Neil Volz, the former chief of staff to Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), testifies at the US District Court in Washington, DC at 9:30 am ET in the trial of David Safavian. ABC News' Jason Ryan reports that his testimony could yield new details about Ney and his dealings with former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
The House Judiciary Committee holds a 9:30 am ET hearing, "Did the Saturday Night Raid of Congress Trample the Constitution?" on the FBI raid of the Capitol Hill office of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) in connection with an ongoing bribery investigation. Witnesses include Charles Tiefer, professor at University of Baltimore School of Law and former counsel to both the Senate and House; Jonathan Turley, professor of law at George Washington University Law School; former Rep. Robert Walker (R-PA), and Bruce Fein, principal at the Lichfield Group. Witnesses do not include Sen./Leader/Dr. Frist.
The government's response to Rep. Jefferson's suit is due by the close of business today. The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families holds a 10:30 am ET conference call briefing to announce the filing of petitions to refer South Dakota's abortion ban to the November ballot. Participants include Dr. Maria Bell, official sponsor of the petition referral, Jan Nicolay, former state representative, and Roger Tellinghuisen, former attorney general.
Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) addressed his afterschool summit at 8:30 am ET. DNC Chairman Howard Dean and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) attend a 4:30 pm ET town hall meeting with veterans at an American Legion Hall in Las Vegas, NV.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) holds private meetings in Sacramento, CA.
The American Petroleum Institute releases its weekly report on petroleum inventories at 5:00 pm ET.
The House and Senate are not in session due to the Memorial Day recess.
Politics of Iraq:
Per the Washington Post's Thomas Ricks, video shot by an unmanned drone aircraft that was circling overhead for at least part of that day might aid an inquiry into what happened in the Iraqi town of Haditha on Nov. 19 when Marines allegedly killed two dozen civilians. LINK
"U.S. troop levels in Iraq will likely stay around the 133,000 mark in the coming months even if an Army brigade or two is cut from the current number of 15 total combat brigades, defense officials say," reports the Washington Times' Rowan Scarborough. LINK
Harry "Ringside" Reid:
The Associated Press reports Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid accepted free ringside tickets to three professional boxing matches from the Nevada Athletic Commission, at the same time the Commission was lobbying him on federal boxing regulations. LINK
The AP has Reid defending the move, saying "these events are nothing I did wrong," but also has several ethics experts saying Reid should have paid for the tickets.
In a moment of loop-de-loop, the RNC press shop has already e-mailed the story around.
Politics of immigration:
In a must-read, the Wall Street Journal's John Fund points readers to the race he predicts will be a bellwether for the immigration conference committee: the June 27 Utah primary between five-term incumbent Rep. Chris Cannon, who is Bush's "strongest ally" in the GOP on immigration, and political newcomer John Jacob, an immigration hardliner who Fund says looks likely to defeat Cannon. LINK