The Note: Trouble, My Friend, Right Here

The Washington Post's Lyndsey Layton has Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly warning that if House Republicans follow through on their threat to force a floor vote on Rep. William Jefferson's (D-LA) appointment to the Homeland Security Committee, it would set a "dangerous precedent." LINK

"A number of their own members are under investigation," Daly told the Washington Post, referring to Republicans allegedly under scrutiny by the Justice Department.

Susan Davis and Jennifer Yachnin of Roll Call report that House Republicans will object to the placement of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) on the Homeland Security Committee, breaking with unwritten comity rules by attempting to intervene in another party's committee assignments.

Rep. Jefferson "is a Member of Congress," said Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), "who, like every other American, is innocent until proven guilty."

Politics of immigration:

"Two senior Bush administration officials vowed on Wednesday to work with Congress to ensure passage of immigration legislation this year but publicly distanced themselves from proposals that would place most illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship," wisely Notes Rachel Swarns of the New York Times in her look at the Gutierrez and Chertoff testimony on the Hill yesterday showing some White House shifting on an issue that has caused the President some trouble within his own party. LINK

Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times writes that Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Specter cautioned Sen. Kennedy to stop "secret work" on the immigration bill, after allegedly breaking a promise to consult with other senators' staffs before making any moves. LINK

Ken Mehlman:

Former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman is joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to advise U.S. businesses on "coping with political winds shifting against his party," report the Wall Street Journal's John Harwood and Brody Mullins. LINK

"'We are moving toward universal access to health care,' Mr. Mehlman says. To respond to climate change, he adds, there will be 'increased scrutiny of the emission of carbon.' And powerful corporations -- as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has discovered in recent years -- face the threat of Web-based public relations warfare from opponents who need relatively few resources to have an impact."

"The bottom line, he says: 'The 212 miles between New York and Washington is shorter than it's ever been.'"

Literary corner:

ABC News' Nitya Venkataraman has an interview with ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz where she discusses her new book 'The Long Road Home'. The book retells about a 48 hour firefight in Sadr City in 2004 from the perspectives of both the soldiers who fought in it and their families they left at home. LINK

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