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FRED BARNES, CO-HOST: Welcome back to The Beltway Boys. Here's our Tip Sheet for next week's action.
Item number one, Mort. President Bush returns to his favorite topic next week, education. Look for events both in Minnesota and here in Washington.
MORT KONDRACKE, CO-HOST: Well, you know, when President – the education bill is passed long since, you know...
KONDRACKE: ... when the president starts talking about education, this is really a political statement...
KONDRACKE: ... that he's trying to bathe himself in the glow of compassionate conservatism.
BARNES: No, he's trying to (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...
KONDRACKE: And spread it around.
BARNES: ... he's trying to bathe himself in the glow of having won the education issue from Democrats, at least for now. He wants to, you know, pound that home. He's doing a pretty good job of it. All right.
Number two, item number two, that is, California's Democratic primary is next week, and according to the polls, Congressman Gary Condit's political future is looking mighty grim.
KONDRACKE: Mighty grim.
KONDRACKE: I mean, the, the polls indicate it's something like 58 to 25 for him. His next stop after his defeat in the, in the primary, I think, is before a grand jury to answer questions about what he knows about the Chandra Levy disappearance.
BARNES: Yes, right, yes.
KONDRACKE: Not sure what he knows...
KONDRACKE: ... but – or what he'll say, but probably nothing.
BARNES: Yes, yes, I think his best chance is not a low turnout but no turnout.
Item three, the Senate Judiciary Committee votes next week on the confirmation of Charles Pickering to the U.S. Court of Appeals.
KONDRACKE: Party line, poor guy loses.
BARNES: No chance that the, the – even while a negative vote in the Judiciary Committee might be reported to the Senate floor as Trent Lott has sought?
KONDRACKE: I don't see it, I don't see it.
BARNES: Yes, I don't see it either.
Item four, the Senate will finally get to energy legislation next week. Look for a big showdown over drilling in ANWR. (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...
KONDRACKE: It's ANWR, ANWR...
BARNES: And what does ANWR mean, A-M-W-R?
KONDRACKE: Yes, the – yes, yes...
BARNES: Arctic (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...
KONDRACKE: ... National Wildlife Refuge. It's that versus CAFE (ph). What does CAFE mean?
BARNES: Yes, (UNINTELLIGIBLE).
KONDRACKE: Right, we don't have time. It's CAFE standards...
BARNES: Yes, I know, I know, the...
KONDRACKE: ... the Democrats want CAFE standards...
BARNES: ... (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...
KONDRACKE: ... Republicans want ANWR.
BARNES: ... and you want both of them.
KONDRACKE: I do.
BARNES: And you know what's going to happen? You know what they'll get...
KONDRACKE: None. Neither one.
BARNES: ... neither. Yes, that's exactly right.
And item five, remember Monica Lewinsky?
KONDRACKE: Can't forget her.
BARNES: OK. Well, get ready for her to set the record straight on next week's HBO special titled Monica in Black and White. Mort...
KONDRACKE: Monica says, I want my privacy, “I...you know, I don't want to be made a national spectacle.”
KONDRACKE: And how does she do this? By going on an HBO special. Monica, disappear. Sell purses, you know...
BARNES: Mort, I (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...
KONDRACKE: ... get on with the rest of your life.
BARNES: ... I would like to read from you for just a moment from her interview, the transcript of her interview with Larry King on CNN this past week. She said she wants to fill in some historical gaps. She wants to call attention to some of the historical issues or constitutional issues that got lost, really, in the flurry of salaciousness in 1998 and 1999.
Now, Mort, here is a woman who truly has forgotten what she's famous for.
KONDRACKE: She was, she was – the whole encounter in the, in the, in the Oval Office was all about constitutional law, right?
KONDRACKE: Right, yes.
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