The Note

Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):

—9:00 am: Off-camera White House press gaggle with Scott McClellan —9:00 am: House Intelligence Committee hears testimony from former U.N. weapons inspector David Kay, Capitol Hill —9:30 am: Senate convenes for legislative business —9:30 am: Senate Judiciary Committee meets to consider pending business including the nomination of Judge Charles Pickering, Capitol Hill —10:00 am: House convenes for morning business —10:30 am: Senators Frist, Santorum, Hutchison, and Allen hold a press conference on the Republican economic agenda, Capitol Hill —12:30 pm: Arnold Schwarzenegger attends a campaign kick-off event, San Diego —12:30 pm: On-camera White House press briefing with Scott McClellan —2:00 pm: Governor Gray Davis signs a package of environmental bills at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, Santa Monica, Calif. —2:30 pm: Senate Intelligence Committee hears testimony from former U.N. weapons inspector David Kay, Capitol Hill —3:00 pm: President Bush makes remarks in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, White House —3:30 pm: Arnold Schwarzenegger attends a campaign event at the Orange County Fair Grounds, Costa Mesa, Calif. —5:30 pm: Senator Bob Graham attends a private campaign fundraiser, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. —6:30 pm: Arnold Schwarzenegger visits Riley Elementary School, San Bernadino, Calif. —7:00 pm: Senator Joe Lieberman attends a private campaign fundraiser, Gwynedd Valley, Pa. —8:00 pm: Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, State Senator Tom McClintock and Peter Camejo participate in the first part of a debate sponsored by KNBC and the League of Women Voters, Los Angeles —9:00 pm: Congressman Darrell Issa and California Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres discuss the recall in the second part of a debate sponsored by KNBC and the League of Women Voters, Los Angeles

NEWS SUMMARY

Simple day:

Read the Los Angeles Times' Schwarzenegger story on alleged groping, and play Bernie Kalb and decide what you think the journalistic ethics are of dropping investigative bombshells within hailing distance of election day (See "Packwood, Bob" and "Bush, George W., 2000"). LINK

Read what Jim VandeHei, Jeb Bush, and the Boston Globe think about Howard Dean, and ask yourself if they are causing him any problems that a huge cash advantage can't solve. LINK and LINK and LINK

Read about General Clark's shifting stories and recent past, and decide for yourself if you think a(n) (former?) independent lobbyist for defense contractors can become the Democratic nominee for president. LINK and LINK and LINK

Read our Wilson section below, including the Washington Post 's return to their fabled language about alleged White House actions, and decide if you think this story is going anywhere. LINK

And remember: almost all FBI investigations are slow, disorganized, and derivative of what's in the newspapers. It's just that the national media doesn't normally try to cover them with minute-by-minute play-by-play attention.

President Bush will make remarks in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House today.

Senator Kerry has cancelled his plans to campaign in Iowa today in order to be in the Senate where he hopes to debate the Biden-Kerry amendment to the supplemental appropriations bill for Iraq.

General Clark has no public events today as he travels from Los Angeles to D.C.

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