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Strategy Memo: South By Southwest

The president starts his day in New Mexico, where he'll hold a town hall meeting to discuss credit card reforms. He returns to the White House later this afternoon.

The House is expected to vote today on a bill that would distribute billions of dollars in grants to states to renovate and modernize schools. Also on the docket is the war supplemental appropriations bill. Appearing before House committees today are Attorney General Eric Holder (Judiciary) and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty (Appropriations subcommittee).

On the north side of the Capitol, the Senate will resume consideration of the Credit Card Holders' Bill of Rights. Yesterday, the Senate rejected an amendment to the bill that would have capped interest rates at 15 percent. This afternoon, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on "the road to peace" in the Middle East.

**President Obama
*The Arizona Republic reports that more than 60,000 "waited for hours in the broiling sun" to hear Obama's commencement at ASU, a speech that was a "witty response to a lingering controversy over the school's decision not to give him an honorary degree." "It is moments like these that force us to try harder and dig deeper and discover gifts we never knew we had. To find the greatness that lies within each of us. So, don't ever shy away from that endeavor. Don't ever stop adding to your body of work," he said.

*Obama based his decision to block release of prisoner abuse photos on "military concerns the images could stoke anti-American passions overseas." He said any abuse is unacceptable, but he worried "how the release of these photos would impact on the safety of our troops," USA Today reports.

*The Wall Street Journal reports that the White House "is weighing plans to detain some terror suspects on U.S. soil -- indefinitely and without trial -- as part of a plan to retool military commission trials that were conducted for prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay."

*AP reports that Obama's Supreme Court short list is down to six: Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Appeals Court judges Sonia Sotomayor and Diane Pamela Wood. California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno is also under review by Obama. "The disclosure of top candidates came as the president met privately at the White House with four leading senators likely to play a key role in confirmation proceedings. Separately, top aides invited the leaders of several liberal-leaning outside groups to a meeting."

*A CBS poll finds that 55 percent trust that Mr. Obama will nominate a good justice to fill Justice Souter's seat, and 35 percent are uneasy about who he might select. His approval rating is 63 percent.

*The Obama administration is seeking "new authority over the complex financial instruments, known as derivatives, that were a major cause of the financial crisis and have gone largely unregulated for decades," the New York Times reports. "The proposal will probably force many types of derivatives into the open, reducing the role of the so-called shadow banking system that has arisen around them."

*The VP's office said that the stimulus program is ahead of schedule, Politico reports. "Although some state and local governments want speedier spending, Biden said in the 21-page report: 'We set a goal of outlaying 70 percent of Recovery Act expenditures by the end of 2010; after just three months, we have already obligated more than $88 billion.'"

*Bill Clinton wants the Obama administration to make a "genuine effort" to prod healthy banks to repay TARP. Clinton also told Bloomberg that the prospects are "good" for Congress to pass this year an energy bill and an overhaul of the health-care system.

*Clinton also takes this shot at VP Cheney. "I wish him well," Clinton told CNN while greeting voters in Virginia. "It's over. But I do hope he gets some more target practice before he goes out again."

**Congress
*"Despite complaints that banks and credit card companies are gouging customers by charging outrageous interest rates, the Senate on Wednesday easily turned back an effort to cap interest rates at 15 percent," NY Times reports.

*Politico: "As the House prepared to vote this week on Republican Rep. Jeff Flake's push for an ethics investigation involving Rep. John Murtha and other senior appropriators, Democratic leaders sent an unmistakable message to their members: 'Don't be a Flake.' "

*When Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) took control of the Energy and Commerce Committee, conservative Dems worried he and Speaker Pelosi "would try to ram through a politically toxic climate change bill," Roll Call writes. "But this week, Waxman and Subcommittee on Energy and Environment Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) showed a pragmatic streak that appears close to lining up support from nearly all the panel's Democratic members."

*"Republicans believe that rising gas prices are their trump card against a Democratic-sponsored climate change bill," The Hill reports. "The Democrats' plan of moving a cap-and-trade bill this summer plays into GOP hands because as the cost of gasoline spikes, so does the public's awareness of energy prices, Republican leadership aides say."

**Republicans
*Cheney's "running argument with the new administration has spawned a noisy side debate all its own: By leading the criticism, is Cheney doing more harm than good to the causes he has taken up and to the political well-being of his party?" WaPo's Dan Balz writes.

**Campaign Stuff
*VA Gov: "The irony of this race is that McAuliffe, who worked his tail off to defeat Obama in Virginia's primary last year, wins only if he can persuade some of those Obama-inspired political newbies to get back in the water," WaPo's Fisher writes.

*Bill Clinton and Terry McAuliffe were an hour late to the first of two campaign appearances in Northern Virginia yesterday. "You can be proud of him on every single measure," Clinton said of McAuliffe. "He was born to lead at this moment and I want you to elect him."

*Really? Sarah Palin weighed in on the Miss California controversy. "What I find so remarkable is that these politically-motivated attacks fail to show that what Carrie and I believe is also what President Obama and Secretary Clinton believe -- marriage is between a man and a woman," Palin said.

*Bloomberg says Republicans are adopting a "Rahm" strategy for recruitment in 2010. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) "said he wants his party to select candidates based less on ideology and more on their chances of winning. The goal, he said, is to seek out prospects who are ethnically diverse, female, less partisan and even supportive of abortion rights."

*AP says "the outreach to more moderate candidates is angering many in the party's conservative base, further exposing a rift over the direction Republicans should take after disastrous election losses in 2006 and 2008. Republican leaders such as Limbaugh, the conservative radio host, and Cheney, the former vice president, have warned the party against moving toward the middle."

*A Rasmussen poll has Chris Christie leading the Republican primary in New Jersey, leading Steve Lonegan 39-29, with another 29 percent undecided.

*A Marist Poll finds Mayor Mike Bloomberg with an approval rating of 59 percent, and ahead of three potential Democratic candidates.

--Kyle Trygstad and Mike Memoli