The Note: Weekend Update

The Washington Post's Chuck Lane previews the oral argument before the Supreme Court today on a case in Texas in which President Bush intervened, telling state courts to uphold a hearing ordered by the International Court of Justice for a Mexican citizen convicted of murder and sentenced to death -- and then making sure that the U.S. would not face a similar ruling by the ICJ in the future. LINK

The Washington Post's Jim VandeHei reports that the possible White House press room remodel doesn't exactly have everyone in the press corps jumping for joy. LINK

On Sunday, the VandeHei took a tremendously interesting look at the big gains that Fortune 500 companies are reaping after they spent millions of dollars to help President Bush and his Republican colleagues get elected -- particularly on issues like bankruptcy laws, drilling for oil in ANWR, and protecting companies from class-action lawsuits. Of course, there are no quid pro quos necessarily here -- just a shared agenda.

And be on the lookout for upcoming legal protections for drug companies, doctors, gun manufacturers, and asbestos makers, as well as corporate tax breaks, Vandehei wrote.

He also Noted that, in an exceptionally commonplace fashion, business PACs gave slightly more to Democrats in 1993-94 -- when Democrats held the White House and had control over both houses of Congress. LINK

In his Sunday column, Michael Kinsley angrily accused Republicans and general -- and President Bush specifically -- of taking up the mantles of Social Security and Terri Schiavo as a way to get involved in people's lives -- to a point on one hand, and too much on the other. "What Bush's tinkering with Social Security and his meddling in the right to die have in common is that both make life's last couple of chapters seem less predictable and secure. LINK

The Congress:

Roll Call's Paul Kane looks at the pre-emptive strikes already revving up from Senate Democrats and their allies among interest groups over Republicans' efforts to end judicial filibusters, reporting that the ad campaign that's starting will include big labor -- and a meeting today at AFL-CIO headquarters gets that coalition underway. Hitting the airwaves: national and regional cable TV spots by the Alliance for Justice, produced by Will Robinson, as well as a "multimillion-dollar" slate of spots on TV, radio, and in print by People for the American Way, produced by the Glover Park Group.

Roll Call's Chris Cillizza analyzes the polls showing sinking approval ratings for both President Bush and Congress, and gets a veritable polling who's who to speculate on whether or not the surveys indicate long-term effects on how people view Washington and their government.

And Roll Call's Kate Ackley writes that America's Health Insurance Plans jumps into the lobbying/ad fray today with a shark-jaw campaign on city buses and Metrorail stations against medical malpractice lawsuits.

Iraq:

Borrowing a phrase from the Boss (George, not Bruce), the Pentagon pushes the Notion that Iraq is "turning the corner." LINK

(Of course, speaking of Bruce: LINK!!!!!!!)

Quoting a Sunni political organizer: "Don't try to keep track of all these Sunni groups or figure out which ones are representative; you will get a headache." Nonetheless, the Los Angeles Times' Boudreaux boils it down to a thousand words. LINK

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