The Note: The Sport of King(s)

Roll Call's Paul Kane broke last night that the Federal Election Commission has fined the campaign committee of Dr./Leader/Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) $11,000 for failing to report a $1.44 million dollar loan taken out in November of 2000. The loan was part of an "elaborate effort to close down Frist's separate 1994 campaign committee and repay himself more than $1.2 million that he had loaned to his maiden political campaign."

More from the AP: LINK

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani stopped in Denver to talk about leadership to a doting crowd 30,000 in Denver. LINK

The hits keep on comin' for Gov. Pataki (R-NY). The New York Times' Cooper offers a news analysis which lays the majority of blame for a dismal-seeming New York GOP at Pataki's feet. LINK

2008: Democrats:

Democratic gubernatorial candidates remain divided over Gov. Tom Vilsack's (D-IA) economic policies. Gov Vilsack stays out of the debate. LINK

Gov Vilsack also signed an education bill yesterday that he describes as his proudest moment in eight years in office. LINK

Gov. Vilsack has until today to sign legislation limiting eminent domain. Vilsack say's he's "struggling" with the decision. LINK

While Sen. Biden quietly contemplates the presidency, his son, Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III eyes the Delaware Attorney General spot. LINK

Jefferson and the separation of powers:

Adam Liptak of the New York Times writes a calm and thoughtful news analysis on the legislative v. executive branch fight over seized documents from Rep. Jefferson's office. Liptak writes that the Justice Department may have searched the office legally, but it may not have been the "wise or prudent thing to do" given the history between the branches. LINK

"Why would House Republicans be so concerned with Jefferson, a Democrat from Louisiana who, according to prosecutors, kept $90,000 in cash in his freezer?" asks the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne. LINK

"One answer is high principle. The more plausible answer is that Republicans are worried that the next shoes to drop in the congressional probes will belong to Republican members."

ABC News' Aaron Katersky reports that embattled Rep. Jefferson began his remarks at Mayor Nagin's inauguration with "thanks to God" for letting him continue public service. He spoke about equality in recovery. He implored the mayor to provide opportunities for "marginalized" people and build a city of "enlarged opportunity." He said "people at the bottom" put Nagin back in office.


The Ohio Poll out of the University of Cincinnati released this morning shows two record low approval ratings. President Bush's approval rating in Ohio is 35 percent, the lowest presidential approval rating in Ohio Poll history - which dates back to 1981. Gov. Taft (R-OH) also scored a record low approval rating in the Ohio Poll's 25 year history. Gov. Taft's approval rating in the poll is at 26 percent. LINK


In his Style section review of "An Inconvenient Truth," the Washington Post's Desson Thomson calls Gore's film "surprisingly absorbing." LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Teeing up a weekend of horserace coverage, the Field Poll in California out today shows Steve Westly and Phil Angelides in a statistical tie (35 percent to 34 percent, respectively) and that an astonishingly high (26 percent) of likely Democratic primary voters are still undecided about their Tuesday vote. LINK

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