President Obama's weekly schedule is in flux. His midweek trip to New Jersey has been canceled, although NOT to due to any security reasons; the full presidential package had to be diverted to Louisana and couldn't be reset in time. ... The chance for a Supreme Court nomination announcement this week is possible but unlikely. ... White House's Gibbs describes administration's approach to BP as keeping the "boot to its throat." ... NOAA bans commercial fishing in waters off the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and part of Florida ... WH forwards words of approval from commercial fisheries associations in Louisiana.
NYPD and US officials are skeptical of the claim from Terik-i Taliban Pakistan, (TTP) that the failed Times Square attack was connected to any recent coalition action; terrorism officials picked up no chatter indicating an imminent plot, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer; the intelligence community has not SURGED or PULSED up resources to respond to this particular threat (although the nominal resource level is already high). NBC reports that the TSA quietly enhanced security at airports on the East Coast ... AP reports that the 100 lbs of fertilizer was not capable of exploding, suggesting that the device was not ready.
The combination of the arrival of Mahmood Ahmadeinjad to New York, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty conference and the heightened terrorism alert are a recipe for anxiety among New Yorkers. Protests are expected around Ahmadinejad's host hotel, the Millennium. The NPT conference kicks off Monday with a series of opening statements from principal-level people. The real work doesn't begin until Wednesday or so, after they've all left. Monday and Tuesday are mostly for show.
Debate starts for real on the Wall Street reform bill in the Senate on Tuesday. GOP strategy is TBD: try to kill the bill, try to add painful amendments, or cooperate. House Democrats will hold a forum with outside economic and budget experts on the condition of the economy, jobs, and long-term growth "and the action taken so far to move us in the right direction and suggestions for continuing and maintaining that growth," a spokesperson says.
Will Saul Anuzis, Michigan businessman, former state party chair, be the next chairman of the RNC? This weekend, he was elected to the national committee. He remains an informal adviser to the current chairman, Michael Steele, and even though he is said to have ties to Mitt Romney's presidential orbit, he might be an acceptable compromise candidate should Steel decide not to run for reelection in November. Anuzis has NOT expressed any interest in running for chair again ... so far.
The biggest uncovered story last week was the House vote on Puerto Rico's statehood referenda. (There'd be two votes, provided the Senate allows them too.) Here's why PR might not want to be a state. ... Charlie Crist, now I-FL, says he might vote for a Democrat as majority leader. (Maybe Rahm should have taken that call?) ... Line from the CA GOP gubernatorial debate: Meg Whitman calls herself a "Main Street executive, not a Wall Street executive." ... WashPost says the DCCC hired ex-Clinton adviser Robbie Mook to head its independent expenditure campaign; ex-DCCC executive director John Lapp will be a senior adviser to the IE operation.
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