ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

"The House, reflecting growing political unrest over police powers given the government after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, narrowly defeated a move to bar the Justice Department from carrying out expedited searches of libraries and book dealers," reports the Wall Street Journal's David Rogers.

"House Republicans, under strong pressure from the White House, narrowly defeated an effort yesterday to water down the Bush administration's signature law to combat domestic terrorism," reports the Washington Post's Dan Morgan and Charles Babington. LINK

The New York Times' Eric Lichtblau reports on the 210-210 deadlock over the USA Patriot Act. LINK

The New York Times' Mathew Wald wraps a House hearing on series of security errors during which "officials mistook a police plane carrying the governor of Kentucky for a terrorist threat last month and ordered an evacuation of the Capitol." LINK

The politics of the 9/11 Commission:

"George J. Tenet, the departing director of central intelligence, has told Congress that the C.I.A. is "increasingly skeptical" that a Sept. 11 hijacker, Mohamed Atta, met an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague in April 2001, an assessment very different in tone from continuing assertions by Vice President Dick Cheney that such a meeting might have taken place," reports the New York Times' Douglas Jehl. LINK

The economy:

Northwest Airlines executives assured employees yesterday that cuts in their pay will be worth it, as the company ensures that it will not only survive, but ultimately thrive. LINK

Tort wars:

The Washington Post's Helen Dewar details last night's 44 to 43 demise of the legislation to revise the rules on class-action lawsuits. ". . . the legislation collapsed when Democrats pushed for votes on amendments dealing with other issues and Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), overriding objections from business allies, responded by cutting off all amendments and scheduling a showdown vote." LINK

The Chicago Tribune's William Neikirk sets up the debate about trial lawyers and torts set up by having Sen. Edwards on the Democratic ticket. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: casting and counting:

The voting woes in Flo --er, Ohio -- continue, with the AP Noting that "a federal mandate to replace punch-card voting machines with electronic devices has fizzled to the point that only four of Ohio's 88 counties will consider the idea for the Nov. 2 election." LINK

The touch-screen voting machines in Florida "have more problems than election officials made public," the Miami Herald finds after reviewing elections department documents. LINK

At the same time, the Herald Notes that a top state election official is likely to recommend the use of new software to correct some of the flaws already identified in the e-voting machines. LINK

Bad voting machines may not be the only Election Day hiccups in Florida: the Tampa Tribune reports Florida elections officials are "conferring with law enforcement about the vulnerability of their Election Day operations" to terrorism. LINK

The Florida Secretary of State has reversed her position, saying now that 2,465 former felons will be able to vote in November after all. LINK

Though a Eugene initiative petitioner will pay a $2,500 fine after allegations he illegally paid circulators by the signature, the signatures in question, gathered for a legislative term-limits initiative, will not be thrown out because the law doesn't require it. LINK

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