The Note: Sprint to November

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) participates in the New Hampshire Republican State Committee's Issues and Answers Series on Education in Milford, NH at 6:30 pm ET.

Along with the governors of Wyoming, Texas and Wisconsin, Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) is now in Pakistan, per the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. LINK

Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, former Gov. John Engler of the National Association of Manufacturers, and Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy participate in the first annual Conservative State of the Union event at the Free Congress Foundation in Washington, DC at 1:00 pm ET.

The Progressive Policy Institute holds a 10:00 am ET forum on "Progressive Tax Reform" with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, John Talisman, the former assistant secretary of the treasury for tax policy, and PPI's Will Marshall in Dirksen 226.

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities holds an 11:00 am ET conference call briefing to discuss the budget forecast released yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office.

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

On Saturday in San Francisco, CA, Sen. Clinton participates in a "Conversation with Jane Pauley" sponsored by the local Bar Association. C-SPAN plans on airing the HRC/Pauley conversation on Feb. 4 at 8:00 pm ET.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman will deliver the keynote address to the Kansas Day Annual Dinner in Topeka, KS on Saturday night at the Capital Plaza Hotel.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) will be among George Stephanopoulos' guests on "This Week" Sunday morning. They will look ahead to the President's State of the Union address, the Alito vote, and much more.

Da polls:

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll reports on the Abramoff scandal that Americans want disclosure, "the survey found that three in four--76 percent--of all Americans said Bush should disclose contacts between aides and Abramoff while 18 percent disagreed. Two in three Republicans joined with eight in 10 Democrats and political independents in favoring disclosure, according to the poll. LINK

The nut graph from the Nagourney/Elder New York Times write-up on their poll showing mixed support for the President's warrantless domestic wiretapping program: LINK

"The findings, and follow-up interviews with some participants, clearly suggest that Mr. Bush has an opportunity to make the dispute over the program play to his political advantage. He has been pointing to the threat of another terrorist attack to justify the eavesdropping program and is trying, for the third election in a row, to suggest that he and his party are more aggressive about protecting the nation than are Democrats."

Be sure to Note, too, the wrong track numbers and congressional approval ratings that will cause some Republican heartburn this morning, as their bloggers scramble to look for oversampling of Democrats and other methodological gambits.

Ron Brownstein's Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times poll write-up appears under the headline, "Bush's Ratings Sink, but Trust Remains." LINK

Brownstein goes on to Note Bush's record low (for a Los Angeles Times poll) 43 percent approval, but his continued -- if diminished -- strength on keeping the country safe.

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