The Note: Party On

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2

NEWS SUMMARY

Stuff we all might know by this Sunday at 9 pm ET:

Where Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe stand on Judge Alito's abortion paper trail; whether the House Democratic caucus is with Leader Pelosi or Whip Hoyer on the Murtha plan; whether Jeanine Pirro will be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2006; how many shameless e-mails new Vanity Fair national editor Todd S. Purdum can get in a 48-hour period requesting invitations to the magazine's Oscar party LINK; what John Warner plans to do about Pentagon efforts to place without fingerprints editorial content in Iraqi newspapers; and if the White House takes comfort from the new Fox News poll.

On the other hand:

Stuff we probably won't know by this Sunday at 9 pm ET:

Who all these leakers are inside the Bush Administration and what can be done to stop them; whether the leading Republican to win the nomination to face Hillary Clinton in 2006 will have more or less than $1 million in the bank on January 31, 2006; which political party will work harder in the next 9 months to make the Medicare prescription drug benefit a success; what the President will say in the State of the Union about tax reform and Social Security; and how much success Republicans at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are having in getting/taking credit for the economy.

President Bush will crow about the vibrancy of America's economy -- as suggested by today's job figures and booming stock market -- at 10:45 am ET in the Rose Garden.

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) talks with reporters in the Senate Gallery Studio at 12:00 pm ET after meeting with Judge Samuel Alito at 10:30 am ET.

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a closed briefing (time: TBA) on story placement in the Iraqi press. Sen. John Warner (R-VA), the panel's chairman, said in a statement yesterday that he will be able to comment further following the briefing.

Sens. Bill Frist, Robert Bennett, and Mitch McConnell tout third quarter economic figures at a 10:30 am ET press conference on Capitol Hill.

Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) meets with New York Senate candidate Jeanine Pirro today. A spokesman to the governor said yesterday that the two are expected to discuss whether Pirro should drop her bid to topple Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY).

The Pataki-Pirro sitdown comes not long after state Senate Republican Leader Joe Bruno publicly called for Pirro to nix her effort to oust Clinton and to aim instead for the state attorney general's office which is being vacated by Democrat Eliot Spitzer who is running to succeed Pataki as governor. Pataki endorsed Pirro's Senate bid in October.

Sen. Clinton is in the Bluegrass State for a Kentucky Democratic Party fundraiser in Louisville.

Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) will present National Guard life insurance checks to soldiers in Santa Fe at 11:00 am ET.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers 3:30 pm ET remarks about the Democrats' innovation agenda at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA and also appears at a Boston-area fundraiser with Rep. John Murtha (D-PA).

Campaign for America's Future holds a discussion, "Why Americans Rejected Bush's 'Raw Deal' on Social Security and What It Means for 2006,' with author Joe Conason and pollster Celinda Lake at 9:30 am ET at the National Press Club.

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