The Note: Losing a Sliver of the News Cycle

U.N. Ambassador John Bolton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at 9:30 am ET in the Hart Senate Office Building as part of his effort to win confirmation to his current post, which he took in a recess appointment.

The House Select Intelligence Committee hears testimony on methods to modernize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act from Reps. Heather Wilson (R-NM), Jane Harman (D-C), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Adam Schiff (D-CA) at 1:00 pm ET in the Rayburn House Office Building. Wilson is, so far, the very model of a challenged incumbent doing the hug-the-President-push-away-from-the-President straddle.

The House Judiciary Committee and International Relations Committee hold hearings to discuss the Senate's immigration bill in conjunction with border security hearings at 11:30 am ET in the Rayburn House Office Building.

On the left coast, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) celebrates his birthday by encouraging voters to set up block parties in his honor across the state.

The Green Party's annual national meeting, which commenced in Tuscon, AZ yesterday, continues today and through the end of the week.

And National Journal's Hotline hosts its Quarterly Political Briefing with a focus on the hot House races and a newly released poll at 9:00 am ET in the Watergate 600 Building.

Must-reads:

All going to the same snap-shotted them:

"Overseas Tensions Force Bush to Change Directions" - Washington Post's Peter Baker with realistic background quotes from a SAO who sounds a lot like Dan Bartlett, acknowledging that the foreign turmoil is impacting the domestic agenda. LINK

"Simmering Rage Within the GOP" -- Washington Post's David Broder, on the disgruntlement of some in the GOP, foreshadowing what many Reaganites says will be THE story in the 2006 Election Day exit poll. LINK

"Is Bush Bad for Republicans?" -- ABCNews' Jake Tapper and Max Culhane. LINK

"Poll Shows Skepticism in U.S. Over Peace in Mideast" - New York Times' Jim Rutenberg and Megan Thee. LINK

"Both Parties Post Low Approval Rating in Poll" -- Wall Street Journal's John Harwood. LINK

"GOP Candidates Wonder How Far from Bush is Best" - The Hill LINK

Voting Rights Act:

"Bush to Sign Voting Act That He Once Opposed" - Washington Times's unique framing. LINK

"Guess who's coming to. . ." - New York Daily News on the Rev. Al Sharpton. LINK

Bush as albatross:

On "Good Morning America," ABC News' Jake Tapper looked at Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's (R-MD) presidential diss.

Analyzing the situation at hand, former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), a former chairman of the NRCC, said "the low point of the President's popularity … seems to be coming about just as the election cycle approaches."

Middle East:

"Al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman Al-Zawahiri Warns In a New Tape That The Terrorist Group Will Not Stay Silent During the Mideast Crisis" -- ABCNews.com LINK

"Bush Foreign Policy Struggling" - Associated Press LINK

Maliki politics:

"Dean Calls Iraqi PM an 'Anti-Semite'" - Associated Press LINK

"Dean raps Mideast stance by Iraq's prime minister" - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette LINK

Politics of same-sex marriage:

"Washington Court Upholds Ban on Gay Marriage" - New York Times. LINK

"Decision opens a door for Democrats in Legislature" - Seattle Post-Intelligencer. LINK

New Jersey is next.

Democratic push:

"Democrats appeal to voters with huge grassroots effort" - Columbus Dispatch LINK

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