The Note: Kissing Ben Nelson

Robert Novak dedicates his column to the Grassley/Thomas constitutional procedural hurdle in the immigration bill due to its revenue component, as well as bemoaning midnight tax increases. LINK

Frank James, Michael Tackett and Naftali Bendavi of the Chicago Tribune Note that the self coined "work horse," Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), may not win the vote for Mr. Congeniality, but his no fuss attitude makes him agreeable with voters and a main player within the immigration debate on the Hill. LINK

Impeachment politics:

The AP's Glenn Adams reported on Sunday that Maine's Democratic State Convention delegates passed a resolution calling for impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. LINK

AP: "The strongly worded resolution says the president and vice president have 'betrayed their oaths' in their prosecution of the war in Iraq, treatment and detainment of prisoners and use of illegal domestic surveillance."

Bush Administration agenda:

The New York Post editorial board delivers a scathing rebuke of the Bush Administration, with an implicit homage to Mike Dukakis' 1988 theory of the case. LINK

In a Washington Post op-ed, Peter Wehner, the director of the White House's Office of Strategic Initiatives, writes that there are "positive trends and considerable progress" in the areas of "cultural renewal," economic growth, and national security that are obscured by the "difficult and costly war in Iraq," Iran's effort to build a nuclear weapon, high gas prices, the cost of Katrina, and the "major problem" of illegal immigration. LINK

Steve Chapman of the Baltimore Sun columnizes that Karl Rove still has more power than anyone else on Bush's economic team. LINK

Political activists in the Indian-American community are flexing their lobbying muscle in support of President Bush's nuclear pact with India, reports the New York Times. LINK

"The Bush administration plans this week to issue strict standards requiring more than 50 million low-income people on Medicaid to prove they are United States citizens by showing passports or birth certificates and a limited number of other documents," writes the New York Times' Robert Pear. LINK

Paulson for Treasury Secretary:

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, R. Glenn Hubbard, the former chairman of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, cheers the selection of Hank Paulson to be Treasury Secretary while urging him to confront fears about a large tax increase and entitlement spending.

The economy:

Bloomberg's Scott Lanman reports that today's panel discussion with Fed Chair Ben Bernanke and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet and Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Toshiro Muto may feature Bernanke's "most extensive comments on the economy and rates since his April 27 testimony before Congress's Joint Economic Committee." LINK

Rep. Jefferson:

On the Washington Post's front page, Allan Lengel and Jonathan Weisman write that as the separation of powers controversy "subsides, the focus has shifted back to Jefferson and the corporate labyrinth that federal authorities say he erected to secretly receive illegal payments for promoting high-tech ventures in Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria." LINK

The Post headline writer seems to write with conviction.

Steve Kornacki of Roll Call reports Rep. Jefferson's schedule is nothing but busy despite lingering federal investigations.

Rep. Lewis:

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