Justice Kennedy, unbowed: Conservatives have turned on Anthony Kennedy, a Reagan appointee to the Supreme Court, over his citing of international law. Tom DeLay, irked by a Kennedy ruling on the death penalty, found it "incredibly outrageous" that Kennedy "does his own research on the Internet." But it doesn't appear that Kennedy is yielding. He's giving the "plenary address" this afternoon to the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law.
Department of happy thoughts: Among Republican lawmakers, the talk is about how to limit Democrats' gains in November so they don't take control of Congress. But evidently they haven't been consulting with conservative talk-radio host Hugh Hewitt who, aided by the Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes, will be at the Heritage Foundation Thursday to discuss Hewitt's book, Painting the Map Red, which coaches the GOP on "how to win everywhere."
Only 953 days until Election Day 2008. Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., visit New Hampshire. Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., gives a speech in Washington. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, goes to North Dakota, Gov. Tom Vilsack, D-Iowa, goes to Florida, and—oy vey—Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Presbyterian, gives the keynote speech at the Orthodox Union in New York.
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