The Note

The Supreme Court has set the stage "for a historic clash between presidential and judicial authority in a time of military conflict" in agreeing to decide "whether prisoners at the United States naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are entitled to access to civilian courts to challenge their open-ended detention," reports the New York Times . LINK

Veterans Day:

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole honors both the "greatest generation" and the "veterans-in-the-making" in Afghanistan and Iraq in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

Veterans are massing in numbers not seen since World War II to tackle the issue of care for veterans, according to the Orlando Sentinel. LINK

Knight Ridder's James Kuhnhenn writes, "The Democratic Party hasn't been a magnet recently for retired military men and women, but then again, in recent decades Democrats have seldom run candidates such as Kerry and Gen. Wesley Clark … " LINK

Reflecting on Veterans Day, Dean Broder wishes more politicians, especially members of the House, would recognize "the difference between war and politics." LINK

David Yepsen talks to Max Cleland to write about Kerry's courting support among veterans, who, Yepsen Notes, are "as divided as anyone else in America about the war on terrorism, the conflict in Iraq and how all of it should be prosecuted." LINK

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

Mike Allen has so many fundraising figures and facts in today's Washington Post you might need to pull out a pocket-sized copy of your campaign finance rule book to keep it all straight.

Allen takes a look at the Bush fundraising juggernaut, which could swell even stronger if Dean wins the nomination, as Republicans rally to raise money to defeat a "Bush-hating ultra-liberal challenger," as one senior campaign adviser put it.

"When Bush passes the $100 million mark, possibly Thursday, he will eclipse the amount he spent in 2000 and break the record for political fundraising." LINK

President Bush was in South Carolina yesterday for policy and fundraising events. The president sat down with workers at a BMW factory in Greer to discuss the economy, jobs and free trade (without mentioning the WTO's ruling on steel tariffs yesterday).

The Los Angeles Times' Ed Chen reports that the president's tone "suggested a growing White House confidence that the economy is on a sustained road to recovery."

"Bush's comments marked a shift in both emphasis and tone over the last few days — from reticence Friday in response to improving economic indicators to near-exuberance Monday in proclaiming that his agenda, most notably two across-the-board tax cuts, have set the nation on the road to recovery. LINK

President Bush also scheduled time for campaign fundraising, bringing in $500,000 at a lunch event in Little Rock, Arkansas, and $1.6 million later in Greenville, South Carolina. The South Carolina State reported that the $2,000-per-person event there yesterday was the largest single-event political fund-raiser in the state's history and brought in twice the amount that the president raised in the Palmetto state for the entire 2000 election. LINK

After yesterday's fundraisers in Delaware and Maine, the First Lady has brought in more than $5 million this year for the Bush-Cheney camp, with more to come. LINK

Vice President Cheney was hustled into a secure location yesterday, after a plane flew into restricted airspace around Washington, the New York Times ' Stevenson reports. LINK

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