The Note: The Bounce of the Live Cat

The Houston Chronicle on the Hammer keeping his moniker till the end: LINK

DeLay went out with a hiss from House Democrats, reports the Washington Times' Christina Bellantoni. LINK

The New York Times: LINK

The Chicago Tribune: LINK

The Los Angeles Times: LINK

The Washington Post: LINK

Politics:

Susan Hirschmann, former DeLay chief of staff, embarked on $85,000 worth of private travel from 2000-2002, according to the Center for Public Integrity's latest report on privately funded travel. The Washington Post's R. Jeffrey Smith has the details. LINK

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne looks at the "resounding" 61 to 39 percent defeat of Proposition 82, the California ballot measure that would have guaranteed access to preschool for all of California's 4-year-olds and writes that its proponents might have gotten closer to their honorable goal with a "smaller program directed at the poorest kids and requiring a smaller tax increase." LINK

Sen. Robert C. Byrd:

Kathy Kiely of USA Today Notes on Sen. Robert Byrd's long standing career in the Senate, making him the longest serving Senator in history and writes, "Some say the Senate will always be a place where gray hair rules." LINK

The weekend political schedule:

Minnesota's Democratic Farmer Labor Party convenes for its annual convention in Rochester, MN.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) celebrates his 53rd birthday tomorrow before heading to Iowa on Sunday to campaign with Chet Culver and Bruce Braley.

Northeastern University hosts former Governor Michael Dukakis and CNN analyst William Schneider for a conference on the "Swing Voter in American Politics" in Boston.

The Western Governors Association will have its annual meeting at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona beginning Sunday.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is scheduled to give the commencement address for the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH on Sunday and then raise some funds for Sen. DeWine's reelection campaign.

Gov. Romney will help raise some funds for the Arizona GOP tomorrow in Scottsdale, AZ.

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