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FRED BARNES, CO-HOST: Here's our unusually difficult Tip Sheet for next week's action.
Item number one, Mort, President Bush travels to South Korea on Tuesday.
MORT KONDRACKE, CO-HOST: Well, he's going to tell Kim Dae Jung, the president there, that it – that his putting North Korea on the axis of evil list does not preclude Kim's trying to make...
KONDRACKE: ... nice with North Korea and the sunshine diplomacy, at least until we're done with Iraq and Iran. Then maybe we'll go after North Korea.
BARNES: Yes, yes, very good. Kim has a great policy. You've heard of guns and butter? His is guns and mass starvation in his country.
Item two, also on Tuesday, the Supreme Court returns and will hear arguments on an Ohio school vouchers case.
KONDRACKE: Well, I hope that – this is a Cleveland case – I hope that what the Supreme Court ultimately decides is that this is not subsidy for religion but subsidy for rescuing children from lousy public schools.
BARNES: Well said.
Item three, on Thursday, Bush will travel to China for a meeting with President Jiang Zemin.
KONDRACKE: Well, it – you know, they're going to have to talk about human rights, I hope, that Bush is going to say, as he said in his State of the Union, that this is nonnegotiable. We'll free trade with you, but human rights is still important to us, and you've been mashing on them.
BARNES: You know, Bill Gertz of The Washington Times had a great story saying that it wasn't the Americans who wiretapped that plane that...
BARNES: ... it was one of the rivals in the – of Jiang Zemin.
Item four, Vice President Cheney hits the campaign trail next week for two California House Republicans.
KONDRACKE: Well, I think you're going to see a lot of Cheney on the campaign trail this year.
KONDRACKE: Why? Because President Bush they're going to save as the uniter, not the divider, you know?
KONDRACKE: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) less ads, yes. So...
BARNES: All right. Item five...
KONDRACKE: ... Cheney's out there.
BARNES: ... what – item five, while Vice President Cheney's in California, he will be Jay Leno's guest on the "Tonight" show Tuesday.
KONDRACKE: I think he will have a lot of jokes about undisclosed locations and all that kind of stuff. I think not, not as much on the heart.
BARNES: Yes, Jay Leno's been good on French bashing.
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