The Note: Adrenaline Rules

Virginia's Republican gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Kilgore, talks up the state gas tax in Richmond and Norfolk, VA today and rallies with veterans at 6:00 pm ET in Arlington, VA.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman heads to the Fairfax County Republican Party headquarters tonight, where some phone banking will be underway. Mehlman is expected to deliver remarks, meet volunteers, and thank them for their help.

Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) has 10 events on his public schedule today mostly focusing on senior citizens. He ends his day with two rallies featuring President Bill Clinton in Newark and Jersey City, NJ.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Forrester has seven public stops including commuter meet and greets, a diner visit, and a press conference in Morristown, NJ at 2:00 pm ET.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NYC) rallies to get out the vote with DC37 supporters at 5:30 pm ET in Manhattan.

Fernando Ferrer (D-NYC) will hold a campaign rally with DNC Chairman Gov. Howard Dean at 2:30 pm ET in Manhattan.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) rides his campaign bus from Sherman Oaks, CA to Long Beach, CA to highlight what he sees as the effects of underfunding roads and infrastructure in his push for voters to pass Proposition 76.

Senate: War on the Floor:

The Washington Post's Charles Babington and Dafna Linzner eschew the "war of words" formulation and characterize yesterday's developments as a "rare victory for Democrats in the GOP-controlled Congress." LINK

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank sketches an outraged heart surgeon, a Republican Party that knew that it had been "licked," and a Democratic leadership aide saying, "Alito had his day. We're going back to our story." LINK

Roll Call writes that yesterday's surprise move by Senator Reid to close the chamber has raised partisan tensions to the breaking point. "Civility is gone," said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).

The New York Times reports on the "escalation of partisan tensions" in the Senate yesterday, as Reid and other Democrats forced a closed session over the Administration's "use of intelligence to justify the Iraq war and the Senate's willingness to examine it." LINK

The Los Angeles Times wraps the surprise closed-door debate, "signaling a new determination to challenge President Bush and triggering a bitter fight with Republicans." LINK

Bush agenda:

Under a headline that reads, "Clouds clear quickly for Bush," The Washington Times' Sammon reports that things are looking up for the Bush Administration. LINK

"'This has been a good week,' a senior White House official said. 'Everybody was shrieking about how terrible the president was doing and yet already, through the clouds, you begin to see the remedy take shape.'"

Former Reagan Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein writes in the New York Times that the President should take a few lessons from the Reagan playbook to change his presidential momentum. His suggestions: bring in new blood, stop the infighting, find some victories on Capitol Hill, and lose the bunker mentality. LINK

The New York Times covers the President's request for $7.1 billion to prepare the nation for a flu epidemic through more research and a creating a stockpile of vaccines. LINK

The Washington Post's David Brown on Bush's pandemic prep: LINK

The President's tax advisory commission received a lukewarm response to its final report recommending a simplified tax system with large cuts in mortgage deductions. LINK and LINK

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