But the AP's Bruce Smith writes that many South Carolinians weren't surprised. "There was a scattering of negative calls in strongly Republican Lexington County but most people called the compromise 'typical Lindsey,' said county chairman Tim Miller." LINK
The Washington Post's Chuck Babington went home to Nebraska with Sen. Ben Nelson over the recess, and on Sunday he took an excellent look at how skilled Democratic Senators in Red States can hold their own and may end up successful in preventing Republicans from winning a filibuster-proof majority. Babington also ran through the 2006 electoral math and looked at the difficulties Republicans are facing in recruiting candidates in Nebraska, North Dakota, and Florida. LINK
But in the end, the GOP looks to be in a pretty good spot Senate-wise for a midterm with their guy in the White House.
Roll Call's Paul Kane looks at the new power-broker status that Sens. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Mark Pryor (R-AR) have adopted since the nuclear deal.
James Gordon Meek of the New York Daily News writes up Sen. Biden's Sunday comments to ABC's George Stephanopoulos on shutting down Gitmo. LINK
"Biden said the lives of Americans overseas 'are in jeopardy' because of the perception that Gitmo is a prison bereft of human rights, which 'has become the greatest propaganda tool that exists for recruiting of terrorists around the world.'"
On Saturday, the Washington Post's Josh White and Dan Eggen looked at the five confirmed cases of U.S. military personnel mishandling the Koran at the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba found by the Pentagon, "acknowledging that soldiers and interrogators kicked the Muslim holy book, got copies wet, stood on a Koran during an interrogation and inadvertently sprayed urine on another copy." The duo Note that the task force led by Brig. Gen. Jay Hood found 15 incidents in which detainees mishandled the Koran as well. LINK
The politics of national security:
The New York Times is reporting that the 10 commissioners from the Sept. 11 panel, acting through a private group they founded last summer, "will present a letter within days to Andrew H. Card Jr., President Bush's chief of staff, asking the White House to allow the group to gather detailed information from the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies about the government's recent performance in dealing with terrorist threats." LINK
"The moves, which may not be welcome at the White House or among Congressional leaders, represent an unusual effort by members of a high-profile federal commission to retain their political viability and to lobby for their recommendations long after their official investigation came to an end."
The New York Times' David Sanger (who else?) picks up the senior DoD official's comments about high level contacts between the Administration and North Korea and the sense that internal disagreements about what do are coming "to a boil." LINK
Will it soon be easier for the FBI to wiretap a person who is a suspected national security threat? On Sunday, The Boston Globe's Charles Savage curtain raised this week's (behind closed doors) Intelligence Committee hearings. LINK