The Note: Approximately 3/5th of the Gang's All Here

At 9:00 am ET, House Republicans and Democrats hold closed party conferences.

At 9:30 am ET, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee considers the Clear Skies Act of 2005.

Also at 10:00 am ET:

--Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan testifies before the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.

--The Senate Budget Committee holds a hearing on the transparency of budget measures, and CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin testifies.

--The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on President Bush's foreign affairs budget for FY2006; Secretary Rice testifies. She testifies before the House Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee at 2:00 pm ET.

--The Senate Select Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on the world threat to the United States. Among those testifying: CIA Director Porter Goss (for the first time in this gig) and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

--The House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the FY2006 DoD budget. Secretary Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard Myers testify. Rumsfeld testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee at 2:00 pm ET.

--The House Budget Committee holds a hearing on homeland and national security needs.

--The House considers indecency legislation, which proposes boosting the maximum fine for broadcasters airing indecent material from $32,5000 to $500,000. The measure would also allow the FCC fine individual broadcasters/entertainers, such as morning shock jocks, without first issuing the warning now required.

--Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) addresses the Heritage Foundation about his bill to end wasteful and inefficient government spending.

At 11:00 am ET, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Rep. Tim Johnson (R-IL) hold a news conference announcing the formation of the Center Aisle Caucus. We don't need to tell you what the Cynics Caucus in the Gang of 500 thinks of that . . .

At 11:30 am ET, Sens. Specter, Harkin, and Kennedy, and Reps. Mike Castle and Diana DeGette hold a news conference to announce a bill to expand the current federal funding policy for stem cell research.

At 3:00 pm ET, John Negroponte, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, briefs Senators in closed session. He moves to the House at 4:00 pm ET.

Tonight at 7:00 pm ET at the Kennedy Center, the Bradley Foundation, one of the largest conservative philanthropic organizations in the country, honors George Will, Robert George, Ward Connolly, and Heather MacDonald for their contributions to public life.

Social Security:

The White House famously bypasses the filter of the national media to project its message to specific audiences in specific states. But Democrats, led by the Susan McCue-Jim Manley war room, are leaving their own mark on local coverage of the President's Social Security tour.

They did a fine job of helping to position stories ahead of President Bush's visit to Nebraska and Florida last week, and judging by some of the coverage in New Hampshire, they're similarly engaged.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party's permanent campaign continues with a rally tomorrow and with judiciously distributed talking points furnished by the national party. The rally, timed to counter Bush's visit directly, is being organized by the party and allies, like the Alliance for Retired Americans.

The DCCC is ginning up local coverage of GOP lawmakers' past statements on Social Security using this Web site: LINK

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