The Web's Best Political News Summary: Feb. 7: Let's Get Workable:

Jeers to NBC News, for doing an entire "Nightly News" spot last night based on a Maureen Dowd column on women versus men in the Enron saga. Jim Avila is hard-working, but he's no Mo Do. If you are an amateur historian of the flagship broadcasts of the networks, you need to obtain a tape of this spot. It was something else.

("Cheers and Jeers" is a feature of "TV Guide," and we use that device here strictly as homage to the publication, and to a great idea.)

GAO/Energy Task Force Fight

A former Reagan and 41 official uses the The Wall Street Journal editorial page to buck up the White House in its fight to keep the energy task force information from the GAO, echoing Administration arguments, including that this is different from the Clinton health care task force and that executive privilege need not be used (yet) to defend the position.

Legislative Agenda

The Washington Post reports, "The Bush administration began yesterday to sketch out its plans for revising the nation's welfare system, calling on states to find new ways to promote marriage and to help poor workers secure better jobs — but without providing additional federal money for those priorities. Senior aides to the president made clear publicly for the first time that they will ask states to continue to operate their welfare programs with exactly the same financial help they began to receive a half-dozen years ago, primarily from annual grants totaling $16.5 billion." ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35857-2002Feb6.html )

"Administration officials also said they want to use $100 million for selected states and communities to experiment with strategies to encourage low-income people to get — and to stay — married. The administration proposes to pay for the experiments by eliminating the financial bonuses the government has been giving to states in which births to unmarried women have decreased — an initiative regarded as ineffective."

"The future of welfare is a prime concern of the White House and Congress because the 1996 law that redesigned this basic element of the country's social safety net is set to expire in October unless it is renewed."

Nevada has five electoral votes. Which might not seem like much to a president who won by a landslide — but this one didn't. Those of you who've been listening to us on Yucca Mountain, hang onto your seats. "President Bush is expected to move swiftly, possibly as soon as early next week, to approve construction of a nuclear waste site in Nevada, according to congressional and administration sources," as reported by the Los Angeles Times. "Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham … by law has to wait 30 days to give a formal recommendation to the president. That time is up Saturday, and Bush is expected to make a decision quickly, the sources said … Nevada can block a presidential decision, but Congress can overrule the state." ( http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-000009621feb07.story )?coll=la%2Dnews%2Da%5Fsection )

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