The Note: The Water's Edge

WASHINGTON, July 13

Today's way of knowing if Republicans will keep control of the House in 2007?

Read just two newspaper stories:

1. Leader Pelosi tells the Wall Street Journal in a must read that if she becomes Speaker of the House, she would pay down the deficit, eliminate earmarks, and be the Speaker for everyone. LINK

(Ask yourself: what happens next?)

2. In a must read, the Washington Post's David Broder writes: "Pretend for a moment that you are in the president's cabin on Air Force One as he tours Europe this week and heads for the Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg. What does the world look like to you? The answer, in one word, is trouble." LINK

(Ask yourself: is The Dean reflecting CW, creating CW, both, or neither?)

Thursday, President Bush said Israel has the right to defend itself, as it launched fresh attacks on Lebanon after the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers. LINK

Herr Bush and the First Lady arrived in Germany Thursday morning for a ceremony and guest book signing at the Stralsund Market Square in Stralsund, Germany. POTUS then met with German chancellor Angela Merkel and visited St. Nikolia Church before departing, traveling to Trinwillershagen for dinner and staying the night in Heiligendamm, Germany.

He heads to the G-8 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday.

The First Lady joined her husband for the morning's arrival ceremony, followed by remarks at the opening of the America at Your Library event at the Children's Library in Stadtwaage, Germany. FLOTUS then travels to the Tourist City of Stralsund archives and meets with local leaders for lunch in Stralsund Kuche, Germany.

Back home, the hot issues are Voting Rights Act reauthorization and a DCCC web ad which features flag-draped coffins.

The House considers H.R.9, the "Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization Bill, at 10:00 am ET. Four amendments are expected to be offered.

Members of the party that used 9/11 imagery in its 2004 ads will hold a press conference at 1:30 pm in the lobby of RNC headquarters to discuss what they call the "despicable fundraising video." Fair-minded reporters will be able to judge the extent to which the outrage is heartfelt.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), and DSCC Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-NY) hold a 12:15 pm ET pen and pad briefing in S-324 to discuss the difference between Democrats' efforts to "move America in a new direction" and "Washington Republicans' efforts to compete with the legendary 'Do Nothing Congress.'"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly briefing at the Capitol at 10:45 am ET.

The bipartisan Gang of 14 meets at 1:15 pm ET in the office of Sen. Mark Pryror (D-AR) to discuss the nomination of William Haynes to the U.S. Circuit of Appeals.

The list of 2008 hopefuls continues to grow as global businessman Daniel Imperato and political pundit Webster Brooks announce the creation of the Independent America Party and their candidacy in New York City at 1:30 pm ET.

Gov. Mike Huckabee continues his visit to Minnesota, attending day two of the Education Commission of the States' National Forum in Minneapolis, MN.

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