The Note: Not Proceeding Well Enough

Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) meets with Italian Deputy Prime Minister Francesco Rutelli to congratulate her on the Democrats' midterm victory and her ascent as the first Italian-American Speaker at 11:15 am ET.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) was scheduled to participate in the Politics and Eggs 2006 Issues Forum sponsored by the New Hampshire Political Library at the Bedford Village Inn at 8:00 am ET.

In Barack Obama's backyard, former Senator John Edwards (D-NC) signs copies of his new book, "HOME: The Blueprints of Our Lives" at the Chicago Public Library in Chicago, IL at 12:30 pm ET and then at Anderson's Books in Naperville, IL at 7:00 pm ET. (Edwards, too, can pick Glover out of line-up.)

The US Chamber of Commerce hosts a conference on the Future of American Trade Agenda with US Trade Representative Susan Schwab at 12:00 pm ET.

John Podesta, president and CEO of Center for American Progress, hosts a press breakfast to discuss his suggested agenda for the first 100 days of the 110th Congress at 9:00 am ET in Washington, DC. (Podesta often mixes Glover up with someone else.)

Politics of Iraq:

On the front page of today's Washington Post, Robin Wright and Thomas Ricks report, "The White House again resisted assertions that Iraq is now in a civil war, but that stance is increasingly hard to defend, according to analysts, diplomats and even some officials in private." LINK

ABC News' Karen Travers reported from Estonia before heading to Latvia on Air Force One that "President Bush addressed the latest violence in Iraq, and whether it was civil war there, by saying that there is 'a lot of sectarian violence taking place,' that it's been happening since February and the purpose is to further sectarian conflict there."

More Travers: "President Bush said in his upcoming meeting with Prime Minister Maliki in Jordan he will ask him: 'What do we need to do to succeed? What is your strategy for dealing with the sectarian violence?'"

"Asked whether direct talks between the US and Iran and Syria would stem the violence and if he would agree to such talks, Bush stressed that Iraq is a sovereign nation which is conducting its own foreign policy. 'They're having talks with their neighbors and if that's what they think they ought to do, that's fine. I hope their talks yield results.'"

Bush Administration:

In a story looking at plans on the part of the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate the department's connections to the government's controversial warrantless surveillance program, former Clinton administration lawyer Lanny Davis said that he was "pleasantly surprised" by the privacy protections built into the NSA wiretapping program. LINK

ABC News' Jason Ryan: LINK

The New York Times: LINK

Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman warns Democrats that President Bush will be prepared to veto spending bills which exceed his total budget or cuts defense resources, Notes the Washington Times' Stephan Dinan. LINK

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's senior aide, Philip D. Zelikow, resigned because of what one official described as "frustration with the pace of the administration's diplomatic efforts on the Middle East, Iran and North Korea," reports Helene Cooper of the New York Times. LINK

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