The Note

TODAY SCHEDULE AS OF 9:00 am (all times ET):

—9:30 am: Senate convenes for legislative business —10:00 am: House of Representatives convenes for legislative business —11:00 am: Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan delivers the Fed's semiannual report on monetary policy to the House Financial Services Committee —11:45 am: Gov. Howard Dean attends an event at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wis. —12:00 pm: President Bush attends the Republican National Convention luncheon, Washington, D.C. —12:00 pm: Sen. John Edwards meets with voters at Janesville Labor Council, Janesville, Wis. —12:00 pm: Rep. Dennis Kucinich attends a taping from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio —1:00 pm: Politics Live on ABC News Live and AOL —1:00 pm: Rep. Kucinich greets the Latino Caucus Labor Council, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio —2:00 pm: Joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature meets, Boston, Mass. —2:00 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends a town hall meeting with Local 50 Labor Union, Toledo, Ohio —2:30 pm: President Bush delivers remarks on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction at National Defense University, Washington, D.C. —3:00 pm: Gen. Clark announces he will drop out of the race at the Peabody Hotel, Little Rock, Ark. —3:00 pm: Sen. Edwards attends a rally at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, Wis. —4:30 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends a community meeting at the East Toledo Family Center, Toledo, Ohio —5:30 pm: Rep. Kucinich canvasses at the Wyler Homes Projects, Toledo, Ohio —7:15 pm: Sen. Edwards attends a rally at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, Wis. —8:15 pm: Rep. Kucinich delivers a speech from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio —11:00 pm: RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie appears on PBS' The Charlie Rose Show.

NEWS SUMMARY

President Bush's biggest problem right now is ____________ (noun).

He is still quite popular with the Republican base, but it would be nice of the economy would create, say, ____________ (number) jobs before he faces the voters.

Dan Bartlett's television appearances in the last few days make us think of a ____________ (barnyard or circus animal), but Scott McClellan's ____________ (adjective) daily briefing yesterday gave us ____________ (involuntary, violent action).

"Strong Leadership in Times of Change" is a fantastic campaign slogan because it ______________________________ (long, wonky but clever explanation).

BC04 spokesgal Nicole Devenish's position that the Bush campaign took their ad-like video off of the campaign Web site after NBC complained about the use of "Meet" footage because "it's important to have good relationships with the people who are going to cover us this year" would be best taken to heart by ____________________________ (Kerry staffer who should know better).

Sen. Kerry now has ____________ (big number, size depending on which network you trust) delegates, which is around 1/4 of the total he needs to ____________ (verb) the nomination.

The thing most Democrats say Kerry lacks in order to put himself in a position to beat George Bush is a ____________ (noun), while others think he requires a ____________ (adjectival noun or body part) transplant.

Lucky for him, he will have the ____________ (adjective) David Wade with him on the road to help figure all this out.

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