The Note: Mystery Training

The New York Sun's Josh Gerstein reports that a federal magistrate has ordered former Vice President Gore to give testimony in a trademark lawsuit against his new cable television venture, "despite objections from the company's lawyers that the request amounted to harassment." LINK

A front page Washington Post story about Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) contrasts him somewhat unfavorably with former Gov. Mark Warner's (D-VA) "knack for accepting bad news, seething for a moment and then moving quickly to turn a setback into an opportunity." The Winson-Salem Journal's Mary Shaffrey sees former Sen. John Edwards' (D-NC) work on the Council on Foreign Relations' Task Force on Russia as a much-needed boost to his foreign-policy credentials that could helps Edwards in 2008. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Although he pokes the governor around for a while, Ken Fuson of the Des Moines Register believes that "Huckabee came across as engaging, self-effacing and yet uncompromising in his beliefs" in his speech to the Iowa Christian Alliance. LINK

The Economist looks at the ways in which Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) is "redefining the Christian right." LINK

Politics:

The Washington Times Reports that former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation and ordered to pay almost $250,000 for failing to file federal or local tax returns. LINK

Gov. Jon Corzine's Garden State ethics flap -- less than two months into his tenure -- gets the Deb Orin treatment in the New York Post. LINK

Weekend in politics:

On Saturday, President Bush will attend the Gridiron Club dinner with the First Lady.

Page Six curtain raises the Gridiron Club dinner. LINK

Michael Bloomberg's billions -- or at least the $84 million he spent to get reelected -- will, no doubt, provide tons of fodder for the New York political press corps as they prepare to put on their annual Inner Circle show tomorrow night. (Think Gridiron -- New York style.) And after a year off (in observance of Pope John Paul II's death) the New York political/media establishment will once again get to see Mayor Bloomberg's musical talents. However, most observers expect the real show to be watched tomorrow evening will be the Andrew Cuomo/Mark Green dynamic taking place in the ballroom.

Also on Saturday, the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee will meet to consider the report and recommendations of the Commission on Presidential Timing and Scheduling at 10:00 am ET at the Hyatt on New Jersey Avenue in Washington, DC.

At 7:00 pm ET on Saturday, C-SPAN will carry Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) live remarks to a fundraising dinner for the Democratic parties of Hillsborough County and the City of Nashua in always vital New Hampshire.

On Sunday, former Vice President Gore attends Florida State Democratic Party fundraisers and Gov. Romney celebrates his 59th birthday.

*Utah works better here than, say, Massachusetts.

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