The Note: Home Is Where the Polls Are

Towards the end of his story which ledes with Rep. Hunter, the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman writes that the port flap has "created some uncomfortable politics in Congress" before discussing the Clintons and the Doles. LINK

Glenn Thrush of Newsday recaps President Bill Clinton's suggestion to Dubai Ports World that they "voluntarily submit to a 45-day probe." LINK

Lobbying reform:

Who wouldn't want to police themselves, really?

By a vote of 11 to 5, the Senate Committee on Homeland and Governmental Affairs rejected a bipartisan Collins-Lieberman proposal on Thursday that would have created an office of public integrity to toughen enforcement of congressional ethics and lobbying laws.

The Washington Post's Jeff Birnbaum sees yesterday's vote "signaling a reluctance in Congress to beef up the enforcement of its rules on lobbying." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Curtius and Simon write that yesterday's vote "underscored the growing resistance on Capitol Hill to overhauls advocated by government watchdog groups and some lawmakers after recent political scandals. Rather than significantly rewrite their rules for conduct, most members of Congress appear to favor more extensive reporting requirements -- mostly for lobbyists." LINK

". . .the measure's defeat, coupled with strong disagreements among Republican leaders in the House over what form lobbying legislation should take, suggests that the path to changing the way Congress does business will be fraught with obstacles," writes Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the New York Times. LINK

More from the Boston Globe: LINK

Wishing Karen Finney a happy weekend, the New York Times takes a front page look at the revolving door from the farming community to the Interior Department. LINK

"At the Interior Department, at least six high political positions have been occupied by people associated with businesses or trade associations tied to public lands or resources."

Politics of Katrina:

In a front-page analysis for the Washington Post, Peter Baker and (the Calvert-Woodley-shopping LINK) Spencer Hsu write that the latest Katrina tape has "revived a dispute" over whether the President was "misinformed, misspoken or misleading" when he appeared on television two days after Hurricane Katrina wiped out most of New Orleans and said: "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." LINK

Marc Sandalow of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that what you see in the Katrina tape "depends on your view of Bush – in charge or incompetent?" LINK

Sandalow: "Critics see a president ignoring warning signs, displaying no inquisitiveness and expressing unfounded confidence in his administration's capabilities, with disastrous consequences."

More Sandalow: "Supporters see an engaged chief executive taking control of a situation and being unfairly blamed for circumstances beyond his control."

The AP reports that in new Katrina video released, Gov. Blanco sounds "uncertain about the reliability of her information." LINK

Politics of surveillance:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales denies any systematic surveilling of Americans beyond the acknowledged NSA program, the Washington Post reports. LINK

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