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Strategy Memo: Tourney Time

Good Monday morning, Washington and beyond. This morning, President Obama appears with Treasury Secretary Geithner to announce some new policies meant to help small businesses. This comes after reports this weekend that AIG will still pay out significant bonuses to its top executives, despite administration objections. Later, Obama will speak at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Vice President Biden, meanwhile, will speak at the IAFF conference in DC, and later at a DNC function. Biden is playing a somewhat typical vice presidential role of rallying the party faithful; he also helped Sen. Blanche Lincoln kick off her re-election campaign in Arkansas this weekend.

The House and Senate are back in session this afternoon. The House will rename a few U.S. Post Offices, while the Senate considers the omnibus lands bill once again. The lands bill easily passed the Senate in January, but the House rejected it last week.

Here are the headlines we're watching today:

**Check out all the Sunday talk show highlights on RealClearPolitics Video, including Ben Bernanke and Dick Cheney.

**President Obama
*AP has the details on today's small business announcement, "a broad package that includes reduced small-business lending fees and an increase on the guarantee to some Small Business Administration loans." This follows a Sunday full of appearances on the talk shows by top economic officials.

*Adam Nagourney writes about the latest AIG fallout: "The Obama administration is increasingly concerned about a populist backlash against banks and Wall Street, worried that anger at financial institutions could also end up being directed at Congress and the White House and could complicate President Obama's agenda." David Axelrod, however, tried to spin that most of these problems and the frustration over them precede the administration. "We've got enormous problems that need to be addressed. And it's hard to address because there's a lot of anger about the irresponsibility that led us to this point. This has been welling up for a long time," he said.

*WashingtonPost.com's Sargent on Axelord and a similar sentiment from Obama pollster Joel Benenson: "My question is, how much longer is this going to cut it? These quotes ... have a weirdly passive quality to them. Obama's pollster can blame 'corporate interests' for having too much sway over the 'agenda in Washington,' as Obama's pollster put it, but it's the Obama administration that's supposed to set the 'agenda in Washington' now."

*Chris Cillizza this morning piggybacks on Mike Allen's report from this weekend, about the Obama administration's plans to "kick off an all-out grass-roots effort" using tools from the campaign with the mission of selling the president's budget. "David Plouffe, who was Obama's campaign manager and is now an adviser to OFA, called this effort the 'first major engagement' of the group in the legislative process and said in a statement that it will call on supporters 'to help the President win the debate between those who marched in lockstep with the failed Bush economic policies and now have no new ideas versus the Obama agenda which will help us manage the short term economic crisis and puts us on the path to long term prosperity.'"

*On CNN, Dick Cheney faulted the administration for rolling back Bush administration terror policies. "I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the intelligence that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11. ... President Obama campaigned against it all across the country. And now he is making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack."

*Vice President Biden's mother is in the hospital after a fall at her home in Wilmington, the News Journal reports.

*Doing too much?: "President Barack Obama has filled nearly twice as many government posts as the previous two presidents did at this point in their first terms. The problem is, the current administration has so much more on its plate that it needs more key people in place to advance its ambitious agenda."

*"Marking a new season in his young presidency, President Barack Obama and his allies around Washington are about to give the capital a bracing lesson in one-party rule," writes Politico's Raju and Allen.

*Budget opposers: "Some of the special-interest groups opposed to tax increases or spending cuts in President Obama's proposed 2010 budget plan are facing a more immediate pocketbook problem: The recession has sapped their ability to fight back."

**Congress
*The omnibus lands bill will now be added as an amendment to a piece of House legislation -- H.R. 146 -- and Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), who sponsored the first bill, thinks it should have no problem passing the Senate once again.

*NYT's Hulse noted Saturday that the issue of gun rights "still persistently tie [Democrats] in knots and have been used by Republicans to stall two major bills this year, with more likely to come."

*Waters (D-Calif.) and the bank: "Rep. Maxine Waters said she didn't do anything improper in advocating for a Boston-based bank in which she and her husband have held financial stakes. The California Democrat said in a statement that her efforts were intended to aid minority-owned banks overall, not just OneUnited Bank, an institution that received $12 million in federal bailout money," the WSJ reports.

*AIG: "While lawmakers are vowing to investigate huge bonuses paid by American International Group--the struggling mega-insurer that has received more than $170 billion in government rescue funds--they admit it's not clear the government has the authority to stop them, or recoup the bonus money," Politico reports.

**Campaign Stuff
*Two weeks to go in NY-20 special election race. Reuters reports that "for Republicans, a win would help turn the page on the painful 2008 election and offer them a glimmer of hope at a time when Democratic President Barack Obama enjoys high approval ratings."

*Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) says he wants to run for the Senate in 2010, challenging incumbent Chris Dodd (D-Ct.). Meanwhile, Dodd tried to explain to the Hartford Courant his relationships with two men he owned property with, one of whom was Edward R. Downe Jr., "a millionaire Long Island socialite who later would orchestrate one of the biggest insider trading scams in Wall Street history."

*The CW is quickly developing in New Jersey. Gannett's Trenton bureau chief writes under the headline, "Governor just sealed his fate: He's set to lose."

*Rep. Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), who's toyed with a number of statewide races since his gubernatorial bid in 2003, is now seriously considering a bid for the Senate, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo is already running.

*Remember when a McCain adviser talked about the "real Virginia?" Here's Jim Bunning this weekend: "I need your support to offset Lexington, Louisville and some other people who don't think like we do in Northern Kentucky," Bunning said at yet another Lincoln Dinner.

**Republicans
*The Christian Science Monitor tries to look at the bright side with the RNC. "In a way, Republican strategists have no choice but to be optimistic about Steele's continued presence as party chair. Ousting the party's first black chairman could be disastrous for the GOP's image. Moreover, the mechanics of an ouster are difficult: A two-thirds vote against Steele would be required at a meeting of the 168-member national committee, not just the executive committee. GOP chairs serve two-year terms, so if the 2010 midterms prove disastrous for Republicans, Steele could be voted out at the 2011 winter meeting."

*McClatchy notes a split on earmarks between brothers-in-arms John McCain and Lindsay Graham. "I agree with John McCain that we need (earmark) reform, but I am not embarrassed at all about trying to get the Small Business Administration to build a new convention center in Myrtle Beach," Graham said. "The reason people know about it is I put my name by it."

**The Tourney Alert: Here are our upset locks for the NCAA Tournament...
-Kyle: #12 Arizona over #5 Utah; #11 VCU over #6 UCLA -- Eric Maynor and Chase Budinger will dominate.
-Mike: Keep an eye on the Siena Saints out of the powerhouse (ok, not really) MAAC. They won a first-round game last year and are a 9th seed this year, but did draw a hot team in #8 Ohio State.

--Kyle Trygstad and Mike Memoli