The Note: Running in a New Direction

Back in Washington, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) attends a 10:00 am ET HELP Committee hearing and business meeting to examine the nominations of Andrew von Eschenbach fo Texas to be Commissioner of HHS Commissioner of Food and Drugs and Paul DeCamp of Virginia to be Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Administrator, to be followed by business meetings to consider pending nominations in Dirksen 430.

Sen. Clinton attends a 2:30 pm ET EPW Fisheries, Wildlife and Water Subcommittee Hearing to examine interpreting the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in the joint cases of Rapanos vs. United States and Carabeli vs. United States Army Corps of Engineers on "The Waters of the United States" in Dirksen 406.

The US Chamber of Commerce announces its "vote for Business Bandwagon," a month-long voter-education bus tour, at 10:45 am ET.

Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) makes remarks at the Healthy Schools Forum in Little Rock, AR.

Sen. John Edwards speaks at the 2006 Iowa State Education Association Summer Conference in Storm Lake, Iowa.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean attends a grassroots fundraiser for the Delaware Democratic Party at 4:00 pm ET.

Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) hold a news conference in the nation's capital concerning the Darfur genocide and their hope to have a special envoy to Sudan appointed.

As discussions on immigration continue, the Cato Institute hosts a presentation themed "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for a Growing Economy" with Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez at 12:00 pm ET. Meanwhile, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda releases its Latino Leadership Report and hosts a news conference at the National Council for La Raza Headquarters at 11:00 am ET.

The Young America's Foundation's annual convention rolls forward with addresses from New York Times columnist David Brooks and former Secretary of State Alexander Haig at GW's Marvin Center.

Politics of Iraq:

The Washington Post's Charles Babington and Jim VandeHei report that "senior Republicans quickly denounced the document as defeatist" while Noting that this rebuttal came "as a number of GOP lawmakers are joining Democrats in criticizing the war's progress." LINK

"Democratic Leaders Ask Bush to Redeploy Troops in Iraq," New York Times LINK

"Dems Unite, Call for Troop Pullout from Iraq by Year's End," the AP. LINK

"Democrats urge Bush for pullout from Iraq," Washington Times. LINK

Hastert spokesguy Ron Bonjean reacted to the Democratic missive thusly: "The Democratic leadership continues to demand that American soldiers end their mission and wave the white flag of surrender to the terrorists that we are. fighting in Iraq. In fact, 42 Democrats defied their leadership and stood with House Republicans last month to support both our troops and their mission in Iraq as part of winning the Global War on Terror. The Democratic leadership has failed to understand the sacrifices made by our troops on foreign shores are keeping the battle against the terrorists out of our cities and neighborhoods. Our soldiers know that by going into harms way, they are keeping American freedoms safe."

"Some Democrats Seek to Rescind War Approval," Roll Call on House Dems' Iraq War Powers Repeal Act.

Kansas politics:

"Evolution's Backers in Kansas Mount a Counterattack," New York Times LINK

"Election Could Flip Kan. Evolution Stance," Washington Post LINK

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