The Note

"Early betting says Stephen Schwarzman of the Blackstone Group, a classmate of Bush at Yale, will get the job in a second Bush term. If Kerry wins, Steven Rattner might get it. Rattner, a former Times reporter who became an investment banker, put out a press release when Al Gore was running for president saying he wasn't interested. As one Democrat observed, 'We took that to mean he was interested.'"

The Washington Post 's Reid writes on a new poll indicating that, according to Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, "people are really unhappy about their role, or lack of it, in the democratic process." LINK

TODAY SCHEDULE (all times ET): —7:00 am: Sen. John McCain appears on CBS' "Early Show" and NBC's "Today Show —7:15 am: Gen. Wesley Clark appears on CNN's "American Morning" —8:30 am: The Labor Department releases the weekly jobless claims report and the Producer Price Index for January —9:00 am: The Global Business Dialogue holds a discussion on trade agreements, negotiations and the 2004 elections, Washington, D.C. —10:00 am: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and House Democrats hold a news conference to discuss the budget, Washington, D.C. —10:00 am: The House of Representatives meets to consider H.R. 1375, the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act —10:45 am: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly news conference —10:45 am: Labor Secretary Elaine Chao speaks to the National Newspaper Association's 43rd Annual Government Affairs Conference, Washington, D.C. —11:05 am: President Bush speaks to military personnel, Fort Campbell, Ky. —12:00 pm: Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin speaks at a luncheon program hosted by Women in Housing and Finance, Washington, D.C. —12:05 pm: President and Mrs. Bush have lunch with troops, Fort Campbell, Ky. —12:30 pm: Gov. Howard Dean gives a speech announcing his new organization at the Westin Hotel, Seattle, Wash. —1:00 pm: Politics Live on ABC News Live and AOL —1:30 pm: Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson speaks to the 2004 International Economic Development Council Summit, Washington, D.C. —2:45 pm: Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks to government students at Juneau-Douglas High School, Juneau, Alaska —3:30 pm: Sen. Pete Domenici and Bush-Cheney Campaign Chairman Mark Racicot open the campaign's New Mexico offices, Albuquerque, N.M. —4:00 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends the Bill Egan Forum at the Baranof Hotel, Juneau, Alaska —5:55 pm: President and Mrs. Bush returns to the White House —6:00 pm: Rep. Kucinich speaks on special native issues at a forum sponsored by the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes, Juneau, Alaska —8:00 pm: ABC News' George Stephanopoulos moderates a debate between RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie and DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. —8:30 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends a public reception at Hanger on the Wharf, Juneau, Alaska —9:00 pm: Gov. Dean speaks about his new organization at Palace Hotel, San Francisco, Calif. —11:30 pm: Rep. Kucinich speaks at the University of Alaska, Juneau, Alaska

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