13. Shailagh Murray's upcoming move from covering Washington for the Wall Street Journal to covering Washington for the Washington Post is going to cause seismic shifts all over town, as her powerful prose moves from WSJ A4, A2, B5, and (sometimes) D1 (!) to WP A1 and C1 with delightful regularity.
14. And not a moment too soon: The front of the Style section and the Fed page continue to not be what they used to be -- except on Leibovich and Milbank days.
15. The Democrats have finally learned how to communicate with their bloggers -- to their advantage. But no one beats the Freepers, not even Kos.
16. Under Ken Mehlman, the RNC's minority outreach -- a true priority for him -- will probably bear fruit. But the Gang still can't figure out how Republicans can explain why Bush went to Bob Jones University and doesn't know whether aggresive efforts by some Republicans to restrict legal (and illegal) immigration will take away President Bush's apparent popular vote gains among Hispanics. Incidentally, even though there is much to like about George Pataki's Spanish, the Gang buys the Chuck Todd thesis that no potential 2008 GOP candidate has the connection to Hispanics that the Bushes have built in Texas and Florida.
17. The Federal Marriage Amendment is dead, dead, dead, no matter how many times Richard Cizik calls the White House to protest.
18. Air America is not half bad to listen to; IndTV will probably be fun to watch; Ed Schultz is entertaining, but there ain't anyone on the left who comes close to matching Limbaugh, Hannity and Dobson. And the left has no equivalent of the DCI Group, though Fenton is close to becoming the left's Creative Response Concepts.
19. "Liberal" is still a dirtier word than "conservative." "Chafee" is dirtier than both of those.
20. The Gang decided to offer associate memberships to the following: Matt Yglesias and Ross Douthat.
21. It was worth going up to New York for the Westminster Dog Show. Same with The Gates.
22. When Matt and Katie say "we'll hear from Howard Dean coming up" in a top-of-the-show tease, one assume that that means that Dean will be a live guest, but one assumes wrong.
23. Those who haven't switched to Treos from BlackBerrys know they should. But they are too busy to make that change.
24. Doug Jehl is to retired CIA agents what David Sanger is to North Korea.
25. The Gang reaffirmed that while everything it believes to be true is in fact true, that these things don't represent the views of The Note -- just The Note's sense of what the Gang thinks, Mr. Limbaugh.
After a closed-press breakfast with congressional leadership in the Oval Office, President Bush heads to Portsmouth, NH, to talk up his Social Security plan at 11:45 am ET.
Another piece of the President's agenda -- overhauling the tax system -- moves to center stage today. At 10:00 am ET, former Sens. Connie Mack (R-FL) and John Breaux (D-LA) hold the first meeting of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. Treasury Secretary John Snow speaks.
Former Vice President Al Gore delivers a "major address" on global warming and the Kyoto Protocol, which goes into effect today, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles at 7:00 pm ET.
At 8:00 am ET, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) was scheduled to address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, talking about Senate legislation and issues facing businesses, including the class action bill.