The Note: Asking Ourselves Questions

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12

Post-modern evidence that the House page scandal has not decisively changed the midterm equation:

1. Despite the confluence of the Bush-Hastert event this evening, the Kirk Fordham testimony before the ethics committee, and the Washington Post revealing fissures in the Speaker's office LINK, the Old Media and the New Media are not foaming at the mouth about the story at this hour.

2. Other news -- tin-pot dictators with nukes, Iraqi troop levels, planes into buildings -- can apparently effortlessly knock the pages off the front pages.

3. Nancy Pelosi's dogged opposition to missile defense, Harry Reid's land deals, and Sandy Berger's sticky fingers -- one is sure hearing a lot about those matters these days.

4. Dean David Broder -- all but rooting for a Democratic takeover of the congress -- says the Foley scandal "is shifting few votes." LINK

5. The Note defies you to name a competitive Senate race that has been impacted by the Mark Foley matter, and any formerly competitive Senate races now in play because of it.

6. Despite the New York Times highlighting one of the (at most) dozen or so House races that have been impacted by Foley (probably giving Democrats nearly half the seats they need to take back control -- no small thing), the House playing field has not been dramatically altered. (And Note the AP's masterful Espo reporting that the GOP is putting major coin into the Foley race. LINK

) 6. Dick Morris says so. LINK

7. Here comes the avalanche of candidate, party, and shadowy 527 ads (and other voter communication) that will help Republicans define Democrats. LINK

8. Speaketh the super-sage Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report: "Republicans will have enough time to turn a last minute problem race around. . . . The bulk of the most vulnerable races for Republicans have been engaged for weeks - or in some cases months. As such, there is no the pressure on Republicans to spend the last few weeks framing the debate or defining their opponents. It's already been done." LINK

9. The swagger is back in the POTUS walk and talk.

The two highlights on today's schedule: Kirk Fordham's testimony before the House Ethics Committee, and tonight's 6:35 pm ET Chicago fundraiser with President Bush and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL).

Tonight's Hastert-Bush fundraiser, which will take place at the Chicago Hilton, is designed to benefit House candidates David McSweeney and Peter Roskam as well as the Illinois Congressional Victory Committee 2006.

McSweeney is challenging one-term Democratic incumbent Melissa Bean (D-IL) in Illinois 8th district and Peter Roskam is running against Democratic Iraq war vet Tammy Duckworth to replace retiring Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL).

The Chicago Area chapter of the Code Pink organization holds a protest against Speaker Hastert in front of his office at 10:30 am ET in Batavia, IL. Protesters are calling the event "Housecleaning" and will be using aprons, housecoats, brooms, and sponge as props.

Earlier in the day, President Bush speaks about energy at 1:20 pm ET in St. Louis, MO.

Attempting to keep civility and ethics on the front burner, Democratic Reps. Pelosi, Waxman, and Slaughter plan to hold a conference call with some regional ed boards on the topic today. Minority Leader Pelosi is in Portland, OR this afternoon participating in an event on civility and ethics there.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) heads to New Hampshire for a series of campaign events: From 11:30-12:30 pm ET he will campaign with Rep. Mike Whalley (R-NH) in Concord; from 1:30-2:30 he attends a press conference with Rep. Whalley and NH State GOP. Chairman Wayne Simprini, also in Concord. Then he campaigns with Rep. Jeb Bradley (R-NH) in Brentwood, NH at 3:30 pm ET.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) hits the campaign trail for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), attending an event at the Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church in Camden, NJ at 10:00 am ET and another event at the Trenton War Memorial in Trenton, NJ at 12:00 pm ET in Newark, NJ. Sen. Menendez faces a tough race against Republican opponent Tom Kean, Jr.

Later today, Sen. Obama joins Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse at a fundraiser and rally at the Rhode Island College Recreation Center in Providence, RI at 5:30 pm ET. Whitehouse is up against Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI).

Sen. John McCain campaigns for Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) at a Veterans for Kyl Coalition rally at 6:00 pm ET in Phoenix, AZ.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has a bunch of events today. Sen. Clinton joins Dan Maffei, the Democrat challenging Rep. James Walsh (R-NY) in New York's likely Republican 25th congressional district, at 10:00 am ET in Syracuse, NY. She then joins state Senator David Valesky (D-NY) to talk about after school programs.

Sen. Clinton speaks at the League of Conservation Voters 2006 Annual New York Dinner at 6:45 pm ET before joining Maffei for an 8:00 pm ET fundraiser at the Roxy in New York City.

Vice President Cheney travels to Kansas today where at 1:30 pm ET he'll speak at a luncheon for Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS) at the Capitol Plaza Hotel Manor Conference Center in Topeka, KS. Vice President Cheney will then travel to Louisiana where at 4:45 pm ET he tours the Canal Barge Co. Port of New Orleans offices. Then at 5:15 pm ET, the Vice President will speak at an RNC reception at the Plimsoll Club in New Orleans, LA.

First Lady Laura Bush delivers remarks at a Rep. Chris Chocola (R-IN) fundraiser in South Bend, IN at 1:15 pm ET. Rep. Chocola faces a tough reelection against Democratic opponent Joe Donnelly. Mrs. Bush then participates in a Tree Planting Ceremony at Forest Park in St. Louis, MO at 3:30 pm ET. Mrs. Bush then delivers at a Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) campaign reception in St. Louis, MO at 6:00 pm ET, before a 7:30 pm ET Arch Lighting for Breast Cancer Awareness at the St. Louis Arch in St. Louis, MO. Sen. Talent is in a competitive race for re-election with Democratic state Auditor Claire McCaskill.

According the Missouri media, the First Couple does not plan to do any meeting in St. Louis, with each other.

See below for more schedule items.

Mark Warner: Not for President?:

According the granddaddy of them all, the Hotline: "Ex-VA Gov. Mark Warner plans to make a major announcement today about his 2008 presidential bid, three Virginia Democratic sources said. According to two Virginia Democrats who have been formally briefed, Warner is expected to say that he has decided not to run for president in 2008. Warner will speak to Virginia reporters at 11:00 am ET. A Warner spokeswoman declined to comment."

Foley: Hastert:

In advance of tonight's Chicago fundraiser, the New York Times' Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny look at the evolution of President Bush's support of Speaker Hastert over the last ten days. LINK

Lynn Sweet's Chicago Sun-Times blog includes some details on Tony Snow's upcoming campaign appearance for Speaker Hastert, President Bush's $1 million haul in Chicago today for Republican candidates in the two highly competitive House seats in Illinois, the President's kind Rose Garden words for Hastert, and a small cable tv ad buy from Hastert's opponent going after the Speaker on Foley.LINK

"In the Laesch spot, a narrator says, 'the office of the speaker of the House was alerted months ago that a sexual predator was contacting underage male pages. And how did Speaker Hastert respond? He kept Rep. Mark Foley on as co-chair of the House Caucus on missing and exploited children.'"

"Then, a Reynolds' sound bite: 'I reported what I had been told to the speaker of the House." Narrator: "Yet, Dennis Hastert did nothing.'"

Foley: ethics committee:

With Hastert denying personal knowledge of Foley's activities, investigators for the House ethics committee are shining bright lights on three senior members of Hastert's staff to better construct a timeline, the Washington Post says in a must-read. LINK

The House ethics committee beings questioning those individuals closest to pages while in the Congressional program, reports the AP. LINK

Washington Times on the same: LINK

Foley: FL-16:

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) may think that FL-16 is a lost cause; but, apparently, that's not how the NRCC sees things. LINK

Brian Skoloff of the Associated Press reports that the NRCC has spent over $244,300 for television ads attacking Tim Maloney, the Democrat hoping to succeed Foley.

Foley: Pryce tells the New York Times that her poll numbers "fell precipitously":

Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) tells the New York Times' Nagourney that her poll numbers "fell precipitously" following Mark Foley's resignation and her Democratic opponent's (Mary Jo Kilroy) use of the Foley scandal in advertising and on the campaign trail. LINK

"The Foley case is becoming an issue in an increasing number of races, aides in both parties said. But nowhere else has it become quite as pitched as here, where Ms. Kilroy -- who had already been trying to link Ms. Pryce to corruption scandals in Ohio involving Republicans -- has moved in with withering attacks since Mr. Foley resigned."

Note that Rep. Pryce has accused Kilroy of "gay-baiting."

Foley: political fallout:

Kathy Kiely of USA Today reports the Foley scandal has left the GOP with an "identity crisis," "the investigation is exposing a politically awkward fact of life: some GOP leaders practice a more tolerant brand of politics in their office hiring than some in the party have preached on the campaign trail." LINK

The Houston Chronicle reports that experts from both parties say Texas races will be affected by disgraced former Rep. Foley; a GOP consultant believes it will suppress voter turnout and a Democratic consultant saying it will have a "walloping effect." LINK

The New York Post's Earle Notes Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) taking on Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) as part of his defense of the GOP leadership in the Foley scandal. LINK

The New York Daily News picks it up too. LINK

Foley: Shimkus:

In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rep. John Shimkus (R-MO), the chairman of the page board, says: "what I weighed was, first of all, idle chitchat, no other information, parental concern about asking this member to stay away from their kid and confidentiality. I still think, in a vacuum, not knowing this other stuff, I probably would have done the same thing." LINK

Shimkus is scheduled to testify before the House Ethics Committee on Friday.

Danny Stover, Shimkus' Democratic opponent in the solid Republican 19th congressional district of Illinois, says he spoke personally this week with DNC Chairman Howard Dean.

Foley: Reynolds on the ropes:

Facing severe criticism for an allegedly inadequate response to Foley's behavior with House pages, both Speaker Hastert and NRCC Chair Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) have been largely sidelined in the final weeks of campaign appearances to keep the GOP stronghold in the House reports the Washington Post. LINK

The Hill measures the mighty task Rep. Reynolds has before him as he tries calm dissatisfied voters at home while helping Republicans hold a majority of seats in the House. LINK

Foley: "I am always getting the shaft":

Dara Kam of the Palm Beach Post connects ex-Rep. Foley (R-FL) to Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) through e-mails sent two years ago, Foley questioned, "Have I done something to offend the White House…I am always getting the shaft…they came to Ft. Pierce a few weeks ago and said I was not allowed to attend…yet Joe Negron is there…..sorry to trouble you…and I wouldn't if this wasn't so frequent." LINK

Foley: Rove:

Over at The New Republic's blog, The Plank, Ryan Lizza writes based on an anonymous source of Karl Rove's alleged 2006 involvement in arm twisting Foley to run for reelection this year. LINK

Foley: op-eds and editorials:

The editorial pages of the Washington Times on the Democratic involvement of the Foley scandal. LINK

Foley: the alleged drunk dorm incident:

ABC News' Jake Tapper has some "food for thought" including GMA's report on Foley's attempt to visit the page dormitory. LINK

Harry Reid's land deal:

The New York Times reports Sen. Harry Reid has offered to make any "technical correction" required to his disclosure forms with the Senate ethics committee concerning a land deal from which his family profited nearly $700,000. LINK

The AP on the same: LINK

In a missive to reporters, the RNC's research shop called the land deal the "latest black eye for leader of the Abramoff Dems."

The Way to Win:

The Way to Win -- the book that explains why Bill Clinton is disciplined, Karl Rove is nice, and Hillary Clinton is a great politician -- can be purchased here LINK

. And to see both an adorable child and proof positive that The Way to Win is reaching a diverse audience, click here. LINK

While reflecting on Bill O'Reilly taking up the term "SP Movement" to refer to "so-called secular progressives," Word and Image of Vermont writes that "the rest of us should take a tip from him and start always referring to him as a PPFS, meaning, of course, principal participant in the Freak Show. The latter is Mark Halperin's and John Harris's term for the new media outlets which at present are dominated by right-wing extremists." LINK

POTUS speaks:

The New York Times' Rutenberg writes up President' Bush's two-pronged press conference rhetorical blast -- on terrorism and taxes -- leading to a presidential prediction of Republicans hanging on to their majorities in the House and Senate. LINK

The New York Times Notes the President's presser was largely focused on North Korea and Iraq -- which was likely according to plan. LINK

The Los Angeles Times saw President Bush avoiding Foley at his presser while skillfully managing to focus on issues that may benefit his party this November. LINK

Richard Wolf of USA Today breaks down what the President's announcement on deficit numbers means. LINK

The AP has more: LINK

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan and Joseph Curl highlight President Bush's vow to follow through on building 698 miles of wall along the US-Mexico border while saying that the Department of Homeland Security "will decide where and that he wants sensors and cameras to watch the border." LINK

Washington Post: LINK

New York Post: LINK

The New York Post ed board champions President Bush's economic news on deficit cutting. LINK

Hillary Clinton does the New York Daily News ed board:

On Sen. McCain's recent criticism on the Clinton Administration's approach to North Korea: "Sen. Clinton bristled at the comments by McCain, who could be her presidential competition in 2008. 'It's political calculation,' she said. 'His embrace of President Bush's policies in Iraq, secret prisons, North Korea, is political and he's giving up his political independence.'" LINK

On the President's North Korea policy: "This policy of the current administration is no carrots and no sticks, and the rabid rabbit is charging full speed ahead with no effective restraint."

On Iraq: "If we could get some adult supervision right now in the administration with respect to their war strategy, this could be handled," said Clinton who also echoed Sen. Warner (R-VA) by telling the Daily News ed board that the United States has 60-90 days to change course. Clinton also again called for Rumsfeld's removal. LINK

"'It's too late for more troops,' she said, contending that drawing down carefully and listening to military field commanders is the only way out now."

Completing its package, the New York Daily News pieces together Sen. Clinton's comments on Iraq into a meta-op-ed. LINK

Bush Administration agenda:

Charlie Savage of the Boston Globe reports on a bi partisan group of three Senators who have written a letter of "dismay" to the President after he issued a statement last week allowing him to disregard specific aspects of a new law regarding the appointment of the FEMA director. LINK

2006: outside groups:

Josh Gerstein of the New York Sun looks (as much as someone can) at the $35 - $40 million Progress for America is set to unleash on the 2006 midterm election. Gerstein Notes the change in the groups strategy from 2004 (when it was operating as a 527) to 2006 (when it is operating as a 501(c)(4) with far less disclosure). Progress for America's latest television ad features David Beamer, the father of Todd Beamer of United Airlines Flight 93 fame. LINK

2006: House:

On top of the Foley spending reported above, the AP's David Espo reports that the GOP is scaling back television ads for four Democratic-held seats in Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia. LINK

Big business interests are increasing their campaign contributions to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) because of the Democrats' healthy shot of taking over the House, Notes the San Francisco Chronicle. LINK

The AP's Mike Glover looks at Iowa's two competitive House races in a story that includes details on outside group spending. LINK

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that First Lady Bush raised $171,000 for Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) yesterday while barely mentioning her own husband in the process. LINK

2006: Senate:

The New York Times checks in on the current dynamic in the Senate race in Connecticut with Sen. Lieberman standing a good chance at reelection. Anne Kornblut and Jennifer Medina write up the Hartford Courant/UCONN poll showing Lieberman with an eight-point lead and look ahead to the three scheduled debates which will provide Republican Alan Schlesinger his best chance to introduce himself to voters and perhaps drain enough support from Lieberman to help Lamont. LINK

David Brooks writes up the DeWine/Brown Senate race in Ohio in his New York Times column as a preview to 2008. LINK

Quinnipiac University is out with new poll numbers in the battle for the Senate seat in the Garden State. The poll among likely voters shows Menendez at 49 percent and Tom Kean, Jr. at 45 percent. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent. The results show a flip from the September 20 Quinnipiac University poll which had Kean at 48 percent and Menendez at 45 percent. Be sure to Note Menendez's upward movement with male voters over the past three weeks.

Chris Mondics and Jennifer Moroz of the Philadelphia Inquirer profile Donald Scarinci, who was fired from Sen. Bob Menendez's (D-NJ) campaign. LINK

The Virginia Senate race is shaping up -- among other things -- as a reflection of the nation's view of the President's Iraq policy as the candidates offer stark differences about a war that is being interpreted in myriad ways. LINK

Halimah Abdullah of the Memphis Commercial Appeal questions senatorial candidate Harold Ford Jr's potential impropriety by taking trips with his father's clients. His opponent echoed those sentiments in their latest debate, "when you went on the Financial Services Committee…why was it that within 60 days, your dad became the lobbyist for Fannie Mae?" LINK

The Los Angeles Times pro forma on trackers: LINK

2006: Governor:

"Accusations of political corruption drew closer to Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois on Wednesday, as a federal grand jury indicted one of his top advisers and fund-raisers in an alleged kickback scheme involving state pension funds," reports the New York Times. LINK

This is certainly not helpful for Gov. Blagojevich's (D-IL) reelection effort especially since it fits neatly into the message frame his opponent, Judy Baar Topinka, has constructed for the race.

Chicago Tribune on the same: LINK

The Los Angeles Times on the same: LINK

Texas Democrats are preparing a media and campaign offensive to portray Independent candidate Kinky Friedman as a racist in order to stop Friedman from encroaching on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell's voter base, Notes the Dallas Morning News. LINK

The Columbus Dispatch reports that if Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland were to win in a landslide the margin could tilt the outcome of other races in the state. LINK

Danny Hakim profiles Eliot Spitzer and his "gilded path" to Albany in the New York Times. LINK

The New York Times curtain raises the second Spitzer/Faso debate set for tonight. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

George Will lauds Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) for vetoing a bill that would have allowed California to join a movement to undermine the Electoral College through state compact. LINK

Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to host Gov. Schwarzenegger for a fundraiser at his Upper East Side home on Monday evening, reports the New York Post's Maggie Haberman. LINK

Haberman also Notes Bloomberg is hosting a fundraiser today for Gov. Jodi Rell (R-CT).

Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times writes that if Howard Stern can pass the FCC smell test as a news program, Jay Leno shouldn't have any problems, despite the Angelides campaign shenanigans pressing for equal time. LINK

Steve Maviglio, deputy chief of staff for Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, returned to the Angelides communications team Wednesday and immediately went to work on Schwarzenegger's Leno appearance.

2008:

Lauren Whittington looks at the busy travel schedules of would-be-presidents for Roll Call.

2008: Republicans:

In an "emergency" fundraising solicitation for the NRCC, Sen. McCain writes: "In all of my years in politics I've rarely seen the Democrats so united and so energized to win. However, what makes this election year so threatening and unprecedented is that the Democrats also have tens of millions of additional dollars to get their voters to the polls to score the Congressional victories that have eluded them for more than a decade. Now isn't the time to step back from this fight."

2008: Democrats:

Philadelphia Inquirer's Thomas Fitzgerald and Nancy Peterson speculate that "if the junior Senator from New York runs for President, Clinton-era flashbacks could become more frequent." LINK

Bryan Bender of the Boston Globe reports on the Pentagon plans to keep troops in Iraq until 2010. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) made his opinion clear on Huffingtonpost.com - "One of the things I feel most personally is that a Congress that shares responsibility for getting us into Iraq needs to take responsibility for getting us out the right way." LINK

Rick Klein of the Boston Globe Notes on Sen. Kerry's strong words of regret on the Iraq war. LINK

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) said Wednesday in the Tar Heel State that the U.S. financial system is trapping the poor, the AP reports. LINK

Politics of immigration:

In the forthcoming New York Times Magazine, Joseph Lelyved argues that if the GOP turns its back on Minutemen Republicans, it could turn its back on its majority status.

Post-Katrina politics:

The Associated Press Notes that pre and post Hurricane Katrina Democrats in Louisiana are having a hard time. LINK

"Shut Up And Sing:"

Yesterday's screening of the new Barbara Kopple directed film "Shut Up and Sing" at the AMC Lowes Theatre in Georgetown showcased the wake of singer Natalie Manines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert. The documentary highlights the Dixie Chick's battle with an offended fan base, censorship and the re-growth of a disenfranchised country group. The group was forced to redefine their status of a country-trio when their "unpatriotic" ways put them at odds with conservative country music fans. The film's general release is planned for Oct. 27.

Casting and counting:

"Legislatures in 16 states have loosened voting restrictions on felons over the last decade, according to a new report, a trend hailed by some rights advocates as a step toward democratic principles and fairness, especially for black Americans," reports the New York Times. LINK

More schedule items:

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman travels to Missouri today for a series of grassroots rallies. Mehlman was scheduled to attend a Grassroots Rally at the Lamplighter Inn in Springfield at 8:45 am ET, followed by a 10:15 am ET Bolivar rally at the Polk County GOP Headquarters in Bolivar; then a 12:15 pm ET Lebanon Grassroots Rally at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon; followed by a 2:00 pm ET Rolla Grassroots Rally in Rolla; and lastly a 4:00 pm ET scheduled Union Grassroots Rally at the Franklin County GOP Headquarters in Union, MO.

Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) speaks to the Council on Foreign Relations about the need for energy security policy at 7:45 am ET in New York City.

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) travels to Rhode Island today where at 1:00 pm ET he participate in a Latino Community Round Table with Democratic Senate candidate Sheldon Whitehouse at Ada's Creations in Providence, RI. Then at 3:45 pm ET Sen. Dodd gives a speech on Iraq at Providence College before attending a 6:45 pm ET Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Providence Marriot.

Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Democrat Jon Tester square off in a Helena, MT debate.

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) debates Democratic opponent Bob Casey Jr. at 1:30 pm ET in Pittsburgh, PA. The debate airs at 7:00 pm ET.

Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) continues his tour of Oklahoma today to benefit the Oklahoma Republican Party's efforts.

David Eisenhower, grandson of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, delivers a guest lecture at the University Of Arkansas Clinton School Of Public Service in Little Rock, AR.

Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, speaks on "Energy, Global Warming, and Elections," at the National Press Club in Washington, DC at 1 pm ET.

An Arizona gubernatorial debate is scheduled today in Flagstaff, AZ.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D-WY) celebrates his 56th birthday.

The Kinky Friedman for Texas Governor Campaign hosts a fundraiser and debate viewing party featuring a special message from Kinky Friedman at the Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA at 7:30 pm ET.

The Center for American Progress (CAP) hosts "Latinos and the Progressive Movement" at CAP in Washington, DC at 9:00 am ET.

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) holds a discussion, "The Independent Task Force Report on Energy and U.S. Foreign Policy" at the Washington Club in Washington, DC at 9:30 am ET.

The Brookings Institution has an 11:00 am ET discussion, "The United Nations at a Crossroads: Debating the Use of Force in an Evolving World" at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

Deputy UN Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown delivers the to give the keynote address at eth conclusion of the Brookings Project on Force and Legitimacy at the Falk Auditorium in Washington, DC at 11:00 am ET.

American University hosts a forum on the state of Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban with Sarah Chayes a former reporter for National Public Radio at American University's School of International Service Lounge in Washington, DC at 1:00 pm ET.

The New America Foundation holds a debate on "Beyond Neo-Cons and Neo Libs: Can Realism Bridge Left and Right?" with Dmitri Simes of the Nixon Center, Sherle Schwenninger of the World Policy Institute, and Dov Zakheim of Booz Allen Hamilton at the New America Foundation office at 5:00 pm ET in Washington, DC.

House candidates Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) debate at the College of DuPage at 8:00 pm ET in Glen Ellyn, IL. They're fighting over the seat in Illionis' 6th congressional district.

Correction:

The Note incorrectly reported yesterday that Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) was running for reelection. Of course, Gov. Huckabee is term limited and is not running for reelection to the top job in Arkansas. Instead, Huckabee has been traveling the country and is considering a possible presidential run in 2008.

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