RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman and Co-Chairman Jo Ann Davidson held a media availability earlier this morning with women members of Congress to discuss the RNC's new women's leadership training program.
Happy Birthday, Sen. Feingold. We're sure Sen. Frist did not deliberately schedule the Patriot Act vote to spoil your special day!
Politics of Katrina:
The Associated Press got its hands on a previously unseen videoconference showing Brownie and Co. briefing the President -- who asked not a single question of them -- on the day before Katrina struck. DHS says there's "nothing new or insightful" on the tape. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin says watching it gave him a "sinking feeling in [my] gut." Which leaves some Googling monkeys wondering what the cables will have to say as they endlessly loop the video today. LINK
The video got big play on the morning shows.
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos said on "Good Morning America" that the video shows President Bush was "very engaged . . . as engaged as you would expect a President to be."
CBS' Early Show: "Questions for President Bush over the President's delayed response to hurricane Katrina. Newly-released tapes show the President and other top officials had early warnings about the devastation"
CNN's "American Morning" characterized it as "more evidence about the apparent government confusion."
MoveOn.org's Ben Brandzel sent a mass e-mail to the liberal group's supporters at 2:25 am ET with this ominous subject line: "BREAKING: Bush knew about Katrina threat -- and let it happen."
Yesterday's "newly leaked" Katrina videos, per the Washington Post, "threatened to renew public scrutiny of the Bush administration," and prompted Washington Democrats to issue statements "newly critical of the government response." LINK
The Los Angeles Times has the videos on its website. LINK
Democratic Sens. Landrieu and Reid took the opportunity to criticize President Bush's handling of Katrina, reports the New York Times' Shane and Kirkpatrick. LINK
The Katrina fund led by formers presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush has yet to distribute nearly $20 million in relief aid for churches along the Gulf Coast -- a fact that, per the Washington Post, is garnering the bipartisan fund some bipartisan anger. LINK
Bush Administration agenda:
President Bush calls the nuclear agreement reached with India "historic" and now has the tough job of selling it to Congress, reports the New York Times. LINK
The nuclear deal, which needs congressional approval before taking effect, was the focal point of the President's first trip to India, and negotiators have been working intensely over the last several days to ensure that a deal would be reached while the President was in India, ABC News' Karen Travers reports
. Back in Washington, there are critics of the nuclear deal who say that it undermines the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which India has not signed, because the country will have an un-monitored military nuclear program in addition to its civilian program.
Per Bloomberg, President Bush acknowledged that "selling lawmakers" on his nuclear agreement with India will be difficult, although Bush "said he was 'confident' Congress would eventually go along because the pact is 'in the interests of the United States.'" LINK