The Day In Politics, 7/15

Today, we learned that a conservative group is comparing Sonia Sotomayor to William Ayers; Sandra Day O'Connor seems relieved that there might be another woman on the Supreme Court; a Human Rights Watch member tried to raise funds in Saudi Arabia by advertising the group's opposition to the pro-Israel lobby; a CIA report on interrogations will be released in August; the House released its health care plan, which includes a surtax; and Hillary Clinton stepped into the spotlight with a foreign policy speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.

We also considered how Sen. John Cornyn is handling the Sotomayor confirmation process; how to defeat and defend the health care surtax; the lack of any controversy over Catholics on the Supreme Court; the most important numbers in politics; a unified front on health care; and the coming confrontation between the CIA and the House.

Tomorrow: President Obama attends fundraising and campaign events for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine; he also addresses the NAACP at its 100th anniversary conference; Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Energy Secretary Steven Chu are in Beijing; Secrerary of State Hillary Clinton departs for India and Thailand; and the Senate Judiciary Committee continues its first confirmation hearing for Sonia Sotomayor.