The Note

2. A devastating Washington Post story ("For Bush's Iraq Request, Tough Comparisons Loom"), apparently based on Democratic Hill research, matching up proposed Bush Iraq spending with the parallel "needs" at home in areas such as housing, education, and health care. LINK

And then:

3. Eek: front pge of the Wall Street Journal : "U.S. Push for Weaker Dollar Rattles Markets Around Globe."

4. Eek eek: the Journal's editorial board is semi-tough on Secretary Snow's stewardship and super-tough on the steel tariffs in separate pieces.

Let's all reconvene tomorrow, right here, and see how it all turned out in the space of one lightening-round of a news cycle!

Today … .

President Bush addresses the United Nations this morning.

He will hold separate meetings in the afternoon with the leaders of Spain, France, Indonesia, Morocco, and the Afghan Transitional Authority.

He and Mrs. Bush will attend a reception tonight at the Museum of Natural History. (By the way, The Note hopes that the president is just as happy as we are that the whale is back.)

Vice President Cheney attends a Bush-Cheney 2004 fundraiser tonight in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Senator Kerry receives the expected-but-not-so-soon endorsement of the Granite State's best political Democratic mind (Jeanne Shaheen) in New Hampshire today and heads back to D.C. tonight.

Governor Dean attends a campaign rally in Boston. He travles to New York City tonight.

General Clark is fundraising in New York City today. He also travels to Greencastle, Indiana, tonight to speak to students at De Pauw University.

Senator Lieberman meets with Governor Davis to discuss homeland security today in Santa Ana, California.

Senator Edwards campaigns in Oklahoma today.

Senator Graham attends a League of Conservation Voters lunch and holds fundraisers in D.C. today.

Congressman Gephardt attends a reception and the National Agricultural Summit in Iowa today.

Congressman Kucinich and Reverend Sharpton will participate in a panel discussion on peace and ethics with the Dalai Lama and others in a forum sponsored by the Tibet House in New York City.

Ambassador Moseley Braun has no public events announced for today.

Due to incorrect information provided by the campaign, we reported that Boston mayor Tom Menino would introduce Gov. Howard Dean at today's event in Copley Plaza. Menino, who is travelling, will not attend. We regret the error.

In the recall:

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to make a decision this morning about whether the recall will go ahead as planned on October 7.

As mentioned above, Governor Davis will meet with Senator Lieberman to discuss homeland security today in Santa Ana.

Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante has no public events scheduled for today.

Arnold Schwarzenegger holds an "Ask Arnold" town hall forum today in Sacramento. Maria Shriver will speak to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco today.

State Senator Tom McClintock has no public events announced for today.

The politics of national security:

USA Today 's Bill Nichols and Richard Benedetto preview the president's trip to the U.N. LINK

USA Today 's Barbara Slavin writes that the president's visit to the U.N. to ask for help in Iraq "is a tacit admission that his administration has reached a foreign policy turning point. LINK

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