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MORT KONDRACKE, CO-HOST: Here's our "Tip Sheet" for next week's political action.  Fred, let's see if you can do this without knocking over your coffee cup, all right?

Item one, President Bush on Monday will chair the first meeting of his Homeland Security Council.

FRED BARNES, CO-HOST:  Soon to be known as the HSC.  Well, we have the NSC, National Security Council's been around for, you know, 50 years, and it's a powerful force in, in, in defense and foreign policy making.  It's at the White House.  We have this Economic Policy Council, which was a big deal under Clinton, you know, with Bob Rubin and on.  When he headed it...

You stumbled into something, though, Mort, about this Homeland Security Council will be powerful if Bush makes it powerful by backing Tom Ridge.

KONDRACKE:  Pound the table, Mr. President...

BARNES:  Right, yes.

KONDRACKE:  ... this is the time to do it.

Item number two, a long-awaited vote on the Aviation Security Bill is expected in the House.  Watch for a big fight over federalizing baggage screeners.

BARNES:  You know, if you're right, and, you know, the battle's lost, they're going to federalize these 28,000 people, they better add one thing, as at least one of the bills does, and that is, says they can be fired for incompetence.  Otherwise, we'll wind up with the same horrible situation we have now.

KONDRACKE:  Instead of worrying about whether these guys are unionized and federal employees, they ought to make sure that the checked baggage, you know, gets screened using racial profiling if necessary.

Item three, another big fight on the Hill, trade promotion authority.  Look for a vote in the House next week.

BARNES:  You know, Bush just leaned over backwards on environmental and labor conditions, you know, added to the trade promotion authority fast track, whatever you want to call it.  And that was designed to attract Democrats.  Even people at the White House didn't like it.  What was the result?  He didn't get any Democrats, or got very few.

This is an uphill fight.

KONDRACKE:  Democrats used to accuse Bush of isolationism.  Here he's trying to be an internationalist, and what are the Democrats doing?  Listening to the AFL-CIO, as usual.

BARNES:  Yes.

KONDRACKE:  Item four, an economic indicator will be unveiled next week, third quarter GDP numbers.

BARNES:  Yes, this is probably going to be the first hard evidence that we're in a recession, it'll be down to 1 percent or so, and then the fourth quarter, probably worse.

KONDRACKE:  Item five, the twice-canceled Emmy Awards is finally scheduled to air next Sunday.  Producers say the program will be dignified in tone.  "The Sopranos," "E.R.," who?

BARNES:  No, no.  You're so out of touch, Mort, you probably think "Mork and Mindy" are up for an Emmy this year.  You know, they got canceled twice because of the terrorism, and they even looked at going into a military installation to have it.

You know what I think?  I mean, you ought to cancel again.

KONDRACKE:  No, no.  No, no, no.

BARNES:  Who needs the Emmys?

KONDRACKE:  It's fun.

KONDRACKE:  Welcome back to THE BELTWAY BOYS.

Here's our "Tip Sheet" for next week's political action.  Fred, let's see if you can do this without knocking over your coffee cup, all right?

Item one, President Bush on Monday will chair the first meeting of his Homeland Security Council.

BARNES:  Soon to be known as the HSC.  Well, we have the NSC, National Security Council's been around for, you know, 50 years, and it's a powerful force in, in, in defense and foreign policy making.  It's at the White House.  We have this Economic Policy Council, which was a big deal under Clinton, you know, with Bob Rubin and on.  When he headed it...

You stumbled into something, though, Mort, about this Homeland Security Council will be powerful if Bush makes it powerful by backing Tom Ridge.

KONDRACKE:  Pound the table, Mr. President...

BARNES:  Right, yes.

KONDRACKE:  ... this is the time to do it.

Item number two, a long-awaited vote on the Aviation Security Bill is expected in the House.  Watch for a big fight over federalizing baggage screeners.

 

BARNES:  You know, if you're right, and, you know, the battle's lost, they're going to federalize these 28,000 people, they better add one thing, as at least one of the bills does, and that is, says they can be fired for incompetence.  Otherwise, we'll wind up with the same horrible situation we have now.

KONDRACKE:  Instead of worrying about whether these guys are unionized and federal employees, they ought to make sure that the checked baggage, you know, gets screened using racial profiling if necessary.

Item three, another big fight on the Hill, trade promotion authority.  Look for a vote in the House next week.

BARNES:  You know, Bush just leaned over backwards on environmental and labor conditions, you know, added to the trade promotion authority fast track, whatever you want to call it.  And that was designed to attract Democrats.  Even people at the White House didn't like it.  What was the result?  He didn't get any Democrats, or got very few.

This is an uphill fight.

KONDRACKE:  Democrats used to accuse Bush of isolationism.  Here he's trying to be an internationalist, and what are the Democrats doing?  Listening to the AFL-CIO, as usual.

BARNES:  Yes.

KONDRACKE:  Item four, an economic indicator will be unveiled next week, third quarter GDP numbers.

BARNES:  Yes, this is probably going to be the first hard evidence that we're in a recession, it'll be down to 1 percent or so, and then the fourth quarter, probably worse.

KONDRACKE:  Item five, the twice-canceled Emmy Awards is finally scheduled to air next Sunday.  Producers say the program will be dignified in tone.  "The Sopranos," "E.R.," who?

BARNES:  No, no.  You're so out of touch, Mort, you probably think "Mork and Mindy" are up for an Emmy this year.  You know, they got canceled twice because of the terrorism, and they even looked at going into a military installation to have it.

You know what I think?  I mean, you ought to cancel again.

KONDRACKE:  No, no.  No, no, no.

BARNES:  Who needs the Emmys?

KONDRACKE:  It's fun.

 

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