The Note: Philly Stakes

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Some party committee squabbling: "Democratic Party officials said they will file a complaint today with the Federal Election Commission alleging that a conservative political group has illegally coordinated its advertising with a Republican Party campaign committee in advance of a May 3 special election in Louisiana," Paul Kane writes in The Washington Post.

"The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fundraising and campaign arm for House Democrats, alleges that the script for a television ad purchased by Freedom's Watch, an independent conservative political committee, can be traced to the National Republican Congressional Committee."

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., "is suffering a recurrence of Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system, and will undergo a new round of chemotherapy," per Bloomberg's James Rowley.

Peace prevails (for a day) on the Hill: "Dangling the popular highway funding bill as his hostage, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) struck a deal Tuesday night with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to dislodge a handful of President Bush's stalled appellate court nominees," per Roll Call's Erin P. Billings.

The DC Madam was found guilty on Tuesday. ABC's Justin Rood: "Jurors deliberated for less than a day before reaching their verdict, after listening to four days of sad testimony from more than a dozen former prostitutes and three clients. Deborah Jeane Palfrey had maintained that she ran a 'sexual fantasy services' outcall escort firm which prohibited illegal activity by the women who worked for it. She said she was unaware of sex between her clients and the women who worked for her."

If you're not enthralled with the debate -- Vice President Dick Cheney and comedian Mo Rocca are the entertainment at the annual Radio-TV Correspondents' Dinner Wednesday night in Washington. (MC Rove gets the night off.)

The kicker:

"I'm pretty certain I can take him." -- Barack Obama, looking forward to a one-on-one match-up with President Bush.

"I think I'll go ahead and put that on. Because I appreciate your service." -- Obama, putting on a flag pin at least for one day.

"Makes me bitter." -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., deadpanning when asked whether the extended primary campaign will hurt the party.

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