The Note

TODAY SCHEDULE (all times ET):

—7:00 am: Polls open in Florida and Louisiana —8:00 am: Polls open in Mississippi and Texas —8:00 am: Ron Klain, Steve Elmendorf, Jon Haber, Craig Smith and Jim Margolis attend a debate sponsored by Fleishman and Hillard about the presidential primary season at the Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C. —9:00 am: Sen. John Kerry makes a local campaign stop, Tampa, Fla. —9:00 am: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist holds at news conference on obesity at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —9:00 am: Council on Foreign Relations-sponsored independent task force "Iraq: The Day After" holds a press conference on its third report assessing progress in Iraq, Washington, D.C. —9:00 am: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addresses the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO to kick off the federation's winter executive council meeting, Bal Harbor, Fla. —9:20 am: Sen. Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at the American Legion Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Washington, D.C. —9:30 am: CIA Director George Tenet testifies in a hearing on threats to National Security before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Washington, D.C. —9:30 am: Treasury Secretary John Snow delivers a speech to America's Community Bankers' Annual Government Affairs Conference, Washington, D.C. —9:30 am: The Senate convenes for legislative business —10:00 am: The National Association of State Treasurers hosts a conference to the fiscal health of the states, Washington, D.C. —10:00 am: The Senate Appropriations Committee, Homeland Security Subcommittee holds a hearing on FY2005 appropriations for border and transportation security, Washington, D.C. —10:00 am: The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on international trade issues, Washington, D.C. —10:00 am: Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad faces sentencing, Manassas, Va. —10:25 am: President Bush speaks at the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards Ceremony at the Marriott, Arlington, Va. —11:00 am: Laura Bush tours the Capital Breast Care Center, Washington, D.C. —11:25 am: Rep. Tom DeLay hosts a pen and pad briefing, Washington, D.C. —12:30 pm: The House of Representatives convenes for legislative business —12:30 pm: Sen. Frist attends a Republican Senate policy luncheon at the Capitol, Washington, D.C. —12:30 pm: AFL-CIO leaders, including President John Sweeney, hold a press conference to mark the beginning of the federation's winter meeting, Bal Harbor, Fla. —1:00 pm: Politics Live on ABC News Live and AOL —2:00 pm: The American Civil Liberties Union holds a news conference to discuss the government's post-9/11 policies, Washington, D.C. —2:45 pm: Sen. Kerry and Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) host a dialogue with seniors on drug re-importation at the Levy Center, Evanston, Ill. —6:00 pm: Sen. Frist attends a Senators and Spouses dinner at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. —7:00 pm: Polls close in Florida —8:00 pm: Polls close in Mississippi —8:00 pm: Sen. Kerry attends an election night party at the Great Hall at Chicago Union Station, Chicago, Ill. —9:00 pm: Polls close in Texas and Louisiana —11:00 pm: RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie appears on the Daily Show with John Stewart

NEWS SUMMARY

Today voters cast their ballots in primaries in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Polls close in Florida and Mississippi by 8:00 pm ET and in Louisiana and Texas by 9:00 pm ET.

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