The Note: Advice and Dissent

Deborah Orin of the New York Post writes up her ed board's time with the President (mostly about 9/11, Syria, and -- newslessly -- Social Security).

In a sidebar, this happens:

"President Bush yesterday sidestepped a question about whether superstar Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would make a good president -- but praised her to the skies as 'a remarkable woman.'"

"'If I catch her thinking that way, I'm going to remind her that I picked her to be secretary of state, because I'm confident that she can do a good job,' Bush told The Post editorial board." LINK

The Boston Globe's Scott Greenberger reports that Gov. Romney played coy yesterday on his presidential ambitions, saying he loves his (current) job and plans on keeping it, but wouldn't yet disclose his 2006 plans -- you know, like whether he'll seek re-election -- until the fall. LINK

The Boston Globe's Scot Lehigh takes an interesting look at the one-of-these-people-is-not-like-the-other relationship among Gov. Romney and Sens. Kennedy and Kerry. LINK

High Point (NC) University will play host to Rudy Giuliani on May 7. LINK

2008:

Instead of running for Governor in 2006, Rep. Mark Udall is running for Senate in 2008, Roll Call's Josh Kurtz reports.

More from the Denver Post. LINK

The Schwarzenegger era:

The Los Angeles Times' Dan Morain looks at a deep-pocketed donor, Univision chairman A. Jerrold Perenchio, who has given $1.5 million to the campaign for Gov. Schwarzenegger's initiatives. LINK

"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger suffered a major potential setback Thursday when a judge tentatively ruled that he illegally blocked a law boosting the number of nurses needed to staff California's hospitals," AP reports. LINK

Politics:

The Washington state Republican Party has released its "felon list" -- the names of more than 1,000 people it alleges illegally cast votes in the 2004 gubernatorial election, the Seattle Times reports. The list is part of Republicans' lawsuit looking for a re-vote. LINK

The Washington Post's Sylvia Moreno examines the money laundering charges against a TRMPAC fund-raiser. LINK

In National Journal's Congressional Insiders' Poll this week, members of Congress rated the National Rifle Association the most effective interest group on the Hill -- followed by AARP, AIPAC, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Federation of Independent Business. Check out National Journal for the complete list.

Al Kamen floats a job move for Gordon Johndroe to the NSC, and announced Susan Whitson as First Lady Laura Bush's new press secretary. LINK

Media:

In this Sunday's New York Times, Frank Rich's column goes after the media, with a special emphasis on the Jeff Gannon story that is tailor-made for the Frank's rich sense of bathos, pathos, and richness. LINK

The Boston Herald is getting plenty of glee in following the story of Boston Globe reporter/blogger/Kerry critic/Bush supporter Hiawatha Bray -- particularly with Democrats criticizing the Globe. LINK

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