The Note: House Rules, Part II

In search of some "Joementum," embattled Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) continues his statewide bus tour today, stopping at diners and community centers in Wallingford, Milford, Bridgeport, Stratford, and Newtown, CT. Lieberman antagonist Ned Lamont campaigns with Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson today, making stops in Stamford, Bridgeport, Wilton, and New Haven.

The Senate reconvenes at 9:30 am ET and resumes consideration of the fiscal 2007 Defense appropriations bill (HR 5631). Roll call votes are possible. The House is in recess.

Dr./Leader/Sen. Frist will be joined in the Senate Radio and Television Gallery by Sens. Pete Domenici (R-NM), Rick Santorum (R-PA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mel Martinez (R-FL), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for a 5:00 pm ET press conference on the Gulf of Mexico Energy Act.

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a 9:30 am ET hearing on "The Authority to Prosecute Terrorists Under The War Crimes Provisions of Title 18" in Dirksen 226. Witnesses include Steven Bradbury from DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel, Gen. Richard Myers, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and others.

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a 2:00 pm ET hearing on military commissions with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Gordon England, the Deputy Secretary of Defense.

The Senate Finance Committee holds a 10:00 am ET hearing on "Border Insecurity, Take Two: Fake IDs Foil the First Line of Defense" in Dirksen 215.

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) signs legislation at 11:00 am ET in Boston, MA that reforms and streamlines the commercial permitting process, and approves a sales tax holiday in August.

Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) holds a 1:00 pm ET news conference in Albuquerque, NM to draw attention to the upcoming tax free holiday.

Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) attends the Aladems County PAC fundraiser in Birmingham, AL.

The DSCC unveils www.fudgereport.net today, a new Web site designed to serve as a "central depot for people to access news information and news coverage about GOP Senate candidates. The site will be advertised on several other Internet sites later this week.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel and other Democrats attend a fundraiser for Congressional candidate Angie Paccione in Denver, CO.

The Young America's Foundation National Conservative Student Conference will hear from Education Secretary Margaret Spellings at 2:00 pm ET at the George Washington University.

Bush Administration agenda:

"Bush's Embrace of Israel Shows Gap With Father," The New York Times. LINK

"White House Proposal Would Expand Authority of Military Courts," the Washington Post on President Bush's proposal to use special military courts for trials of people not involved in terrorist organizations. LINK

"Paulson Seeks Bipartisanship on Deficit," Wall Street Journal. LINK

Politics of the minimum wage and estate tax:

"Frist on Weeklong Hunt for 60 Votes," CQ's Rachel Van Dongen and Michael R. Crittenden on Dr./Leader/Sen. Frist's plans to hold a cloture vote on Aug. 4 on a bill that would cut the estate tax and raise the minimum wage. LINK

After a party caucus luncheon Tuesday, CQ reports that Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), who voted for the motion on the estate tax repeal in June, was undecided. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) was undecided after a provision was included to help Arkansas by financing rural development bonds.

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