The Note: Abducted by Aliens

What you should focus on: Whether Frist and Hastert want a deal acceptable to the President (and whether Hastert will apply his majority-of-the-majority rule).

Katrina:

What the person at the desk next to yours is focused on: Feature stories galore.

What you should focus on: How many times the POTUS visits New Orleans in 2006.

Bush staff:

What the person at the desk next to yours is focused on: Card leaving.

What you should focus on: Card staying.

Bush Cabinet:

What the person at the desk next to yours is focused on: Rummy leaving.

What you should focus on: Rummy staying.

2006, Part I:

What the person at the desk next to yours is focused on: If there are enough retirements in the pipeline to make this interesting.

What you should focus on: If certain Democratic Leaders and Chairs can thwart the best-laid Emanuel/Schumer plans by thinking that a post-9/11 election can be won by the party proudly proclaiming it favors civil liberties over national security (or that America can have both!!!!).

2006, Part II:

What the person at the desk next to yours is focused on: Breathless Democratic hopes to take over both congressional chambers after the November elections.

What you should focus on: Gov. Mitt Romney's ability to manage expectations about potential Republican net losses of governorships and how much the RGA chairman personally puts himself on the line in various gubernatorial battles across the country (and the chits available if he runs the table).

2008: Republicans:

What the person at the desk next to yours is focused on: John McCain.

What you should focus on: John McCain.

2008: Democrats:

What the person at the desk next to yours is focused on: Jockeying to be the "Clinton alternative."

What you should focus on: How many of the top 100 bundlers are with Senator Clinton.

Political media:

What the person at the desk next to yours is focused on: If The Note has lost its relevance in 2006.

What you should focus on: Bloomberg News' brilliant hiring of Roger Simon.

The Scheib/scallop thing:

What the person at the desk next to yours is focused on: Did that really happen?

What you should focus on: Getting the President (or Lea Berman) to tell you what really happened.

President Bush participates in a meeting on the Patriot Act in the Roosevelt Room at 1:15 pm ET after which he'll chat with the pool (and we suggest a scallop question). Scott McClellan will gaggle off camera at 10:00 am ET and brief the press corps on camera at 12:15 pm ET. (We're pretty sure any questions about Scott's mom's decision to run for Governor of Texas as an independent instead of as a Republican will be quickly redirected to her campaign, so, again, we suggest a scallop question.)

Neal Sonnett, Jack Abramoff's attorney in the Sun Cruz matter, tells ABC News' Jack Date the status conference with Judge Huck will be handled over the phone, today at 3:30 pm ET at which time it is expected to become apparent whether or not a plea agreement has been reached. Abramoff is not expected to be present.

Although the final details are not worked out, Abramoff is widely expected to agree to a plea deal including charges in both the Miami and Washington investigations.

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