The Council on Foreign Relations announced yesterday that former Senator John Edwards will join former Rep. Jack Kemp in chairing an independent task force to review current U.S. policy toward Russia and to make recommendations on future policy including global security and democracy.
The panel will focus on seven main areas, according to CFR: co-operating against terrorism, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, strategic energy partnerships, (de-)democratization, Russia's relations with its neighbors, Cold War legacy issues, and Chechnya. The bipartisan panel boasts an impressive list of foreign policy heavyweights, including Robert D. Blackwill, Mark F. Brzezinski, Robert J. Einhorn, John L. Gaddis, Ret. Gen. John A. Gordon, Fiona Hill, Jessica T. Mathews, Strobe Talbott, Daniel H. Yergin, and Dov S. Zakheim.
An oddly timed Gray Lady op-ed from a former Swedish embassy official in New York extols the virtues and life-saving record of Rudy Giuliani. LINK
From politicsnj.com: "In the final week of the primary election, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows former West Windsor Mayor Douglas Forrester with an 11 point lead over his main rival, former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler. Among likely primary voters, Forrester is ahead 40%-29%. On May 19, Forrester led 39%-33%. None of the other five GOP contenders have passed the double-digit mark." LINK
The margin of error is +/- 5.6 percent.
Forrester garners the New York Post editorial board endorsement today. LINK
On going up against Corzine's deep pockets: " … only Forrester is in a position to match him, at least close to dollar-for-dollar. Practical politics suggests that, come November, Forrester would be the strongest Republican against Corzine."
The Cincinnati Enquirer looks at the pros and cons of campaigning for Congress from Ohio with the last name "DeWine." LINK
"Fernando Ferrer called on the Bloomberg administration yesterday to shut down a potentially contaminated Bronx high school, in an effort to focus his campaign on the school system, an area where Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is considered vulnerable," leads the New York Times ' Diane Cardwell on the Ferrer team's Tuesday message event. LINK
And who is the big Freddy endorsement coming today???
Ben Smith of the New York Observer offers up yet another long-ish look at a potential 2006 Republican challenger to Senator Hillary Clinton. This time Westchester County DA (and "What It Takes"-reading) Jeanine Pirro gets the Smith profile treatment. LINK
"State Republican officials and Ms. Pirro's backers have also said Ms. Pirro is the national Republican Party's first choice, pointing to a telephone conversation between Ms. Pirro and Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman."
"But a White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, poured cold water on that contention. 'We are not involved in that primary,' the official said, referring to the jostling between Ms. Pirro and Mr. Cox."
A Wall Street Journal editorial gloats over the friction between Eliot Spitzer and the U.S. comptroller of the currency, who is happy to tell Journal editorialists that she's not afraid of drawing the line between her regulatory sphere and Mr. Spitzer's ambitions.
Tom Beaumont of the Des Moines Register writes up the anti-Nussle ads going up on Iowa radio today timed to his gubernatorial campaign announcement speech. LINK