The Note: A Soul, a Spirit Capable of Compassion

Gov. Vilsack has offered to house up to 5,000 Katrina refugees that have inundated Texas relief centers. LINK

Roll Call's Josh Kurtz writes that "nobody is suggesting that Jimmy Carter should run for president in 2008. But after searching for the 'next' JFK for several generations, after admiring Bill Clinton's unique jujitsu, maybe it's Carter that the Democrats, perpetually reeling and on the defensive, ought to be turning to now."

Sen. Clinton pens an op-ed in the New York Post -- avec photo in the hard copy!! -- crowing about the bases she help saved in the BRAC process and demonstrates some national security chops while she's at it, all courtesy of Rupert Murdoch's ink-by-the-barrel. LINK

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

The New York Post has exclusive details on the renovations taking place at the Clintons' Embassy Row home. LINK


This quote from Pat Healy's West Indian Day Parade mayoral campaign round-up is pretty much all you need to know: LINK

"'Virginia is a strong black woman, and I love her, but I'm actually voting for Bloomberg,' said B. French, who stood near Schenectady Avenue with her two sons, Claye, 10, and Devin, 9. 'Bloomberg has made the schools better, no question. He ended social promotion. My boys' future is in those schools, and Bloomberg cares about that.'"


While official Washington was on vacation, there were some significant personnel changes impacting the Gang of 500.

Carolyn Washburn officially became one of the people who will pick the new POTUS with her recent appointment to be vice president and editor of the Des Moines Register. Washburn's previous experience includes having worked as executive and managing editor of the Idaho Statesman as well as working as managing editor at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY and as a business editor and reporter at the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal.

The dapper Chris Cillizza, who covered presidential politics with a congressional angle for Roll Call, has been hired by Washington to write a political column/blog for the newspaper's Web site. The site goes live Sept. 12.

Mike Allen, who previously covered the White House and then Capitol Hill for the Washington Post, is headed back to the White House beat, this time for Time Magazine, where he will join Matt Cooper.

John Mercurio, CNN's former political editor, is leaving television to join Chuck Todd at National Journal.

And Teddy Davis, who wrote for Roll Call after covering the '04 cycle for ABC's political desk in New York, has joined the Alphabet Network's political unit in D.C.

Best of luck to all in their new assignments and we offer our heartfelt congratulations.

Other Tuesday schedule items and the week ahead:

Sen. Clinton (D-NY), Gov. Pataki (R-NY), Gov. Codey (D-NJ), Mayor Bloomberg (R-NYC), and U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta gather at 11:00 am ET at the World Trade Center site to launch construction of the permanent World Trade Center PATH Station and Transportation Hub.

Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) will be sworn in as the congresswoman from Ohio's second congressional district at 6:30 pm ET on the House floor.

The New America Foundation begins its two-day forum on terrorism with featured speakers such as Sen. Hagel (R-NE), Sen. Biden (D-DE), former Attorney General Ashcroft, former Secretary of State Albright, and Ret. General Wesley Clark.

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