The Note: A Little Hyper

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17

NEWS SUMMARY

Let's see:

The war of words over pre-war intelligence gets Cheneyized; the House moves towards a very interesting budget vote; the President stares down North Korea; Tom Davis fears Roe being overturned; and Alito filibuster talk gets subtly ratcheted up. :

But focus on exactly one question, or you will be missing the zeitgeist of the Gang of 500: did Bob Woodward's original source about Valerie Wilson leave his/her boss in the dark about all this as much as Woodward left Len Downie in the dark? :

Ok: and another question -- does that source's boss now know all the facts? :

And one more -- when does Woodward do his first TV interview, and with whom? :

(Blogs: take over.) :

It seems there will be no more scheduled opportunities for tough talk from President Bush in Korea to reverberate back here at home for the remainder of the East Coast day. President Bush is scheduled to meet with ASEAN leaders at 7:35 pm ET, leaders of the Americas at 9:00 pm ET, and a bilat with President Putin at 10:00 pm ET. :

On this side of the world, the Senate convenes at 9:30 am ET with ten hours of debate remaining on the tax reconciliation bill. :

The Senate Radio-TV Gallery reports, "The Senate's schedule for the rest of the week remains somewhat uncertain. After tax reconciliation, there remain several appropriations conference reports, the Patriot Act conference report, and yet another continuing resolution. The possibility of a weekend session remains, according to the leadership, 'very likely.'":

Judge Alito's courtesy call dance card for today:

9:15 am - 10:00 am -- Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO)

10:30 am - 11:15 am -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)

11:45 pm - 12:30 pm -- Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO)

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm -- Sen. John Kerry (R-MA)

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm -- Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH)

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm -- Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)

Before heading off for the Thanksgiving recess, Democratic Senators will gather to recap 2005 which they unsurprisingly see as a year full of Republican failures to address America's priorities. Freshman Democratic Sens. Obama and Salazar will speak at a 2:15 pm ET press conference with a great many members of their caucus standing behind them.

Along similar lines, Sen. Schumer (D-NY) will be joined by Reps. Emanuel (D-IL) and Hoyer (D-MD) at the DSCC at 12:30 pm ET to unveil a "report" that, according to the press advisory, "shows that the GOP Congress' support for the Bush agenda far exceeds the support that previous presidents have had from their party in Congress in recent years."

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is scheduled to hold her weekly press conference at 2:30 pm ET at the Capitol.

Sens. Harkin (D-IA), Kennedy (D-MA), and Durbin (D-IL) will discuss the Labor HHS Appropriations conference report at 11:30 am ET. Bird flu will be one of the many topics discussed.

The "Emergency Campaign for America's Priorities" hosts a 10:00 am ET rally and demonstration to oppose budget cuts outside the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC.

Executives of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Edison Electric Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, and others will host a fundraising reception for Congressman Tom DeLay's (R-TX) re-election committee in Washington, DC this evening. The Houston Chronicle's Samantha Levine has more: LINK (Note to event organizers: have a plan in place for protesters, and for a press stakeout.)

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