The Note: Wherever the Evidence Leads, Part XV

Former President Bill Clinton meets with representatives from the American Heart Association and food industry leaders to announce their new project of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation at 1:00 pm ET at A. Phillip Randolph Campus High School in New York, NY.

Several gubernatorial candidates debate today. Wisconsin gubernatorial candidates, Republican Mark Green tees off with Gov. Jim Doyle (D-WI) participating in the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's debate in Milwaukee, WI at 8:00 PM ET,. In Texas, gubernatorial candidates, Republican Rick Perry, Democrat Chris Bell, independent Carole Strayhorn and independent Kinky Friedman debate in a state-wide broadcast in Houston, TX at 8:00 PM ET.

The CalTech/MIT Voting Technology Project continues the Voter Identification Registration Conference today in Cambridge, MA.

Don't miss a Sunday exclusive on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," NRCC chief Tom Reynolds (R-NY) and DCCC chief Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) argue the '06 congressional election, the Foley impact, and more. LINK

Foley: Hastert survives?:

In a story on House Republicans moving to back Hastert, the Washington Post's Jim VandeHei and Michael Abramowitz have a top adviser to Hastert saying that Boehner's comments earlier this week "still stings" and the remark "was pretty close" to an insurrection. LINK

"Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Boehner, said his boss was 'in no way trying to blame Hastert. It was merely a description' of responsibility for the page program, which the speaker's office technically oversees."

On ABC's "Good Morning America," Jake Tapper referenced, "behind the scenes. . . tension."

Tapper and Avery Miller of ABC News report that conservative activist Paul Weyrich told ABC News that in a private phone conversation Hastert "assured me that Congressman Boehner had never, ever talked to him about this." "He didn't call him a 'liar,' " Weyrich said, "but he said, 'Paul, I assure you that phone call or visit from the majority leader never took place." LINK

Over to you, Mr. Boehner, who is down today (schedule-wise, not in terms of disposition.)

The Hill reports to the disarray and finger pointing going on within the Republican Party. LINK

The Washington Times' Charles Hurt Notes that Hastert "began his remarks on a note (sic) of contrition. . . But by the end of his remarks, he again denied any wrongdoing." LINK

The Washington Post's Charles Babington reports that Scott Palmer, the speaker's top aide, "spent much of Wednesday night rummaging through old e-mails and files to determine whether he ever corresponded with Fordham, a source close to Hastert said. Palmer, who was described as very emotional, told Hastert that Fordham's assertions are false, the source said." LINK

"Hastert's office has been on edge. Deputy Chief of Staff Mike Stokke, who handles politics for the speaker, has offered to resign, two sources close to Hastert said, and several aides have expressed frustration that Ted Van Der Meid, the top counsel in the office, did not do a better job monitoring the Foley situation. Hastert did not accept Stokke's resignation offer, the source said."

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