In The Star:
- Dave Helling points out critics of President Bush's health care plan saying that it could force some to accept lower Social Security payments.
- Helling also reports that JoCo, which spent millions installing touch-screen voting machines, now may have to spend millions more if Congress requires that voting machines have a paper trail.
- In his Sunday column, Steve Kraske reports that internal polling shows Al Brooks in the lead in the KC mayoral race.
- Jeffrey Spivak examines what the KC mayoral candidates want to do about city repairs.
- Spivak and Lynn Horsley kick off a parade of KC mayoral candidate profiles. Brooks is first up.
- In his column, Mike Hendricks tells Clay Chastain to be patient.
- In the "Kansas Capitol Notebook," David Klepper and Jim Sullinger write that Kansas legislators are taking another run at passing a bill to limit protests at funerals.
- In the "Missouri Capitol Notebook," Kit Wagar examines Sen. Chris Koster's bill to penalize utilities for outages.
Elsewhere: Top pickings from The Hotline's "Wake-Up Call," ABC's The Note and others.
- The Senate votes at 5:30 p.m. EST today on a motion to invoke cloture to limit debate on Sen. Carl Levin's non-binding resolution,
- Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Vilsack said "Congress has the constitutional responsibility and a moral duty to cut off funding." That makes him the first major candidate to say so, says ABCNews.com. More: "Real change is saying, We want our troops out of harm's way now. . . Not a cap — an end. Not eventually — immediately."
- Mark Leibovich of The New York Times pens an obit to Sen. John Kerry's presidential aspirations. From the story: "Friends say that Kerry feels betrayed by (John) Edwards, whom he defeated easily in the 2004 Democratic primaries and faults for being too quick to second-guess their campaign, distance himself from it and embark on his own 2008 effort."
- Edwards is talking up his new health care proposal, claiming that it would cover the 47 million Americans who don't currently have insurance, bring down costs for most Americans, and assist them with payments. He would also "ask employers to do more," while the government helps to subsidize. But his failure to endorse a single payer health care system drew the ire of some proponents of such a plan, the New York Sun's Josh Gerstein reports. And, Time's Joe Kein writes he's "not sure" he likes the sound of Edwards' plan: "Expanding Medicaid and putting more responsibility on the employers is exactly the wrong way to go."
- The Wall Street Journal's Deborah Solomon looks at President Bush's secret for spending heavily on guns and butter without triggering huge inflation: "What's Mr. Bush's secret? Ingredient one: strong revenue growth driven by an economy distinguished by surging profits and rising incomes at the top, which are taxed more heavily than incomes at the bottom. Ingredient two: tax cuts and spending increases, which arrived when the U.S. economy needed a boost. Ingredient three, and perhaps the most significant: the willingness of foreigners to lend to the U.S., which finances the budget deficit without pushing up interest rates at a time when Americans don't save very much."
- In a Bob Novak column, Sen. John McCain says: "I will never vote for a tax increase, nor support a tax increase." The Note points out that Novak explores the effect that this has had on McCain's support among liberal journalists and other non-Republicans.
- Former Majority Leader Dick Armey says of Tom DeLay: "I don't like sneaky, conniving people."
Posted by Keith Chrostowski