The Note: The First Woman Speaker

Today marks day two of President Bush's shortest summer vacation yet - he visits his ranch in Crawford, TX for the next nine days with plans to return to Washington, DC next Saturday, August 12, to tend to domestic and international affairs. After yesterday's stop in Mission, TX for a tour and speech on immigration, the POTUS plans to spend the coming week at the ranch with a quick trip to Wisconsin on Thursday, August 10 to stump for congressional candidate John Gard before returning to Crawford for an RNC fundraiser's barbecue on August 11. LINK

First Lady Laura Bush is scheduled to deliver remarks at a Rep. Steve Chabot for Congress fundraising breakfast in Cincinnati, OH at 10:00 am ET. She then travels to Denver, CO to deliver the keynote address at The Helping America's Youth Second Regional Conference at 2:00 pm ET before departing to join President Bush at the ranch.

At 10:00 am ET, former Bush aide Claude Allen is expected to plead guilty to misdemeanor theft charges at the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

DSCC Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-NY) holds a telephone conference call with reporters to discuss the Tennessee Senate race and the 2006 elections at 10:30 am ET. NRSC Chairman Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) holds a press conference to discuss the Tennessee Senate Race at 12:00 pm ET.

Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale are in Minnesota today, raising funds for Carter's son, Jack, who is running for the Senate in Nevada. A preview from the Washington Times: LINK

Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) hold a pen and pad briefing to discuss the "Do Nothing Republican Congress" and its failure to address challenges facing the American people while outlining the new direction offered by Democrats at the Capitol at 9:30 am ET.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Gov. Jim Doyle (D-WI) discuss "Can States Override the Stem-Cell Veto: Advancing Stem Cell Research in the Face of Federal Inaction" at the Center for American Progress at 10:00 am ET.

The National Governors Association hosts the first day of its Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC. Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) and former Gov. David Beasley (R-NC) host a cocktail reception for South Carolina's GOP to kick off the NGA weekend.

Although members of Congress are on recess until September 6, the House is scheduled to meet in a pro forma session at 4:00 pm ET. The Senate, in session for the last day prior to its August recess, meets to consider the "Elder Justice Act" at the President's Room in the Capitol at approximately 3:00 pm ET following the Senate's floor vote.

Politics of Iraq:

"Sen. Clinton says Rumsfeld should resign," Associated Press on a step that Sen. Clinton has long avoided taking. LINK

"I just don't understand why we can't get new leadership that would give us a fighting chance to turn the situation around before it's too late," the New York Democrat told the Associated Press. "I think the president should choose to accept Secretary Rumsfeld's resignation."

On "Today," Newsweek's Howard Fineman said Sen. Clinton's harsh words for Rumsfeld were "more important" than those of other Democrats because she "is the front runner in 2008" and "an indicator of where the party is heading." He said, "Where she wants to go is the Democratic nomination, and she's been calibrating all along. Hillary is talking to her husband minute-by-minute," who is traveling across the country to try to gauge the political winds.

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