The Note: Baggage Check

But it was Edwards who was the evening's highlight. Joking about the white-male vote -- and the courtship of one white-male voter in particular -- he noted that he's still undecided in the race: "On the other hand, I don't want James Carville to bite me," said Edwards, D-N.C.

More tax forms this Friday, from McCain, R-Ariz., with an 11 am ET release. (And we see that Obama is the poor one.)

Politico's Jonathan Martin offers a glimpse of the still-emerging McCain campaign: "For reasons of financial necessity, personal preference and plain politics, John McCain is gearing up to run one of the least traditional presidential campaigns in recent history," he writes.

"McCain will lean heavily on the well-funded Republican National Committee. He will merge key functions of his campaign hierarchy with the RNC while also relying on an unconventional structure of 10 regional campaign mangers," Martin continues. "And finally -- and perhaps most importantly -- McCain will rely on free media to an unprecedented degree to get out his message in a fashion that aims to not only minimize his financial disadvantage but also drive a triangulated contrast among himself, the Democratic nominee and President Bush."

Next up for McCain: "John McCain plans to spend next week reaching out to African-Americans, displaced factory workers and people living in poverty -- voters not usually associated with the Republican Party," David Jackson writes in USA Today. "Starting Monday, the presumptive GOP nominee for president will stop in Alabama's 'Black Belt,' then move on to the struggling steel town of Youngstown, Ohio, and the Appalachian region of Kentucky. The Arizona senator is also trying to make it to New Orleans, which is still recovering from 2005's Hurricane Katrina."

The Pennsylvania we never found gets explored by Obama and Clinton -- Obama campaigns from Erie to Philly, and Sen. Clinton hits PA and NC while Bill works more small Keystone State towns.

"This Week with George Stephanopoulos" makes its Newseum debut on Sunday, and Sen. McCain is the first guest in the new studio.

Get all the candidates' schedules in The Note's "Sneak Peek."

Also in the news:

Some endorsement hints (maybe) from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I-N.Y. Bloomberg "said Thursday his endorsement will go to the most straight-talking candidate and predicted 'at least we'll have an adult in office who can lead and can accomplish something,' " AP's Sara Kugler writes.

Is Chelsea's (relatively) free ride over? "For the first time, she is facing the kind of scrutiny that has bedeviled the candidates and their surrogates along the campaign trail," Robin Abcarian writes in the Los Angeles Times.

"During a long day of campaigning in Oregon on Saturday, she mentioned at two different stops that during the course of the campaign a 7-year-old and an 11-year-old had separately asked her 'with terror in their eyes' what will become of the Social Security system. It's possible they were precocious, or that their parents put them up to it, but one skeptical blogger wrote afterward that the story was "stunning in its absurdity."

Shocker: "(When asked for details, such as where and when Clinton met the children, the campaign could not provide them.)"

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