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FRED BARNES, CO-HOST: Here's our Tip Sheet for next week's action, (UNINTELLIGIBLE) and this, of course, will be a special treat for Mort.
Item number one, President Bush next week will embark on a tour of Latin America with stops in Mexico, Peru and El Salvador.
Mort, you going on this trip?
MORT KONDRACKE, CO-HOST: (UNINTELLIGIBLE), no. President Bush owes a lot to Democrats.
KONDRACKE: He wanted an immigration liberalization measure, and he got it through the House of Representatives that he can take to Mexico with him, and it was the Democrats who gave it to him, because most Republicans voted against it.
KONDRACKE: He's also got a bigger foreign aid package, which is a Democratic idea.
BARNES: Well, why don't you explain that to Daschle? He can do similar things in the Senate.
KONDRACKE: He will, he will.
BARNES: All right. I – Well, I've, I've – I'm holding my breath.
Item number two, campaign finance reform could be heading toward final passage in the Senate late next week.
KONDRACKE: Sorry, you know, there's not – I was looking forward to a (UNINTELLIGIBLE) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington kind of old-fashioned filibuster, you know, the mattresses and all that. Not going to happen.
BARNES: You mean, Mitch McConnell?
KONDRACKE: Yes, yes...
BARNES: ... yes, I mean, he's going to (UNINTELLIGIBLE) it the courts now.
BARNES: Item three, Republicans will try to push their $2 trillion – Mort, that's $2 trillion – budget through the House.
KONDRACKE: Yes, well, (UNINTELLIGIBLE)...
BARNES: Two trillion.
KONDRACKE: ... well, the, the Republican discipline will prevail, though, get it through. And the good news is that this budget provides another doubling of the (UNINTELLIGIBLE) National Institutes of Health budget over the next five years.
BARNES: And they're doing it by cutting from other programs...
KONDRACKE: ... and has a tax cut. OK.
Item four, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing next week on yet another conservative Bush nominee, University of Utah law professor Paul Cassell (ph), to a federal district judgeship.
KONDRACKE: Well, the Democrats are going to give him a hard time over, over...
KONDRACKE: ... articles that he's written calling for revisions in the Miranda law, you know...
BARNES: Yes, which – you know, millions of people...
KONDRACKE: ... you have the right to, you have the right to...
BARNES: ... (UNINTELLIGIBLE).
KONDRACKE: ... remain silent and all that stuff.
BARNES: Yes, (UNINTELLIGIBLE).
KONDRACKE: You never take it.
Anyway, I don't, I don't know that, that that's enough to defeat him.
BARNES: What have I deserved to get that shot?
Item five, Illinois holds primaries next Tuesday, and the race to keep an eye on, former Clinton consigliere Rahm Emanuel's bid for a U.S. House seat. His main opponent, former state representative Nancy Kasack (ph).
Now, Mort, I know you're supporting Rahm Emanuel because he was such a great source...
BARNES: ... for you when he was at the White House.
KONDRACKE: This is a very interesting thing. Mayor Daley...
KONDRACKE: ... the AFL-CIO...
KONDRACKE: ... and Bill Clinton all support Rahm Emanuel.
KONDRACKE: But this is the district that tossed out Dan Rostenkowski...
KONDRACKE: ... so you can never tell what's going to happen.
BARNES: All right.
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