservative leaders who, perhaps, feel a bit underappreciated after their successful efforts in 2004. LINK
Note, as always, the Norquist quotes.
Ben Pershing of Roll Call reports that the GOP leadership is preparing a package of "pro-family" legislation that will be unveiled later this year.
The San Francisco Chronicle's Marc Sandalow reveals that with hardly 40 days left for the 109th Congress to effect change, the GOP are scrambling to pass legislative achievements in order to try to maintain their majority in November. LINK
Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) expects his Democratic opponent to get on the primary ballot by securing 30-35 percent of the delegate votes at the state party convention on Saturday, reports the Hartford Courant. LINK
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that with State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr.'s challengers receiving only single-digit support in polls, Casey does not plan to attack with his own ads. LINK
The New York Times' Hernandez writes Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) "finds himself in the political battle of his life. . . " LINK
The AP previews the tough spot Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D-OR) finds himself in in advance of tomorrow's primary, and the much tougher spot in which he could find himself in November. LINK
David Steves of the Register-Guard revealed in Sunday's article the aggressive negative ad campaigning from outside groups in Oregon's race for governor. LINK
Per the AP's Brad Cain, Gov. Ted Kulongoski's faces two Democratic rivals -- Jim Hill and Pete Sorensen -- amid poor ratings and his own allies who have said his performance has been disappointing. LINK
The Schwarzenegger Era:
The AP's Michael Blood reported over the weekend on Gov. Schwarzenegger taking heat for his out-of-state trips, where the Governor on average takes a road trip nearly every fifth day he's been in office. LINK
2006: New Orleans:
Frank Donze of the Times-Picayune wrote over the weekend that white voters may be the key to winning the mayoral runoff and that analysts give Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu an edge over New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. LINK