The Note: Follow My Lead, Oh, How I Need

On the President's Gotham jaunt, ABC News' Ann Compton reports, "The economic speech is now scheduled to last 50 minutes, making it almost full State of the Union-size. 150 NYC guests are expected and Mayor Bloomberg will introduce him."

"Then in other rooms at Federal Hall, President Bush will be interviewed by the Wall Street Journal editorial board and he will meet privately with Caesar Borja Jr who was Senator Clinton's guest at State of the Union, the day his firefighter father died of 9-11 related illnesses."

Journalisto Matt Cooper is expected to take center stage at the Libby trial today.

Sens. Cornyn (R-TX) and DeMint (R-SC) holds a pen and pad in the Senate print gallery at 10:00 am ET to discuss the Iraq resolutions.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) delivers the keynote address at the "Ten Big Ideas for a New America" policy forum at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill at 11:00 am ET.

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) is in Michigan today where he plans to deliver a speech entitled "The Proper Role of the Judiciary" at Ave Maria School of Law at 11:00 am ET in Ann Arbor, MI. Brownback also keynotes at the Michigan Society of Association Executives at The Lansing Center at 1:30 pm ET in Lansing, MI. Later, the Senator holds a media availability at the Hilton Grand Rapids Airport at 4:15 pm ET in Lansing, MI.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) holds a town hall on America's role in the world at 2:30 pm ET at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a closed full committee hearing on the Iraq "surge" at 10:00 am ET.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) holds a 2:00 pm ET on camera press availability in the House studio.

Gov. Jim Doyle (D-WI) meets with the Senate Democratic Caucus where he plans to discuss stem cell research and then will make remarks at 1:00 pm ET at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC.

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to appear at an event honoring supporters of the "American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial" at 6:00 pm ET at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

The Creative Coalition holds a "Welcome Back Celebration: A Tribute to the 110th Congress" at B. Smith's Union Station at 8:00 pm ET in Washington, DC. Participants include: Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Max Baucus (D-MT), House Government Reform Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA), Heather Graham, Bridget Moynahan, Fran Drescher and other politicians and celebrities.

Today is Harriet Miers' last day as White House counsel.

Politics of Iraq:

The New York Times' Carl Hulse and Thom Shanker have a front-page look at President Bush's Senate GOP allies' efforts to block a vote on the nonbinding rejection of President Bush's troop increase plan. LINK

The division within the conference in that closed door policy luncheon yesterday clearly was a bit too great to remain behind closed doors. Sen. Specter practically broke down in tears within the Situation Room in recounting it to Rabbi Confessor Blitzer.

After initially aiming to rally around a single resolution that would allow the party's senators to express doubts about the plan without stating their outright opposition, the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray report that Republicans appear to be "balkanizing," with at least five Republican drafts now in play and more GOPers stating their reservations. LINK

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