The Note: "Yada, Yada, Yada -- and So We Go"

The Nation's Newspaper gets Ken Duberstein's take on Miers' revised questionnaire, due to arrive on the Hill today: "You only get one do-over." LINK

The Washington Times has Sen. DeWine (R-OH) saying: "If I pick up one more paper and read about one more group that I've never heard of saying they're for Miers or against Miers -- it just doesn't matter at this point." LINK

Roll Call Notices that some of the Senate's newer Republicans, many of whom ran campaigns promising conservative jurists, have been quiet on the issue of Miers.

Holman Jenkins writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Miers's tenure at the Texas Lottery Commission throws a "useful light on America's rush to embrace state-sponsored gambling."

The Los Angeles Times profiles Harriet Miers' judicial mentor, U.S. District Judge Joe Estes of Dallas, for whom Miers clerked. LINK

Guy Taylor of the Washington Times provides an in-depth look at Harriet Miers' background, including sock hops and law school. LINK

Bush agenda:

USA Today leads with the results of its new poll, which shows that the majority of Americans disapprove of President Bush and both parties in Congress. Writes Susan Page: "The public's sour outlook raises the prospect that the elections next year could be more problematic for incumbents than any since Republicans swept to control of Congress in 1994." While those polled seem to be generally disgusted with Congress, they did give Democrats higher marks than Republicans on every issue save terrorism. LINK

Senator Santorum take Note: the poll also say voters are more likely to support a candidate who opposes the President than one who supports him.

The Los Angeles Times' Ed Chen writes that despite the problems confronting the Administration, President Bush can still rally big donors. LINK

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank sketches the soiree in search of an occasion that the RNC sponsored last night: "Only the wine selection -- a pedestrian Clos du Bois -- hinted that these are not fat times." LINK

"If confirmed by the Senate," Ben Bernanke "will have to decide whether to continue the campaign of interest-rate increases his predecessor began," the Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip reports.

"As late as 2004," former FDA head "Lester Crawford or his wife owned stock in companies that make or distribute products regulated by the agency, a factor that may have led to his abrupt departure last month," the Wall Street Journal's Lueck and Mathews report.

The President's tax advisory panel "may make public its final written recommendations later this week, ahead of a November 1 deadline," Bloomberg's Ryan Donmoyer reports. LINK

Bloomberg's Brendan Murray contrasts Bush's judicial appointments with his economic appointments. LINK

"'They've been excellent appointments,' said Alice Rivlin, a Clinton administration appointee who served as Fed vice chairwoman from 1996 to 1999. 'These people are in the tradition of strong, well-qualified, non-ideological economists.'"

Big Casino budget politics:

Per the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman, "Republicans began targeting key programs for budget cuts yesterday, from student loans and health care to food stamps and foster care. But the tough measures immediately drew staunch opposition from anti-poverty groups, businesses and moderate Republicans." LINK

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