Focused and Pensive, Not Peevish or Irritated

"Congressional Republicans are poised to hold or to slightly expand their majorities in the House and Senate this November, though Senate Democrats retain an outside chance of slipping back into control," wrote the New York Times ' Carl Hulse over the weekend.LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate:

In their bid for U.S. Senator, neither Ken Salazar nor Pete Coors are talking about immigration in the state that ranks 10th in the number of illegal immigrants Notes the Rocky Mountain News. "These guys are avoiding the whole immigration thing like the plague," said Mike McGarry who represents a group that opposes unauthorized immigration to the United States. LINK

The Washington Post 's Lois Romano covers the Carson/Coburn debate on Meet the Press and Notes that "at times it was hard to tell who was the Democrat and who was the Republican." LINK

The San Francisco Chronicle's Carolyn Lochhead gives a sketch of the eight states that are the battlegrounds for control of the Senate. LINK

TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all times ET):

—9:30 am: Sen. John Kerry holds a town hall meeting with Michael J. Fox at Winnacunnet High School, Hampton, NH

—10:00 am: The Commerce Department releases factory orders figures for August

—10:00 am: Former U.S. ambassadors criticize President Bush's foreign policy and endorse John Kerry in a news conference at the National Press Club to announce the endorsement of more than 175 former ambassadors for Kerry, Washington, DC

—10:00 am: The Senate convenes for morning business

—10:00 am: Krist Novoselic, co-founder and bass player of Nirvana, discusses his new book "Of Grunge and Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy," at a news conference at the Mott House meeting room, Washington, DC

—11:00 am: The Senate resumes debate of the intelligence reform bill

—11:00 am: Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Tom Harkin host DNC conference call prebutting Dick Cheney

—11:15 am: President Bush signs the Working Families Tax Relief Act at the South Suburban YMCA, Des Moines, IA

—12:00 pm: Sens. Susan Collins and Joe Lieberman holds a news conference at the Capitol on their intelligence reform bill, Washington, DC

—12:00 pm: Campaign to Save the Court chairwoman Kate Michelman, interim NARAL President Elizabeth Cavendish, AFSCME President Jerry McEntee and others hold a news conference criticizing President Bush on the steps of the Supreme Court, Washington, DC

—12:00 pm: The American Enterprise Institute co-hosts a lecture, "Assessing the Cost of the Bush and Kerry Health Care Reform Proposals," Washington, DC

—12:30 pm: The House of Representatives convenes for morning business

—12:45 pm: President Bush participates in an "Ask President Bush" event at the 7 Flags Event Center, Clive, IA

—1:00 pm: NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds holds a pen and pad briefing for reporters

—1:30 pm: Teresa Heinz Kerry Holds a "Conversation on Health Care" at the Teamsters Temple 249 Local Hall, Pittsburgh, PA

—1:30: Chris Heinz holds a rally at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

—2:00 pm: The 9/11 Working Group, assigned to oversee intelligence reform, holds its second meeting at the Capitol. Stakeout follows with Sens. Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid

—4:15 pm: The Senate votes on amendments to the intelligence reform bill

—4:15 pm: Sen. Kerry attends a meeting with clergy at the First District Plaza, Philadelphia, PA

—5:30 pm: Chris Heinz attends a GOTV Shoe Polish Party at the campaign's headquarters, Albuquerque, NM

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