The Party of National Insecurity

The Houston Chronicle reports that residents of Laredo, TX are wondering whether Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX), or both, will ultimately represent them. LINK

George Skelton of the Los Angeles Times appears somewhat skeptical that redistricting reform is headed to the Golden State anytime soon. LINK

GOP agenda:

The AP's Laurie Kellman looks at the GOP's unexpected internal strife over its "American Values Agenda." LINK

Dr./Leader/Sen. Frist has abandoned Senate plans to remain in session in early October, aiming to give GOP colleagues as much time as possible to campaign in their home states before Election Day, Roll Call's John Stanton and Ben Pershing report.

Reuters has the unfavorable reviews of this session of Congress, including guest reviewer Dick Armey, " 'I'm not sure what this Congress has accomplished.'" In advance of this week's G-8 summit, the Wall Street Journal's Yochi J. Dreazen writes "the U.S. needs Russia more than Russia needs the U.S."

Politics of national security:

The Wall Street Journal's Greg Jaffe reports that the Army met its recruiting goal for the month of June and expects to meet their mark for July and August, ending last year talks of a possible draft. However, lower expectations and "moral waivers" have raised questions about the quality of the troops.

Politics of Iraq:

Who knew rallying support for an anti-amnesty proposal for Iraqi insurgents would be so hard among congressional Republicans? David Lightman of the Hartford Courant reports that Rep. John Larson (D-CT) is finding little camaraderie among his fellow members of Congress as his resolution languishes in the House. LINK

The Washington Times' Rowan Scarborough reports on politicians' posturing over the 500 vials of sarin gas found in Iraq. LINK

Sen. Lieberman's primary politics:

Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post has a cup o' joe with Joe and then argues that "There's more to Lieberman than his stance on the war," and that Democrats might want to put more attention on other races, such as some close House races in Connecticut. LINK and LINK



USA Today Notes the unusual Senate sponsorship of the "vehicle and fuel choice" measures, including potential 08ers Sens. Bayh, Brownback, and Clinton. LINK

2008: Republicans:

On "Good Morning America," Sen. McCain talked to ABC's Bill Weir about North Korea, hinting not so subtly that he expects China to step up its talks to Kim Jong Il, saying, "We have every right to expect China to be very, very forceful, and we should make it very clear to the Chinese that this is a defining issue to our relationship."

(It's worth Noting that during his back-to-back appearance in front of the American Legion in Richmond, VA on Saturday, Sen. George Allen (R-VA) engaged in some saber rattling towards China).

Sen. McCain also commented on a recent Rasmussen poll that has the Arizona Republican leading Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) 43 percent to 44 percent in Massachusetts should they both run. "I take it as name ID primarily," he said, "and only for junkies. I'd like to say otherwise, but it's meaningless at this point in history."

On a back-to-back appearance on CBS' Early Show, he commented on the same poll with near verbatim remarks just moments later, closing with a grin and "I've enjoyed my time in Massachusetts a great deal."

The New York Post's Orin, a stickler for methodology, writes up the Rasmussen poll. LINK

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