The Note: "Where Does This Go?"

Roll Call's Paul Kane reports that "Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) said Monday that he is seeking a meeting with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales later this week to clarify his positions on the Constitution in advance of his potential nomination to the Supreme Court. In the latest signal of unrest among social conservatives over Gonzales, Brownback - a member of the Judiciary Committee, a leading social conservative in the chamber and a potential presidential candidate in 2008 - said that his unusual request was designed to explore where Gonzales stands on key issues."

Carl Hulse of the New York Times Notes Harry Reid's seeming lack of interest in a filibuster over a SCOTUS nominee. LINK

But read closely. There is a lot of wiggle room there.

The New York Times' David Rosenbaum provides a fantastic look at the "judicial fifth." LINK

Peter Baker unfurls the legacy of Robert Bork. LINK

The politics of terror:

"A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken after explosions rocked the British capital revealed a surge in U.S. anxiety that there will be further acts of terrorism at home," writes Richard Benedetto in USA Today. LINK

"The latest poll suggests the London bombings have done little to raise confidence in Bush's ability to fight terrorism. Only 34% said the United States and its allies are winning the war on terrorism, down from 36% in a June survey."

"However, Bush's approval rating rose enough that more Americans now approve than disapprove of the job he's doing -- 49% to 48% -- for the first time since late May. The poll of 1,006 adults has a sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points."

Dan Eggan writes that the new Sensenbrenner Patriot Act expansion "does not go as far as legislation approved in June by the Senate intelligence committee, which voted to make it easier for the FBI to open mail and issue subpoenas without a judge's approval in terrorism probes. Sensenbrenner's bill also calls for stronger oversight of some of the government's powers." LINK

"The fate of both the House and Senate measures is uncertain: Sensenbrenner's bill is likely to come under heavy fire from Democrats during a mark-up session tomorrow, while the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering its own bill as a counterpoint to the Senate intelligence committee's version."

Ed Chen of the Los Angeles Times writes of the added significance to the President's remarks in Quantico yesterday. LINK

The Los Angeles Times tees up the current permutations of the Senate debate over homeland security dollars. LINK

The economy:

Yes -- this good news about the economy does come from the EPI!

"In a sign of an improving U.S. job market, the growth of higher-paying hourly jobs is outpacing that of lower-paying jobs for the first time in nearly four years, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Economic Policy Institute."

"The Washington-based liberal economic think tank, which has bemoaned the dominance of low-paying jobs in recent years, compared year-over-year employment growth and wage data for nonmanagerial jobs in 20 private-sector industries. The analysis found that nine sectors expanding as a share of total employment paid about 3% more in average hourly wages than 11 sectors that were contracting in the first quarter. That marked the first time since the most recent recession that higher-wage jobs have grown faster as a share of total jobs."

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