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Morning Thoughts: Calm Before The Storm

Good Monday morning. Here's what we know: Being number one in the NCAA is a kiss of death. The Boston Red Sox have the most fans, but if the Indians don't beat them, the Rockies will crush them in four straight. And this week is going to be one of the busiest of the year. Washington turns its lonely eyes to these stories today:

-- The Senate returns to Washington to take up the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations measure. They are likely to vote on final passage before the day is out. The House, meanwhile, takes up bills promoting research into postpartum depression and paralysis as well as the Vision Care for Kids Act.

-- President Bush is swinging through the South today. He visits locations in Rogers, Arkansas, before attending a fundraising reception for Tennessee Sen. Lamar (!) Alexander in Memphis. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, a noted environmentalist, talks about the importance of national parks at a summit in Austin, Texas, while Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on foreign travel to the Middle East.

-- As we mentioned, this is a busy week for politics. Today, campaigns must file their actual FEC reports, instead of just leaking numbers, generating a new round of stories on who's up and who's down in the money race. Tomorrow, voters from Lowell to Chelmsford will pick a new representative to take over for ex-Rep. Marty Meehan in a special election that may prove better for Republicans than many think. On Thursday, the House will try to override President Bush's veto of legislation expanding the SCHIP program, though House Democrats admit they are still more than a dozen votes short. And as the Armenian Genocide resolution makes its way to the floor, with Turkey's ambassador firmly planted at home in Ankara rather than in Washington, Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Bush has yet to reach out and call her on the issue. The last time the bill moved toward the floor, President Clinton called then-Speaker Dennis Hastert to get the bill pulled just before votes were cast.

-- On Saturday, Louisiana voters take to the polls to pick a new governor. And this weekend, Republican presidential candidates have to be in three places -- Washington, for the Values Voters Summit, San Diego, for the Western States Leadership Conference, and Orlando, for the Presidency IV summit and Fox News debate. Fred Thompson's second debate comes as another round of stories examine his absence on the trail and his commitment to a long and difficult race for president. Scheduled to be in New Hampshire this weekend, the Thompson campaign canceled at the last minute, and his schedule this week is remarkably light. AP's Phil Elliott says New Hampshire voters, at least, are noticing.

-- The Boston Globe, meanwhile, covers Thompson's Social Security plan and the attendant reaction from his fellow Republicans -- or lack thereof. Does the fact that other candidates didn't hit him for proposing cuts in benefits mean they don't consider Thompson a serious threat? Seriously, the Globe notes, the other candidates said next to nothing.

-- Former Sen. John Edwards had a good weekend. The North Carolinian picked up the backing of Friends of the Earth Action, FoE's political arm. Normally, the group would not play a huge role, but they got headlines for making their endorsement just days after former Vice President Al Gore took home the Nobel Prize for his work on global warming. Edwards also won the backing of Iowa's Service Employees Union, which was freed up to make their pick after the national organization couldn't come to an agreement. The Iowa SEIU isn't the largest in the country, but by winning their support, Edwards can import SEIU help from other states, including California, where the union is both strong and backing the former senator.

-- On the Republican side, after taking on former Mayor Rudy Giuliani over taxes and spending, Mitt Romney picked a fight with anyone who wanted one on what it means to be a Republican. Romney, channeling Howard Dean, said he represented the "Republican wing of the Republican Party." John McCain was the first to take up the fight, slamming Romney for backing Paul Tsongas and failing to endorse the Contract with America, The Hill writes. Romney has been unafraid of a fight lately, and while the battle with Giuliani helped drive stories suggesting the race was between the two of them, a battle with McCain could be more dangerous. McCain may be bouncing back, writes South Carolina sage Lee Bandy, and his two-state strategy that includes wins in New Hampshire and the Palmetto State could make him this year's comeback kid. A battle with Romney, the leader in recent New Hampshire polls, is just what McCain needs.

-- Keep an eye on this one: When the House Homeland Security Committee suggested staffers get certain immunizations before visiting the Talladega Superspeedway, in Alabama, and Lowe's Motor Speedway, in North Carolina, Republicans virtually shrieked with glee: Democrats had, they said, suggested that NASCAR Nation was a third-world country. Much as Democrats would like it to, this is not an incident that Republicans will forget any time soon. And as Rep. Robin Hayes faces a repeat challenge from a Democrat he beat by fewer than 500 votes, the Republican who first questioned the committee will certainly try to paint Democrats as out of touch with his constituents who head to the Lowe's track, in his district.

-- Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns officially announced his candidacy for retiring Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's seat. Johanns joins Attorney General Jon Bruning in the GOP primary, while former Omaha Mayor and Congressman Hal Daub withdrew a few weeks ago. The big question many Democrats would sure like an answer to: After an initial flurry of buzz and interest, where has former Sen. Bob Kerrey gone? Kerrey represents Democrats' best shot at picking up the seat, and if he says no to a return engagement, the party will turn to current Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey or 2006 congressional candidate Scott Kleeb.

-- Today On The Trail: Candidate schedules are light today, like the calm before the storm. Obama is in Madison, Wisconsin, for a rally. Richardson is in Santa Fe, while Clinton hits a luncheon in New York and John Edwards is on the trail in Iowa City. On the GOP side, Fred Thompson addresses the New York Conservative Party's annual dinner, in the city.