The Note: A Bee to a Crying Face

Adds the Wall Street Journal editorial board: "If Senate Republicans want to drive a Mack truck over their own budget resolution, and defy their President in the process, the honest and transparent way to do it is by proposing an increase in the gas tax to pay for new spending. In other words, Mr. Grassley and company might consider challenging Mr. Bush forthrightly instead of pretending this bill doesn't violate his veto message."

"While most millionaires favor changing the estate tax, those with inherited wealth say the rich should bear more of the nation's tax burden, according to a new survey," Robert Frank of the Wall Street Journal reports.

"More than three out of four millionaires favor overhauling the estate tax, while 22% want it repealed, according to the study by Prince & Associates, a Connecticut-based wealth-research firm, sponsored by Resource Network Ltd., a wealth-management firm. Most said that raising the exemption for the estate tax was more important than lowering the rates. The study, due to be released today, surveyed 483 millionaires."

The Des Moines Register's Jane Norman and Madelaine Jerousek sum up Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack's education testimony -- disputing the stereotype that kids are just plain lazy -- yesterday on Capitol Hill. He and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney concurred with Chairman John Boehner (R-OH), who is nervous about proposed NCLB high school level amplification. Vilsack lamented that as it is, states need an increase in their federal allowance to fall in line with the legislation's current requirements. LINK

The Washington Post's Mark Leibovich takes on the House hearing yesterday taking on the Whizzinator. Read it and understand why Leibovich is beloved. Either that or why it's so much fun to write the word "Whizzinator." LINK

Roll Call's "Heard on the Hill" has a great story proving once again that the House is where things come to blows, as Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) allegedly went after Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) for conducting polling on stem cell research in Renzi's district without letting him know. Also, don't miss Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) going after Newsweek's Mike Isikoff on the House floor.

2008: Republicans:

Sen. Santorum (R-PA) scores the cover of this upcoming Sunday's New York Times Magazine in an 8,000-plus word profile by Michael Sokolove in which the "man on dog" quote makes an appearance in paragraph one.

Sokolove gets former Santorum aide, Sean Reilly, to call the Senator a "Catholic missionary who happens to be in the Senate." Santorum isn't quite sure he agrees. The article looks closely at Santorum's faith and the role it plays in his political life.

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