The Note

Vice President Cheney will meet with the House Republican Conference this morning on Capitol Hill. After that meeting, Cheney and OMB Director Josh Bolten have a closed meeting with members of the House Policy Committee. He keynotes the NRSC's fundraiser tonight in D.C.

Republicans just keep quietly raising lots of money. Roll Call 's Chris Cilizza and Paul Kane report that tonight's NRSC fundraiser (which is closed to the press) is expected to bring in "as much as $8 million."

We would love a copy of the Cheney tribute video if the talented videomaster wants to give us one.

Senator Kerry is in D.C. today where he will receive the endorsement of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

General Clark is in New York City today where he'll give a speech about jobs and takes questions in East River Park.

Governor Dean has private meetings with Democrats and speaks to the American Society of Magazine Editors luncheon in New York City.

Congressman Gephardt is in Chicago this morning where he'll be endorsed by the 800,000 member Laborers' International Union of North America. He then travels to D.C. for private fundraising events.

Senator Lieberman will attend the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 26th Annual Gala in D.C.

Senator Graham attends a reception with young professionals and a fundraising dinner in New York City tonight.

Reverend Sharpton is in D.C. for the Congressional Black Caucus legislative conference.

Congressman Kucinich holds a press conference on Capitol Hill to announce legislation he'll introduce to repeal the USA PATRIOT Act.

Ambassador Moseley Braun and Senator Edwards have no public events announced for today.

It was really nice to see Dean on Good Morning America and Clark on Today simultaneously.

Welcome to the national political beat, proud pappy Ed Wyatt of the New York Times !!! LINK

In the recall:

The long-anticipated California Broadcasters Association debate takes place tonight in Sacramento.

Governor Davis will lead a discussion on health care issues today at the UC-Davis Medical Center. A signing ceremony for a measure on stem-cell research follows the discussion.

Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the CBA debate and addresses a post-debate party with supporters tonight.

Lieutenant Governor Bustamante, State Senator Tom McClintock, and Peter Camejo all attend the CBA debate.

Yesterday, just to make sure you were paying attention, we threw in a (bogus) reference to Dick Gephardt's nuptials best man.

Rather than try to clarify or explain (which might just lead to another need to clarify and/or explain tomorrow), let's just say you should ignore any alleged meaning in what we wrote.

The politics of national security:

USA Today 's Laurence McQuillan brings you sideline reporting from the United Nations. LINK

The New York Post 's Deborah Orin writes, "The speech came at a time when Bush is under fire at home and abroad over Iraq, with his poll ratings slipping dramatically, but he stood his ground and stuck by his policy of having the U.S.-led coalition continue running Iraq." LINK

The Boston Globe 's Wayne Washington reports that the president said the U.S. had "the right to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein." LINK

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