The Note: By Their Leaders We Shall Know Them

Bloomberg News on the Free Congress Foundation, the American Conservative Union, and the Club for Growth backing Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) over Boehner to be the House Republican leader. LINK

The New York Times on Sen. Lieberman (I-Himself) in the catbird seat. LINK

The New York Times on how Democratic lobbyists are moving to their own catbird seats, with usual suspects Steve Elmendorf and Wayne Berman (both who resemble Kaiser Sose in several respects) giving good quote. LINK

In a story looking at the same improving fortunes of Democratic lobbyists, the Wall Street Journal has Glover Park partner Michael Feldman saying: "Suddenly, people are taking a fresh look at us." LINK

MOC freshperson orientation, courtesy of the New York Times. LINK

Martinez and GOP divisions on immigration:

The Los Angeles Times writes that President Bush's support of Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) for RNC chairman has angered many in the GOP in part because his stance on immigration is seen by some as out of touch with core conservatives. LINK

The Washington Times sniffs at Sen. Martinez referring to the border-enforcement-first message of most Republicans as "harshness only." LINK

The Washington Times takes a front page look at immigrant-advocacy groups which are "up in arms" about the federal government's plans to alter the current test for U.S. citizenship. LINK


In Florida's thirteenth congressional district, Republican Vern Buchanan's lead increased slightly at the end of a two-day electronic recount, Notes the Herald Tribune. LINK


Democrat Joe Courtney seems to have beaten Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT), making Chris Shays the sole survivor in Nutmeg State House battles.

Bush Administration agenda:

A House Republican and Democrat are urging the President to name Rep. Jim Leach (R-IA), a surprise loser in last week's election, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the UN if John Bolton fails to win Senate approval, writes the Washington Times. LINK

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