The Note: Charlie Brown Holds His Own Football

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The Way to Win in the news :

Time: LINK

Newsweek: LINK

Maureen Dowd: LINK

Clarence Page: LINK


And the Washington Post, quoting from Dennis Hastert's autobiography today, with near-prescient product placement: "'I learned from experience that when bad things happen, don't complain,' Hastert wrote. 'You play the cards you're dealt and remember there is a way to win.'" LINK

Bush Administration agenda:

ABC's Jake Tapper and Kendall Evans write up David Kuo's bookish allegations. LINK

"Live from the suburbs of Chicago -- It's the Tony Snow Outside-the-Beltway Hour!" jokes Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the New York Times on White House press secretary Tony Snow's fundraising efforts that have made "some veteran Washington hands, including those with strong Republican ties, deeply uneasy." LINK

The Bushes of Kennebunkport:

Tom DeFrank of the New York Daily News offered a Sunday must-read (chock full of blind quotes) on the discontent felt by many Bush 41 advisers with the Bush 43 Administration. LINK

Politics of Iraq:

The Los Angeles Times quotes one participant of the James Baker-led commission studying the war in Iraq as saying the panel's recommendation due out after the election will call for dramatic changes in U.S policy. LINK

"'It's not going to be 'stay the course,'' one participant said. 'The bottom line is, [current U.S. policy] isn't working. . . There's got to be another way.'"

The politics of Pelosi:

Marc Sandalow, Washington bureau chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, seems to see President Bush and Rep. Pelosi's pot-shots at one another as causing a possible problem in the future if Pelosi wins control of the House. Making fun of the President has long been a part of Pelosi's repertoire; Bush has made the Democratic leader a part of his stump speech too. LINK

This is a must read. Newsweek's Breslau, Clift, and Briscoe profile Pelosi's discipline, stump humor, and drive to be the first Madam Speaker. LINK

2006: landscape:

Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times looks at the Democrats' best region to pickup seats in November: the Northeast. LINK

In a story looking at the way in which GOP leaders "are being forced to pick and choose which of the tight races they can throw money into winning," the Wall Street Journal's Jeanne Cummings has Rep. Peter King (R-NY) not wanting to send a late check to the party's campaign committee, saying: "The concern any Republican has is: Will there be a political tsunami? Will the bottom drop out of the polls?"

Republicans are watching Ohio slip out from under them on the heels of Rep. Ney's guilty plea, the Newark Star Ledger's John Farmer reports. LINK

The AP's John Seewer Notes the huge campaign revenue that big-name politicians like President Bush and his adviser Karl Rove, Mitt Romney, Bill Clinton, and Rudy Giuliani have recently brought in for candidates around Ohio. LINK

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