The Note: The More Things Change

NEWS SUMMARY

The Note craves change, dynamism, new stuff.

But some things just seem to occur over and over and over again in our lives.

For a time, we fought against all that, trying to free ourselves from the shackles of routine.

But now, both beaten and wiser, we have surrendered to the constants of our lives.

The President is still answering only those questions he wishes to answer at press conferences and enjoying giving a hard time in front of the class to Ken Herman and the other reporters who covered him in Texas.

The MSM is still covering Bush pressers with pronounced skepticism about the war in Iraq and personal savings accounts.

John Kerry is still sharing the stage with Ted Kennedy.

Bob Shrum is still living off of Nicorette gum.

John Kerry is still unaware of the dimensions of the shadow of Hillary Clinton.

Network news is still the only place that can own a big story.

41 is still obsessed with losing to 42.

Iraq is still a dangerous place.

Karl Rove is still (semi-quietly) working on immigration reform, budget reform, and breaking the backs of the government employees unions.

Hillary Clinton is still of unending fascination to the Right.

Howard Dean is still of unending fascination to the Left.

Bill Clinton is still being unclear about who he thinks should be DNC chair (but we think we know who he thinks SHOULDN'T be . . .).

Rudy Giuliani is still raising money.

Mary Beth Cahill is still trying to figure out a way in public to push back against what John Kerry is saying in private.

Republicans are still trying to win the Washington state gubernatorial race.

New Hampshire is still more sophisticated than Iowa at protecting "first in the nation" status.

Health care is still the great untapped issue of American politics.

Thus, the President returns to Ohio today, participating in what the White House calls "a discussion on the benefits of health information technology" at 12:40 pm ET.

As part of a two-day focus on health care issues, the President will argue that better record-keeping can sharply cut medical costs and mistakes.

The President predicts that electronic records will prove "one of the great innovations" in modern medicine and that it will "wring out inefficiencies" without compromising privacy. Critics have accused Bush of focusing on small health-care initiatives while ignoring huge problems like soaring costs and the more than $40 million Americans who don't have insurance.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission meets at 10:00 am ET today. The agenda includes a vote on whether to audit California's HAVA money.

At the FamiliesUSA conference in Washington, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton opens the session at 9:00 a.m., (watch her come out for MSAs . . . ha! That's a joke.)

Barack Obama also participates in the morning session.

At 1:00 pm ET, Sen. John Kerry discusses his bill to expand health care coverage for children.

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