The Note: Everybody into the Pool

The Washington Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia and Mike Allen look at the battle now waging over examining the body of Terri Schiavo after her death, and the meetings yesterday in Washington between protesters and House lawmakers, reporting that the House Government Reform Committee has withdrawn its subpoena for Schiavo to appear at a hearing at her hospice. The duo also Note the move in Washington among the staffs of Sens. Harkin and Martinez to work on legislation requiring a federal court review when families have disputes about a patient who did not leave a living will. LINK

USA Today's Larry Copeland and Donna Leinwand have Rev. Patrick Mahoney, a Presbyterian minister who has led protests outside the hospice and outside the White House on Monday, calling Congress out on its subpoena of Terri Schiavo, asking whether it was just a stunt. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's John Harwood senses a conciliatory trend in recent legislation about abortion and the death penalty, and writes that "[a]ctivists on each side are essential elements of the major parties' bases. But Republican and Democratic politicians lately have seen more incentives for striking a different tone."

"After their 2004 defeat, Democrats have been looking for ways to project a more moderate message about their values. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, the consensus front-runner for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, recently drew attention with a speech emphasizing the tragedy of abortion, though she didn't abandon support for abortion rights."

"For their part, Republicans have echoed Pope John Paul II's invocation of a 'culture of life' in their calls for curbing abortion, as well as for continued nourishment of Terri Schiavo. But they have also seen the Catholic Church amplify its opposition to the death penalty at a time when Catholics loom increasingly large as a swing voting constituency."

"One test case may come this fall in the off-year Virginia governor's race. The Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine, opposes the death penalty, which Republican strategist Chris LaCivita says makes him too 'liberal' for a state Mr. Bush carried last year. But Mr. Kaine cites his Catholic faith in opposing capital punishment and abortion, though he vows to uphold laws under which both are practiced. He opposes public funding of abortion, and favors parental notification in abortions for minors."

The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick and John Schwartz report that the Schindlers authorized the sale of a list of several thousands donor names and e-mail addresses they'd collected to an outside group to help them raise money. LINK

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, in Tampa yesterday, said the politics of the Schiavo case won't hurt Republicans because voters reward leaders who act on principle. LINK

The Chicago Tribune's Mark Silva writes that Florida's Republican Governor is no Jeb-come-lately to the subject of Terri Schiavo. LINK

A little wishfully, John Podhoretz writes: "it might yet be the case that politically committed Americans may hold a different -- and more positive -- view of the effort to save Terri Schiavo's life than the entire U.S. population." LINK

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