The Note: Winter's Tale

And be sure not to miss the Union Leader's John DiStaso reporting that Sen. Clinton will make her first Granite State visit on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 before returning to New Hampshire in March for the New Hampshire Democratic Party's "100 Club" dinner. LINK

United for Peace and Justice holds a news conference to respond to President Bush's State of the Union address and to discuss plans for a January 27 anti-war march in Washington at the National Press Club at 9:30 am ET in Washington, DC.

Brookings holds a discussion entitled, "State of the Union 2007: President Bush Faces a New Congress" at 10:00 am ET.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks at the annual winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors at 10:30 am ET at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference began this morning at 9:00 am ET and will run through Friday, January 26. Other speakers at the event include: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) who speaks at 12:30 pm ET, and then at 2:30 pm ET Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden (D-DE) and House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) both deliver remarks.

Reps. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), and Maxine Water (D-CA) join actress Susan Sarandon at a press availability following a closed-door meeting with Iraq war veterans on the state of Veteran Affairs Department healthcare at 11:30 am ET at the Rayburn House Office Building. Another subject of the meeting is the "Bring Our Troops Home and Sovereignty of Iraq Restoration Act".

Senate Budget Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and House Budget Chairman Sen. John Spratt (D-SC) hold a news conference on the new deficit projections in the Congressional Budget Office's January Budget and Economic Outlook at 2:00 pm ET in the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee met this morning for a full mark up on the bipartisan resolution regarding Iraq.

The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Michael Astrue to be commissioner of Social Security at 10 am ET.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks at the National Press Club on poverty and other urban issues beginning at 1:00 pm ET.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) was scheduled to deliver a speech entitled "Official English: The Key to a Successful American Future" at an event organized by ProEnglish at the National Press Club.

The Senate resumes consideration of a bill (HR 2) that would increase the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour.

The Libby trial:

While everyone else focuses on Scooter Libby and Karl Rove, the New York Sun's Josh Gerstein smartly highlights Ari Fleischer's grant of immunity and back channel to David Gregory. LINK

(We wonder if the President -- and his men and women -- knew about how Fleischer handled this.)

The New York Times' Lewis on the Libby defense which seems to be in part centered on the idea that the White House was using him as the scapegoat to protect Karl Rove. LINK

ABC News' Jason Ryan on Libby thinking he was a "scapegoat" for Rove. LINK

New Hampshire:

"'It is not acceptable for Nevada to go before New Hampshire,' Gov. John Lynch told me in a phone interview yesterday," writes Roger Simon of Politico (carried in the New Hampshire Union Leader too LINK) as he reminds us all that the calendar is far less set than many want to believe. LINK

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