The Note: Catoctin Cacophony

First Lady Laura Bush delivers 10:35 am ET remarks at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 2006 Mission Confernece in Arlington, VA. Later in the day, she delivers remarks at the Senate spouses luncheon in the East Room.

Reuters reports that arguments on the NSA's domestic spying program are slated to start today at a US District Court in Detroit, where the ACLU will try to prove the wiretapping unconstitutional. LINK

And finally, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WVA) breaks former Sen. Strom Thurmond's (R-SC) record as the longest serving Senator in American history today. The West Virginia Democrat serves his 17,327th day in the United States Senate today. That's 47 years and 5.3 months.

Iowa poll:

Edwards response to his poll standing? "'It was a nice gift to see that we still had friends in Iowa.'" LINK

One Hillary Clinton supporter tells The Note this morning that, "Her fav/unfavs are strong, but she hasn't been there nearly as much recently as the other guys. If she runs, that will change."

The Vilsack camp's spin? "Advisers to Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said his fourth-place finish in the poll - behind Edwards, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and 2004 presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts - means his name merits mention among the party's serious contenders." LINK

And must-read Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen's response?

"...awful news for Gov. Tom Vilsack's presidential hopes... No politician who has finished fourth among the candidates in an Iowa caucus has ever gone on to win a nomination." LINK

On his always must-read Political Punch blog, ABC News' Jake Tapper writes, "there ain't no good way to spin Vilsack's results." LINK

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza also saw Vilsack as the "obvious loser." LINK

The New York Post's Earle describes the poll results as "a rare blow to Clinton's front-runner status for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination." LINK

Politics of Iraq:

While appearing on ABC News' "Good Morning America," Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) reiterated his call for troop withdrawl from Iraq, even with the recent military success of American troops. Of President Bush's two-day Camp David summit with American and Iraqi leaders, Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) said, "I hope the Iraqis ask them to leave."

Roll Call's Ben Pershing writes, "The House will gear up this week for what could be one of its most significant debates in several years, as the chamber spends much of Thursday considering a Republican-crafted resolution on Iraq." The resolution, which is written in GOP language, is "likely to inspire controversy" as did a similar debate from last November.

The Los Angeles Times places its Casey coverage under a headline that reads, "Commander Says US Likely to Shrink its Numbers in Iraq" LINK

In the blurb section of Sunday's Washington Post Opinion section, Robert Shrum -- advisor to former VPOTUS Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) during their presidential campaigns -- says, "The war in Iraq is over except for the dying. Campaign for a date to bring our forces home. Speak for Americans on big issues like gas prices, heatlh care, the environment and alternative energy. Don't be afraid to say we're for the people, not the powerful. Be Democrats -- for a change."

Pretty powerful for a guy out of politics.

Rove goes to New Hampshire:

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