The Note: Not for Attribution

While in New York Monday, Sen. McCain said he believes the American economy would collapse if the United States sent the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States back home. The New York Post has more. LINK

Also in New York, Sen. McCain did his usual star turn on "The Daily Show" and told ABC News he hopes to meet with Speaker Hastert about immigration this week.

Per the Boston Herald, Massachusetts Turnpike Chief Matt Amorello asked the Supreme Judicial Court yesterday to block Gov. Romney's request to oust him. LINK

Fred Dicker and Ken Lovett of the New York Post report on a $25,000 donation from the union representing New York City firefighters to Gov. Pataki's Virginia-based PAC while the union is seeking the governor's approval on some pension bills. 2008: Democrats:

Through the loan of campaign staffers and PAC donations, many presidential hopefuls, including former Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Evan Bayh (D-IN), and Feingold (D-WI), are "laying groundwork in New Hampshire" according to the Associated Press' Holly Ramer. The New York Post carries the AP write up of a recent Siena College poll showing Sen. Clinton getting a possible tough competitor for the Democratic nomination should Al Gore decide to make the race. In a story that resurrects the John Edwards by-way-of Harry Reid "I am on the Yucca Mountain bandwagon" quote from 2004, The Hill's Jonathan Kaplan Notes that Yucca Mountain could become a 2008 litmus test for Democratic presidential hopefuls. LINK

The Des Moines Register's Higgins and Beeman look at Gov. Vilsack's decision to send 50 troops from Iowa's National Guard to man the Mexican border. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) announced his support Monday for legislation establishing pilot projects to facilitate states in providing universal health care coverage, reports the AP's Frederic J. Frommer. The program, which would cost $32 billion over 10 years, would give states the opportunity to design their own health care plans with federal money. Dean's Democrats:

In the first of his two articles on the calendar changes, the Union Leader's Scott Brooks mitigates Granite Staters' worry that their state will lose its glamor (and tourism) during primary season with interviews with various staffers to Democratic presidential hopefuls. Brooks also reports that Nevada Republicans are undecided on whether or not they will match Democrats' proposed caucus change. Sen. Lieberman's primary politics:

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