The Note: Intraparty Love and Warfare

Phil Burress and other conservatives in Ohio will today discuss plans to recruit a more conservative candidate to run against Sen. Mike DeWine in next year's Senate primary.

Filibuster: the follow up:

John Bolton will "absolutely" be confirmed before Memorial Day, David Rogers quotes Majority Leader Frist as saying in the Wall Street Journal.

"Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), who took the lead in helping to craft the compromise, said he hopes the result will be to ' help the whole [legislative] process ' and, in his case, focus more attention on immigration overhaul. ' The only way I'm going to succeed on immigration is if there is a lot of debate and discussion in the country," Mr. McCain said. "The judges' issue was sucking the oxygen out of the room . . . Now maybe we can focus on this issue."

"June is an early test. The Senate is expected to try again to enact an energy bill and to begin the process of passing the annual spending bills that fund the daily operations of the government."

Might Social Security reform be next issue the Gang of 14 tackles? The Hill's Kucinich and Young have that story, although it seems largely based on the dreamy ways of the senior Senator from South Carolina. LINK

Doug Jehl of the New York Times wrings the Bolton sponge again, and out falls Sen. Voinovich's letter urging the defeat of the President's U.N. choice and Sen. Thune's tantalizing undecided status. LINK

Speaking of Thune -- read this entire article. LINK

Key quote: "What goes around, comes around."

Guess who said it and about what!!

Bush and stem cells:

After yesterday's House yesterday's historic House vote to repeal the restrictions on stem cell research imposed by President Bush despite his first veto threat, a bipartisan group of senators looked to capitalized on all the new warm cooperative feelings and sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist urging a vote on the Specter-Harkin Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, identical to the House bill.

The letter, signed by Specter, Harkin, and bill cosponsors Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Gordon H. Smith (R-OR), and Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), says it's time to expand stem cell research beyond the approved lines, which have been contaminated by mouse feeder cells and give researchers access to more advanced stem cell lines. The senators also say the bill strengthens the ethical requirements scientists must follow in conducting the research, and points to polls showing that a majority of Americans support it.

"Moreover, none of the additional lines require the creation of new embryos; instead, these lines could be derived from any of the more than 400,000 embryos that are left over from fertility treatments and will otherwise be discarded," the letter reads.

Harkin and Specter will be joined by Hatch, Feinstein, Smith, and Kennedy for a 12:30 pm ET press conference. According to Harkin's office, there are 60 votes supporting the measure in the Senate.

ABC News Polling Director Gary Langer Notes that in the last ABC-Washington Post survey, 63 percent of Americans said they support embryonic stem cell research, compared to 28 percent who said they oppose it, and also points out that Gallup found earlier this month that 60 percent of Americans said they think research using human embryos is "morally acceptable."

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