Mukasey, SCHIP and Thompson's Disappearing Act

Michael Mukasey's confirmation as the next attorney general is expected to go smoothly, but it will be a long day on Capitol Hill for the former judge. Senators are likely to use his confirmation hearing to raise questions about former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and President Bush's terrorism and wiretapping policies.

Democrats have won the latest round against President Bush by forcing the president to veto the popular State Children's Health Insurance Program bill. However, the Democrats do not have enough votes to overturn the veto.

And after making his first debate appearance last week, actor and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson has been laying low. The move is unusual for a candidate who is not leading in the polls.

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