The Note: Prime Time Live

In case you had any doubt as to whether or not Anthony Weiner believes he will be in a runoff against Fernando Ferrer, you need look no farther than his campaign schedule. (And we don't mean the fact that he has one.)

After doing some morning television interviews, Weiner thanked voters outside the subway station on 125th Street and Lenox Ave. in Harlem at 7:30 am ET before heading to the Bronx to visit a senior center at 11:30 am ET.

Fernando Ferrer was also up early doing some live morning television interviews before he headed to a subway station a little farther east at 125th St. & Lexington Ave. with City Comptroller Bill Thompson.

For a bit of counter programming, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will announce the chairs and vice-chairs of "Democrats for Bloomberg" at 11:00 am ET.

Katrina: Bush response:

"Throughout his nearly five years in office, Mr. Bush has resisted publicly acknowledging mistakes or shortcomings, and his willingness in this case to edge up to a buck-stops-here statement, however conditional, was evidence of how shaken his presidency has been by the political fallout from the government's handling of the storm," write the New York Times' Bumiller and Stevenson in leading the paper, naturally. LINK

"It also set the stage for a White House effort to pivot from dealing with urgent rescue and relief efforts to setting out a vision of how the federal government could help rebuild devastated communities and re-establish Mr. Bush's image as a leader."

MoDo believes that Bush's political damage in the aftermath of Katrina could be long lasting. LINK

Katrina: Congress reacts:

Armed with their own partisan polling data, don't expect congressional Democrats to budge on their demand for a 9/11-style independent inquiry into the government's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina any time soon.

When Members of the House Democratic Policy & Steering Committee convened on Capitol Hill yesterday, Stan Greenberg told them that his latest polling shows that 83 percent of Americans support an independent, 9/11-style inquiry in which membership would be evenly split between Democrats and Republicans instead of a bipartisan, bicameral committee comprised of more Republicans than Democrats.

A Democratic Member of Congress who attended the meeting told The Note that the data provided to them by the veteran Democratic pollster is "driving" the Democratic strategy of refusing to go along with the Republicans on this issue.

"They're going to have to give in," this Democratic Member said, referring to the GOP congressional leadership. "The public doesn't trust the government to investigate itself."

The New York Times has some more on this: LINK

Janet Hooks of the Los Angeles Times writes that Congress' schedule and rhythms have been thrown off by Katrina. LINK

Per Roll Call's Mark Preston: "Congressional Republicans vowed Tuesday to move forward with their plan to form a bicameral committee to examine the response to Hurricane Katrina, even as Democrats were making it clear that launching such a joint investigation would be impossible without their blessing."

Roll Call's Ben Pershing reports that some Republicans on Capitol Hill want the White House to establish a Katrina war room to improve communication, but White House spokesman Trent Duffy (a one-man war room, wherever he is) dismisses the idea.

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