The Note: Impossible Schemes

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Roberts: the battle ahead:

The New York Times leads the paper with anonymous Administration officials saying that Roberts' work from the White House counsel's office and the Attorney General's office will be released, but not the Solicitor General stuff, citing the Presidential Records Act. LINK

Timespeople Stevenson, Stolberg, and Broder race through history, precedent, and the current state of things in a fair-minded way, putting more emphasis on the Democrats' peril if they appear to be fishing than on the "when documents are famous for being withheld…." paradigm.

Reports the Washington Post's Peter Baker and Chuck Babington, "The agreement to release some Roberts documents came as the White House quietly presses Senate Republicans to start hearings on his nomination before Labor Day, in part to shorten the amount of time that liberals have to research and attack him, Republican sources said yesterday. [Sen. Arlen] Specter has said he wants to hold a week-long hearing just after Labor Day following the Senate's August recess. The negotiations on timing and other matters have lasted for days and may not be resolved until mid-week, Senate aides said." LINK

Conservatives are angry that the White House is trying to disassociate John Roberts from any membership with the Federalist Society, reports the Boston Globe. LINK

The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick on the Durbin-Catholic dust-up, in which the facts remain murky. LINK

A USA Today poll has good news and numbers for Roberts (and mixed news and numbers for Karl Rove). LINK

Don't miss that favorability rating for the Democratic Party at the end of the article.

"In a rare instance of capital bipartisanship, both sides in the John Roberts confirmation faceoff say his wife's links to an anti-abortion group should be off limits," writes the New York Daily News' Tom DeFrank. LINK


The Los Angeles Times' Brownstein's DLC wrap ledes with Sen. Clinton's new appointment to define the party's agenda. LINK

"The appointment solidified the identification of Clinton -- once considered a champion of the party's left -- with the centrist movement that helped propel her husband to the White House in 1992. It also continued her effort, which has accelerated in recent months, to present herself as a moderate on issues such as national security, immigration and abortion," writes Brownstein.

And despite Sen. Clinton's call for all Democrats to work together, Brownstein wisely Notes the potential trouble she may have in making both David Sirota and Al From happy with her work. . . of course, it's Al From's organization for which she is working, so we can probably guess at who will end up a bit more pleased with her results.

Reports Dan Balz of the Washington Post, "Although the next presidential campaign is three years away, Monday's session had clear overtones of that coming race. Three other Democrats actively considering running in 2008 -- Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, the newly named DLC chairman; Sen. Evan Bayh (Ind.), the outgoing DLC chairman; and Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner, who just concluded a year as chairman of the National Governors Association -- competed with Clinton for attention." LINK

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