The AP's Jim Abrams reports on House Majority Leader John Boehner's announcement yesterday that the "goal of adjourning on Thursday was not feasible and that members should put off plane reservations until Saturday morning" so that Congress could address issues of federal funding and tax breaks among others. LINK
Bush Administration agenda:
Soon to be former Rep. Jim Leach's (R-IA) possible nomination as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations has the support of over 50 House members and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Notes the Des Moines Register's Jane Norman. LINK
In his Chicago Sun Times column, Robert Novak focuses on the roles of Senators Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) and Chris Dodd (D-CT) in the resignation of John Bolton. LINK
Bloomberg's Jay Newton-Small and Shannon Pettypiece report that Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said yesterday that the HHS Secretary must be required to negotiate lower drug prices, "not just permitted, because we have reason to think that if he's just permitted, nothing will happen.'' LINK
Incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Patrick Leachy (D-VT) made clear yesterday that he wanted to investigate the effectiveness and legality of many of the Bush Administration counterterrorism programs. LINK
The AP's Kevin Landrigan reports that New Hampshire Republican State Party Chairman Wayne Semprini is stepping down so that he would have time for a second hip operation. State Rep. Fran Wendleboe is currently the only candidate interested in the position. LINK
Semprini's resignation statement from the New Hampshire Union Leader: LINK
For the third time in as many days, a top-tier presidential hopeful is revealing who will serve as his/her campaign manager. On Tuesday we learned former Rep. David Bonior (D-MI) plans to head up the day to day operations for the Edwards campaign should the former Senator choose to officially make the race. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that top Clinton adviser, Patti Solis Doyle, will serve as campaign chief if/when Sen. Clinton formally jumps in.
Later today, Sen. John McCain's exploratory committee plans to announce veteran GOP campaign operative Terry Nelson as his pick to be his national campaign manager, should the Senator choose to turn his exploring into a full-blown run for the White House. "We couldn't be more pleased that John asked Terry to oversee the daily operation of the campaign if the McCains decide to move forward. All of us -- Rick (Davis), Mark (Salter), and me -- look forward to a crash course in metrics," McCain's top political strategist John Weaver told The Note.
"Terry brings strong leadership, detailed and current knowledge, a wide range of impressive contacts nationally, and a drive to our core group," Weaver added.
The Washington Post was first to report the McCain camp's initial Nelson primary victory back in March when he joined McCain's Straight Talk America PAC as a senior adviser. LINK
Iowa-native Nelson served as national political director for Bush-Cheney '04. He has served in senior roles in both the political and field/grassroots organizing arenas at the RNC and the NRCC.