Three Democratic presidential hopefuls, one in-cycle GOP Senator from a Blue State, and one of ABC's own address the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference at the Washington Hilton and Towers in Washington, DC. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) begins the morning with a 9:10 am ET address, followed by the trio of presidential candidates: Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) gives a 9:30 am ET address, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) appears at 9:50 am ET, and Sen. Chris Dodd gives a 10:10 am ET address. ABC News' George Stephanopoulos appears at 2:15 pm ET.
Early this morning, Sen. Clinton and DNC Chairman Howard Dean were scheduled to speak at a 7:00 am ET breakfast for Democratic municipal officials.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) attends a 11:00 am ET fundraising breakfast at the Mission Inn in Inland Empire, CA, followed by a 2:30 pm ET fundraiser in Los Angeles, CA.
Press availabilities are expected after his breakfast in Riverside at about 12:30 pm ET and before his lunch in Beverly Hills at 2:30 pm ET.
While Sen. McCain is busy in the Golden State, Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) moves in on his home turf with a 6:00 pm ET media availability at Arizona Republican Party Headquarters in Phoenix, AZ.
Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) holds a 4:15 pm ET rally at Bennett College in Greensboro, NC.
President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush hold a 12:40 pm ET meeting with President Felipe Calderon of Mexico in Temozon Sur, Mexico.
Vice President Dick Cheney participates in a 2:30 pm ET award ceremony for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) were scheduled to attend a 9:00 am ET conference with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) holds an 11:00 am ET pen and pad briefing for reporters in the U.S. Capitol.
Stars of the music world are on Capitol Hill today, as Wynton Marsalis testifies before a 10:30 am ET hearing of the House Appropriations Committee on creativity and the arts, and (DNC Chairman Dean's favorite) Wyclef Jean gives 2:00 pm ET testimony before a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Haiti.
To celebrate the opening of his new Washington, D.C. headquarters, Clinton guru Mark Penn is throwing a 6:00 pm ET party for his polling (Penn, Schoen & Berland), p.r. (Burston-Marsteller), and lobbying (BKSH & Associates) ventures.
Politics of prosecutorial independence:
Members of the Judiciary Committees in the House and Senate want testimony from Karl Rove on the attorney firings, but according to the Washington Post's Paul Kane, "it's unclear whether either of the panels will actually subpoena his appearance." LINK
Lara Jakes Jordan of the Associated Press reports on congressional Democrats' sharpening focus on Rove. LINK
Politics of Iraq:
The Washington Post ed board delivers a must-read editorial taking Speaker Pelosi to task for her Iraq war proposal. LINK
"In short, the Democratic proposal to be taken up this week is an attempt to impose detailed management on a war without regard for the war itself," writes the ed board.