The Note: The Boy Looking for the Pony

The Los Angeles Times' Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger look at the ripples President Bush's comments yesterday made about letting federally funded religious charities make hiring decisions based on their employees' religous faiths, promising that if Congress didn't pass the initiative, he'd consider an executive order. LINK

USA Today's Richard Benedetto takes a slightly broader view of the President's remarks. LINK

The Washington Post's Baker and Cooperman waited patiently (eight paragraphs!!!) to get David Kuo's reaction to the President's vow to pursue his faith-based agenda. LINK

Big casino budget politics:

Re: the Administration's emergency supplemental defense bill: With friends like Jeff Sessions, John Warner and Trent Lott . . . LINK

AP's Alan Fram takes a look at just how scary the as-yet unaddressed Medicare funding problems are. LINK

Judicial politics:

The Wall Street Journal's ed board slams Mr. Justice Kennedy really hard for his death penalty decision, and says the silver lining is that his revealed "Blue State" sensibilities rules him out to be elevated to Chief.

Ambitious Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott places a Wall Street Journal op-ed headlined "Thou Shall Not Mess with Texas" about his argument today before the SCOTUS on the Ten Commandments.

The Los Angeles Times' Henry Weinstein wraps the letter from freshman Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) to President Bush to drop his judicial nominees as the Senate began looking at the first of his re-nominees, William G. Myers III. LINK

The Myers stories uniformly suggest that both parties are still headed to the barricades, each believing it can win the filibuster-versus-nuclear/constitutional-option showdown with the MSM and the public.

Congress:

The Los Angeles Times' Maura Reynolds wraps the Senate's action on Tuesday to exempt active-duty military and veterans from provisions of the bill to make it harder for Americans to erase their debt by declaring bankruptcy. LINK

These are the comments that got Howard Stern in a lather this morning. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) yesterday told the National Association of Broadcasters that indecency laws should cover cable and satellite broadcasters as well as the public airwaves. We're a little unclear how this would keep government small, fulfill the demands of the marketplace, or keep government out of the business of raising children, but we're sure we'll hear more, since surely this wasn't a stunt to get news coverage. LINK

Wonder if the Washington Times would refer to Sen. Kennedy's or Sen. Reid's "claws." LINK

Roll Call's Paul Kane and Ben Pershing detail the reach-out-and-make-nice cross-chamber efforts among Republicans, debuted yesterday by House Majority Leader DeLay's attendance at the Senate Republican luncheon.

Bush Administration:

The Wall Street Journal blares: "Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz pulled out of contention for World Bank president, as White House attention turned to former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Carly Fiorina as a potential candidate to lead the multilateral institution."

Which would seem to make obsolete part of the New York Times' report that Carly Fiornia and Paul Wolfowitz are two top candidates for World Bank President. LINK

The House of Labor and Gov. Dean:

Today, the executive committee of the executive council of the AF of L, CI of O meets in executive session, and it is there, says one prominent union president, "that s—t will be done."

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