The Note: Touching a Nerve

Don Evans, the CEO of the financial services forum (and a man who never gets tired of being asked if he will become President Bush's next chief of staff), delivers 12:45 pm ET remarks to the Exchequer Club at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC.

As part of its consideration of the budget resolution, the Senate will consider a series of amendments in the morning followed by a series of votes starting at 1:00 pm ET.

The Senate will recess from 2:00-3:00 pm ET tomorrow for a joint meeting with the President of Liberia. At 3:00 pm ET there will be a lengthy series of votes.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) joined House GOP leaders to discuss lobbying reforms at 9:45 am ET.

Gen. Abizaid testifies before the House Armed Services Committee at 10:00 am ET.

The Iraq Study Group unveiled its bipartisan assessment of the situation in Iraq at 9:00 am ET in Russell 236. The group is chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker, former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN), five Republicans and five Democrats, co-sponsored by the US Institute of Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Center for the Study of the Presidency, and the James Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.

(The AP has a preview: LINK).

Following a meeting of the House Democratic caucus, House Democratic leaders hold a 10:00 am ET press conference to discuss the "Sail Only if Scanned (S.O.S.) Act" which mandates that all containers be scanned using the best-available technology, that scans be reviewed by American security personnel before the container is loaded, and that containers be sealed with a device that indicates tampering.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will call for an end to the "dangerously incompetent" policies of the Bush Administration at a 10:30 am ET press conference. The Democratic Senators will be joined by US veterans and the family of an American soldier killed in Iraq because his Humvee lacked the armor that could have saved his life.

With Chinese President Hu Jintao set to make his first ever visit to the US in four weeks, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham make a major announcement regarding Chinese trade at 10:30 am ET.

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) presides over a meeting of the governor's council at 12:00 pm ET.

Sen. Hillary Clinton attended a 9:15 am ET Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee meeting to consider the modernization of the health insurance marketplace. Later today, she attends an Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee hearing to examine ground forces readiness in review of the defense authorization request for fiscal year 2007. At 1:40 pm ET, Sen. Clinton attends a joint session of Congress with Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the House chamber.

The grand jury looking into the CIA leak is scheduled to meet at 9:30 am ET in Washington, DC.

Justice Ginsburg turns 73 years old today.

Sen. Feingold calls for censuring President Bush:

In their must-read, the Wall Street Journal's ed board writes that Feingold's censure proposal is just the beginning. LINK

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