The Note

The Reverend Al Sharpton certainly will never get any big union endorsements, but he had a legitimate shot at getting the support of the Broadway Democrats — a political club made up of 50-75 neighborhood leaders encompassing the district from 106th Street to 125th Street — that is, from the Hudson to Central Park West.

One hundred people from the community gathered at Banks Street College of Education, as did two of Sharpton's lawyers, to listen to representatives from most of the campaigns, and expecting Reverend Sharpton to be the only candidate to show up in person. Unfortunately for the candidate, that was not in the cards.

According to Sanford Rubinstein, Sharpton's lawyer who spoke on his behalf, "he was caught up in a meeting."

So, who did the Broadway Democrats endorse? Howard Dean. In the first vote, Dean got 21 votes, Clark got 11, and Sharpton got 3, thereby forcing a Dean-Clark runoff. Dean squeaked by with 55 percent.

Read more from the trail with Sharpton on LINK

Moseley Braun:

From ABC News' Moseley Braun campaign reporter Monica Ackerman:

Can we expect anything new from Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun this Saturday at the Jefferson Jackson dinner? According to her campaign consultant, "no." She will stick to her same economy and war in Iraq issues. It'll be interesting to watch the Ambassador's interaction with Senator Hillary Clinton. In a last effort to help Moseley Braun get re-elected to the Senate in 1998, then-First Lady Hillary Clinton campaigned and helped her fundraise in Chicago. Mrs. Clinton also appeared in a television commercial asking voters to support the Moseley Braun that she had seen in the Senate.

Read more from the trail with Moseley Braun on LINK


The Wall Street Journal 's Jackie Calmes reports that Nader is angering liberals by "sounding serious" and saying that he will decide by the end of the year on whether to run for president again.

New Hampshire:

The New Hampshire Republican State Committee will have a "coming out party" (yes, those are their words) in D.C. next Tuesday, according to the Union Leader's John DiStaso. LINK

Democratic National Convention:

The Boston Globe 's Mark Jurkowitz reports that network representatives toured the FleetCenter yesterday and met with Democratic convention organizers to start planning how to televise the DNC convention. LINK

The Boston Globe 's Rick Klein reports that Boston is seeking help from out-of-town police. LINK

The economy:

ABC News' Schindelheim reports: "Retail sales were down by 0.3% in October. The government revised September's number further downward to 0.4%. This is two consecutive months of decline following strong August sales, seemingly more evidence that the pop from the child tax credit checks has waned. That said, economists are forecasting a good gain in holiday sales this year, the biggest year-over-year improvement in at least 3 years."

The Wall Street Journal 's Greg Ip reports that the Fed intends to keep interest rates low despite recent good news about economic growth — and there's that "blistering" word again. The concern: less-than-maximum production by U.S. businesses, industry's inability to boost prices, fears of further drops in inflation, and joblessness.

If the economy keeps growing, however, the Fed will have to make some move toward raising rates, though officials remain cautious to try to help the economy along without derailing its recovery, Ip Notes.

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