The Note: Weekend Update

Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez on Tuesday talks to Women in International Trade and the Washington International Trade Association about the Bush Administration's trade priorities.

Think tanks take the lead in talking about Social Security on Tuesday. The American Enterprise Institute holds a conference on personal Social Security accounts; and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the New America Foundation, and the Urban Institute hold a briefing on the proposals to revamp Social Security as well.

And former Sen. John Edwards talks about poverty in Chapel Hill, NC. On Thursday, Edwards visits Iowa. He heads to Madison, WI, on Saturday for a stop at a health care center for the poor and then to Milwaukee to speak at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin's annual Founders' Day Gala.

Former EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman talks about her new book, "It's My Party Too: Taking Back the Republican Party -- and Bringing the Country Together Again," at the Council on Foreign Relations.

On Wednesday, Progressive Maryland holds its 2005 awards banquet, and among the honorees are former Sen. John Edwards, AFL-CIO president John Sweeney.

On Thursday, the AFL-CIO holds its mass demonstrations against Wall Street firms.

The Log Cabin Republicans hold their annual convention in New Orleans, LA, on Thursday and Friday.


The New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg on the renewed congressional push for futile care or end of life legislation. LINK

Sen. Harkin will be a big player.

A western Los Angeles Times trio succinctly wrap the Easter-weekend events in the Terri Schiavo case, including defense from the Senate's Majority Whip and defense from a rank-and-file House Dem. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Brownstein balances the polls and cultural issues in the right's take on life. LINK

Brownstein has strategists on both sides claiming they will gain political advantage, but no one's heart seems really in it.

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times' Walter Roche and Sam Howe Verhovek took an absolutely fascinating look at the agonizing personal choice that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's family faced in 1988 when his father suffered an accident, was incapacitated, and his family decided not to take "extraordinary measures to prolong life." DeLay's office, declining to comment on the private family matter, said the situation involving Charles Ray DeLay was different than the one involving Terri Schiavo. After Leader DeLay declined an interview, the account, including his role as a plaintiff in the family's wrongful death lawsuit, was assembled from court files, medical records, and interviews with family members. LINK

The Washington Post printed a mini-version of the Times story today, while the New York Times has its own rushed follow job. LINK

It will be interesting to see how the Leader responds to all this on camera (when the time comes and when the hyper-able Dan Allen can't answer for him).

And it would be interesting to know if the Leader (or his staff) knew that all those relatives were talking to the paper so colorfully.

On Saturday, the Washington Post's Shailagh Murray and Mike Allen wrote that after their intervention in the Schiavo case, Republican lawmakers "find themselves in a moral and political thicket," particularly in the face of polls that show most Americans don't agree with their actions. LINK

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