The Note: Spending All the Time in the Vanity Factory

She will also announce that when the Senate resumes, she will be asking her colleagues who chair the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees to hold joint hearings on the future of our non-proliferation policy with the aim of creating a new blueprint for our shared security. She will also announce that she will be introducing a bill based on ideas advanced by Sam Nunn and Ted Turner through the Nuclear Threat Initiative to safeguard weapons-usable materials to prevent terrorist groups from getting hold of nuclear weapons or materials.

Her bill would create a senior White House advisor for countering nuclear terrorism and require a yearly report that would specify every site with nuclear material or weapons in the world, how vulnerable the material is, how desirable a target it would be and what the United States intends to do about it.

For those in the Gang of 500 who are otherwise deployed to Missouri, Montana, Rhode Island, Connecticut, etc, and can't attend the speech: thanks to web-savvy Lisa Shields and her crack CFR team, you can watch the speech live at 1pm via webcast (

Bush Administration agenda/personality:

The Bush/Rove/Mehlman optimism is demystified by TIME Magazine's Mike Allen who takes a look at the five reasons top GOP political operatives do not fret the apocalypse. LINK

Democrats looking to be spooked (or cite history and a record of bravado -- see 2000 New Hampshire snowballs), will like the kicker:

"On the road Monday, Rove playfully answered the receptionist's phone at a hotel where the President was conducting an interview with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity. "Historic Statesboro Inn," he said authoritatively, then went to track down the manager himself, returning several times to update the caller on the progress of his quest. On Air Force One on the way home, he made a rare appearance in the press cabin, handing out chocolate-covered pecans to the reporters. He waved the lid of the tin theatrically and said, "Sweets for my sweets." In less than a week, it will be clear whether he had outsmarted the pundits and Democrats, one last time."

Todd S. Purdum profiles his neighbor, Karl C. Rove, in the upcoming Vanity Fair. LINK

As Kate Purdum would say, "Res ipsa loquitur." Courtesy of his Fox News interview, USA Today includes Vice President Cheney's apparent belief that insurgents may be trying to influence the outcome of the midterms. LINK

"Bush Says 'America Loses' Under Democrats," blares a Washington Post's front page story by Michael Abramowitz. LINK

Abramowitz Notes that the DCCC is now funding ads for John Yarmuth against Rep. Anne Northup (R-KY) in Kentucky's third congressional district, former Reid aide Tessa Hafen against Rep. Jon Porter in Nevada's third congressional district, and (Andrew Sullivan heartthrob) Scott Kleeb against state legislator Adrian Smith in Nebraska's third congressional district. LINK

The New York Daily News' Thomas DeFrank reports that President Bush, in an interview with Fox News, " declared yesterday he doesn't plan to be a lame duck no matter how next week's elections turn out." LINK

Looking closely at President Bush rhetoric yesterday, James Gerstenzang of the Los Angeles Times writes that Bush is touting his party's strength on terrorism and taxes, "serving up red-meat Republican issues to the party faithful to get these core GOP voters to the polls." LINK

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