updated 2/3/2009 12:40:44 PM ET 2009-02-03T17:40:44

Happy Monday!

Hello everybody and welcome to the Shuster "Daily Briefing" for February 2, 2009. This is Groundhog's Day and "Phil" says we are in for another 6 weeks of winter.

We've got a really terrific show lined up for tonight. In our ongoing series about the rebuilding problems at Ground Zero in New York, we will talk live with former New York Governor George Pataki. He oversaw the commission responsible for some crucial decisions in the rebuilding effort.  He also received a lot of campaign donations from a close friend of architect Daniel Libeskind. It was Libeskind's design that Pataki's commission selected over other plans and, his design had received widespread condemnation.  I'm not going to draw any conclusions about this until we hear from Gov. Pataki. But, it should be intriguing interview.   

We are going to start tonight's show with the "face to face" apology Tom Daschle is expected to deliver late this afternoon to his former Senate colleagues. Daschle is the former Senator Majority leader who is now trying to get the Senate to approve his nomination to be secretary of Health and Human Services. He didn't pay about $140,000 in taxes he owed. We will talk with one of the Senators at the meeting late today.Also, check out this intriguing report on Democrat Max Baucus who appears to be "stirring Daschle trouble" as Politico reported it.

Also tonight, the fight has erupted in the Senate over President Obama's economic stimulus plan.   

Pat Buchanan and Bill Press will join us to debate the stimulus plan and the issue of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and now Daschle not paying their taxes on time.

In "Hypocrisy Watch," Citigroup has done it again.  And once again, their tin-ear judgment involves a corporate jet. You don't want to miss this one.

By the way, Republicans were missing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin this past weekend at a retreat in the D.C. area. She turned down the invitation weeks ago, citing a "scheduling conflict" and "pressing business" that would "keep her" in Alaska. But, there was Palin on Saturday night at the Alfalfa dinner in Washington, D.C. Republicans at the retreat were not amused. We will talk about Palin and President Obama's Alfalfa dinner one liners in the briefing room.

And our "Muckraker of the Day" is going to "name names" of democrats who are now taking a republican sort of view on global warming. Some of the global warming skeptics point out that the temperatures are getting colder in key places around the globe. That's true but I always thought the signs of global warming were not temperatures going up "everywhere," but rather a dramatic change in weather patterns that would, among other things, prompt temperatures in some areas to drop.  Anyway, it's an interesting issue for our "Muckraker."

"Quote of the Day" is from Theodore Roosevelt.  

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Thanks in advance for watching tonight's show.  "1600" airs at 6 p.m. in Washington, D.C.; 5 p.m. in St. Louis; 4 p.m. in Santa Fe, and 3 p.m. and San Jose.

Shuster

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