The Note: Follow My Lead, Oh, How I Need

ABC News' Jake Tapper and Mike Callahan report on Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-CA) hearings with scientists and experts who believe their research on global warming was suppressed by the Bush administration. LINK

Be sure to check out Jake Tapper's 'Political Punch' as he comments on the scientist's testimony about global warming. LINK

As the expiration of the President's ability to negotiate trade deals approaches, USA Today's David Lynch reports that, wary of giving the President a black check, House Democrats are looking for "assurances" before reinstating the President's authority. "The price of an extension may be administration agreement on new efforts to prepare workers for an era of less job security and help for those who lose their jobs as the economy adjusts," writes Lynch. LINK

Democratic lawmakers are going to study if the Pentagon obtained proper approval for covert intelligence operations and notified Congress as required, reports the Wall Street Journal's Scot Paltrow.

Republicans who were attacked by Democrats in the fall for raising their own pay while blocking an increase in the minimum wage are "unwilling to allow Democrats to reinstate the members' COLA," even though Democrats have taken some action on the minimum wage, "forcing Democratic leaders to scuttle the 1.7 percent pay increase for the entire year," reports the Associated Press. LINK

House of Labor:

Harold Meyerson of the Washington Post opines about the new Democratic leaning entity, "They Work For Us," and posits that Andy Stern of the SEIU is a kingmaker and tree shaker. LINK

The courtship of one of the most influential groups in presidential politics is in full swing, reports ABC News' Teddy Davis. LINK

Harold Schaitberger, the general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, had dinner Tuesday evening with Sen. Clinton. On Saturday, he is having a one-on-one meeting with John Edwards. These meetings -- and a handful of others that have already occurred and that are still in the works -- are a prelude to the I.A.F.F. making its 2008 presidential endorsement.

In addition to the one-on-one meetings, a key proving ground for the I.A.F.F.'s endorsement will come at the union's 2008 presidential forum which will be held from Mar. 11-14 at the Hyatt on Capitol Hill.

Per Politico's Jonathan Martin: "Anna Burger, the second-ranking official in the politically powerful Service Employees International Union, said Tuesday that her union could make an endorsement in the 2008 presidential race as early as this fall, when it holds a conference with thousands of its members." LINK

"The SEIU had almost every Democratic contender come before its top officials last weekend and plans to invite those same candidates back to Washington for another assessment in September." "'That would be a natural time to come out of there with an endorsement,' Burger said in an interview Tuesday with Politico editors and reporters."


Per Roll Call's Billings, the four top House and Senate party leaders -- R's and D's -- will likely refrain from supporting a presidential candidate until clear nominees emerge.

Patrick Healy of the New York Times uses video of Sen. Clinton singing off key, former Sen. Edwards "fussing with his hair for two minutes," and video clips of former Gov. Romney defending abortion rights to show how new technology and "You Tube" is impacting the 2008 presidential race. LINK

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