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MORT KONDRACKE, CO-HOST: Time for the Tip Sheet for next week's action.
Item one, it's back to business for Congress. Energy legislation is first on the Senate's agenda. But watch for Senator Daschle to try to bring up campaign finance reform.
FRED BARNES, CO-HOST: I know you want it up immediately on the floor there. It won't succeed. He's promised to do the energy bill, so it'll be election reform, energy, then campaign finance reform week after next, and it'll pass. Don't worry, Mort.
Item two, energy – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be in Washington to see President Bush.
BARNES: Well, look, what he's got to do is not just plead for the U.S. to intervene. What he needs to do is lean on Yasser Arafat to stop the terrorism. Then you have some grounds on which to renew the peace process.
KONDRACKE: Absolutely right.
Item three, Senator Jim Jeffords will be hosting a major fund-raising dinner for Senate Democrats next week in Washington...
BARNES: I thought he was, I thought he was an independent.
KONDRACKE: Yes, well...
BARNES: ... and I thought he opposed soft money, but $1,000 a seat for that dinner. That's soft money, Mort...
KONDRACKE: I, I know. Well, you know campaign finance reform is not signed and passed yet.
KONDRACKE: Item four, there are at least four more congressional hearings on Enron.
BARNES: You know, Democrats are actually being even more cynical than you've been here today, Mort, in trying to just link Enron to Republicans when they know there's no particular link there. I mean, that's really guilt by association of the worst kind.
KONDRACKE: They got to work on something.
Item number five, Janet Reno will be picking up her red pickup truck across the state of Florida for a 15-day campaign trip.
BARNES: You know, I looked at her trip, and she's going to all these Democratic areas. The truth is, she's going to get the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. She should go to Indian River County, where my mother lives. It's a Republican county. But that's where she needs the votes. She's falling even further behind Republican Governor Jeb Bush. She needs to get some Republican voters...
KONDRACKE: She's got to win...
BARNES: ... if she's going to...
KONDRACKE: ... a primary first.
BARNES: Well, she's going to win that anyway.
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