The Note: Won't Be Lame

On surveillance: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 9:30 am ET in Hart 216.

On the money: OMB Director Josh Bolton holds an on-camera briefing at 10:00 am ET on the President's 2007 budget in the EEOB Room 450. Various Administration officials will hold department-specific briefings throughout the day.

The Democrats' congressional reaction to the President's budget will come from sunny Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and sunnier Rep. John Spratt (D-SC), the ranking Democrats on the Senate and House Budget Committees, at 2:00 pm ET in the Senate Gallery Studio.

The Democrats' gubernatorial reaction to the budget will come at 2:15 pm ET from Govs. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) and Bill Richardson (D-NM) at the National Press Club.

And the Democrats' potential '08 reaction will come from Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) at 10:45 am ET. She plans to call on the White House to "fully fund" critical programs for families and children in New York City.

President Bush participates in the swearing-in ceremony of Ben Bernanke as the new chairman of the Federal Reserve at 10:00 am ET. The President holds a social dinner in honor of the Dance Theater of Harlem at 7:50 pm ET. Note to the New York Times DC bureau and Metro desk: you need to try that Bloomberg-FDIC story again; you whiffed the first time.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) delivers the keynote address at Sen. Mel Martinez's (R-FL) "Freedom Forum" in Orlando, FL.

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) is in Texas today for RGA meetings.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) delivers a 12:00 pm ET lecture entitled, ""How the Legal System Can Protect the American Dream and America's Workers," at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's law school.

Sen. Clinton delivers 5:00 pm ET remarks at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman travels to Howard Dean's home turf of Vermont today. This afternoon Mehlman will be participating in a fundraiser and luncheon for the Vermont Republican Party. He is then off to a Massachusetts Republican Party reception and fundraiser.

"The public launch of the Election Reform Project will culminate in a half-day session at the Brookings Institution on February 8, 2006, featuring inaugural remarks by Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.). Following this address, public officials and election experts will participate in two panel discussions to evaluate the progress made under HAVA and identify areas needing improvements. More detailed information on the February event, including a registration form, can be found at LINK

The George Washington University holds an 8:00 pm ET program, "The Kalb Report: The Ombudsman's view of Today's Journalism – The In-house Critics Speak Out." Participants include Byron Calame of the New York Times and NPR's Jeffrey Dvorkin. The discussion will be moderated by the eponymous Marvin Kalb.

MSHA holds a conference call to brief members of the press about MSHA's national "Stand Down for Safety."

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