The Note: Ten Minutes from the New New Normal

The New York Times on the Pelosi/Reid rejection of the Joint Committee investigation and this from Ron Bonjean: "We hope that in the end, the Democrats will come on board. . ." LINK

Roll Call's Billings and Preston look at Democratic charges that GOP investigation plans are a "sham and charade."

The Boston Globe Klein/Kranish duo wrap up all of Thursday's activity from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other including a call for a more cautious and careful approach to government spending from Republican Sens. Sessions and Gregg. LINK

The Washington Post's Mark Leibovich on Sen. Mary Landrieu's "shell-shocked bearing" on her first-day back in the Senate. LINK

Katrina: Big Casino budget politics:

Bloomberg News's Heidi Przybyla and Brendan Murray have Florida Senator and former Bush Cabinet member Mel Martinez saying on Sept. 7, "There ought to be another look at the tax cuts.... We have to look at it all.''

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan has Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), outside of quotation marks, saying that "the president has failed a test of leadership by not including spending cuts to pay for part of the spending." LINK

The New York Times' Andrews and Hulse provide some price tag perspective. LINK

"White House officials and Congressional budget experts now assume that federal costs for the hurricane will shoot past $100 billion, which itself is more than twice the entire annual federal budget for domestic security."

The Washington Post's Peter Baker and Amy Goldstein see a "growing political rift" in a story that wraps the day's Big Casino developments. LINK

The San Francisco Chronicle's Carolyn Lochhead on the Big Casino dimension: "Farm-state lawmakers are urging aid for drought-plagued Midwest farmers who cannot get their crops to market through the Port of New Orleans. Business lobbyists are pushing for long-sought tax cuts as an economic stimulus. Lawmakers from neighboring Texas are asking for help to pay for housing and schooling for storm evacuees." LINK

Writes Brody Mullins in the Wall Street Journal, "Bolstered by the shift in political winds from Hurricane Katrina, U.S. corporations are pressing lawmakers to approve a range of issues that have languished on Capitol Hill, some of which have little to do with hurricane relief," with a focus on the airlines and foodstuffs, and hints of more to come.

When Prime Minister Ariel Sharon meets with President Bush on Sept. 14, he won't raise Israel's request for U.S. aid to cover costs of its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. LINK

Katrina: House of Labor:

President Bush signed a proclamation suspending the minimum labor standards contained in the Davis-Bacon Act for construction projects in the affected areas of the Gulf Coast region, prompting AFL-CIO President John Sweeney to accuse the White House of "taking advantage of a national tragedy" to get rid of a protection for workers that the President's "corporate backers" have "long wanted to remove."

The Davis-Bacon Act set certain minimum labor standards for workers employed in federal contract construction: notably, that contractors must pay their employees not less than the locally prevailing wage for the various crafts in four different types of construction -- commercial buildings, highways, residential, and heavy construction.

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