Micro-managing the Way(s) Forward

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) was expected to open his daylong national fundraising event dubbed "National Call Day" with short remarks at 8:45 am ET.

On the congressional ethics front, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) appears in the Senate Press Gallery at 12:30 pm ET with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) spoke to the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 10th Annual Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Economic Summit this morning at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York, NY.

ABC News' Ursula Fahy reports that Sen. Clinton said the now-powerful Democrats "have a lot of work ahead of them and the need for businesses to find ways to create jobs. She talked about universal healthcare, cleaning up the environment, finding partners in the private sector, and micro-lending. She never mentioned the President but said Democrats have been trying to pass minimum wage for years and now they can get to work."

Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and First Lady Christie Vilsack get their official portraits today. The portraits will be unveiled at the State Historical Building at 11:15 am ET in Des Monies, IA.

The Republican Party of Iowa was hosting its Republican Legislative Kick Off Package Plan Breakfast with Iowa Republican leaders at 7:00 am ET.

The Senate reconvenes at 11:30 am ET and begins a period of morning business until noon. The chamber will then proceed to a vote on a resolution honoring former President Gerald Ford.

The Supreme Court meets to release orders and hear arguments at 10:00 am ET.

Politics of Iraq:

Question: is the White House at all in control of any of the leaks that have come out about what might be in the President's plan, or is this all just old-fashioned, pre-43-style leaking?

The New York Times' Gordon and Zeleny on the benchmarks the President is expected to put into place for Iraqis to meet as a part of his "new way forward." LINK

"The new American operational commander in Iraq said Sunday that even with the additional American troops likely to be deployed in Baghdad under President Bush's new war strategy it might take another 'two or three years' for American and Iraqi forces to gain the upper hand in the war," writes the New York Times John Burns in a lede graph that will likely give Democrats an additional talking point this week. LINK

According to Iraqi Health Ministry statistics, more than 17,000 Iraqi civilians and police officers died violently in the latter half of 2006, putting the total number of civilian deaths at 22, 950 for 2006, reports the Washington Post's Sudarsan Raghavan. LINK

Brian Knowlton of the New York Times wraps the Sunday talk show chatter on Iraq leading with Speaker Pelosi's promise to apply "the harshest scrutiny" to additional presidential spending requests for Iraq. LINK

The New York Post writes up Speaker Pelosi's "harshest scrutiny" line under a headline that reads, "Nancy Warbucks." LINK

The Boston Globe's Rick Klein LINK

The Los Angeles Times' on Speaker Pelosi's call for more congressional control over the war. LINK

New York Daily News on same: LINK

The New York Post's Friedman Notes Rep. Charlie Rangel's line about the jobs component of President Bush's "new way forward" in Iraq. LINK

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