The Note: No Hurry for That Final Disappointment

Appearing on "Good Morning America," ABC News' Claire Shipman said of Sen. Hagel: "Most expect he'll join the race." Shipman's piece took a look at the Hagel, Gingrich, and Fred Thompson potential entrances into a GOP field.

Appearing on NBC's "Today," Andrea Mitchell reported on the buzz around the potential candidacies of Thompson and Hagel, saying that "McCain's campaign has stalled," and that these two men see an opening because, simply, "the front runner is Rudy Giuliani."

On "Today", Joe Scarborough said Sen. Thompson "better get out fast and he better raise a lot of money," and Noted that of the GOP hopefuls, "two of the top three have enough wives between them to start a basketball team."

Appearing on CBS' "Early Show," Amy Walterf of the Cook Political Report said Sen. Hagel's potential entry into the race will "add some very interesting dynamics because he is the only Republican candidate coming out aggressively against the war." Also, the Thompson announcement "exposes some real problems because it shows Republicans are not happy with their crop of candidates."

2008: Republicans: Hagel:

"Early on, though, Hagel's biggest challenge lies in convincing the party's pro-Bush activists to support him," writes Jonathan Martin in Politico in a story that is required reading for anyone covering the Hagel announcement today. LINK

"'I don't know what constituency he'd be looking for,' said Chuck Laudner, executive director of the Iowa Republican Party. 'To be the anti-war Republican? Good luck to you, sir.'"

The Roger Stone cameo: priceless.

Jake Thompson and Robyn Tysver of the Omaha World-Herald report on the "mixed signals" from Sen. Hagel about his political plans which could range from "running for president to getting out of politics entirely." LINK

Firefighter preview:

The cattle-call season enters a new phase this week when thousands of firefighters from every congressional district in the country hear from a bipartisan group of presidential candidates at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, reports ABC News' Teddy Davis. LINK

Harold Schaitberger, the president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, spoke with ABC News about the four Republicans and six Democrats who are coming to the forum. He also dished on one candidate -- Rudy Giuliani -- who will not be in attendance.

"'There are those candidates that were invited that are not necessarily up and down on our issues,'" Schaitberger told ABC News. "'But we want to make available to them the platform and an opportunity to make their case with our leadership and our members.'"

To help you make your mid-week plans, here is Wednesday's line-up:

9 a.m.: Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) speaks.

9:30 a.m.: Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-Va.) speaks.

10 a.m.: Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) speaks.

10:30 a.m.: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) speaks.

11 a.m.: Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) speaks.

1 p.m.: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) speaks.

1:30 p.m.: Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) speaks.

2 p.m.: Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) speaks.

2:30 p.m.: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) speaks.

3 p.m.: Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) speaks.

Nevada Democrats drop Fox:

After coming under intense pressure from MoveOn.org, the Nevada Democratic Party announced late Friday that it was dropping Fox News as the sponsor of its August debate.

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