The Note

Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):

—8:30 am: Senator John Edwards attends a reception with supporters, McAlester, Okla.

—9:00 am: Representative Dick Gephardt attends a reception at the UFCW Hall Local 431, Davenport, Iowa

—9:00 am: Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meets to consider the nomination of Governor Mike Leavitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Capitol Hill

—9:30 am: Senate convenes for legislative business

—10:00 am: Senator John Kerry endorsed by Jeanne Shaheen, Manchester, N.H.

—10:30 am: President Bush addresses the United Nations, New York City

—12:00 pm: Senator Bob Graham attends a League of Conservation Voters lunch, D.C.

—12:00 pm: House convenes for morning business

—12:30 pm: Howard Dean attends a rally at Copley Square, Boston

—1:30 pm: Senator Joe Lieberman and Governor Gray Davis discuss homeland security in a press availability at a firefighters union hall, Santa Ana, Calif.

—2:00 pm: Representative Gephardt attends the National Agricultural Summit at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

—2:00 pm: Representative Dennis Kucinich and Reverend Al Sharpton participate in a panel discussion on peace and ethics with the Dalai Lama and others in a forum sponsored by the Tibet House, New York City

—3:00 pm: Maria Shriver speaks to the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

—5:30 pm: Senator Graham attends a campaign fundraiser with young professionals at the Capitol City Brewing Company, D.C.

—6:00 pm: Arnold Schwarzenegger holds a town hall meeting, Sacramento

—6:30 pm: Vice President Cheney attends a Bush-Cheney 2004 fundraiser, Manchester, N.H.

—7:00 pm: Senator Graham attends a private campaign fundraiser, D.C.

—8:20 pm: President and Mrs. Bush attend a reception at the Museum of Natural History, New York City

—8:30 pm: Gerneal Clark speaks to students at De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind.


The Note is fascinated by three things: big political events, exquisite dilemmas, and must reads, and today brings many of them all.

President Bush speaking to the U.N. — bigger than big.

The POTUS fall and Clark rise in the Gallup poll — huge.

Jeanne Shaheen's endorsement of John Kerry — so non-wee.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the recall date — gigantic.

Darrell Issa's squishiness on question one of the recall — larger than large.

Howard Dean's rally within an easy jog of the Kerry townhouse — mammoth.

Dick Cheney in the Granite State — humongous.

As for exquisite dilemmas, every major political player in America faces 'em today.

President Bush is suffering through one of the five worst insiders-only news cycles of his presidency (contained within the Chattering Class and the big-time papers, but not infecting cable or broadcast TV — yet).

Arnold Schwarzenegger is confronting a "tough" Los Angeles Times and the question of how to get to 30%.

All nine of Wes Clark's opponents are trying to figure out how to grab the Razorback tiger by the tail.

Clark is trying to figure out how to harness what is magic.

Joe Trippi is trying to decide if he would rather be wrong or right.

As for must reads, all of today's (we SWEAR we aren't making this up … or even simply going with the flow … .) revolve around a Bush Administration facing what Scott McClellan and The Note call "challenges."

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