The Note

Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):

—8:45 am: Sen. Joe Lieberman receives endorsements from state officials and local leaders, Yolanda's Restaurant, Bronx, N.Y. —9:00 am: Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks at the University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa —9:35 am: Off-camera White House gaggle with Press Secretary Scott McClellan —11:15 am: Gov. Dean discusses the economy and rural America, Mason City, Iowa —11:20 am: President Bush speaks at the Fort McHenry National Monument, Baltimore, Md. —11:30 am: Rep. Dennis Kucinich attends a rally at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa —12:15 pm: President Bush speaks at a Bush-Cheney '04 fundraiser, Baltimore, Md. —12:15 pm: Sen. John Kerry speaks about education with Mayor Bob Baines, Central High School, Manchester, N.H. —1:00 pm: Gen. Wesley Clark receives the endorsement of Rep. Lincoln Davis, McMinnville, Tenn. —1:15 pm: President Bush speaks about the economy, Home Depot, Halethorpe, Md. —1:30 pm: Vice President Cheney introduces Congressman John Sullivan, The Adam's Mark Hotel, Tulsa, Okla. —1:30 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends a public meeting at the Two Brothers Restaurant, Oelwein, Iowa —2:30 pm: Gov. Dean speaks with Hamilton County residents, RSVP Senior Center, Webster City, Iowa —3:00 pm: Sen. Kerry boards the "Real Deal Express" and makes retail stops in Dover, N.H., and Portsmouth, N.H. —3:00 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends a rally, Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa —4:00 pm: Gov. Dean meets with Webster county residents, Fort Dodge, Iowa —4:30 pm: Former President George H.W. Bush headlines a Bush-Cheney '04 fundraiser, Hyatt Regency, Coral Gables, Fla. —4:30 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends a rally at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa —5:45 pm: Gov. Dean meets with Boone county residents at Des Moines Area Community College, Boone, Iowa —6:00 pm: Sen. Kerry attends a fundraiser hosted by Rep. Marty Meehan and Jeanne Shaheen, Seabrook Beach, N.H. —6:00 pm: Rep. Kucinich attends the Minority Leadership Meeting, Waterloo, Iowa —7:15 pm: Gov. Dean meets with Dallas county residents, Perry Elementary School, Perry, Iowa —7:30 pm: Vice President Cheney introduces Congressman Randy Neugebauer, The Abilene Civic Center, Abilene, Texas —8:00 pm: Rep. Kucinich meets with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk County, Cedar Falls, Iowa

NEWS SUMMARY

Joe Trippi asks "Are we fighting the primary or the general" election?

That's a good question, Joe.

We've been wondering that ourselves.

Particularly since we are veritably on the eve of next Tuesday's ABC News/WMUR 7 pm ET Dust-up in Durham Democratic debate, for which the candidates are chomping at the bit, getting ready to reach vast Granite State and North American viewing audiences to ply their wares.

With some new mixed-bag unemployment numbers out this morning; the president targeting a Home Depot after some Balmer fundraising; and Karl Rove escaping virtually Scott (McClellan) free from the steel stories, it's another day when the noose tightens around the collective necks of five Democratic presidential candidates still struggling to convince Joe Klein, Mark Barabak, John Mercurio, donors, and Ron Fournier that they have the January/February narrative that will make them the Dean Alternative.

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