There are no public schedule for President Bush today, though there is a morning White House gaggle and afternoon briefing. The Senate is expected to debate and vote on the intelligence reform bill., with a vote scheduled between 2:30 pm-5:30 pm ET.
The House resoundingly approved the intelligence-overhaul bill sought by President Bush and the independent Sept. 11 commission on Tuesday [with a vote of 336 to 75!!] and today it is expected to be approved handily by the Senate with big plans for a Bush-Collins-Lieberman photo op by the end of the week.
The Washington Post fronts the Notion that Syria is harboring Iraqi insurgents LINK
But there is still plenty to talk about on Intel reform.
The New York Times' Philip Shenon's story primes the thinking pump about who will get the job of director of national intelligence with a long list of possibly contenders.
"Lawmakers have informally circulated the names of several potential candidates, including a pair of retired members of the Senate with extensive involvement in intelligence and national security issues: Sam Nunn, a Georgia Democrat who was chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Warren B. Rudman, a New Hampshire Republican who served on the Senate Intelligence Committee and was a member of White House Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board after leaving Congress."
"At least three members of the Sept. 11 commission are also often cited on Capitol Hill as possible candidates: Mr. Kean, who recently announced that he was stepping down as president of Drew University in New Jersey and has not disclosed plans; Mr. Hamilton, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and now director of the Wilson Center in Washington; and John F. Lehman, Navy secretary in the Reagan administration."
"Another possibility is the elevation of the current director of central intelligence, Porter J. Goss, to the job of national intelligence director, although Mr. Goss could expect a bruising confirmation fight given the reports of turmoil at the agency since his arrival there this year, with the departure of several senior career intelligence officers. At least one influential Republican senator, Susan Collins of Maine, the principal Republican architect of the intelligence bill, has said that she would not support Mr. Goss for the new job. LINK
The Wall Street Journal's David Cloud postulates on the bills weaknesses, "But does it go far enough?" he queries, Noting, "some major changes proposed by the independent 9/11 Commission have been left out or watered down." LINK
Doug Jehl takes a break from writing up leaked memos to raise some questions of his own in the New York Times. LINK
USA Today's Andrea Stone calls the House passage of the intelligence bill a "decisive victory" for the President. LINK
The Washington Times also gives Bush beaucoup de credit for the bill's passage. LINK
The Washington Post's Pincus and Priest write that the legislation "represents a historic reordering of the $40 billion intelligence community." LINK
The Hill reports Republican leaders have vowed immigration reform is next on their list. LINK
The Washington Post's Jim VandeHei recaps the President's Camp Pendleton visit yesterday. LINK