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The New York Times' Alessandra Stanley writes that "Just as many of the country's most admirable leaders eschew the paltriness of modern politics, the most brilliant, captivating entertainers aspire to something other than a night-time cable talk show." LINK

The New York Times' Edmund Andrews reports that the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee is raising concerns about the Administration's budget plans. LINK

Ebay:

For all the internet shoppers in the room, The Note has noticed a major mishap in the bidding wars on Ebay. Despite those happy musical performances on television, The Note is not singing Frank Sinatra and dancing around the office this morning.

It seems there is a market on the web for press passes from the campaign trail. This particular item, a caucus 2004 credential from another network, is going for $26.00. A pretty good price for a piece of plastic. LINK

However, this fine, vintage piece from the Iowa 2000 caucus -- perfectly maintained and restored to its original splendor -- is on the table for, well, let's just say less than $26.00. LINK

The Note is all for a free-flowing market place, but when such an injustice is being done to the market value of valuable goods, we feel it is our duty to point it out.

Let the bidding wars begin!

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ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney re-elect:

A Happy Birthday to Vice President Cheney, who turns 63 today.

The Washington Post's Mike Allen reports that President Bush traveled to New Hampshire to "try to sweeten the aftertaste and reclaim the independents in a state that he barely won in 2000." LINK

And the Manchester Union Leader reports that the President dodged an important question: Will he be rooting for the Patriots on Sunday? "'Did you notice who was in the box with Mrs. Bush at the State of the Union,' asked Bush, alluding to Pats quarterback Tom Brady" before changing the subject. LINK

Facing no competition for his party's nomination, President Bush's reelection campaign spent $31.6 million last year, more than any of the Democratic candidates with the possible exception of former Vermont governor Howard Dean. LINK

President Bush will speak to the congressional Republicans' retreat tomorrow in Philadephia, marking his 25th visit to the battleground state of Pennsylvania since taking office. The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Vice President Cheney made a visit to the retreat on Thursday. LINK

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