The Note

TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all times ET): —7:00 am: National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice appears "Good Morning America," "Today," "Early Show," and "Fox and Friends" —9:00 am: National Security Advisor Rice briefs the Senate leadership on the new Iraqi government at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —9:00 am: Rep. Dave Obey discusses counterterrorism and homeland security in a speech sponsored by the Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C. —9:15 am: Sen. Gordon Smith holds a news conference on the Universal Service Equity Act at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —9:30 am: The Brookings Institution Welfare Reform and Beyond Initiative hold a forum on "The Marriage Movement and the Black Church," Washington, D.C. —9:45 am: The Senate convenes for morning business —10:00 am: The House of Representatives debates the reauthorization of the higher education act —10:00 am: Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Peter Pace, OMB Deputy Director Joel D. Kaplan, and acting Defense Comptroller Lawrence J. Lanzillotta testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the $25 billion supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington, D.C. —10:00 am: The Commerce Department releases the April report on construction spending —10:15 am: National Security Advisor Rice address the Senate Armed Services Committee on the new Iraqi government at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —10:30 am: Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness Charles Abell and United States Postal Service Vice President for Network Operations Management Paul Vogel hold a news briefing on absentee ballot initiatives at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. —10:30 am: National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Reynolds holds a pen and pad briefing on the election landscape at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —10:45 am: FCC Chairman Michael Powell, ABC News' Sam Donaldson, and others participate in a public forum sponsored by the FCC and the Department of Homeland Security about how local media and government can better encourage preparation for terrorist attacks, Washington, D.C. —10:45 am: The Senate resumes debate on the defense budget bill —11:00 am: Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign Chairman Gov. Marc Racicot and former Attorneys General William Barr and Dick Thornburgh hold a press conference on the war on terror and the Patriot Act at the Phoenix Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. —11:00 am: Sen. Charles Schumer holds a news conference on civilian corrections contractors in Iraq at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —11:15 am: Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and Sens. Ted Kennedy and Debbie Stabenow hold a news conference about the price of drugs under the new drug discount cards, Washington, D.C. —11:30 am: National Security Advisor Rice briefs the House leadership on the new Iraqi government at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —12:00 pm: Sen. Richard Durbin holds a news conference on Catholic members' voting records, Washington, D.C. —12:00 pm: RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie, Don King, and others speak to African American business leaders as part of the RNC's "African-American Economic Empowerment Tour" at Zanzibar Blue, Philadelphia, Pa. —12:05 pm: President Bush delivers the commencement address at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. —12:30 pm: The Democratic Policy Committee holds a closed meeting at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —1:00 pm: Sen. John Kerry holds a conversation with first responders and public health officials at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla. —2:00 pm: Teresa Heinz Kerry meets with military families at the Humphreys Pine Room, Charleston, W.Va. —5:00 pm: RNC Chairman Gillespie, Don King and others are joined by Republican National Committee CEO Bill Harris at an "African-American Economic Empowerment Tour" event at A. Williams Construction, Brooklyn, N.Y. —6:30 pm: of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Claude Allen delivers the keynote address about President Bush's AIDS initiate and health care policies at Esparanza USA's Pacto de Esperanza dinner, Washington, D.C. —6:45 pm: President Bush returns to the White House —7:00 pm: Author Arianna Huffington awards New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Elaine Jones, and MoveOn.org staff and leadership at the Campaign for America's Future "Take Back America" conference, Washington, D.C. —7:40 pm: Sen. Kerry is greeted by local supporters at the Kansas City airport, Kansas City, Mo.

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