The Note: The Raptor and the Three-legged Rabbits

Vice President Cheney travels to Las Vegas, NV for a closed press fundraiser at a private residence for Congressman Jon Porter. At 8:15 pm ET, the Vice President attends an open press event for congressional candidate Rick O'Donnell in Denver, CO. Scooter Libby will not be traveling with the Vice President.

Paul Hackett, the United States Marine Corps Major and Iraq War Veteran, who lost a special election for a House seat from Ohio this summer, will formally announce his campaign for U.S. Senate at 1:00 pm ET in Cincinnati, OH. He is vying with Rep. Sherrod Brown (D) for the Democratic nomination to take on Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH).

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger debates representatives from unions and the Democratic Party on his four favored ballot measures in the "Special Election Showdown" in Walnut Creek, CA at 9:00 pm ET. Earlier in the day he has a 2:30 pm ET campaign event at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.

Former Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore (R) speaks to the 2005 Virginia Rural Leadership Conference in Roanoke, VA at 11:15 am ET. Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine (D) delivers 11:30 am ET remarks to the Virginia Municipal League annual conference in Richmond, VA.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean attends a special event in honor of Fernando Ferrer at Session 73 at 6:30 pm ET in New York, NY. Earlier in the day, Ferrer will campaign and lunch with John Kerry. Sen. Kerry will then scoot across the Hudson River to support his colleague Jon Corzine's campaign for governor.

After spending Sunday in New Hampshire, Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) wings himself to the West Coast today. He will raise some money at a 21st Century Freedom PAC event with Dean Spanos -- President-Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Chargers. Later in the day he headlines a fundraiser for candidate for California Comptroller Abel Maldonado.

The Energy Information Administration releases its survey of retail gasoline prices. In the last survey, the average price of a gallon of gas stood at $2.73, almost 34% higher than a year ago.

The Senate continues work on the Labor/HHS appropriations bill at 2:00 pm ET.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) encourages young people at UC Berkeley to get involved in the fight against poverty.

Be sure to check out our look at the week ahead below.

The Fitzgerald investigation:

Clearly Sen. Allen and Sen. Hutchison did not get the same set of GOP talking points before their Sunday morning appearances. We wonder if Sen. Hutchison was freelancing or if we may hear that message amplified by various Republicans in the days to come. Did anyone in Sen. Hutchison's office pull her 1998 remarks about such crimes as perjury and obstruction of justice and show them to the Senator?

Note today's Wall Street Journal editorial: "Let's stipulate that the law is the law, and if Bush administration officials lied to a grand jury in the clear and obvious way that Bill Clinton did, they should be prosecuted. If Mr. Fitzgerald has evidence of a malicious attempt to expose a CIA undercover agent, as defined by the relevant statute, the same applies. But the fact that the prosecutor has waited as long as he has -- until the last days of his grand jury -- suggests that he considers this a less than obvious case. A close call deserves to be a no call."

The editorial is a colossal must read.

The Washington Post's Walter Pincus focuses on the remarks of Sen. Hutchison. LINK

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