THE NOTE: Hillary Starts Playground Fight

But the biggest political buzz out of this issue is the one presidential candidate the magazine's editors chose as a "man of the year." That's Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, alongside Tom Hanks, Kanye West, Daniel Craig, Casey Affleck, Alex Rodriguez, and Roger Federer. Members of Paul's Internet army, pinch yourself.

A few outside events worth tracking for their inevitable campaign spillover.

"The political controversy over restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is unlikely to end with Tuesday's news that mature human cells can be made to acquire the powers of embryonic stem cells, because scientists say research on both types of cells is closely related and is needed to inspire and cross-check each other," Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar writes in the Los Angeles Times.

And: "In a decision that could affect gun control laws across the nation, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to carry a gun," ABC's Ariane de Vogue and Dennis Powell report.

The kicker: Action, camera, lights:

"I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House." -- Scott McClellan, in his new book.

"She understands the klieg lights." President Bush, in his interview with Charlie Gibson.

The Note and all Note products are taking a Thanksgiving break. The Note, the Must Reads, and the Sneak Peek will return Monday, Nov. 26. Good luck with the traffic, Godspeed at the airports, and enjoy your Turkey Day in New Hampshire, Iowa, or wherever you may be.

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Interns for the ABC News Political Unit:

The ABC News Political Unit is now seeking three full-time spring interns in Washington, D.C.

The internship begins Monday, Dec. 31, and runs through Friday, May 25.

Not only do Political Unit interns attend political events and write for the politics page of, they also help us by conducting research, maintaining contact lists, and building the next day's political schedule.

In order to apply, you must be either a graduate student or a college student who has completed his or her first year.

You also must be able to work eight hours per day, starting early, Monday through Friday.

Interns will be paid $8.50/hour.

If you write well, don't mind getting up early, and have some familiarity with web publishing, send a cover letter and resume to as soon as possible, with the subject line: "INTERN" in all caps. Please indicate in your cover letter the dates of your availability.

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