The Note: Milestones, Watersheds, and Turning Points

The Wall Street Journal reports a former AT&T technician claims the company allowed the NSA to install equipment capable of examining "every individual message" on the Internet.

USA Today has the story that the NSA allegedly used pre-9/11 calls to piece together information about alleged terrorists communicating over the phone. LINK

Idaho primary:

The Idaho Statesman breaks down today's primary race and the FAQs. LINK

Politics of gas:

Coinciding with Sen. Clinton's energy speech, the RNC is unveiling a new Web video entitled "Democrats Pump Up The Price."

The Web ad alleges that Democrats support a gas tax, a Btu tax, and the Kyoto treaty which, the RNC argues, would have resulted in the average American family paying $955 more per year.

The Web video will be emailed to RNC supporters and will be accompanied by a "Gas Calculator": The Federal Trade Commission found no price gouging in its investigation into a spike in gas prices last fall, reports the New York Times. LINK

Bush Administration agenda:

The Mercury proudly points out that Bush's Wednesday visit to the Limerick Generating Station in Pottstown, PA will be his first and his second overall visit to a nuclear power plant. LINK

The Boston Globe Notes that Secretary Rice got a luke warm welcome at Boston College's graduation ceremony. LINK

2006: landscape:

The Wall Street Journal's John Mckinnon Notes that some congressional candidates aren't looking for President Bush to come stump for them in 2006. Running for re- election, Rep Curt Weldon, (R-PA) invited Sen. John McCain over the President. LINK

The Boston Globe's Peter Cannellos pens a must-read article on 2006 Democratic woes in Connecticut, with Sen. Lieberman's rhetorica at cross purposes with the House challengers in three targeted races. LINK

2006: Senate:

Sen. Lieberman declares himself ready for his primary fight, per the New York Times. LINK

2006: Governor:

The Des Moines Register reports that a new ad attacks gubernatorial hopeful Mike Blouin's stance on stem-cell research. The ad is the first in a final push by Blouin rival Chet Culver before the June 6th primary. LINK

The Des Moines Register's David Yepsen on his very unspecific sit down with Ed Fallon, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful. LINK

The Chicago Trinbune has Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) winning, at least in the fundraising department. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

The New York Times' Jennifer Steinhauer -- with a lovely San Francisco dateline - sizes up the Westly v. Angelides Democratic primary and reports there is not much difference (other than that raising taxes thing) between the two in a contest that appears to be generating very little interest. LINK

It is this graph on the Schwarzenegger campaign that is most entertaining: "The narrative of Mr. Schwarzenegger's re-election campaign seems to be: I have made some big boo-boos, I am regaining the confidence of voters bipartisan-style, and P.S., I still have more money and fame than any Democrat who wants to bring it on."

Steinhauer does not seem to mention Zabar's or strollers in this piece.

The Los Angeles Times' Finnegan writes of Angelides' scenic push-back on Westly's attempt to tie him to "big oil companies." LINK

2008: Republicans:

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