The Note: Provocative Behavior

President Bush is scheduled to hold a joint press availability with the Prime Minister of Canada tomorrow morning. President and Mrs. Bush are also scheduled to tape an interview with CNN's Larry King to air Thursday night on CNN at 9:00 pm ET. The President is scheduled to spend his birthday night in Chicago, IL in advance of his Friday morning appearance at a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka (R-IL).

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) and former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) are both expected to hit the trail in Iowa this week.

Gov. Mitt Romney and Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) attend an Arkansas Republican Party fundraiser in Little Rock, AR tomorrow.

North Korea:

David Sanger and Norimitsu Onishi of the New York Times report on the White House reaction over North Korea's missile tests yesterday, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley pointed to the somewhat unimpressive "capabilities." LINK

"The most important diplomacy is not in New York, it's in Beijing," said Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass on NBC's "Today" show this morning.

Washington Post: "North Korea Tests Long-Range Missile" LINK

Los Angeles Times: "In Defiance, North Korea Fires Missiles" LINK

Wall Street Journal: "North Korea Launched a seventh missile, South Korean and Japanese officials said, following an earlier test-fire of six ballistic missiles, in a significant escalation of North Korea's confrontation with the U.S. over its weapons programs." LINK

Politics of immigration:

The New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg has Republicans inside and outside the White House saying that the President is warming to the idea of an enforcement-first approach to immigration reform. Be sure to Note the sticking point on the path to citizenship and Tom Cole's prediction for post-November 7 work on the issue. LINK

Less prominently displayed, but, in many ways a better take on the same storyline: Michael Barone looks at the Cannon victory in UT-03, Specter's comments to the Washington Times on June 27 about possibly being amenable to a border security enforcement-first approach, and the Pence meeting with President Bush and Vice President Cheney in the Oval Office as indicators that the death of immigration reform legislation may have been greatly exaggerated. LINK

The DNC plans to unveil a new Spanish-language radio ad campaign today that calls on Republicans in Washington to "stop scapegoating immigrants for political gain and join Congressional Democrats in fighting for comprehensive immigration reform," DNC press secretary Satcie Paxton tells The Note.

In the radio ad entitled "Border Security," Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) calls on Republicans to stop "blocking Democratic efforts to improve America's border security and join Democrats in working to keep America safe by securing our borders and passing comprehensive immigration reform."

The new ad will air in targeted markets in Texas, California, and other markets in which Republicans are organizing immigration field hearings.

Democrats plan to push their message that "despite controlling the White House and Congress, Republicans fail to have a single immigration accomplishment," as one top Democratic House aide put it to The Note this morning.

The Hill on today's House field hearing: LINK

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