The Note: As Annoying As the Kennedy Center Honors

Fresh from announcing on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) is scheduled to make his twelfth in-cycle visit to Iowa today. He speaks at the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Luncheon at 11:30 am ET then attends the All America PAC Meet and Greet at 6:00 pm ET in Des Moines, IA.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) signs copies of his new book, "HOME: The Blueprints of Our Lives," at Vroman's Bookstore, All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA at 7:00 pm ET.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks at a "Kids In Distressed Situation" benefit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at 7:40 pm ET in New York, NY.

Continuing his announcement tour, Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) visits Washington, DC.

Former President Bill Clinton attends a CHAI/UNITAID Memorandum of Understanding Signing and then a Tour of Maryknoll Orphanage, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Timed with today's 10:00 am ET oral argument in Parents Involved v. Seattle School District No. 1, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) participated in a rally organized by NOW, the NAACP, and the Rainbow Push Coalition outside the Supreme Court at 8:30 am ET in Washington, DC.

Roll Call reports that the Utah Legislature is set to meet in a special session today to approve a new congressional map that would divide the state into four districts (as opposed to the current three), setting the stage for potential movement of legislation that would grant the District of Columbia a full-voting seat in the House.

The Center for American Progress hosts a discussion on "State Progress: A Discussion on Progressive State Victories in the Midterm Elections" at 2:00 pm ET at CAP in Washington, DC.

Hawaii inaugurates its newly re-elected governor, Linda Lingle at the State Capitol in Honolulu, HI at 5:00 pm ET.

Clinton's decision making:

On "Good Morning America," ABC News' Kate Snow reported that Sen. Clinton is meeting with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other New York Democrats discussing her prospects of a 2008 White House run and that "maybe, just maybe we might have a woman trying to run for president."

The New York Daily News' Lucadamo and McAuliff write, "Sources reaffirmed to the Daily News that Clinton will announce in a month or so that she is forming an official presidential exploratory committee - a nearly sure sign she will run in 2008." LINK

(Note that outgoing New York State Democratic Committee Chairman Denny Farrell seems to think Sen. Clinton has already made her decision.)

The Washington Times gets Terry McAuliffe's plans for the next two years: "Diving in with Hillary." LINK

The New York Post includes Sen. Schumer's thoughts that "everyone's sort of jumping the gun." LINK

USA Today's Jill Lawrence on the Clinton camp interviewing staffers for the expected presidential bid. LINK

Sen. Clinton began talking with New York lawmakers last week about her presidential prospects, Notes Beth Fouhy of the Associated Press. LINK

Bayh forms presidential exploratory committee:

While appearing Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) announced that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee.

Sen. Bayh said the American people "need someone who can deal with the dysunction here in this city so that our government begins to empower our people to fulfill their potential," adding: "If I can be that individual, so be it."

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