The Note: Take It As a Warning

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11

NEWS SUMMARY

Today's "obvious" Note lede: join the New York Times, Carville and Begala, and many other Democrats in piling on a certain talkative Senator.

Out of respect for Joseph R. (Beau) Biden III (and his dad), we are going the opposite of "obvious," however.

Some might even deem it "obscure"; but we call it:

The Note's Answers to the Most Pressing Questions in Politics Today

(You supply the questions, during the next round of Hatch-Alito colloquy.):

59-41

Congressman Ney

third ballot

Jan. 31

99,000

Tim Kaine

Diamond Jim

New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado

return to home country to apply

entitlements

Kevin Madden

David Rogers=Speaker's Pet

Colts, Patriots

congressional relations

Speaker Emanuel?

Teresa Vilmain

Les Halles

The first reader who supplies each and every correct question gets to have lunch at the Palm with Howard Fineman, paid for by Scott Reed and Vernon Jordan.

Send your responses here: politicalunit@abcnews.com

Go watch the second round of Alito questioning, which was beginning at 9:30 am ET. The members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will each have 20 minutes to question President Bush's nominee to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. The committee will break for lunch at 12:30 pm ET and for dinner at 6:00 pm ET.

Disability rights advocates and civil rights advocates will take to the stakeout microphones outside the hearing room to oppose Alito's nomination.

President Bush signs the US-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement in the Oval Office at 10:55 am ET. He makes remarks on the war on terrorism at 1:10 pm ET in Louisville, KY.

The DNC will bracket the President's trip to Louisville with a conference call featuring Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark (D-AR) and a Democratic candidate for Congress from the Louisville area, Iraq war vet Lt. Colonel Andrew Horne, at 9:45 am ET.

Vice President Cheney calls into Sean Hannity's radio program at 3:15 pm ET. Hear it live here on the most-listened-to radio station in America: LINK

The grand jury examining the CIA leak is scheduled to meet at 9:30 am ET at the US District Court in Washington, DC.

The Senate Armed Services Committee conducts a closed briefing on the Interceptor Body Armor System and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology study referenced in recent news reports at 2:30 pm ET in Russell 222. In light of Sen. Clinton's "Good Morning America" appearance and other Democrats calling for a congressional investigation, ABC's Jonathan Karl reports the Army is stepping up its pushback on the body armor stories and this hearing will be part of that effort. Army spokesman Paul Boyce tells Karl, "Every Soldier in harm's way has a complete set of body armor, the best body armor in the world. To date, nearly 700,000 full sets of Interceptor Body Armor have been provided to soldiers."

Just days before leaving office, Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) delivers Virginia's "State of the Commonwealth" address in Richmond, VA.

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in House v. Bell. House is on death row in Tennessee and claims DNA evidence will clear him of a rape committed 20 years ago.

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