The Note

-- But hold on: Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante says he doesn't know whether or not replacement candidates should appear on the recall ballot. He thinks that is a decision for the Commission on the Governorship and the California Supreme Court. The Secretary of State's office is reviewing the appropriate statutes.

The White House both talks up yesterday's huge developments in Iraq with the deaths of Saddam Hussein's sons and meets with the visiting Argentine President.

This afternoon, the president and First Lady will participate in an East Room ceremony for the 2003 recipients of the presidential Medal of Freedom.

The highest ranks of the U.S. intelligence community put in an appearance on the Hill - FBI Director Robert Muller at the Senate Judiciary Committee and CIA Director George Tenet at the House Intelligence Committee.

Congressman Gephardt heads to South Carolina tomorrow.

Governor Dean campaigns in Canterbury and Lakeport, New Hampshire today.

Senator Lieberman is in and around Phoenix, Arizona for Day Three of "Joe's Jobs Tour" with stops at a jobs center and meetings with the Navajo Nation Tribal Council and Latino leaders. He ends the day addressing the Hotel Employees International Union Local #631. The Senator's mother, Marcia Lieberman, stops in Manchester at a senior center and a meals on wheels program.

No public events for Senators Kerry or Edwards today.

Also no public events for Senator Graham, who is in Washington for briefings on the 9/11 Commission report.

Congressmen Gephardt and Kucinich have no public campaign events.

Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun has no public campaign events.

Reverend Al Sharpton is in Africa.

Politics of national security, Hadley takes his turn: The first take on the new/current Hadley version by Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus in the Washington Post is, we predict, not going to resemble much the next thing they write about the matter, as early as tomorrow. LINK

One has to read closely to find the incredulity.

Ditto the David Sanger/Judith Miller (?!) version in the New York Times (although they see Hadley as "shaken."). LINK

Ditto Jeanne Cummings in the Wall Street Journal .

With the slightly later deadline, slick Maura Reynolds of the Los Angeles Times has Rice putting Hadley in the bowels. LINK

Politics of national security, Uday and Qusay: Dan Balz of the Washington Post looks at the "welcome boost" the president got yesterday, and, with plenty more events (good and bad) to come overseas between now and 11/04, says both parties have to watch out. LINK

The "Democrats learned how quickly events and images can change the context of the political debate at home," while the president got "some breathing room … but perhaps not much more than that."

The New York Post 's Deborah Orin declares yesterday's news very good for the president's political future. LINK

"The death of Uday and Qusay Hussein is a giant boost for President Bush at a time when Democratic presidential contenders have been taking a tougher anti-war stance in the run-up to the 2004 election."

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