The Note: Not That There's Anything Wrong With It, Part IV

Today's question: Which American president was caught on tape saying of John Kerry, "Well, he is sort of a phony, isn't he?"

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Homestretch money:

The party committees file their August numbers with the FEC today. Here's an early look at what was provided to us by the committees. The National Republican Senatorial Committee was the only committee to not respond to our request this morning.

RNC:

Total raised for August 2006: $7.7 million

Total raised for 2006 cycle: $175.8 million

Total spent for 2006 cycle: $160.4 million

Cash on hand: $39.3 million

NRCC:

Total raised for August 2006: $8.5 million

Cash on hand: $36 million

DNC:

Total raised for August 2006: $6.7 million

Total raised for 2006 cycle: $97 million

Cash on hand: $10.9 million

DCCC:

Total raised for August 2006: $5 million

Cash on hand: $35 million

DSCC:

Total raised for August 2006: $4.1 million

Total raised for 2006 cycle: $81.3 million

Cash on hand: $29.8 million

The Wall Street Journal's Cummings adds up all the dollars and Notes that Chairman Dean's decision to spend money to hire full-time workers in state party offices has created "friction" with House and Senate Democratic leaders, who fear "the more immediate consequences" of the RNC's money advantage.

McCain and the GOP:

The Washington Post's Babington and Weisman have Frist chief of staff Ueland calling the dissident's detainee bill "dead" as Dr./Leader/Sen. Frist says that any legislation must "preserve our intelligence programs" and "protect classified information from terrorists." Meanwhile, President Bush faced "still more problems in the House" where four GOP moderates "publicly threw their support behind the bill opposed by the White House." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Richard Simon reports on the rift between Frist and McCain over interrogation legislation with Sen. McCain asserting that his negotiations are with the White House, not with his potential 2008 opponent. LINK

Politics of detainees:

The White House has signaled it might be willing to alter US law instead of international treaty by clarifying the 1996 War Crimes Act, a move that may protect American interrogators from fear of prosecution. It's not clear if the trio of GOP Senators led by Sen. McCain will go along with the Administration's plan. The Boston Globe's Richard Klein explains. LINK

Graniteprof's Dante Scala charts the recent McCain/McQuaid trajectory. LINK

Politics of Iraq:

"A lack of progress by Iraq's government is a growing concern for the Bush administration," write Julian Barnes and Peter Spiegel of the Los Angeles Times on Army Gen. John P. Abizaid's announcement that troops will not be reduced in Iraq until the spring. LINK

The Washington Post on the same: LINK

In yet another rompy read, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank excoriates James Baker and Lee Hamilton for refusing to answer any questions about the report being prepared by the Iraq Study Group that they chair. LINK

2008: Democrats:

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