The Note: Naughty and Nice

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow gaggles off camera at 9:30 am ET and briefs on camera at 12:40 pm ET.

ABC News' Kirit Radia reports, "European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana meets in Brussels today with Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani to discuss the P5+1 package. Solana will present Iran with a July 12 deadline to respond to the package -- the same day that the P5+1 ministers plan to meet in Paris to discuss the situation." Radia Notes that the two leaders are also scheduled to meet on July 11.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Ned Lamont participate in their first Democratic primary debate at 7:00 pm ET on WVIT-TV in West Hartford, CT. The debate is scheduled to last 60 minutes and viewer submitted questions are expected to be part of the program. C-SPAN will be simulcasting the event live, so you won't have to miss it! LINK

Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Edward Lazear speaks at a 12:30 pm ET luncheon sponsored by the National Economist Club in Washington , DC.

Commerce Secretary Gutierrez returns to his Battle Creek, MI stomping grounds and holds a 1:45 pm ET media availability following a closed-press roundtable with Rep. John Schwarz (R-MI) to discuss the economy, trade, and immigration.

The US Chamber of Commerce hosts the final public address by outgoing Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta on the challenges facing the US transportation system at 10:30 am ET.

The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management holds a 11:00 am ET forum on the upcoming 2006 midterm elections. Participants include: Kelly Anne Conway, Rhodes Cook, Peter Fenn, Mark Mellman, and others.

Gov. Mitt Romney makes his way down the GOP constituency checklist today. At 9:00 am ET, he joins representatives from the Gun Owner's Action League and legislative sponsors to sign a bill promoting hunter safety for a photo opportunity. At 11:00 am ET, Gov. Romney joins faith-based and community leaders to make a grant announcement regarding urban youth violence. Tonight, Gov. Romney plans to be in Little Rock, AR to deliver the keynote address at the Arkansas Republican Party 2006 Governor's Dinner at 7:00 pm ET.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) makes his way from Minnesota to Iowa today. The Senator attends a fundraiser for Amy Klobuchar's Senate campaign and a press conference with Minnesota Attorney General candidate Matt Entenza "announcing military initiatives that will protect military families from having their homes foreclosed while they are serving on active duty," according to a campaign press release. Sen. Bayh then kicks off his fifth Hawkeye State trip in the last year with a 6:30 pm ET stop at a joint Truman Fund event honoring Iowa State House and Senate candidates in Des Moines, IA and a 8:15 pm ET fundraiser for congressional candidate Selden Spencer in Adel, IA.

North Korea:

In an argument that no Democrat dared to make publicly yesterday, the Washington Post's Michael Abramowitz and Robin Wright write in a front-page news analysis that the recent events on the North Korean peninsula "showed how the huge commitment of resources and time on Iraq -- and the attendant falloff in international support for the United States -- has limited the Administration's flexibility in handling new world crises." LINK

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