TODAY SCHEDULE AS OF 9:00 am (all times ET):
—8:30 am: The Labor Department releases January employment figures —8:35 am: Sen. Kerry attends a prayer breakfast with Detroit ministers at the Second Ebenezer Baptist Church, Detroit, Mich. —9:00 am: Sen. Edwards speaks about jobs at the Virginia Tech University Campus, Blacksburg, Va. —9:00 am: Gen. Clark has breakfast at Swett's Restaurant, Nashville, Tenn. —10:00 am: Off-camera press gaggle by White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan —10:00 am: Sen. Kerry receives the endorsement of Rep. Richard Gephardt at DeCarlo's Banquet and Convention Center, Warren, Mich. —11:30 am: Sen. Edwards speaks about jobs at George Wyth High School, Wythenille, Va. —12:00 pm: Gen. Clark speaks with students at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tenn. —12:00 pm: On-camera press briefing by Press Secretary McClellan —12:15 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends a rally at People's Church, Kalamazoo, Mich. —1:45 pm: Sen. Kerry takes a tour of the M-Tec Regional Technological Center, Flint, Mich. —2:00 pm: Sen. Edwards speaks about jobs at the YWCA, Bristol, Tenn. —2:25 pm: President Bush visits and tours the National Targeting Center, Reston, Va. —2:30 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends a rally at Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, Mich. —2:30 pm: Sen. Kerry attends a rally with Genesee County Democrats at the M-Tec Workshop Hanger, Flint, Mich. —3:45 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends a rally at UAW local 137 Hall, Greenville, Mich. —4:00 pm: Gen. Clark holds a roundtable with Knoxville community leaders and clergy, Knoxville, Tenn. —4:00 pm: Gov. Dean holds a roundtable with faculty and students, Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, Wis. —5:30 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends a rally at Flint Township Senior Center, Flint, Mich. —6:30 pm: Gen. Clark has dinner with Tennessee and Virginia voters at the State Line Bar and Grill, Bristol, Tenn. —7:00 pm: Sen. Edwards speaks about jobs at the Riverside Tavern, Knoxville, Tenn. —7:00 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends a rally at the Monument of Faith Baptist Church, Pontiac, Mich. —8:15 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends a rally at the Detroit Mercy University, Detroit, Mich. —7:00 pm: Rev. Sharpton attends the tenth annual Sit-In Movement banquet, Greensboro, N.C. —7:00 pm: Gov. Pataki delivers the keynote address at the Vermont GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, Killington Grand Resort & Hotel, Kilington, Vt. —7:30 pm: Sen. Kerry attends a rally with Davidson County Democrats, Nashville, Tenn.
In re the Democratic presidential nomination battle, here's how the Gang of 500 sees the upcoming weekend:
(Remember: the Gang is never in doubt, but not always correct…)
-- John Kerry gets mega Michigan Friday coverage on the strength of Gephardt and Dingell endorsements, as a gateway to major union support in the coming days;
-- Kerry wins big in three caucus states -- Michigan, Washington, and Maine -- that just happen to be general election battlegrounds, getting more mega coverage;
-- Kerry's most professional advance and press advance team allow him to dominate the Old Dominion's J-J dinner Saturday night, as the results roll in;
-- Ladies' Home Journal, O The Oprah Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Good Housekeeping try to figure out how to get timely Mary Beth Cahill profiles written, given their wretched, months-long lead times;