The Note: Milestones, Watersheds, and Turning Points

Sen. McCain told the Republican Women's breakfast in New Hampshire that the Republican majority in congress is in "jeopardy," the New Hampshire Union Leader reports. McCain also played to the crowd, "On a key local political issue, McCain said Republicans are committed to New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation Presidential primary status. 'Most people in America now pretty well accept that New Hampshire's the place where retail politics is — and its importance in the nation.' " LINK

McCain's call to boycott G-8 summit is not getting a huge following, Notes The Hill. LINK

John Podhoretz makes the case for Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign in his New York Post column. LINK

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) will join Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) at an upcoming fundraiser for the Arkansas GOP, the AP reports. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The Washington Times' Tod Lindberg writes in an op-ed that Sen. Clinton is "well within each of 50 percent of voters" and points to Podhoretz's book for advice on how to trump Clinton. LINK

Just back from a trip to Israel, presidential hopeful Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack tried out his foreign policy at the Grinnell College commencement, the Des Moines Register reports. LINK

2008: Conventions:

Monday was the deadline for cities to submit bids to host the 2008 GOP convention. The RNC received bids from Cleveland, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, and Tampa-St. Petersburg.

The RNC's Site Selection Committee will now evaluate the bids and announce finalist cities by July 1. Any city that meets the minimum requirements outlined in the RFP and has a legitimate shot at hosting the convention will be a finalist.

The Site Selection Committee will visit the finalist cities in August and will deliver a recommendation to the RNC in November. The RNC will vote on that recommendation in January 2007.

The New York Daily News writes up New York City's efforts to woo the DNC to New York for its 2008 convention. LINK

Al Gore's red carpet week:

"'An Inconvenient Truth' is lucid, harrowing and bluntly effective," writes the New York Times' Michiko Kakutani in her review of Al Gore's companion book to the film. LINK

Dean's Democrats:

The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus worries that the Democrats risk losing their sole while trying to narrow the "God gap." LINK

Politics of same-sex marriage:

The New York Times reports on a group of clergy members organizing a grassroots campaign to defeat the federal marriage amendment scheduled to come up for a vote in the Senate in a couple of weeks. LINK

The Fitzgerald investigation:

The New York Daily News on the two CIA operatives who will serve as witnesses for the prosecution in the Libby case: LINK


The New York Times' Chen has more on the McGreevey book rollout including a post-publication date (September 19) appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show and his official portrait unveiling in New Jersey this summer. LINK

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