The Note: Comes in 3s

The delay spares "President Bush -- at least for the time being -- a politically uncomfortable showdown with members of his own party," writes the Los Angeles Times' Richard Simon. LINK

On ABC's "Good Morning America," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was asked whether he thinks the proposed process put forth by the Administration this weekend is a true review, Schumer said, "I worry about that. . . Let's wait and see the report."

Sen. Frist reacted to the request by DP World for further US review of the port deal by saying on Sunday that he expects the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to grand DP World request for the 45-day investigative national security review and therefore the Senate will "await the outcome of that work before deciding on any legislative steps related to the DP World deal."

Frist went on to say, however, that he expects action to take place in congressional hearings. "I expect the full and vigorous oversight process by Senate committees will continue to explore all aspects of this arrangement," Frist said in a statement released by his office.

Knight Ridder's Ryan Alessi has Frist back on the Republican reservation saying: "We're behind the president 100 percent. We believe the decision in all likelihood is absolutely the right one." LINK

In the newspaper's weekend edition, the Wall Street Journal's ed board rebuked '08ers Clinton and Frist for using "national security" as an excuse for protectionism.

In Sunday's Los Angeles Times, Ron Brownstein wrote that President Bush is "stewing in a pot he brought to boil." LINK

More Brownstein: "By Bush's own logic in Iraq, the Dubai port deal is suspect. But Congress needs to think carefully about whether the deal's potential risk justifies the clear and present danger of twisting" the "spiral" with the Islamic world "a notch higher."

In her Friday afternoon column, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift had McCain aide turned DLCer Marshall Wittman calling the "flap over port management the national security equivalent of the crime bill that set the stage for the Republican sweep of Congress in 1994." LINK

In an op-ed for the Washington Times, Michael Chertoff and John W. Snow attempt to mitigate security concerns over the deal, detailing security measures and assuring thorough cargo screening process. LINK

According to Washington Times' Nicholas Kralev, the founder of UAE's largest law firm said that the Administration's support for the deal may actually boost U.S. image abroad, but if the deal renders moot, he would reconsider representing U.S. companies. LINK

A Washington Times' editorial deems accusations of racism over the uproar of the Dubai deal the"cheapest of cheap shots" and stands by the UAE with "justifiable caution." LINK

Newsweek's Richard Wolffe and Holly Bailey have this great little detail in their story on the ports controversy. LINK

"Rep. Peter King, the GOP chair of the House homeland security committee, called the White House to ask about the deal a few days after the AP story. A senior official told him not to worry, but conceded he didn't know about any investigation into the Dubai company. When King said he planned to go public, the White House official shrugged and said, 'Go ahead.'"

Weekend coverage of the Dubai deal from Time Magazine's Burger, Allen, and Cooper: LINK


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