The Note: Enter John

More from Rudy ("Nada!") . . . and Mitt ("Liberals!") . . . and Huck ("Media!").

Elsewhere at the RNC -- what Joe has wrought: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) faces mounting pressure to strip Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) of his chairmanship in the wake of Lieberman's decision to attack Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in a speech Tuesday at the GOP convention," Roll Call's Emily Pierce writes. Said a Senate Democratic aide: "The only thing that would keep Joe Lieberman afloat is if we picked up enough seats to get to [a filibuster-proof] 60 [votes] and he's 60th."

Attention White House folks: The morning "gaggle" and the afternoon briefing will become one: "I'm going to try and experiment, to collapse the gaggle and the briefing, which the -- which someone affectionately called the 'griefing,' " said press secretary Dana Perino, per Politico's Mike Allen.

The Sked:

It's John and Cindy McCain in the spotlight Thursday as the Republican National Convention comes to a close.

Sen. Barack Obama spends the day in Pennsylvania: A hyrdro plant in York, a few stops in Lancaster -- and, oh yeah, an interview with Bill O'Reilly, to be aired at 8 pm ET on Fox News.

From the Obama campaign: "While the Republican National Convention continues to offer more of the same, Senator Barack Obama is in Pennsylvania today where he will hold an event in Lancaster to discuss the change America needs."

The Kicker:

"[O]ur political reporting has obviously proven to be more detail-oriented than the McCain campaign's vetting process." -- National Enquirer statement issued to the pressĀ in advance of Sarah Palin story

"We have better Internet connectivity in Alaska than they do at that hotel." -- Alaska convention delegation chairman Chris Nelson, not upgraded along with his governor.

"Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay." -- Prepared text from Palin's convention speech (signaling a clear break with President Bush).

Viewing Guide:

ABC NewsNOW coverage of the Republican National Convention, hosted by Sam Donaldson and Rick Klein, resumes at 7 pm ET (6 pm CT) Thursday. Access the gavel-to-gavel action at abcnews.com/politics.

Guests include Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan.; and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.

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