The Note: Questionable Figures

Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program hosts Gary Bauer and Tony Perkins for a discussion on federal courts and the filibuster. LINK

A new conservative group led by former Frist aide Manuel Miranda releases an ad buy on judges today at the National Press Club. The National Coalition Against Filibusters says the buy is nationwide and "demands" an urgent vote on the "constitutional" option.

If energy and oil and judges and Iraq war spending isn't enough, insiders widely expect the Pentagon to send the list of bases it recommends for closure to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission late this week or early next, triggering a massive amount of local press ink, predictable (though not unwarranted) stories about how the economy of state "X" will crumble without base "Y" and unpredictable political ramifications along the lines of, say, certain Republican Senators becoming less (publicly) friendly to the Bush Administration if their base is on the list.

Also: The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday debates the latest version of the Specter-Leahy Asbestos Trust Fund legislation, which the business lobby believes will create a $140 billion tax burden. Free market activists like the Cannon-Pence-Flake, which focuses on very tight standards for claimants. (Note: sometimes on Mondays, we like to show off.) The House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on Social Security legislation on Thursday as well.

President Bush met early this morning with Russian President Vladimir Putin and commemorated the end of World War II in Europe. The presidential parties then participated in a garland laying ceremony, have lunch at the Kremlin, and ended his day with meetings. He departs this morning for Tbilisi.

Vice President Cheney holds a campaign fundraiser for Rep. Marilyn Musgrave in Denver, Colorado at 2:35 pm ET.

The Supreme Court releases orders (but not decisions) at 10:00 am ET.

At noon, Judicial Watch has a news conference at the National Press Club to seek an ethics investigation in Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Friday, the group sent Senators a letter seeking a full probe of Sen. Clinton's ties to David Rosen.

Teamsters meeting in Las Vegas will hear today from five union presidents in a solidarity rally to push reform in the American labor movement.

Former Sen. John Edwards speaks at the Urban Institute's "Next Steps in the Working Families' Policy Agenda" forum at the Wyndham City Center Hotel at 7:15 pm ET.

Sen. George Allen keynotes the Greenville County GOP Bronze Elephant Banquet at 6:30 pm ET. Sen. John McCain headlines a fundraiser for state Republicans in New Jersey. Tonight, Sen. Chuck Hagel is the master of ceremonies at the Public Service Partnership award dinner at the Kennedy Center.

Tuesday, President and Mrs. Bush leave Tbilisi and return to the United States. They arrive at the White House around 9:30 pm ET.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com enters the world today.

Senators hold party policy luncheons at 12:15 pm ET and come to cameras. The Airland subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which includes Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, marks up a defense spending bill. The Senate Commerce Committee holds a hearing on identity theft and data providers, and witnesses include the CEO of Choicepoint. The Senate Judiciary Committee has a hearing on oversight of the Patriot Act.

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