The Note: Weekly Weakly

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Lawrence Mower writes that while speaking at the University of Nevada, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) told the crowd that he did not support withdrawing troops from Iraq and said "I genuinely, honestly want the president to succeed." LINK

"As Indiana Goes, So Goes the Nation," writes presidential hopeful Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) in a fundraising solicitation for three Democrats in very competitive House races aiming to knock off GOP incumbents in the Hoosier State.

If Democrats Joe Donnelly, Brad Ellsworth, and Baron Hill succeed, the Bayh camp plans to argue that they succeeded in part because he has given the Democratic brand a good name in Indiana through his record in the Senate and his two terms as governor.


The New York Daily News' Ben Smith follows his expose on Sen. Clinton's cross-wearing habits with a reaction piece that has some folks up in arms. Smith also explores how Clinton's religiosity stacks up against potential GOP opponents in 2008 and gets an offer from McCain's staff to be put in touch with his pastor. LINK

The weekend in politics:

On Saturday, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) begins his campaign across New Hampshire on Saturday at 10:45 am ET with a rally for congressional candidate Paul Hodes in Nashua. He then attends a health care event with state senatorial candidate Kathy Sgambati at 1:45 pm ET in Laconia. Kerry ends the day with another grassroots event in Portsmouth at 4:45 pm ET with Bev Hollingsworth and State Sen. Martha Fuller-Clark. As mentioned above, Kerry appears on "This Week" Sunday morning.

Gen. Wesley Clark and congressional candidate Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) discuss national security at a town hall meeting tomorrow at 10:00 am ET in Hampton Falls, the repeat performance comes that evening at 7:00 pm ET in Manchester.

The Rockingham Democrats host Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) as their guest speaker 6:00 pm ET on Saturday at their Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner in Epping, NH. Carol Shea-Porter will be on hand also.

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) campaigns Saturday with Seattle Democrats and delivers the keynote address at a Washington Democratic Party dinner.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) rally for a "New Direction for America" at 5:00 pm ET in Paramus, NJ.

The National Italian American Foundations hosts a panel discussion on Saturday at 2:30 pm in Washington DC with the Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito, Jr. on judicial independence.

On Sunday, Sen. John McCain resumes his campaign schedule, he's scheduled to attend Tom Kean Jr.'s New Jersey Victory 2006 Sunday Family Fun Day at 12:30 pm ET in the Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ.

And we should Note that Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) celebrates his 59th birthday and Gov. Bill Owns (R-CO) celebrates his 56th birthday on Sunday.

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