Jenna and Barbara Bush spend their first full day campaigning on their own, beginning with a volunteers appreciation coffee in St. Louis followed by a "Students for Bush" and other volunteers event in Columbus, Ohio.
Sen. Kerry travels from Nantucket to Boston to Detroit today but has no public events as of this writing. He will appear on both the NBC Nightly News in an interview with Tom Brokaw and CBS' Evening News in an interview with Dan Rather tonight.
Sen. Edwards travels from Washington to New York today to raise money at the cool Maritime Hotel and the uber-cool Crobar with his daughter Cate Edwards and Sen. Kerry's stepson Chris Heinz. He and Mrs. Edwards appear tonight on CNN's "Larry King Live."
The House continues to debate whether to extend certain tax cuts today while the Senate debates the Morocco Free Trade bill.
The politics of Sandy Berger:
Is it us or are the DOJ/FBI handing out details like candy?
We are less interested in the timing of the disclosure than in the ease with which reporters seem to be getting information about the investigation.
As we have said before, we are all for leaks to the press, but criminal probes are supposed to be secret, and this sentence from USA Today is typical: "Three government officials who have been briefed on the investigation said Berger was seen placing some of the material in his clothing …
The well-sourced Wall Street Journal's editorial board raises some interesting questions:
"There's only one way to clear away the political smoke: Release all the drafts of the review Mr. Berger took from the room."
"If it's all as innocent as Mr. Berger's friends are saying, there's no reason not to make them public. But there are good reasons for questioning Mr. Berger's dog-ate-my-homework explanation. To begin with, he was not simply preparing for his testimony before the 9/11 Commission. He was the point man for the Clinton Administration, reviewing and selecting the documents to be turned over to the Commission."
"Written by Richard Clarke for the NSC, the key document was called the Millennium After-Action Review because it dealt with al Qaeda attacks timed for the eve of the Millennium celebrations. In his own 9/11 testimony, Mr. Berger described these al Qaeda plans as 'the most serious threat spike of our time in government.' He went on to say that they provoked 'sustained attention and rigorous actions' from the administration that ended up saving lives.'"
"Sources tell us that Archives staff noticed documents missing after one of Mr. Berger's visits. After gently raising the issue with him, they were shocked to have him return other documents they hadn't even noticed missing. The result was that the next time Mr. Berger went to the Archives, the documents he was given were all marked."
"Mr. Berger attributes the disappearance of this classified information to the kind of 'sloppiness" that comes from reviewing 'thousands of pages of documents.' But it strikes us as amazing that mere sloppiness could account for how Mr. Berger seized on the same memo during two different visits."
"We're not interested in rehashing what the Clinton Administration or even Mr. Berger did or didn't do vis-a-vis the al Qaeda threat pre-9/11. Nor are we much interested about Mr. Berger's troubles with the law. What does interest us is what this memo might tell us about how America should respond to terror."
This story is still a moving target substantively.