The Note

Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):

—9:30 am: Senate convenes for legislative business —9:45 am: Off-camera White House press gaggle with Scott McClellan —10:00 am: House convenes for morning business —11:25 am: President Bush meets with the Prime Minister of Kuwait, White House —12:30 pm: On-camera White House press briefing with Scott McClellan —12:30 pm: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld speaks at to the National Press Club luncheon, D.C. —1:00 pm: Senator Joe Lieberman addresses the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City —1:00 pm: Arnold Schwarzenegger hosts an education summit, San Jose —2:15 pm: Fundraiser for Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Pasadera Country Club, Monterey, Calif. —3:00 pm: California First Lady Sharon Davis speaks to high school students and faculty, San Mateo, Calif. —3:05 pm: President Bush makes remarks on homeland security, Quantico, Va. —3:15 pm: Secretary Rumsfeld gives a closed briefing to senators, Capitol Hill —4:30 pm: Vice President Cheney makes remarks at the unveiling of the marble bust of former Vice President Dan Quayle, Capitol Hill —5:30 pm: Senator Lieberman attends a fundraiser, Florham Park, N.J. —6:00 pm: Senator John Kerry attends an "unplugged" jam session with Moby, Boston —7:30 pm: Senator Lieberman attends a fundraiser, Tenefly, N.J. —8:00 pm: Fundraiser for Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Blackhawk Museum's Auto Gallery, Danville, Calif. —8:00 pm: California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley keynotes League of Women's Voters forum at UCLA, Los Angeles —10:00 pm: Governor Gray Davis holds a town hall meeting, Fresno, Calif.

NEWS SUMMARY

Will Americans feel the economy is still a weak, job-hemmoraging mess one year from now?

Will the Democrats figure out how to nominate someone for president who is credible on national security and can talk convincingly about the economy?

Who will turn out to vote in the recall election?

Sure, we could try to come up with a new, punchy lead every day, but why hide the truth from our loyal readers?

All political wisdom can be distilled down to those three queries.

CAFE standards; Breaux's potential retirement; Bill Thomas' temperament; three governors races — sure, there ARE other things out there on any given day.

But just stay focused on our Big Three questions, and we'll all be safely on the same page.

Today, the president meets with the Prime Minister of Kuwait at the White House. He is scheduled to have a brief meeting with the Dalai Lama at the White House this morning.

After that, he heads just a little south to make remarks on homeland security at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The AP reports he has a private dinner tonight at the White House with a screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary "Twin Towers."

Vice President Cheney will be in the Capitol today to make remarks at the official unveiling of the marble bust of former Vice President Dan Quayle.

Senator Kerry is in Boston tonight for his unplugged session with Moby.

Senator Lieberman addresses the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City and attends a pair of fundraisers in New Jersey today. We wonder if he will mention Howard Dean.

Reverend Sharpton is in New York City with no public events announced.

Ambassador Moseley Braun, Governor Dean, Senator Graham, Congressman Kucinich, Senator Edwards, and Congressman Gephardt have no public events announced for today.

In the recall:

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