The Note: Absolutely Nothing

WASHINGTON, Mar. 13

First names are not needed among Note friends.

Schumer wants Gonzales gone; Schumer wants Rove to testify; Schumer has the bit in his mouth.

DeFrank says Cheney offered to step down in 2004; DeFrank says Cheney won't step down now; DeFrank says Bush got elected because of Cheney. LINK

Hagel decided not to decide; Hagel decided deciding later is better; Hagel decided.

Pace has views; Pace has opinions; Pace has a problem.

Thompson is loved by Frist; Thompson is lived by Graham; Thompson is loved by the bored press and the bored base (for now).

Republican Senators and '08ers will be asked about Gonzales; Republican Senators and '08ers will be asked about Gonzales; Republican Senators and '08ers will be asked about Gonzales.

If you are a Democratic press operative -- or that Senator named Schumer -- your day is likely to be the shooting-fish-in-a-barrel variety.

The twin stories that kicked off ABC's newsy "Good Morning America" are both unwelcome developments to the (travelin') folks at 1600, the Republican presidential hopefuls, and Martinez/Duncan/Cole/Ensign.

Story #1: The Washington Post's Dan Eggen and John Solomon review documents showing that the White House and other Administration officials were "more closely involved in the dismissals, and at a much earlier date, than they have previously acknowledged." LINK

"The role of the president and his advisers in the prosecutor shakeup is likely to intensify calls by Congress for an investigation. It is the worst crisis of Mr. Gonzales's tenure and provoked charges that the dismissals were a political purge threatening the historical independence of the Justice Department," writes the New York Times' David Johnston and Eric Lipton on the White House "deep involve[ment]" in the dismissal of federal prosecutors. LINK

ABC News' Pierre Thomas confirmed on "Good Morning America" that AG Gonzales' chief of staff's resignation will likely be announced today, per ABC News sources.

Story #2: "Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday that he supports the Pentagon's 'don't ask, don't tell' ban on gays serving in the military because homosexual acts 'are immoral,' akin to a member of the armed forces conducting an adulterous affair with the spouse of another service member," reports the Chicago Tribune's Madhani. LINK

"Those comments by Gen. Pace are sure to spark a firestorm on Capitol Hill," reported ABC News' Jonathan Karl.

Karl also said that a spokesperson for Gen. Pace told ABC News that Pace was asked to provide his personal opinion and he provided it.

As of this writing, no Pentagon press briefing has been scheduled and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales doesn't seem to have a public schedule.

The folks at the Wall Street Journal ed board have some deciding of their own to do today.

Democratic and Republican policy committees meet separately for their 12:30 pm ET weekly lunches at the Capitol. Stakeout sound on Pace, Gonzales, and the status of the Iraq debate will be sought.

NRSC Chairman Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) holds a 12:30 pm ET press availability in the Senate studio on the US Attorneys story.

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