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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), a co-chairman of the Senate's India Caucus, "called it 'another important step for an important alliance' and promised to help move the deal forward."

The Washington Post's Jim VandeHei and Dafna Linzer on the President's trip. LINK

Big Casino budget politics:

Bloomberg News Notes that former U.S. Treasury Secretary under Clinton, Robert Rubin, spoke to Democrats yesterday urging them to oppose President Bush's Social Security plan. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's John Harwood writes that Republican leaders may have a difficult time extending a rate of 15% on dividends and capital gains before April 15.

Politics of Iraq:

National Journal's Murray Waas reports that the President received "highly classified intelligence reports containing information at odds with his justifications for going to war."

Michael Kinsley thinks that there is no case against democracy. But he also thinks that the case "against spreading democracy -- especially through military force -- as a mission of the U.S. government is also pretty self-evident." LINK

Port politics:

The Washington Times reports on House Member Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who wants to kill the deal between the U.S and Dubai. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Hitt and Singer Note that the White House has failed to quell the concerns of lawmakers opposed to the Dubai ports deal. The piece includes Rep. Hunter saying "this problem is not going away," and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) saying of the Administration: "I don't think they get it."

USA Today reports on port controversy between President Bush and Congressional members. Plus, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll found overwhelming opposition to the deal. LINK

Lawmakers say, in light of the Dubai ports deal, the CFIUS process is ripe for change, reports the New York Times. LINK

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), takes the lead in calling for a review of the head of the US Maritime Administration, David Sanborn. Nelson wants to know what Sanborn's involvement was within the Dubai port deal and if it served his own best interests. LINK

Amy Parnes of the Naple Daily News has Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) responding to the ports deal differently than most Florida lawmakers: "for the time being," the Senator's spokesperson said, the Senator "is not opposed and not supportive of the deal." LINK

Clintons of Chappaqua:

Both Sen. Clinton and Jay Carson assert the FPOTUS is fully on board with her legislation aimed at blocking any foreign government owned company from operating US ports.

Earlier in the week, when the former president spoke to reporters after addressing the nation's governors, he described a prohibition on any foreign government owned company operating US ports as an ideal position but he didn't seem prepared to fully embrace it.

Ian Bishop of the New York Post reports Sen. Clinton admitted yesterday that she had not been aware that her husband, the former president, had been in touch with the Dubai company about the ports deal controversy. LINK

The New York Daily News header: "Bill, Hill no shipmates: He advises Dubai as she fights deal" LINK

RNC spokesgal Tracey Schmitt reacted to the daylight between the two Clintons by telling ABC News: "It's hardly surprising that rather than take her cues from a former President who understands the substance of the issue, Hillary Clinton instead gets wrapped up in the politics du jour."

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