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"Senior Pentagon and military officials are discussing a proposal to cut American troop levels in Afghanistan next spring, perhaps by as much as 20 percent, the largest withdrawal since the Taliban were ousted in late 2001," reports the New York Times. LINK

New Hampshire:

Here's a Manchester Union Leader headline for all prospective presidential candidates to ponder: "Hiring outlook is bright across New Hampshire" LINK

If you haven't been focused on the Manchester mayoral primary set to take place next Tuesday, it is time to do so. The Union Leader has all the latest details including John Kerry's PAC donation of $8,000 to Mayor Baines' reelection campaign. LINK

Iowa:

It's a rough time to be an incumbent on the Des Moines school board. LINK

Attention television political reporters: Clip n' Save this Des Moines Register piece on the intelligent design debate brewing at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. It will be helpful when you want to do a spot on the controversial topic through the 2008 Hawkeye State lens. LINK

Correction:

Chalk it up to our childhood obsession with banging erasers together. We apologize for any confusion we might have caused with our incorrect usage of "chalk" in yesterday's Note. We, of course, mean to write "chock-full" not "chalk full" when describing Dana Milbank's colorful story on the first day of the Roberts hearings.

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