The Note: Denny's Grand Slam (cont.)

"Democrats quickly seized on the new North Korean claim as evidence that Bush has bungled his foreign policy" write the Washington Post's Michael Abramowitz and Colum Lynch in their write up the reaction to North Korea's declaration. LINK

Glenn Kessler and Peter Baker of the same newspaper have Republicans predicting that North Korea "would take the focus off the Mark Foley congressional page scandal and remind voters that it is a dangerous world best confronted by tough-minded leaders," while "...Democrats argued it would be seen as another failure of Bush's foreign policy and moved quickly to try to pin blame on the Republicans." LINK

David Sanger of the New York Times offers a must-read analysis of what a nuclear North Korea means for United States diplomatic strategy at a time when the Bush Administration is largely focused on Iraq. LINK

Bush Administration agenda:

Rove spent an evening with Oklahoma Republicans, in an effort to advocate for gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK) and the President's policies in Iraq. LINK

2006: Senate:

Bloomberg's Michael Forsythe and Miles Weiss report that the stock that Sen. Allen called worthless was in fact worth $1.1 million. LINK

Sen. Allen might have been working within the law when he failed to report stock options to Congress, reports Michael Shear of the Washington Post, since the Senate's disclosure instructions "say that options that are not vested or are 'contingent upon the occurrence of some future event' need not be disclosed." LINK

The Washington Post's Marc Fisher outlines how Sen. Allen got the attention off "macaca, Jewish heritage and racial slurs." LINK

The Washington Post's Michael Shear and Tim Craig recap the Allen-Webb debate from last night, highlighting that "in a campaign marked by personal attacks on character, real issues emerged Monday night." LINK

The Washington Times on the same. LINK

In a curtain-raiser for Sen. McCain campaigning for Bouchard, the Detroit News has a political scientist saying that the national GOP will "cut him loose" if he doesn't get his numbers up soon. LINK

Mark Pazniokas of the Hartford Courant details Democrat Ned Lamont's attempt to use Sen. Joe Lieberman's (D-CT) own words from his 1988 campaign to show his failed promises. LINK

The Hartford Courant's Elizabeth Hamilton describes Sen. Lieberman's strength as his predictably. In a speech on Monday, voters recounted that "he didn't say anything I didn't think he'd say" and "he didn't surprise me, which is good." LINK

Maggie Haberman of the New York Post writes up the latest Sharpton/Lieberman to and fro. LINK

The New York Daily News on the same. LINK

In the Tennessee Senate race, Ford is blaming Corker for trying to mislead voters by claiming that he has never said "stay the course." LINK

Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Democrat Jon Tester clashed on the Patriot Act during Monday's debate, the AP reports. LINK

"'If you repeal it, the wall goes back up between the FBI and the CIA and the DIA, the defense intelligence; they cannot connect the dots,' Burns said."

"Tester called the notion 'baloney' and continued his call for repeal of the Patriot Act despite heavy criticism from Burns."

More from the Billings Gazette: LINK

2006: Governor:

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