The Note: The Last Time a New York Times Poll Write-up Was Positive for Republicans Was . . .

John Danforth writes another editorial in the New York Times extolling the virtues of being what he calls a "moderate Christian." LINK

Paul Krugman starts his drumbeat on the Noe/coin/GOP controversy in Ohio. LINK

AP reports that former First Lady Nancy Reagan is actively lobbying lawmakers on behalf of a Senate bill expanding embryonic stem cell research. LINK

The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin has details of former House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt's new life as a strategic consultant. LINK

The Wall Street Journal is tickled about the pro-Tabor groups popping up in twenty states, but how could it not mention "Amercians for Prosperity?" That's the Washington group that's helping to spearhead the effort. LINK

Z. Hallow interviews Paul Weyrich like only Hallow can. LINK

In an article co-published by Rolling Stone (hitting newsstands today) and Salon, attorney and environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. blasts the federal government for supposedly covering up evidence that a mercury-based vaccine preservative causes autism.

Kennedy alleges that the CDC, the Institute of Medicine, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, among others, deliberately whitewashed the effects of the preservative thimerosal. He calls it a "chilling case study of institutional arrogance, power and greed." He continues: "If, as the evidence suggests, our public-health authorities knowingly allowed the pharmaceutical industry to poison an entire generation of American children, their actions arguably constitute one of the biggest scandals in the annals of American medicine."

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