The Note: Now Batting, No. 44

More from the annals of the Fourth Estate: "It was like a miniature mutiny. Reporters frustrated by weeks of limited access to Republican presidential nominee John McCain shouted questions at him during a photo opportunity event near Cleveland this morning," ABC's Ron Claiborne reports.

(By day's end, McCain had held his first press conference in 40 days. There are only 41 days left to the election, by the way.)

As for the Democratic running mate -- forget taking it to world leaders. For now, they'll settle for brokering piece between No. 1 and No. 2.

"Barack Obama slapped his loose-lipped running mate Tuesday, chastising Joe Biden for speaking too fast and contradicting him on one of the massive financial bailouts," Michael McAuliff writes in the New York Daily News.

One to challenge the spinners: "Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden appeared to undermine Barack Obama's backing of clean-coal technology when he told voters in Maumee last week that neither he nor Obama 'are supporting clean coal,' " Jack Torry and Jonathan Riskind report in the Columbus Dispatch. "We're not supporting clean coal," Biden said.

Except they are: "Senator McCain knows that Senator Obama and Senator Biden support clean-coal technology," said Biden spokesman David Wade.

All in one place: The RNC's Biden gaffe timeline.

See this coming? "As Joseph Biden addressed the rope line of supporters following his speech at the National Jewish Democratic Council conference Tuesday evening, an aide to the Senator was asking reporters to leave the area," Huffington Post's Sam Stein reports. "At least three journalists were told that they couldn't listen in on what Biden was saying to the throngs of people who had lined up to have their picture taken with the Senator. Instead, they were directed back to the press section - well removed from and out of view of the vice presidential candidate."

The Sked:

Barack Obama remains in Florida Wednesday for debate prep. He will hold a rally in Denedin, Fla. at 1 pm ET.

Joe Biden works through more Midwest battlegrounds. He gives a "major" foreign-policy address in Cincinnati at 9 am ET, then heads to Jeffersonville, Ind., for a 4:15 pm ET rally.

Michelle Obama spends Wednesday campaigning in Pennsylvania. She heads to Allentown for a roundtable with military spouses at 1:30 pm ET, followed by a rally in Philadelphia at 4:30 pm ET.

John McCain and Sarah Palin are in New York City Wednesday. McCain starts his Wednesday with an economic meeting and a statement at 8:15am ET, followed by a meeting with newly proclaimed supporter Lady Lynn de Rothschild at 10:45am ET.

Palin will then join McCain for two meetings: with Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili and Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko at 11:15am ET, then with Bono at 3 pm ET.

In between, Palin will also meet with President Jalal Talabani of Iraq at 12:45 pm ET followed by President Asif Ali Zardari, the newly elected leader of Pakistan.

Palin sits down with Katie Couric for an interview Wednesday.

McCain will sneak in a "Letterman" taping before rejoining Palin for a meeting with Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, at 6 pm ET. Then McCain is on his own for a meeting with John Chambers, at 7 pm ET.

President Bush has cancelled his Wednesday events and is in Washington -- prime-time address, anyone? "No decision had been made as of this morning but it's being strongly considered," per Politico's Mike Allen.

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