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"Thirty-six years ago when Tom Vilsack first came to Mount Pleasant Christie Bell introduced him to her family and the community by throwing a pot luck," Vilsack advisor Jeff Link tells Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson. "It was the first time he'd ever been to (a pot luck) and that's why we thought it was appropriate that now that he's going to be introduced to the nation, it should start off with a pot luck as well." LINK

Link concedes his own contribution to the evening feast will likely be a bag of chips, but other Vilsack friends will be bringing 80 different dishes to choose from -- some Jell-O salads, for sure, as well as 16 different pies and several roasters full of meat. "Several people are bringing their best dishes," Link told Radio Iowa on Tuesday evening. "Christie Vilsack is bringing her cheesy corn casserole which won a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair."

Link cannot comment on the casserole, however, because he's never sampled it before. "But I'm looking forward to getting in line early, because I don't think the dish will last that long," Link says.

Vilsack won't have Iowa to himself today.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) signs copies of his book, "Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives," at 8:00 pm ET at the Barnes & Noble in Des Moines, IA. (Look for those gracious Edwards quotes about Vilsack in the Iowa clips tomorrow.)

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) discuss the current state of homeland security at the Center for American Progress at 5:00 pm ET.

In Miami, FL today, the Republican Governors Association begins its annual conference at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa. The special guest speaker will be Dr. Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman and CEO. Schmidt discusses "Politics and the Internet: What Does the Future Hold?" at 4:15 pm ET.

Back in Washington, DC, the Iraq Study Group's meetings resumed at 8:00 am ET this morning.

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), one of the Democrats' point men on defense issues, holds an 11:00 am ET press conference to discuss recent events in Iraq.

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments today in Massachusetts v EPA. The case is significant because it's the first case about global warming to reach the Supreme Court.

In an event that never fails to garner press coverage, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Himself) attends the 11:00 am ET release of the 11th Annual MediaWise Video Game Report Card.

The Pew Charitable Trusts holds a discussion on Electionline.org's analysis of the 2006 election, "How to Make Voting Work," at the Pew Charitable Trust in Washington, DC at 9:30 am ET.

In New York City today, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy and the Center for New York City Affairs co-sponsor two campaign roundtables looking at the 2006 gubernatorial and attorney general races in New York State. ABC News' Mark Halperin moderates the on-the-record discussion with campaign operatives and journalists, scheduled to get underway at 8:30 am ET.

Vilsack makes it official:

As Vilsack's presidential run gets underway, Erin Jordan of the Des Moines Register and Brian Morelli of the Iowa City Press Citizen report that the governor also serves as a mediator this week between the faculty and board of regents of U of I on their presidential appointment. LINK and LINK

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