WASHINGTON, July 26
What we coulda/woulda/shoulda write as the lead of The Note today if we were sure you would be interested:
1. The list of the House members still undecided on CAFTA.
2. Letter grades for the performances of Bayh, Clinton, Vilsack, and Warner for their DLC stump speeches.
3. A DLC meeting quiz, with questions such as "Whose speech ended with the line, 'There is nothing more wonderful than making dreams come true'?"
4. The Cliffs Notes history of judicial nominees handing over memos from their Solicitor General days.
5. A (supposedly) humorous essay on how some reporters take statements from potential presidential candidates that are the epitome of non-Shermanesque (such as "I don't intend to run") and write stories suggesting that the statements were Shermanesque.
6. Detailed annotations of today's Andy Stern and Mitt Romney op-eds.
7. Detailed annotations of today's 3-pounds of Boston Globe coverage of Romney and abortion.
8. An historical comparison of the way Hillary Clinton treated the national press corps in Columbus yesterday with the way George W. Bush treated them in Indianapolis in 1999 and why the reactions by the media were different.
9. What the intern we have assigned to follow around Dick Keil has found so far.
10. An explanation of why Gordon Fischer's blog is so important.
The President's one scheduled event for the day will take place at 9:50 am ET when he signs a proclamation commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
First Lady Laura Bush is in Florida for the 10:39 am ET launch of the space shuttle Discovery. Later, Mrs. Bush appears with brother-in-law Gov. Jeb Bush at a luncheon for reading mentors, wrapping up her visit down South with a tour of the Florida Citrus Sports Camp and a visit to a literature magnet school.
Just in case you need some fresh pictures, Karl Rove is scheduled to appear at a $1,000/person fundraiser for Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's exploratory committee at 6:00 pm ET at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington, DC.
Scott McClellan will gaggle off camera at 9:30 am ET and brief reporters on camera at 12:45 pm ET.
At 12:30 pm ET, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joins several big-name Democrats for a news conference to unveil the Democrats' plan on retirement security. Here's a preview, courtesy of The Hill: LINK
The Senate convenes at 9:45 am ET and resumes consideration of the Department of Defense Authorization bill. The Senate will recess for the weekly policy lunches this afternoon.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) gets the John Roberts treatment at 10:00 am ET. Media availability follows. Sen. Graham (R-SC) has his meeting with Judge Roberts a bit earlier at 9:30 am ET.
The Senate Judiciary Committee tackles immigration reform today at a 9:30 am ET hearing attended by Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and John McCain (R-AZ) and Secretaries Michael Chertoff and Elaine Chao.
It's one of those rare double billings in Houston today. RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman and DNC Chairman Howard Dean will address the 29th Biennial Session of the Connectional Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
At a 1:30 pm ET news conference, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, among others, join the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Alliance for Free Trade to urge Congress to pass CAFTA.