Tip Sheet for the Week of July 22 - 26

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FRED BARNES, CO-HOST: Welcome back to The Beltway Boys.

Let's see if Mort's up to the challenge of this week's tip sheet.  These are your midterm exam, Mort, with no extra time.


BARNES: NUMBER ONE, President Bush travels to North Carolina next week for a health care event, and to stump for Senate candidate Elizabeth Dole.

KONDRACKE: Well, Elizabeth Dole is running a surprisingly energetic campaign. She is pulling a Hillary Clinton.


KONDRACKE: If you know what that is.

BARNES: Yes, I do.

KONDRACKE: She's been visiting every single county in North Carolina.  You know how many counties there are?

BARNES: I don't.

KONDRACKE: A hundred and two. I had to look it up myself.

BARNES: Yes, you're right, no, and she's doing the right thing.

ITEM TWO, Bush's plan for a new Homeland Security Department goes to the House floor for a vote.

KONDRACKE: Well, you know, the, the, their proposal eliminates what I suspect — what I think is a good idea, and I think you think is a good idea, and that's to have a national driver's license...


KONDRACKE: ... which you could use as a national identity card.

BARNES: Right, I am for that.

KONDRACKE: I mean, it is not a civil liberties violation.

BARNES: Yes, I know, we all, look, we all have a Social Security number anyway, so why not? I'm for that. All right.

NUMBER THREE, the Senate will continue its debate on a prescription drug bill. Don't hold your breath for a compromise.

KONDRACKE: If you hold your breath for a compromise, you will suffocate.


KONDRACKE: The Democrats have a bill that scored at $600 billion.


KONDRACKE: People think it's going to cost a lot more than that.

BARNES: Right.

KONDRACKE: The Republicans are at three — $5,370 (ph). It's very hard to get — to close that gap, although they are — they should.

BARNES: Well, well, who needs to compromise? Tom Daschle?

KONDRACKE: I think they both do.

BARNES: Yes. All right.

ITEM NUMBER FOUR, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America converges on Atlanta next week. Among the Democratic luminaries speaking, Senator John Edwards and Democratic leader Dick Gephardt.

KONDRACKE: John Edwards has collected, his pack has collected $3 million this year, 80 percent of it is from trial lawyers. He is the trial lawyers' candidate for president...

BARNES: Well, he, he was a trial lawyer.

KONDRACKE: He is a trial lawyer.

BARNES: Yes, he was.


BARNES: Yes, OK, well, look, does this help him or hurt him get the Democratic nomination, his association with trial lawyers?

KONDRACKE: It helps him get the nomination. I don't think it helps him get elected.


ITEM NUMBER FIVE, it looks like curtains for Ohio Congressman Jim Traficant. The full House is expected to vote for his expulsion next week.

KONDRACKE: Jim Traficant gets 30 more minutes for a tirade on the House floor...

BARNES: Yes, right.

KONDRACKE: ... and then it's beam him out.


KONDRACKE: Beam him out.

BARNES: Yes, no, I think they shouldn't expel him. Let the voters throw him out if he's to be thrown out.

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