The Note

Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):

—7:30 am: President Bush meets with Caribbean leaders, New York City

—8:55 am: President Bush meets with the chancellor of Germany, New York City

—9:00 am: Vice President Cheney meets with members of the House Republican Conference, Capitol Hill

—9:30 am: Representative Dick Gephardt receives the endorsement of the Laborers' International Union of North America, Chicago —9:30 am: General Wesley Clark gives a speech about jobs and takes questions in East River Park, New York City

—9:30 am: Senate convenes for legislative business

—9:30 am: Senate Foreign Relations Committee hears testimony from Paul Bremer, the U.S. Civilian Administrator in Iraq, Capitol Hill

—9:45 am: President Bush meets with the president of Ghana, New York City

—10:00 am: House convenes for legislative business

—10:00 am: Senate Appropriations Committee hears testimony from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Richard Myers, and CENTCOM General John Abizaid, Capitol Hill

—10:00 am: Vice President Cheney and OMB Director Josh Bolten meet with members of the House Policy Committee, Capitol Hill

—10:20 am: President Bush meets with the president of Pakistan, New York City

—11:10 am: President Bush meets with the president of Mozambique, New York City

—12:00 pm: President Bush meets with the prime minister of India, New York City

—12:15 pm: Governor Howard Dean speaks to the American Society of Magazine Editors luncheon, New York City

—12:30 pm: Senator John Kerry receives the endorsement of the International Association of Fire Fighters, D.C.

—2:00 pm: House Appropriations Committee hears testimony from Paul Bremer and General Abizaid, Capitol Hill

—2:00 pm: Representative Dennis Kucinich unveils legislation to repeal the USA PATRIOT Act, Capitol Hill

—2:00 pm: President Bush meets privately with business and insurance leaders, New York City

—3:30 pm: Governor Davis leads a discussion on health care issues and holds a signing ceremony for a measure on stem-cell research at the UC-Davis Medical Center, Davis, Calif.

—5:30 pm: Senator Bob Graham attends a reception with young professionals, New York City

—6:00 pm: Senator Joe Lieberman attends the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 26th Annual Gala, D.C.

—7:00 pm: Vice President Cheney keynotes the National Republican Senatorial Committee fundraising dinner at the National Building Museum, D.C. (closed press)

—8:00 pm: Senator Graham attends a campaign fundraiser, New York City

—9:00 pm: California Broadcasters Association gubernatorial debate, Sacramento

—11:15 pm: Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses a post-debate party with supporters, Sacramento

—11:35 pm: Lynne Cheney appears on The Late Show with David Letterman

NEWS SUMMARY

People in politics only question other people in politics after forethought.

Sometimes, with malice aforethought, but always with aforethought.

Even in the hyper-organized, super collegial Bush-Cheney campaign, there is more chaos, rivalry, disorganization, and hap than most political reporters (or political rivals) want to believe.

So a lot happens in politics and government NOT by design.

Questioning, though, usually DOES happen only after careful planning, and there is a lot of querying today.

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