The Note: Tough Duck

Beginning at noon ET, the American Life League holds a series of protests targeting pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, NOW, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Catholics for a Free Choice.

Note for the photogs: Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ) attend a 7:00 pm ET premiere of the film "The Great Raid" starring Benjamin Bratt and James Franco.

The first ever Note quickie book is due out August 1 from Ambchal Press. Details on the book tour are TBD (although our first stop is, naturally, The Factor), but here's a preview of the book from the introduction, which is a short history of errors made in The Note over the years:

People often ask us: what mistake do you make most often in The Note? The answer might surprise you. For a time, our most common mistake was spelling the "Elisabeth" in "Elisabeth Bumiller" with a "z" instead of an "s." But lately, we keep making the inexplicable error we made on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, when we referred, yet again, to "Howard Wolfson" as "Harold Wolfson." We aren't sure why we make this error so often. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that all of us have posters of Howard Ickes above our desks.

Be sure to check out our expanded daybook section below with more of the day's events.

Bush agenda:

"After nearly two years of political gridlock, congressional negotiators reached agreement Wednesday on a $286.5-billion highway and mass transit spending bill aimed at providing relief from everybody's favorite gripe: traffic congestion," reports Richard Simon of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

"The bill exceeds the $284 billion that President Bush had set as his spending limit, but the White House is expected to avoid a veto showdown with the Republican-controlled Congress over the popular bill."

The Washington Post's Shailagh Murray covers similar ground. LINK

With more of a focus on what it won't do than what it will do, the Los Angeles Times' Peltz and Simon catch you up on all you need to know about the energy bill, if you haven't been paying attention. LINK

In the Wall Street Journal, Homa Zaryouni takes apart the energy bill and gives it a nice "what it means to you" spin.

". . .concerns from Florida lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats, over a provision to assess oil and gas reserves along the nation's coasts isn't expected to derail one of the administration's highest, and most elusive, priorities," writes The Hill's Jim Snyder. LINK


On why it was important for the President to win this one:

"Congress has not rejected a major trade pact in more than four decades, and CAFTA's defeat could have undermined Bush's efforts to encourage the spread of democracy to combat terrorism, and to negotiate bigger hemispheric and global trade agreements," writes Warren Vieth of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

"CAFTA was also seen as an important test of Bush's ability to steer major legislation through Congress in his second term. The president's top domestic priority, Social Security restructuring, has stalled in the face of unexpectedly strong opposition and lukewarm Republican support."

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