The Note: Math (and) Class

What can we learn from the candidates' travel schedules? The Christian Science Monitor's Dante Chinni takes a crack, in his "Patchwork Nation" series.

The Sked:

Obama does Boca, while Clinton is off the trail for the first time in approximately forever. McCain campaigns in California.

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

On the Hill:

Good luck sorting this out: "House leaders pulled the fiscal 2009 budget resolution conference report from the floor schedule Wednesday following a snag in consideration of the farm bill," CQ's David Clarke reports. "Barring a change of plans, Congress will not adopt a final budget until June."

The Senate will vote on war funding Thursday morning -- and among the candidates, Obama, at least, will make the vote.

Kennedy Update:

Sunny and Splash were there to meet Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., as he left Mass. General to ponder his treatment options. But first, he was on a sailboat again

"Smiling, waving, and flashing a thumbs-up, US Senator Edward M. Kennedy walked out of Massachusetts General Hospital days earlier than scheduled, greeted well-wishers outside his family compound on Cape Cod, and immediately departed shore for a familiar refuge: the waters of Nantucket Sound," Michael Levenson and David Abel write in The Boston Globe.

"It was wonderful to be on the water," Kennedy said, shuffling off a dock after his return. "It's all it takes."

The New York Daily News' Ian Bishop: "Ted Kennedy has made clear to confidants that when his time is up, he wants his Senate seat to stay in the family -- with his wife, Vicki. Multiple sources in Massachusetts with close ties to the liberal lion say his wife of 16 years has long been his choice to continue carrying the family flame in the Senate."

The Kicker:

"Oh my God! Do I have to? I'd have to go with . . . Barack Obama. And I'm a straight man!" -- Actor Denis Leary, asked by People magazine who's "sexier" -- Hillary Clinton or Condoleezza Rice. Leary plays Michael Whouley in the upcoming HBO movie "Recount."

"Stop showing her backside all the time!" -- Myrna Davis, a 72-year-old Clinton supporter, chastising TV cameramen at a campaign event at a retirement community in Sunshine, Fla.

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