The Note

Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):

—9:45 am: Off-camera White House press gaggle with Scott McClellan

—10:00 am: Supreme Court hears arguments in McConnell v. FEC

—10:30 am: Senator John Kerry addresses the SEIU conference, D.C.

—11:00 am: Senator Joe Lieberman addresses the AFSCME meeting, D.C.

—11:20 am: Senator John Edwards addresses the SEIU conference, D.C.

—11:40 am: Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun addresses the SEIU conference, D.C.

—12:00 pm: Senator Kerry addresses the AFSCME meeting, D.C.

—12:35 pm: Vice President Cheney makes remarks at a fundraiser for Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Congressman Ernie Fletcher, Cincinnati, Ohio (open press)

—1:00 pm: Congressman Dennis Kucinich addresses the Spiritual Dimensions in Global Public Policy Series at the United Nations, New York City

—1:00 pm: Senate convenes for legislative business

—2:00 pm: Congressman Dick Gephardt addresses the AFSCME meeting, D.C.

—2:30 pm: Maria Shriver attends a fundraiser for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Redding, Calif.

—2:40 pm: Governor Howard Dean addresses the SEIU conference, D.C.

—2:45 pm: President Bush makes remarks on education, Nashville, Tenn.

—3:35 pm: Congressman Gephardt addresses the SEIU conference, D.C.

—4:00 pm: Governor Dean addresses the AFSCME meeting, D.C.

—5:00 pm: Congressman Gephardt appears on CNBC's Marketplace with Ron Insana

—5:30 pm: Vice President Cheney attends a private Bush-Cheney 2004 fundraiser in Roanoke, Virginia (closed press)

—6:00 pm: Senator Joe Lieberman addresses the SEIU conference, D.C.

—6:05 pm: President Bush attends a Bush-Cheney 2004 fundraiser, Nashville, Tenn. (open press)

—6:15 pm: Senator Lieberman addresses the SEIU conference, D.C.

—6:45 pm: Governor Dean addresses a rally at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

—6:55 pm: Congressman Kucinich addresses the SEIU conference, D.C.

—7:00 pm: Maria Shriver helps to register voters at a Wal-Mart, Sacramento

—7:00 pm: Senator Edwards holds a town hall meeting, Merrimack, N.H.

—8:00 pm: Arnold Schwarzenegger holds a town hall meeting at Chapman University, Orange, Calif.

NEWS SUMMARY

History will record that one of the great inventions of the late 20th century (at least in political journalism) was Newsweek's creation of the Conventional Wisdom Watch.

That front-of-the-book feature allows the magazine to, in a breezy, graphicky, short-hand manner, encapsulate who's up and who's down (and who's going sideways) in American politics.

With so much going on over the weekend, this very day, and all week, The Note — which has an Alterian world view — is tempted to give the entire political universe sideways arrows.

Clearly, some people deserve down arrows, if for no other reason than inconsistency or obvious trouble.

We're thinking of the political press's ability to resist treating Howard Dean like the Second Coming; the foreign press's unwillingness to let California reporters ask any questions at Schwarzenegger press conferences; and all these Democratic strategists wringing their hands about how and whether to attack Howard Dean.

We are too grumpy and bewildered to bestow any up arrows just this minute, but talk to us after the SEIU meeting and tout le Washington's shock over the president's mind-blowing request for $87 billion.

And thus we bring you today's schedule and the chock-a-block full week ahead.

In the recall:

-- Absentee voting begins today in California.

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