The Note: Taking the Fork


After a well executed North Carolina press conference (classy lav microphones, included), John and Elizabeth Edwards head from New York City to Santa Monica, CA today in advance of a private fundraiser there this evening. Tomorrow both Sen. Edwards and his wife plan on attending the SEIU/CAP health care forum in Las Vegas, NV.

Debate in the House of Representatives on the war spending bill resumed this morning a final vote is expected around noonish.

The $124 billion bill would finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but demand that troops withdraw from Iraq by September 2008. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said any delay in approving the funds could "have a genuinely adverse affect on the readiness of the Army and the quality of life for soldiers and their families."

ABC News' Jake Tapper reports that the Democratic leadership believes it has the votes for passage now that the liberal "Out of Iraq Caucus" has decided not to stick together as one voting bloc, but allowing each member to vote his or her own way. If the whip count is correct, Speaker Pelosi avoids what would likely be seen as a huge defeat.

Sens. Barack Obama (D-IL), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) take part in a 9:00 pm ET rally for Culinary Union Local 226 in Las Vegas, NV. Dodd and Richardson will hold media availabilities following their remarks.

President Bush starts off his day by attending a 12:05 pm ET (closed press) RNC luncheon at the Everymay. After lunch, President and Mrs. Bush venture over to the 1:30 pm ET signing of H.R. a bill which designates the Department of Education Building the Lyndon Baines Johnson Building. At 3:00 pm ET the president delivers remarks for Greek Independence Day in the East Room of the White House.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) holds a 7:00 pm ET town hall meeting at the Franklin Opera House in Franklin, NH. He will remain in the Granite State tomorrow.

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) was scheduled to hold a 10:00 am ET media availability in Milwaukee, WI. He has no campaign activity planned for the weekend and hits the Texas fundraising trail on Monday.

Former President Bill Clinton will be honored by the Greater New York Salvation Army at a 6:30 pm ET gala at the Hilton in New York City, with proceeds going to the Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with Talkers magazine, hosts a 10:00 am ET debate between talk show hosts on immigration in Washington, DC.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice begins travel to Egypt, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Jordan.

Don't miss Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-NE) Sunday appearance on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday.

Tomorrow, the Democratic '08ers will make remarks and take questions in back-to-back appearances at a health care forum sponsored by the Service Employees International Union and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The event takes place at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.

Here are the speaking times (all times EASTERN):

12:30 pm Edwards

12:53 pm Richardson

1:15 pm Obama

1:37 pm Clinton

1:59 pm Dodd

2:21 pm Kucinich

2:43 pm Gravel

Be sure to tune into "Good Morning America" on Monday morning for a town hall meeting with Sen. Clinton from Des Moines, IA.

You can see the rest of the weekend in politics below.

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