The Note: The First Woman Speaker

Sen. McCain announced on Friday morning that he will be attending the Iowa state fair on Tuesday, Aug. 15. He also announced that he will be heading to Virginia on Wednesday, Aug. 16 for an event on behalf of one of his potential 2008 rivals: Sen. George Allen (R-VA).

"Looking ahead," the Washington Times on the South Carolina Republican Party's recently announced date for the first presidential primary debate in 2007. LINK

"Arkansas Governor Urges Gay Marriage Ban," The State on Gov. Mike Huckabee's (R-AR) opposition to same-sex marriage. LINK

2008: Democrats:

"Vilsack profile may appeal to S.C.," Des Moines Register. LINK

Richardson stands with NH," Union Leader on Gov. Bill Richardson's (D-NH) statement that New Hampshire should remain "the epicenter of presidential politics." LINK

"Al Gore YouTube Spoof Not So Amateurish," ABC News' Jake Tapper Notes that a recent video launched on YouTube spoofing Al Gore's anti-global warming crusade was not created by an amateur, but rather a Republican PR firm. LINK

"Gore's U.S. popularity not as hot as warning to globe," the Washington Times. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

"Angelides Backs Public Financing of Campaigns," Los Angeles Times. LINK

"Govinator in Ping-Pong duel," the AP on Gov. Schwarzenegger. LINK

Politics of the Middle East:

"Conflict reveals partisan split," the Miami Herald on their new poll showing Republicans are more likely than Democrats to support Israel's actions. LINK

Politics of warrantless wiretapping:

"Specter's NSA Plan Hits Snag," Washington Post on Democrats successfully maneuvering to block a committee vote on a White House-endorsed plan to formally legalize the NSA's warrantless surveillance program. LINK


"Senate Approves Pension Overhaul," Washington Post. LINK

Weekend politics:

President Bush continues his abbreviated summer vacation at his Crawford ranch with the First Lady. Bush is scheduled to meet at his ranch with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Later in the week, he is scheduled to travel to Wisconsin for the day to campaign for Republican congressional candidate John Gard before returning to Washington on Aug. 13.

The Senate begins its August recess on Saturday, with plans to reconvene after Labor Day next month.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) is scheduled to stump for New Hampshire State Senate candidate Jackie Cilley in Rochester, NH tomorrow, while Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) begins his week-long bus tour across the state of Pennsylvania on Sunday.

As Noted above, the NGA's Annual Meeting continues throughout the weekend in Charleston, SC, wrapping up on Monday. Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) hosts an event to honor the White Knoll Middle School in West Columbia, SC tomorrow and is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Spartanburg County Republican Party Membership's Bronze Elephant Luau in Spartanburg, SC on Sunday.

The National Bar Association kicks off its 81st Annual Convention beginning tomorrow until next Saturday, August 12 in Detroit, MI.

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