The Note: Signs of Relief

Bush received bipartisan support in New Mexico for his immigration reform push, writes the AP. LINK

Rep. Jefferson:

Rep. Jefferson is being afforded the opportunity to address the House Democratic Steering & Policy Committee today at 5:00 pm ET.

The New York Times on the Jefferson/Nigerian alleged bribery angle: LINK

Bush Administration agenda:

DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff takes to the New York Times op-ed page to explain the rationale for how grants were distributed under his department's controversial Urban Areas Security Initiative. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Phillips and Rogers Note the struggle between President Bush and Congress on where billions in foreign aid funds will be relegated.

2006: Governor:

The New York Times' Patrick Healy details William Weld's thought process as he decided to drop out of the Republican primary for governor in New York, including his feeling of betrayal by Gov. George Pataki and how he contemplated creating his own political party. LINK

The New York Times' Michael Cooper offers a post-mortem on Weld's "humbling comedown." LINK

The New York Post headlines its Weld coverage, "Boston Flee Party." LINK

The New York Daily News on the same: LINK

The New York tabloids on how Weld quitting may be the last bit of good news for the now-presumptive Republican nominee, John Faso. LINK and LINK

Brian Mooney of the Boston Globe Notes Sen. Kerry's disappointment with Weld's decision to step down from the campaign. LINK's Chris Cillizza on Weld: "Sam Houston's place in history is safe for now." LINK

GOP gubernatorial contender Lynn Swann has launched a donation contest on his website -- The winning prize? A day with him on the trail. LINK

Rep. Jim Davis (D-FL) doesn't appear much concerned that he has the second worst voting attendance record in Congress. The Miami Herald has the story. LINK

2006: Senate:

The New York Times reports the chairman of the New York State GOP will ask KT McFarland to drop out of the Republican primary for the state's Senate seat today, although her advisers say she will refuse. LINK

The New York Daily News and New York Post evidently have the same "Republican sources": LINK and LINK

Mark "Front Page" Leibovich goes four for four in the New York Times with his profile of the Florida Senate candidate who is "undaunted by a run of horrific poll numbers" (hint: her name is Katherine Harris), including a quote from Rep. John Mica (R-FL) that is sure to make Karl Rove's head spin. LINK

In case you thought a comfortable lead in the polls (or yet another not-so-glowing Katherine Harris profile), would keep the heated rhetoric to a minimum in the Florida Senate race, think again. Sen. Nelson's spokesman calls Rep. Harris a "bribe-taker" with "no credibility whatsoever," reports the Orlando Sentinel. LINK

The Hill sizes up the tough reelection battle ahead for Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE). LINK

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

The Union Leader's DiStaso has some details on the New Hampshire Democratic Party fundraiser Bill Clinton is expected to headline on June 27. LINK


Dick Morris opines in The Hill on Al Gore and Rudy Giuliani as the spoilers of the 2008 presidential election. LINK

2008: Republicans:

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