The Note: 7/8th Full

In a unique position to defend both New York City and Omaha, NE, former Sen. Bob Kerrey takes to the New York Times op-ed page to bemoan the Homeland Security funding formulas. LINK

Other Tuesday schedule items:

ABC News' John Cochran reports that "anti-pork group, Americans for Prosperity, will launch a television ad campaign in three states today trying to get earmarks out of the Iraq/Afghanistan/Katrina emergency spending bill. Two states are Michigan and Rhode Island. The third, interestingly, is West Virginia. And surprise, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), is giving partial cooperation on this." The press conference is scheduled for 10:00 am ET.

The Center for American Progress holds a 1:00 pm ET panel entitled, "Re-Building Economic Security in the 21st Century," featuring Paul Krugman, Gene Sperling, Louis Uchitelle, and Jared Bernstein.

Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Rep. Carolyn Mahoney (D-NY) hold a 1:00 pm ET press conference to push for reforms proposed by the 9/11 Commission in Washington, DC before the 2:00 pm ET House National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations Subcommittee holds a hearing on the topic with 9/11 Commission Co-Chairs Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton scheduled to testify.

The Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 2:00 pm ET to debate and vote on whether or not it should subpoena phone company executives to testify about their involvement in aiding the NSA in its data mining activities.

The American Civil Liberties Union holds a 1:00 pm ET conference call briefing to discuss the first court hearing on whether the National Security Agency's disputed warrantless surveillance program is constitutional. Ann Beeson, ACLU associate legal director, and James Bamford, author, journalist and client in ACLU v. NSA, participate.

The Heritage Foundation holds a 1:00 pm ET presentation by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on "Comprehensive Budget Reform: The Need has Never Been Greater" in Washington, DC.

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