The Note: A Ballet Being Fought Out in the Alley

Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) new book, "The Audacity of Hope," hits bookshelves. Obama does some signings at Chicago bookstores before appearing on Oprah tomorrow.

DSCC Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-NY) holds a pen and pad briefing to discuss the latest developments in the Senate races at 2:30 pm ET at the Mott House in Washington, DC. Today's Quinnipiac University poll showing Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) with a 53 to 41 percent lead over Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) among likely Buckeye State voters, combined with yesterday's New York Times story about plans to shift some national GOP money away from the DeWine race should make for an interesting briefing. (The Ohio Poll out of the University of Cincinnati this morning shows Brown's lead at seven points, 52 to 45 percent.)

Sen. John McCain attends a rally for GOP congressional candidate Jon Gard at the Copper Leaf at 1:30 pm ET in Appleton, WI. Gard is battling Steve Kagen (D-WI) for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district seat.

Karl Rove attends a reception in Washington, DC for Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who is fighting Democrat Patty Wetterling for the seat being vacated by senatorial candidate Mark Kennedy (R-MN).

First Lady Laura Bush attends "Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure or URSA Major" at 12:30 pm ET at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) attends a lunchtime fundraiser at Vito's Restaurant for gubernatorial candidate Chet Culver (D-IA) at 1:00 pm ET in Iowa City, IA.

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) attends a number of events in Iowa City, IA today, chief among them is a 5:00 pm ET speech to the University of Iowa College of Law and a 7:00 pm ET fundraiser for House candidate Dave Loebsack (D-IA). Sen. Dodd also headlines a reception for returned Peace Corps volunteers in Iowa City, IA at 8:30 pm ET. (Peace Corps volunteers are to Dodd what Mormons were to the Hatch for President juggernaut.)

Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) debate at 10:00 pm ET at Montana State University in Billings, MT.

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) attends the Michigan Republican Party's Countdown to Victory Dinner in Grand Rapids, MI at 6:30 pm ET.

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) attends a media availability with Labor Secretary Elaine Chao at 11:00 am ET in Philadelphia, PA.

Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) participates in a roundtable discussion at 11:30 pm ET on competitiveness and innovation with Secretary Margaret Spellings at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. The two will then hold a media availability at 12:30 pm ET.

Gen. Wesley Clark is busy campaigning in Florida today. First he attends a news conference at 10:45 am ET in Palmetto to talk about port security with House candidate Christine Jennings (D-FL) and 9/11 Commissioner Tim Roemer. He then appears with House candidate Tim Mahoney (D-FL) in Port Charlotte to talk about national security and the war on terror at 11:30 am ET. Clark and Mahoney appear together again in West Palm Beach, FL at 2:00 pm ET. Mahoney is the Democrat hoping to pickup the seat vacated by former Rep. Mark Foley.

The Rev. Al Sharpton delivers a keynote address at Yale University in New Haven, CT at 7:30 pm ET to discuss "the backlash of the Christian right" and mobilizing the Christian left.

At 10:30 am ET, Joan Claybrook, President of Public Citizen, holds a telephone press conference to release a report on how much money members of Congress have received from special interest groups.

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