The Note: Steady Leadership on an Uncertain Hill

The Wall Street Journal's ed board writes that if former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Sen. Clinton "really believe the economy needs a big tax increase, by all means they should make this a plank in their 2008 agenda. But they shouldn't do so by asking fellow Democrats to betray their recent campaign pledges or Republicans to make it easier for them by repeating the GOP's blunder of the early 1990s."

USA Today on the globalization debate that might be coming in 2008. LINK

Gallup poll on pressure facing Dems:

USA Today's cover story on a Gallup Poll showing that 61 percent of those surveyed want Democrats to have more influence than President Bush on the direction of the nation. LINK

Pelosi's team:
The Boston Globe on Pelosi designating Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) to head her transition. LINK

Hoyer v. Murtha:

Pelosi facing questions from congressional watchdog groups over Murtha endorsement:

The Washington Post: LINK

The Washington Times: LINK

The New York Times: LINK

The San Francisco Chronicle (doesn't emphasize criticism from watchdog groups): LINK

Los Angeles Times' over-wrought headline: "Power struggles unravel Democrats' unity" LINK

Alexander v. Lott:
After an underground campaign in recent weeks to reenter the GOP leadership, Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) made public Monday night that he is officially running to be Minority Whip against Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

Draft Cantor?:
Roll Call on the small group of House GOPers who are agitating to get Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), who has pledged not to challenge Roy Blunt, on the ballot to be Minority Whip.

Martinez as RNC chair:
The St. Petersburg Times reports that Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) was offered the job of RNC chairman several times, but didn't accept until President Bush asked him in person. LINK

More on the Martinez selection from:

The Miami Herald: LINK

The Associated Press: LINK

The Washington Post: LINK

The Washington Times: LINK

The St. Petersburg Times on Democratic congressional candidate Christine Jennings going to freshman orientation on Capitol Hill while her attorneys go to court over "what they say are 'alarming aberrations' in Sarasota County's vote tallies." LINK

More from the Herald Tribune: LINK

Democratic agenda:

The Washington Post reports that Democrats in control in Congress will likely insert restrictive labor and environmental measures into pending trade legislation, measures which the Republicans have historically opposed. LINK

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