Minneapolis Star Tribune's Kevin Diaz covers Sen. Norm Coleman's (R-MN) backing of a new Senate resolution Monday opposing a buildup of U.S. troops in Baghdad -- Diaz writes it's a move designed to stem criticism from Minnesota DFLers for appearing to break from Bush's war policy, but refusing to back up his words in votes. LINK
The New Hampshire Union Leader reports this morning that the first presidential debates will be held April 4 and 5, 2007, at St. Anselm College in the Granite State, with CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating and questions from the Union Leader's indefatiable John DiStaso and WMUR's Scott Spradling. LINK
With Democrats now in charge on Capitol Hill, The National Federation of Independent Business is changing decades of habits, reports Jeffrey H. Birnbaum of the Washington Post. LINK
Lynn Bartels reports in the Rocky Mountain News that the Colorado Senate initially approved a bill that would put Colorado in an interstate agreement to elect the president by popular vote, instead of the electoral system currently in place -- a formal vote will be held Wednesday. LINK
Other calendar items:
Sen. Clinton continues her online chats with voters tonight at 7:00 pm ET on her website.
HotSoup's Ron Fournier invites you to join an online discussion with Govs. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and Tom Vilsack (D-IA) during President Bush's State of the Union. LINK
Sen. Obama attends the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee oversight hearing at 10:00 am ET in the Russell Senate Office Building, then at 11:05 am ET attends the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Iraq in the Dirksen Senate Office Building and then makes an appearance at the Democratic Caucus Lunch at 12:45 pm ET in the U.S. Capitol.
Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Caucus Chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) and Caucus Vice Chairman Rep. John Larson (D-CT) hold a press availability following the Democratic Caucus Meeting at 1:00 pm ET in the House Radio-TV Gallery.
Former Vice President Gore speaks at the Boe Forum on Public Affairs at Augustana College tonight at 8:00 pm ET in Sioux Falls, SD.
The Senate Armed Services Committee was scheduled to begin hearings on the nomination of Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, President Bush's nominee for General Commander of the Multi-National Forces-Iraq,at 9:30 am ET in the Russell Senate Office Building.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was scheduled to begin its hearing at 9:15 am ET on "Alternative Plans for Iraq: Part III." Witnesses include Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrcih (R-GA).
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) holds his regular pen and pad briefing at 11:30 am ET in his U.S. Capitol office.
The Mayors Against Illegal Guns National Summit began its meeting today on Capitol Hill at 9:30 am ET.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) was schedule to address the seventh annual Herzliya Conference (a summit focused on Israel's national security) in Herzliya, Israel at 8:15 am ET.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) speaks at the 2007 Town Hall Platinum Appreciation Dinner at as part of the Ringling School Library Association Lecture Series today in Sarasota, FL.
Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) participates in a media conference at 11 am ET call on climate change and honors veterans in a Roundhouse Rotunda ceremony in Santa Fe. Then, at 2:00 pm ET, Richardson honors New Mexico's veterans and military by reading a proclamation in the Rotunda during Military and Veterans' Day at the Legislature.
Former presidential speechwriters Ted Sorensen and Bill Safire keynote Generation Engage's annual State of the Union iChat from New York at 7:15 pm ET in the Marble Collegiate Church.