The Party of National Insecurity

Per the Wall Street Journal's Greg Hitt, "The U.S. sees North Korea as a threat to global stability and is seeking ways to force the country to abandon its nuclear ambitions. But South Korea sees a potentially peaceful neighbor and is looking for ways to promote dialogue and spread capitalism, with reunification the ultimate aim."

Hoekstra's "blunt letter":

Rep. Hoekstra appeared on "Fox News Sunday," garnering coverage in the Washington Post LINK, Chicago Tribune LINK, Associated Press LINK, the New York Times LINK, and the Los Angeles Times LINK.

(We'd love to know what Porter Goss makes of all this!)

Politics of immigration:

The Miami Herald Notes that Sen. Warner's spiel in today's immigration hearing in Miami today will focus on immigrants' contributions to America's armed forces. LINK

In Sunday's Los Angeles Times, Nicholas Riccardi and Mark Z. Barabak Noted the ways in which Republican candidates "increasingly are attacking their Democratic opponents" on immigration. LINK

The Cook Political Report's Amy Walter says: "The focus in Washington has been almost exclusively on the risk among Republicans. But there are also Democrats, especially Democrats in conservative-leaning districts, who may also have to find themselves distancing themselves from the national party."

The Boston Herald's ed board looks at the way Sen. Kennedy and a bevy of Senate Republicans have countered the House's field hearings and writes: "Hey, you mess with the bull - you get the horns." LINK

Bush Administration agenda:

The New York Times' Edmund Andrews got ahead of the curve in the Sunday paper with the news that fast climbing tax revenue is projected to cut the federal deficit by $100 billion more than officials had projected six months ago. LINK

Richard Wolffe of Newsweek asks, "Has Bush turned green in his six years in office?" and explains why both environmental groups and the Bush White House say the answer is "no." LINK

Deborah Orin of the New York Post (with an assist from Mike McCurry) heaped tons of praise on Tony Snow in her Sunday story which looked at the page turning Bush Administration. LINK


Time magazine's Mike Allen and Hillary Hylton have "a source close" to former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) saying that the former House Majority Leader is "planning an aggressive campaign to retake the House seat he quit in June if an appeals court lets stand a ruling by a federal judge last week that his name must stay on November's ballot--even though he has moved to Virginia. 'If it isn't overturned, Katy bar the door!' says a G.O.P. official. 'Guess he'll have to fire up the engines on the campaign and let 'er rip.'" LINK

In Saturday's Houston Chronicle, Kristen Mack reported that DeLay told a friendly crowd on Friday that "Democrats seeking to force him onto the November ballot 'may get exactly what they want.' After savoring a standing ovation, he quickly said the comment was not an announcement that he will seek the office he vacated last month." LINK

David M. Drucker of Roll Call details the dire implications of last week's DeLay decision for the GOP, Noting that "the ruling leaves Republicans without a candidate to campaign against the well-funded [Democratic candidate] Lampson for at least another month pending the outcome of an appeal to the 5th Circuit, and gives their prospective nominee only three months to raise money and hammer the Democrat should they win the case." LINK


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