The Note: Help Wanted

ABC News' Erica Anderson spoke with former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-VA) yesterday. Mr. "Ax the Tax" is still mulling whether to run for President, Senate, governor, or stay at his law firm. LINK

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) is pulling his money out of Sudan to encourage others not to do business with the genocidal government. He asked 44 state governors to divest state pension funds investments in companies involved with Sudan, and 6 states have already done so. LINK

The North County Times reports that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) will formalize his '08 run for the presidency "within the next few weeks." LINK

2008: Democrats:

Today's New York Observer defines the niche of presidential hopeful Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT). In Dodd's own words, he is the candidate with "experience and a fresh face." LINK

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) was fundraising in Rhode Island yesterday, telling crowds that Bush fumbled his response to 9/11. Biden compared Bush to JFK, using a hypothetical to describe how JFK would have responded to the attacks. LINK

Gates for SECDEF:

David Cloud of the New York Times writes up Defense Secretary nominee Robert Gates' questionnaire returned to the Senate Armed Services Committee in which he writes he hopes to improve the department's ability to handle the post-major combat phase of military operations, seen by the Times as criticism of Rumsfeld. LINK

Washington Post on the same: LINK

SCOTUS:

The New York Times primer on today's global warming case before the Court: LINK

Social Security politics:

Raising the retirement age, reducing benefits, and increasing taxes appear to all be on the table as remedies to shore up Social Security according to the New York Daily News' account of Rep. Charlie Rangel's Crain's NY breakfast remarks. LINK

Democratic agenda:

Describing the Democrats opening agenda as "easy stuff," Senate Minority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pledge cooperation yesterday. The Washington Post has the story. LINK

NRSC:

The AP's Jim Kuhnhenn reports that NRSC Chairwoman Elizabeth Dole "beseeched contributors to 'help us retire our debt…If we left this debt linger, it will cripple our efforts to recruit great candidates for the next election and begin our drive to win the one additional seat we need to regain the Senate majority." While the committee would not release the specific amount of debt, post-election filings are due Dec 7 to the FEC. LINK

2006: House:

Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) has been declared the winner of her House race against Victoria Wulsin (D-OH), 50.5% to 49.5%. In district 15, Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH), who is challenging Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH), is still not conceding and waiting for the recount. LINK

The Washington Post on the mystery of the missing votes in FL-13. LINK

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