Keying off of a CBO report showing that the Senate's recently-passed immigration bill would increase the nation's population of legal immigrants by nearly 20 million over the next decade, the Washington Post's Darryl Fears has Tancredo spokesguy Will Adams calling "legal immigration 'the soft underbelly of the Senate bill.' It is overlooked in the debate, he said, 'but when it's exposed, the public is outraged.'" LINK
Gov. Schwarzenegger and the federal government reached an agreement yesterday under which California will contribute about 1,000 Guards people for border duty and the federal government will pick up the cost, the Associated Press reports. LINK
More from the AP: ". . . in an act that was not part of the agreement with the federal government, Schwarzenegger will sign an executive order that ends the California National Guard's participation on Dec. 31, 2008, state officials said." The Los Angeles Times on the same: LINK
Politics of Iran:
Should Iran reject the incentives offered yesterday, the New York Times sees differences likely re-emerging among the world powers as they consider specific punishments in the Security Council. LINK
The Wall Street Journal's Wirey John Harwood writes that some neoconservatives are staying ideologically put and have come out strongly against the Bush Administration's new, more sensitive stance toward Iran.
Harwood has AEI's Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official, saying, "Rice has perfected the primacy of short-term solutions regardless of long-term ill."
Homeland security dollars:
The New York Times' Day Two coverage of the battle for federal homeland security funding for New York City. LINK
The New York Post's David Seifman has Bloomberg aides suggesting that politics is at play in federal homeland security money distribution. LINK
Picture postcards of New York landmarks are heading Secretary Chertoff's way courtesy of Sen. Clinton and Rep. King, reports the New York Post. LINK
Bush Administration agenda:
On Monday, President Bush will once again throw his support behind a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, hours before the Senate votes "yay" or "nay" on Tuesday. LINK
The New York Daily News writes up the Quinnipiac poll with data suggesting a current public view that President Bush rates as the worst post World War II president. LINK
Paulson for Treasury Secretary:
The New York Times looks at the man behind the man and reports that Paulson's chief of staff at Goldman Sachs may come to Washington with him as a deputy secretary. LINK
Politics of gas prices:
Quinnipiac University has a new poll out this morning showing high gas prices affecting a majority of Americans and that Democrats seem to have an edge on the issue. "Democrats will do a better job managing gas prices, American voters say 46 to 25 percent. Among Republicans, 59 percent say the GOP will do a better job, while 78 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of independent voters say Democrats will do a better job," per the Quinnipiac release.
At 10 am on every Monday of June, both Democrats and Republicans will wait with baited breath for major decisions by the Supreme Court, so says John Harwood in WSJ's Washington Wire. Each decision--ranging from military trials for Guantanamo detainees to DeLayan gerrymandering in Texas--will hopefully "fire up ideological bases" on both ends of the political spectrum.