The Note: Faux-mentum?

"Even as terrorists continue their barbaric efforts to prevent democracy in Iraq, even as our ally Israel continues to be attacked from the very lands it ceded in the name of peace, even as a number of governments throughout the Middle East continue to support, harbor, and encourage the terrorists that threaten America and our allies, we continue to spend hundreds of billions on the imported oil that funds their operations," Gov. Pataki is expected to say according to excerpts of the speech obtained by The Note.

More: "Let's replace the equivalent of every drop of OPEC oil - 25% of our current consumption -- with greater efficiency, greater domestic production, and greater use of petroleum alternatives, and let's commit to doing it within the next ten years."

Gov. Pataki plans to call for a "Petroleum Reduction Incentive" - production tax credits that get larger as vehicles become less dependent on petroleum.

Pataki previewed his energy ideas in Iowa over the weekend: LINK

One of the Democrats who is hoping to succeed Pataki as governor of New York will be the subject of a 2:00 pm ET book discussion at the American Enterprise Institute. "Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer" was reviewed over the weekend in the Washington Post. LINK

and New York Times. LINK

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) joins healthcare advocates and representatives from Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice New York and Family Planning Advocates of New York State at a press conference in New York City to call on Acting FDA Commissioner Von Eschenbach to stop the continual delaying tactics and make a decision on Plan B.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) appears on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" at 11:35 pm ET.

Amnesty International sponsors a 4:30 pm ET vigil calling for "an immediate ceasefire in the Lebanon/Israel conflict outside of the State Department.

The National Foreign Trade Council holds a 10:00 am ET press conference to announce a lawsuit against the state of Illinois challenging the constitutionality of the Act to End Terrorism and Atrocities in the Sudan at the National Press Club.

Neither the House nor Senate is in session.

Sen. Lieberman's primary politics: if he loses, will he still run in November?:

In a Sunday must-read, Mark Pazniokas and David Lightman had Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) finding himself "less comfortable talking about Sen. Lieberman's stated intention to continue as a petitioning candidate" if he loses to Lamont in Tuesday's primary. LINK

"'I'm not going to buy into this right now,' Dodd said Saturday. 'I'm going to spend four days campaigning for my friend, and I believe there's still a chance for him to win this.'"

"But he did not deny that a difficult conversation might be necessary. With Democrats in Connecticut trying to win three U.S. House seats held by Republicans, some Democrats say privately they will look to Dodd to help avoid a distracting three-way Senate race."

"'Wednesday will come, and we'll deal with Wednesday on Wednesday,' Dodd said. 'One thing at a time.'"

"Senator Suggests Lieberman Abandon Independent Run if He Stumbles in Primary," AP on Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) suggesting that Sen. Lieberman abandon an independent run if he stumbles in the primary. LINK

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