The Note: Provocative Behavior

The Houston Chronicle's Lori Rodriguez reports that a recently-launched bilingual website -- Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together, or MATT.org -- seeks to encourage calm discussions about immigration through an expensive ad campaign led by advertising guru Lionel Sosa. LINK

Bush's big boomer birthday:

A White House official tells ABC News' Jessica Yellin that "the President, wearing a red and white short-sleeved Hawaiian shirt and casual slacks, celebrated his 60th birthday in an East Room dinner filled with friends, family, and staff. The dinner included fried chicken, Cajun shrimp, biscuits, salads, and a three-tier chocolate cake, covered with numerous decorations (including a replica White House), and topped with the number 60. There were several toasts, and the President received gifts from staff and family. The President and his guests watched fireworks from the Truman balcony."

The Washington Post's Peter Baker contrasts President Bush's "off-camera" 60th birthday with President Clinton's "star-filled" 50th." LINK

USA Today: LINK

The economy:

"Neither resurgent inflation nor a housing slowdown is likely to throw the economy completely off track, but they will make life a lot tougher for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, economists said in a new survey," reports the Wall Street Journal's Mark Whitehouse.

According to the survey, economists expect real GDP growth "to ease to an annualized 2.9% in the second half as inflation accelerates."

2008:

"Every governor and every senator wakes up each morning and hums 'Hail to the Chief' while getting ready for work," says GOP consultant Rich Galen to the AP's Lester, Noting the ever-expanding list of potential '08ers on both sides of the partisan divide. LINK

There are five 2008 stories from the long holiday weekend we wanted to make sure you didn't miss.

1 and 2: The Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll on how voters respond to the idea of a Mormon presidential candidate: LINK and LINK

(Wethinks the fact that the question is being asked is probably more indicative than the results!)

3. Adam Nagourney and Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times on the 43/"Johnny Mac" mutually beneficial relationship: LINK

(Don't miss that nugget about Nicolle Wallace's potential future plans.)

4. James Carville and Mark Penn (not an unbiased nor dispassionate pair) wrote a Washington Post op-ed pushing back against all that un-electable chatter about Sen. Clinton's potential presidential candidacy among the Chattering Class and point to her strength and gender as often-missed selling points. LINK

(To some, a lot of Clinton presidential campaign work has been getting done lately. Sen. Clinton said she will back whoever the Democratic nominee is from Connecticut in 2006, even if it isn't long time friend Joe Lieberman. LINK)

5. Legendary Mike Glover on John Kerry's attempt to defy history is, of course, a must-read: LINK

2008: Republicans:

"Conservative activist Grover Norquist says a Senate report connecting him with convicted felon Jack Abramoff is a personal attack from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that could hurt the senator's recent efforts to woo the right for a presidential bid," writes The Hill's Sheffield. LINK

The Boston Globe's editorial advises Gov. Romney to trim the state budget by $200-$300 million in order to stock up for the next recession and warns that the governor's veto message will give the Democrats one last chance to change local aid packages. LINK

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