The Note: No Hurry for That Final Disappointment

In an interview with Roll Call's Erin P. Billings, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) downplays GOP hopes for 2008 Senate contests. "Could we get it back?" said Sen. McConnell. "It would have to be a good day."

Politics of Iraq:

The RNC has circulated a Los Angeles Times editorial on "Do we really need a Gen. Pelosi?" LINK

"Congress can cut funding for Iraq," writes the Los Angeles Times, "but it shouldn't micromanage the war."

While in South America, President Bush repeated his call for a war appropriations bill with "no strings attached," reports Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times. LINK

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), appearing on "This Week," pushed for talks with Iran and Syria. See a video of his discussion with George Stephanopoulos here: LINK

Bush Administration agenda/personality:

Previewing the president's week in Latin America, the Wall Street Journal's John McKinnon compares his efforts to President Clinton's "'small ball' policy tactics." LINK

The New York Times' Shanker and Mazzetti take a look at SECDEF Gates -- the un-Rumsfeld. LINK

Big Casino budget politics:

William Neikirk of the Chicago Tribune reports a bipartisan commission will propose lighter regulations on business on Monday. And the next day, "Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is to hold a conference to discuss how U.S. capital markets can maintain their international leadership. Among the invitees are such prominent business figures as Warren Buffett and Charles Schwab." LINK

Politics of prosecutorial independence:

The New York Times' Hernandez wraps Sen. Schumer's Sunday morning talk calling for Attorney General Gonzales to resign in light of the latest controversy surrounding the dismissal of several US Attorneys. LINK

Democratic agenda:

The Washington Post has Speaker Nancy Pelosi's list of members for the new committee on global warming. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

As Gov. Schwarzenegger prepares to head to Iowa, New Hampshire and other critical states to sell his vision of post-partisanship, Peter Nicholas reported in Sunday's Los Angeles Times that the governor's GOP critics say "there's no magic: He just joined the other side." LINK

Spiegel Online has an interview with Schwarzenegger about his battle to protect the environment, the Iraq war, and why his opponents are "girly men." LINK

The San Francisco Chronicle's Tom Chorneau on Gov. Schwarzenegger's fundraising views. LINK

Literary corner:

The Boston Globe's Rick Klein take a look at Sen. John Kerry and wife Teresa Heinz Kerry's new book "This Moment on Earth, a book dedicated to individuals who are taking action to stop global warming and other threats to the environment." LINK

Walter Reed:

Appearing on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS) talked about his chairmanship of the Wounded Warrior Commission, and offered his thoughts on the 2008 presidential race. Read the transcript here: LINK

And check out a video clip of the interview here: LINK

Political potpourri:

Jake Tapper, in his Political Punch blog, celebrated life on Saturday, Ewok style. LINK

Tuesday politics:

On Tuesday, Sen. McCain attends the 11:00 am ET Inland Empire Fundraising Breakfast in CA, followed by a 2:30 pm ET fundraiser in Los Angeles, CA. Sen. McCain concludes by attending a 8:30 pm ET fundraiser in the Bay Area of California.

Wednesday politics:

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