The Note: I Made It Through the Night

Reports the Toledo Blade: "Federal authorities said yesterday they are investigating local businessman and prominent Republican fund-raiser Tom Noe for possible violations of campaign contribution laws. Gregory A. White, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, confirmed that his office, in conjunction with the FBI, is looking into Mr. Noe, who was chairman of the Bush-Cheney campaign in northwest Ohio." LINK

Jill Stewart's Wall Street Journal op-ed on Ted Hayes and black Republicans is worth a full read. Let's just call Novak a source-greaser when he writes one. LINK

A Bill Clinton $1 coin? It could happen, writes USA Today's Jennifer Brooks. LINK

Apparently it's not just King County, WA that had trouble counting votes -- Pierce County did too. LINK


Legislation to implement capital punishment in Iowa died yesterday at the hands of state Democrats. Thought likely to have been smote down by Gov. Vilsack if enduring through to Senate passage, some policy-makers reasoned that it would have been a negligent misuse of time to prolong debate on such a dissent-inducing subject. "Iowa is one of 12 states that do not have capital punishment. Vilsack, a Democrat, argues that the death penalty is not necessary because those convicted of first-degree murder already are sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole." LINK

The Denver Three:

Scott McClellan yesterday on the Denver Three:

"Now, in terms of this issue, my understanding is a volunteer was concerned that these three individuals were coming to the event solely for the purpose of disrupting it. And if people are coming to the event to disrupt it, they are going to be asked to leave. There are always protest areas set up outside the events where people can express their views. These three individuals acknowledged that they were coming to the event to disrupt it. They stated that publicly in some of the initial reports. And so my understanding is the volunteer was concerned about these individuals, and that's why he asked them to leave."

"Q Does the White House have any role in telling volunteers at these events, screen people that you think might be disruptive?"

"MR. McCLELLAN: I don't know if I'd view it that way. If we think people are coming to the event to disrupt it, obviously, they're going to be asked to leave. And if they do disrupt it, they will be asked to leave, as well. There's plenty of opportunity for people to express their views outside the event. That's why areas are set up for that sole purpose.

But again, these three individuals acknowledged that they were coming to the event to disrupt it. And in terms of who this individual was, I don't think that really serves any purpose to get into that publicly, other than to help advance the political agenda of these three individuals."

Responds Denver Three attorney Greg Miller:

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