The Note

Senator Edwards has no public events today or tomorrow. He'll be in Iowa on Saturday.

Congressman Gephardt has no public events today. He is set to give what's billed as a major policy speech tomorrow in Iowa. He's in Iowa on Saturday.

Congressman Kucinich has no public events today. He's in Iowa on Saturday.

Senator Lieberman will attend a memorial service with firefighters in Miami today and attend a private fundraiser tonight. He has two fundraisers in Florida tomorrow. He's in New Hampshire and Maryland on Saturday.

Ambassador Moseley Braun is in Chicago today with no public events. She keynotes the Chicago Women in Government Relations meeting tomorrow in Chicago. She's in Iowa on Saturday.

Reverend Sharpton is in New York City with no public events today. He's in Delaware this weekend.

The newspaper stories you need to read are:

The Washington Post (followed by the AP LINK and the New York Times LINK) on the talks between Howard Dean and Wes Clark, which don't add up to quite as much as the tone of the story suggests. LINK The New York Times and Washington Post on how the Democrats on the Hill and the hustings have been emboldened by the president's Sunday speech to ask questions and try to make political points. LINK and LINK The Washington Post 's Mike Allen on how the president talks about 9/11 in many contexts. LINK The Boston Globe on John Kerry's musings on not taking federal matching funds if Howard Dean opts out of the system, with the former having some tough words for the latter, and Trippi (interesting … .) holding his tongue. LINK

Anything on Howard Dean's troubles with statements about the Middle East (where he has expressed regret about using certain language) and race (where he and his staff are taking an apparently dangerous "no apologies" strategy), such as these: LINK and LINK and LINK and LINK.

More on all these below.

In the recall:

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena holds a hearing on the ACLU's lawsuit concerning the use of punch card ballots in six California counties.

Governor Davis observes a moment of silence this morning at a ceremony to lower the Capitol flag to half-staff in honor of 9/11. He also attends a Medal of Valor ceremony at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento. He also holds a bill signing ceremony at the Capitol later in the day.

Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante has no public events today.

Arnold Schwarzenegger will tour the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles today.

State Senator Tom McClintock does one radio appearance today on Los Angeles KFI.

Dean and Clark:

Read the Washington Post story about Saturday's meeting between presidential candidate Howard Dean and possible presidential candidate Wes Clark closely and you will find that there is less there than meets the eye.

Yes, the two men met again on Saturday (They talk regularly.).

Yes, Dean asked Clark to support him if he ends up not running himself (What else would you expect him to do?).

Despite the article's suggestive language, we are told that the notion of running together was NOT the focus of the meeting, and it is unlikely to happen anytime soon, if at all.

Most signs point to Clark getting in the presidential race himself in the next week, but there are still sources who say they believe in the end he won't run.

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