The Note: 7/8th Full

Kimberly Atkins of the Boston Herald writes that Gov. Romney was riding on President Bush's anti same-sex marriage "coattails" yesterday as he circulated a letter post Presidential speech urging Senators to vote yes on the amendment. LINK

Mark Silva of the Chicago Tribune gives a good wrap up of the Presidents pull to conservatives with his appeals to curb same-sex marriage in hopes of gaining his conservative base back. LINK

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne columnizes that the people who should be angry this week are "not liberals or gays or lesbians, but the president's most loyal supporters." LINK

"After using the gay-marriage issue shamelessly in the 2004 campaign, Bush and Republican leaders left opponents of gay marriage out in the cold as they concentrated on the party's real priorities: privatizing Social Security and cutting taxes on rich people."

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) says a ban on same-sex is a product of "the political machine of the White House and Republican party," but New Yorkers are more concerned about terrorism and gas prices, Notes the New York Sun's Brune. LINK

Estate tax politics:

In a piece that also looks at gay marriage, the Wall Street Journal's Sarah Lueck and Brody Mullins report that Sens. Kyl, Baucus, and Schumer "hope to reach a deal" on an estate tax compromise "in the next couple of days," according to aides.

The Free Enterprise Fund is quite pleased with this statement on Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-AR) Web site: "I support the permanent repeal of an estate tax that harms small businesses and family farms."

The Washington Post's Shailagh Murray and Charles Babington Note that pro-estate tax repeal organizations are targeting "possible swing votes such as Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Max Baucus (D-MT), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Susan Collins (R-ME). LINK

Playing the Paris Hilton angle, repeal opponents are running an ad with a "blond woman in a slinky dress" who asserts, "The last thing a rich heiress needs is a $1 trillion raise in her allowance."

Privately-funded congressional travel:

The Boston Globe writes up the $50 million price-tag in the Center for Public Integrity report on privately funded congressional travel. LINK

Keying off of the new study, the Washington Post puts Republicans Joe Barton (TX), Whip Blunt (MO), Leader Boehner (OH), Tom DeLay (TX), Speaker Hastert (IL), Michael Oxley (OH), Billy Tauzin (LA), Bill Thomas (CA), and Don Young (AK) in a "frequent fliers" box on the front page along with Democrats Gregory Meeks (NY) and Robert Wexler (FL).

The front-page write-up from the Washington Post's Jeffrey Birnbaum: LINK

The New York Times on same: LINK

Rep. Patrick Kennedy:

Per the New York Times, Rep. Kennedy (D-RI) "was discharged from the [Mayo] clinic, in Rochester, Minn., on Friday and spent the weekend with relatives in Washington before returning to Rhode Island on Sunday night. His private medical insurance policy paid for the stay in the clinic, he said." LINK

The Boston Globe reports that at a press conference at Brown University yesterday, Rep. Kennedy was apologetic, reflective and ready to get back to work for Congress. LINK

The Boston Herald Notes that although Rep. Kennedy is out of treatment and speaking about his substance abuse issues, there is still the continued "booze controversy" over that evenings incident. LINK

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