The Note: Brutal Honesty

2008: Senate: Al Franken announces:

ABC News' Jake Tapper takes a look at Senate candidate/comedian Al Franken's career trajectory. LINK

All jokes aside, Franken's bid to unseat Sen. Coleman will undoubtedly bring in controversy but also the ability to bring show-business into politics, writes the Star Tribune's Dane Smith. LINK

Washington Post: LINK

The text of Franken's statement: LINK

2008: Senate:

If Sen. John Warner (R-VA) decides to retire from the Senate at the end of his term, "It is safe to say that I would run," said Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) in a comprehensive look at the eight-term Congressman by Roll Call's Susan Davis and Lauren Whittington.

2008: House:

Nicole Duran of Roll Call reports on the DCCC's "Frontline", a program to raise money and extend outreach capabilities for endangered incumbents, a list of members that has doubled in size from recent cycles.

Political potpourri:

The Wall Street's Journal John Wilke is reporting that the FBI is investigating whether newly elected Gov. Jim Gibbons (R-NV) accepted unreported gifts or payments from a company that was awarded secret military contracts when Gibbons served in Congress. LINK

Politics of immigration:

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan reports that Democrats said yesterday that "the fee increases for naturalized citizenship and visas proposed by the Bush administration amount to a 'citizenship tax' and vowed to fight it, saying taxpayers should pick up the bill for many immigrants." LINK

Big Casino budget politics:

"Four and a half months after the legal deadline, the Senate gave final approval to a 2007 spending plan that funds almost half the federal government and averts any chance of a government shutdown," reports the Washington Post's Paul Kane. LINK

"Veterans' medical services, education and health care will see spending increases even as $3.1 billion is cut from Mr. Bush's 2007 request for military-construction funds to accommodate base closings overseas," reports the Wall Street Journal's David Rogers.

Intern for the ABC News Political Unit:

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There are a few requirements you should know about before applying for the internship.

--You must be either a graduate student or junior or senior in college. --You must be able to work long days, starting early, Monday through Friday. -- If your school gives credit for internships, you must receive credit. --The internship begins May 29 and runs into August.

Not only will you get to write for The Note and help us manage ABC's Political Radar, but ABC News Political Unit interns also help us by conducting research, maintaining contact lists, and attending political events.

If you write well, don't mind getting up early, and have some familiarity with web publishing, send a cover letter and resume to as soon as possible, with the subject line: "INTERN" in all caps.

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