The Note: The Streaming Note

The Washington Post duo report that "among the names mentioned" are: "Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales; Edward Charles Prado and Priscilla R. Owen, both from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit; Consuelo Maria Callahan, from the 9th Circuit; Larry D. Thompson, former deputy attorney general; Maura Corrigan, a member of the Michigan Supreme Court; Alice Batchelder of the 6th Circuit; Karen Williams and J. Michael Luttig, both from the 4th Circuit; Michael McConnell, from the 10th Circuit; and Samuel A. Alito Jr. of the 3rd Circuit."

Ms. Greenburg from the Chicago Tribune lays out three scenarios. She lumps Gonzales and Thompson together in one, says Owen is on the top of the list on another and lastly does not leave out Luttig and Wilkinson. LINK

National Review weighs in with an editorial: "Roberts left the door wide open to modifying and even overturning Roe -- along with other liberal precedents -- when the time is right. That time may never come unless the president makes a similar appointment in filling the pending vacancy of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The Democrats may be poised to do conservatives a favor by demonstrating that no Republican nominee, no matter how qualified or inoffensive, can avoid significant opposition from them. President Bush should therefore nominate the most qualified conservative jurist available to replace O'Connor -- just as soon as John Roberts is confirmed." LINK

Katrina: Bush strategy/response:

David Sanger of the New York Times Notes the President's remarks yesterday linking up the war on terror and the hurricane damage, and then he slips this in at the end: ". . . [I]nside the administration, a senior diplomat involved in the Iraq effort, who would not allow his name to be used because of the sensitivity of the subject, said that it was hard for him to imagine 'Congress spending more on rebuilding schools in Iraq before they rebuild schools in New Orleans.'" LINK

With a cagey Ron Brownstein tag credit, the Los Angeles Times Vieth and Alonso-Zaldivar write up the politics of Rita preps, with a meta-theme symbolized by this quote, keying off of the President's Wednesday schedule, "'Why he spent 45 minutes on Social Security today floors me,' said a GOP lobbyist close to the White House, expressing concern over what he called 'a perception that no one is in charge.'" LINK

USA Today details how officials at every level, from local ranks to the Pentagon to the Oval Office, hope they have learned the lessons of Katrina in preparing for Rita. "This time, 'it's probably fair to say that everybody is being extra careful to make sure that there isn't any possibility of a lack of resources,' Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said." LINK

USA Today wraps up what else is on President Bush's plate besides Katrina recovery and Rita preparations. LINK

School voucher aid to Katrina victims would only be temporary, according to Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, per the Nation's Newspaper. LINK

Katrina: Big Casino budget politics:

Cutting funding for projects such as the highway bill's $223 million "bridge to nowhere" in Alaska made the list of budget cuts offered yesterday by the House Republican Study Committee, led by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN). "'Kiss my ear!' Rep. Don Young (R-AK) barked when he was asked about suggestions by Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ), and others that he forgo building a bridge to connect Ketchikan to tiny Gravina Island."">LINK

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