The Note: Membership Has Its Privileges, Part III

The politics of Katrina:

Per the New York Times, Republican Rep. Tom Davis criticized the Bush Administration yesterday for failing to turn over key documents related to the Katrina investigation. Davis threatened subpoenas if the Administration does not start to comply quickly. LINK


While telling the AP's Frederic Frommer that he considers the odds of a McCain-Feingold race in 2008 remote, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) said of McCain: "If he wins the Republican primaries, I think the chances of the Democrats winning the White House that year are going to be pretty thin. I think we all know that." LINK

2008: Democrats:

Sen. Hillary Clinton plans to visit Israel next week for the second time as a senator, reports the New York Times. The Times Notes Clinton faced questions about her commitment to Israel in her first senatorial campaign, and during this trip Clinton will attend events "centering on issues of apparent importance to Jews here and in Israel" and appear "beside prominent Israelis." LINK

A clue to Sen. Clinton's 2008 ambitions? Page Six claims former President Clinton's 2001 lease of office space in Harlem has an escape clause in the event his wife becomes president, a "fact" Clinton's spokesman denies. LINK

2008: Republicans:

The Boston Globe's Hellman Notes that former Iowa GOP executive director and current consultant Gentry Collins has been hired by two campaign committees affiliated with Gov. Romney. LINK

In his Granite Status column, John DiStaso of the New Hampshire Union Leader writes that New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Warren Henderson is concerned that the talk of a possible Democratic 2008 nomination calendar including several contests prior to New Hampshire could impact the GOP primary schedule in the Granite State as well. LINK

The Des Moines Register's David Yepsen highlights Newt Gingrich's theory that it's time to say goodbye to the GOP's current way of doing business -- citing the overly-complex prescription drug plan manual -- and to rev the 2006 campaign engine with a no-excuses approach on major issues such as immigration and hurricane relief efforts. LINK

Elana Schor reports in The Hill that Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) established his second qualified blind trust this summer to help his children avoid paying estate tax. LINK


With only five days to go until Virginia voters choose a successor to Gov. Mark Warner (D), the Washington Post's Timothy Dwyer profiles Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine (D) for the newspaper's front page with an emphasis on the ways in which a mission trip to Honduras put him on a new course. LINK

For the Washington Post's Metro section, Chris Jenkins reports that former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder has endorsed Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine because of Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore's position on limiting handgun purchases to one per month. LINK

"Two key campaign consultants for Virginia attorney general candidate Robert F. McDonnell (R) established a nonprofit group five years ago that its director now says was used almost exclusively to secretly fund political efforts -- including one organized by indicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff," the Washington Post's James Grimaldi reports. LINK

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