The Note: Bet the Ranch

President Bush will then travel to Moscow, Russia to participate in the World War II commemoration ceremony and to meet President Putin. The President will conclude his trip with a visit to Tbilisi, Georgia to underscore his support for democracy, historic reform, and peaceful conflict resolution.

Vice President Cheney visits Georgia (the one here in America) today for two town hall meetings -- the first in Julia Roberts' home town of Smyrna, GA, at 10:50 am ET, and the second to talk to law enforcement students and staff at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA at 4:20 pm ET.

The Senate in recess this week.

Treasury Secretary John Snow is out talking about Social Security again today, in a speech to the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting at 10:00 am ET.

Today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) holds a joint town hall meeting with Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) at 2:00 pm ET at the University of Central Florida. McCain then joins Feeney for two fundraisers in the Orlando area.

At 10:00 am ET, Progress for America holds a news conference at the National Press Club to talk about its ad and grassroots campaign on judicial nominees. Speaking: Brian McCabe, president of Progress for America; Benjamin Ginsberg, chief counsel for Bush-Cheney 2004 and PFA adviser; and Wendy Long, legal counsel to the Judicial Confirmation Network.

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) headlines a Republican committee reception in Manchester, NH, at 6:00 pm ET. On Tuesday, Hagel gets an award for "leadership in public communications" from Franklin Pierce College. He speaks at New England College in Henniker, NH on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) headlines the Allegan County Lincoln Day dinner in Holland, MI.

On Thursday, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Georgia Republican Party convention in Savannah.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum holds programs to honor liberators during Military Appreciation Month, marking the 60th anniversary of liberation of Nazi concentration camps. On Thursday, the Holocaust Memorial holds a day-long reading of Holocaust victims' names.

On Friday, Vice President Cheney joins Rep. Rick Renzi for a fundraiser in Scottsdale, AZ.

On Saturday, former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani delivers the commencement speech at High Point University in High Point, NC.

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft will deliver the graduation speech at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA.

It's also "Cover the Uninsured Week."

Social Security:

The New York Times' Edmund Andrews and Eduardo Porter wrote Sunday that as President Bush pushes a proposal that would make Social Security more and more "irrelevant" to the lives of middle class workers, the program's "central bargain" comes into question. Should it be a social insurance program designed to ameliorate poverty? Or something broader? LINK

Jackie Calmes has an A-4 analysis of how the Bush/Pozen plan would all work.

Writes the Wall Street Journal editorial in a "good move, George but stay strong" editorial: "We hope this does jumble the political deck, but at this stage we're skeptical. Democrats feel they can tag a political defeat on Mr. Bush and profit in 2006 by just saying no; they've made opposition to even tiny private investment accounts a partisan imperative. And because Mr. Bush needs at least five Senate Democrats to pass a bill, the odds of success are long."

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