The Note: Catoctin Cacophony

Scherer also analyzes the pros and cons of Gov. Warner's admittedly "over the top" party at a roof top bar in Vegas during the YearlyKos convention.

Warrantless wiretapping:

Sen. Arlen Specter braces himself for a fight over the Bush Administration's eavesdropping, the AP reports. LINK

The Los Angeles Times previews the first "major court test today" for President Bush's warrantless domestic wiretapping program. LINK

Tuesday's contests:

The Roanoke Times explores the different paths taken by Harris Miller and Jim Webb in their efforts to win the Democratic nomination in the Virginia Senate race tomorrow. LINK

Jake Tapper's Political Punch blog has more on that flyer controversy in Virginia. LINK

Tomorrow, Maine's "sleepy" primary season comes to a close with only one contested vote: the GOP primary for governor, which according to Paul Carrier of the Portland Press Herald, is "too close to call." LINK

Bush Administration agenda and personality:

Meet Meghan O'Sullivan, the Bush Administration's top Iraq policy expert, courtesy of the New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller. LINK

Time's Mike Allen introduces to the world Blake Gottesman, a 26-year-old college dropout who's become one of the president's most trusted aids. Gottesman met the president while dating his daughter Jenna years back and began working on his campaign at 19; he's since "blossomed into a systems analyst, gatekeeper and diplomat who serves as the membrane between the President and the rest of the staff." LINK

If you missed Sheryl Gay Stolberg's Sunday New York Times look at President Bush's more personal approach (Truman Balcony tours, White House residence gatherings, and intimate Oval Office impromptu meetings included) to congressional relations, make sure you take some time to read it today. LINK

And don't miss the kicker from Senator Sununu, in which he tries to accurately quote himself.

Paul Krugman's New York Times op-ed column attempts to debunk the straw men, known as "Some," propped up by President Bush and others in their political rhetoric. LINK

Note to Krugman: where are the bloggers in your piece??

Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA):

"A top aide to House Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) received almost $2 million last year in a buyout package from his old lobbying firm, which specializes in placing earmakrs in annual spending bills and is now under federal investigation," report Roll Call's Kane and Bresnahan.

The duo report that attorneys for Jeff Shockey, the deputy staff director of the committee said his buyout from the firm "met all ethical and legal guidelines applicable to House staffers." Shockey was paid $3.4 million in an 18-month period in 2004-2005, including a buyout from the lobbying firm, and in 2005 was paid over $140,000 by the Appropriations Committee.

Politics of immigration:

Fighting against the tide of anti-immigration sentiment, the Texas Democratic Party unveiled a risky proposal over the weekend to take the polls this election year: an anti-wall, pro-assimilation immigration platform. The Houston Chronicle's Clay Robison and Kristen Mack report. LINK

2006: Senate:

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