The Democratic National Committee kicks off its winter meeting today. The Resolutions Committee meets at 3:00 pm ET and the Rules & Bylaws Committee takes up the DNC's "bonus delegate" program for a vote. The program is aimed at rewarding those states who buck the front-loading trend and move their nomination contests later than currently scheduled in 2008.
Senate Democratic leaders Reid, Durbin, Schumer, and Murray hold a pen and pad briefing on Iraq at 12:15 pm ET. Earlier in the day, Democratic Sens. Murray, Brown, and Tester talk about body armor at 10:15 am ET.
The Senate is expected to vote on a minimum wage increase today.
President Bush delivered remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast at 8:00 am ET at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, DC. Also, this morning, Mr. Bush signed the Presidential Proclamation in Honor of American Heart Month in the Oval Office. President was scheduled to join First Lady Laura Bush for a meeting on child fitness in the Roosevelt Room at 9:40 am ET.
Mrs. Bush later delivers remarks at the Women's Day Red Dress Award Presentation at 6:00 pm ET in the Stone Rose Lounge of the Time Warner Center in New York City.
Former President Bill Clinton plans to address House Democrats at their winter retreat in Williamsburg, VA. The event is closed to the press.
The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Gen. George Casey for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Army chief of staff at 9:30 am ET.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence holds a hearing on the nomination of Michael McConnell to be director of national intelligence at 2:30 pm ET.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney travels to New Hampshire today. At 9:15 am ET he was scheduled to deliver remarks at the Health Care Policy Forum at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Gov. Romney and son Craig Romney visit with the Thompson family of Mount Cube Farm in Orford, NH at 11:00 am ET. Then at 1:40 pm ET, they meet with the local residents of Lancaster, NH at the Cabot Motor Inn, and "drop by" Lowe's General Store in Randolph, NH at 3:00 pm ET. The Romneys end the day visiting with the local residents of Shelburn, NH at the Town and Country Inn at 5:15 pm ET.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani attends a cocktail reception and dinner with the Mayor of Houston at the Houstonian Hotel.
Politics of Iraq: Warner resolution embraced:
Los Angeles Times' Noam Levey writes that Sen. Warner's announcement that he was amending his nonbinding Iraq resolution to say that the Senate "disagrees" with the president's troop increase, while also adding that he would add in clauses opposed to cutting off funding for the troops is designed to win over more Republicans. LINK
"The revised resolution would express the Senate's opposition to the troop increase but would vow to protect funding for the troops. The resolution does not include the Democratic language saying the Bush plan is against the national interest, but it also drops an earlier provision by Warner suggesting Senate support for some additional troops," report the Washington Post's Shailagh Murray and Jonathan Weisman. LINK