The Party of National Insecurity

Celeste Katz of the New York Daily News reports on a race in which Faso can boast about his victory over Eliot Spitzer. LINK

On Sunday, the Boston Globe Noted the Massachusetts Democratic Party's effort (with Michael Dukakis and Cam Kerry in prominent roles) to police television ads in the gubernatorial primary from becoming too negative to avoid delivering too wounded a nominee for the general election campaign. LINK

2006: Downballot:

Maggie Haberman of the New York Post reports Howard Wolfson and Gigi Georges of the Glover Park Group have signed on with the Cuomo campaign in the New York State Attorney General race. LINK

Politics of same-sex marriage:

The Wall Street Journal's editorial page has an article arguing that last week's New York Supreme Court ruling that the state constitutions did not guarantee the right to same-sex marriage was a "blessing in disguise" as worst case scenario would be gay marriage to be "imposed on a skeptical public by a judicial order that would inspire a political backlash and make compromise impossible."

Rep. Jefferson:

Roll Call's John Breshahan reports that although the House and the Department of Justice are no closer to agreeing on what constitutes an acceptable search of a congressional office, a decision on whether the FBI's May 20 raid of Rep. William Jefferson's (D-LA) Washington office violated the Constitution's separation of powers clause and its Speech and Debate clause could come as early as today.

With the Sunday deadline having just passed, the AP examines the embattled lawmaker's siezed papers that were put on ice by President Bush and what will happen next. LINK

Dean's Democrats:

Kenneth Baer and Andrei Cherny promote their new "Democracy: A Journal of Ideas" in a Los Angeles Times op-ed where they compare the Democratic Party to the "98-pound weakling who lives in fear of the school bully." LINK

Politics of lobbying:

The Washington Post's Jeffrey H. Birnbaum reports on a former lobbyist turned deputy chief of staff of the House Appropriations Committee who received two million dollars from his former employer. LINK


Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times curtain-raises Sen. Obama's upcoming African adventure and Notes both the substance and symbolism. LINK

If you skipped the New York Times' this weekend, you missed this breathless lede, topping an adorable tale: "Molly Rebecca Levinson and Joshua Wachs were married Monday evening at the Bar Lev Ranch in Moran, Wyo., the bride's family vacation home. Rabbi Eliezer Havivi officiated." LINK

And The Note says: Mazel tov.

Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post sees the power of in the upcoming 2006 and 2008 elections, putting the power of media and campaign advertising in the hands of the masses. LINK

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a musician himself, was instrumental (no pun intended) in the release of Dallas Austin, an R&B producer who was arrested in Dubai for possession of illegal drugs reports the AP. LINK

Week ahead:

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