The Note: A Time of Andy Card's Choosing

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds its Alito vote. President Bush meets with the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Department of Labor releases regional and state employment numbers for the month of December 2005. The Secretary of Energy holds a press conference at the Washington Auto Show to discuss further support and funding for President Bush's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative. Gov. Vilsack holds a rally for Nick's Law. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announces how she is going to vote on Alito during a speech in Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, the President visits the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, MD. He will also appear with Alito clerks in the Rose Garden. The Alito clerk event coincides with the Senate beginning debate on Judge Alito's nomination for the Supreme Court. Gov. Bob Taft (R-OH) and Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) deliver their "State of the State" addresses. The US Conference of Mayors convention gets underway on Wednesday (and runs through Friday). Confirmed participants include '08ers Clinton, Brownback, and Vilsack. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa chairs a new, post-Katrina task force on poverty in America.

On Thursday, the President has no public events while Vice President Cheney headlines a Washington fundraiser for Sen. Mike DeWine's (R-OH). Chairman Dean attends a Democratic Party unity event in Hobart, IN. And Sen. Reid and Rep. Pelosi address a National Press Club luncheon at 12:30 pm ET.

On Friday, the President meets with Lebanese member of Parliament Saad Hariri. The Commerce Department releases data on fourth quarter GDP. Chairman Dean attends a Rhode Island Democratic Party rally. Gov. Romney talks education reform in Milford, NH. And Sen. Clinton is the special guest at a fundraiser for Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) in Seattle, WA.

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