The Note

Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):

—10:30 am: Congressman Dick Gephardt attends meet and greet in Charleston, South Carolina —11:25 am: President Bush meets with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, White House —11:45 am: Congressman Dick Gephardt tours health care center and meets with health care professionals, Charleston —3:15 pm: Senator John Kerry meets with local business leaders, Ames, Iowa —3:45 pm: Vice President Cheney holds closed meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas —3:50 pm: Senator John Kerry attends activist event, Ames —4:45 pm: Secretary of State Colin Powell meets with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas —5:00 pm: Governor Howard Dean opens his Des Moines, Iowa campaign headquarters —5:45 pm: Senator John Kerry attends BBQ with Rep. Mark Smith, Marshalltown, Iowa —8:30 pm: Senator John Kerry attends AFSCME People Conference Auction, Des Moines, Iowa

NEWS SUMMARY

Happy July 25!!!

Tentative congratulations, likely-Chairman Gillespie!!!

Farewell, Lloyd!!!

Welcome to New York, Ken Mehlman!!!

We are watching your "intentions" closely, California Democrats not named "Davis"!!!

Enjoy Philadelphia, centrist Democrats!!!

Love a nurse, says John Edwards!!!

And, with that, The Note is off to the Waldorf!!!

In California recall news today:

-- Lt. Governor Bustamante announced Tuesday October 7, 2003 as the date of the special recall election, giving way to a frantic 75-day campaign in uncharted waters.

-- Governor Davis formed his all-star campaign committee called "Californians Against the Costly Recall."

-- Former Vice Presidential nominee Jack Kemp has a strange run in the cycle as a possible replacement candidate.

-- August 9 is the filing deadline for candidates to declare intentions and submit nomination papers — let the jockeying continue.

Today President Bush hosts the Palestinian Prime Minister at the White House. President Bush will attend a tee-ball game on the South Lawn on Sunday.

Governor Dean campaigns in Iowa today, beginning with a leg (Burlington to Troy) of the Des Moines Register 's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

His bus tour makes stops in Albia, Chariton, and Oceola before opening his Des Moines headquarters.

He and Senator Kerry address members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees tonight. Dean has no public events scheduled for the weekend.

Senator Kerry campaigns in Iowa today and tomorrow. He'll then head tomorrow to San Francisco to speak at the Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner.

Senator Edwards campaigns in Iowa today and tomorrow, and talks about nurses today. He heads to New Hampshire and Pittsburgh on Sunday, and gives a big health care speech back in New Hampshire.

Congressman Gephardt campaigns in Charleston, South Carolina, meeting with union members and health care professionals. His son, Matt, spends the weekend in Des Moines with AFSCME delegates.

Congressman Kucinich is scheduled to address AFSCME members on Saturday in Des Moines.

Ambassador Braun keynotes the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs Annual Banquet in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday night.

The Democratic Leadership Council meets in Philadelphia on Sunday and Monday, with Al and Bruce hosting the normal impressive array (including lots of governors), but no Clinton, no Gore, and no one running for president. That latter cluster was not invited.

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