$286b transportation bill, which funds a record 6,371 pet projects, marks a “significant shift from Bush‘s once-uncompromising stand on earmarks.” [WP, NYT, USAT]
NARAL’s anti-Roberts advertisement sparks backlash; Annenberg study concludes “the ad is false” and “uses the classic tactic of guilt by association.” [NYT]
9/11 Commission was notified of military intelligence about the hijackers; Weldon says the panel’s “refusal to investigate. . . is evocative of the worst tendencies in the federal government that the commission worked to expose.” [NYT]
Roberts advised O’Connor to be evasive at her confirmation hearings, suggesting he will duck questions about his opinions on specific cases. [WP]
Specter supports administration’s position on Roberts‘ memos. [NYT, WSJ]
Protesters set to join Sheehan; Rice, Rumself plan to visit ranch today. [USAT]

Roberts was critical of “new right” movement in the 1980s. [WT]
Still unclear: who sent Joe Wilson packing to Niger? [WP]
States are standing up for their Air National Guard bases. [NYT]
Pirro officially launches campaign in New York senate race: “I’m Republican red on fiscal policy with conservative beliefs on making tax cuts permanent, but I’ve got broad blue stripes on social issues that don’t change based on the office I run for.” [WP, NYT]
Pirro must increase name recognition. [NYT]
Republicans are more likely to go for professional degrees, argues White House deputy director of public liaison. [WP]
Several Republican governors are attempting to loosen organized labor’s grip on public employees. [WSJ]

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