The Note: Clean as a Whistle

Rick Klein of the Boston Globe Notes that the Democratic "100 Hours" agenda passed through the House with great fanfare has all but stalled in the Senate. LINK

Note Klein's code breaking on the White House-approved plan to stall the Iraq war debate by offering up amendments galore on the minimum wage bill.

Bush Administration agenda:

In a piece looking at the way in which President Bush's Wednesday comments gave hope to foes of the Sarbanes-Oxley law, the Wall Street Journal's John D. McKinnon and Christopher Conkey report that the new Democratic Congress "plans to try to push" President Bush "further than he has so far seemed willing to go, both on executive pay and on inequality more broadly."

"The Senate will pass as soon as today legislation that would raise taxes on certain forms of executive compensation."

"Key Lawmakers Getting Files About Surveillance Program," headlines the New York Times' Mark Mazzetti's look at the Justice Department giving in and offering information on the domestic surveillance program. LINK

Yesterday "marked the first time he has spoken of a problem of income inequality," reports the Washington Times' Stephen Dinan. LINK

"The Bush administration yesterday proposed legislation that would reduce payments to farmers by $10 billion over the next five years and cut off support for wealthy ones entirely," reports the New York Times' Alexei Barrionuevo.LINK

Big Casino budget politics:

"The House passed a $463 billion spending measure yesterday that would keep the government operating for the remainder of the fiscal year, an austere plan stripped of billions of dollars worth of special-interest provisions," reports the Washington Post's Paul Kane. LINK

The New York Times: LINK

Mary Cheney's baby:

"This is a baby. This is a blessing from God. It is not a political statement. It is not a prop to be used in a debate by people on either side of an issue. It is my child," said Mary Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, during a speech at Barnard College on her decision to have a baby with longtime partner Heather Poe, per the New York Times' Seelye. (And don't miss Ms. Cheney throwing on her Howie Kurtz hat with a review of the Blitzer interview.)LINK


Dan Morain of the Los Angeles Times writes up the year-end totals in the 2008 presidential cash race concluding that the numbers only matter when you factor in Sen. Clinton's big war chest. LINK

2008: Republicans:

The AP reports that Sen. McCain raised $1.7 million in the final quarter of 2006 -- most of which was transferred from his Senate account. McCain ended the year with $472,000 on hand. Rudy Giuliani raised $1.4 million in the final quarter of the year, bringing his cash on hand to $1 million. LINK

The New York Daily News also writes up the fundraising numbers. LINK

Robert Novak writes in his column that Republicans have on earmuffs. ". . . Pollster Frank Luntz for the past decade issued warnings to his fellow Republicans that they did not want to hear, but never has been so out of touch with them as he is today. 'The Republican message machine is a skeleton of its former self,' Luntz told me. 'These people have no idea how the American people react to them.'" LINK

Most Notable: Novak seems to be warming to John McCain and Novak seems to forget that Frank Luntz quit politics years ago.

2008: Republicans: McCain:

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