The Note: Long Island Sounds

Remember social issues? NARAL does. Caroline Kennedy is headlining a noon ET "Power of Choice Luncheon" at the Rainbow Room in New York City.

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The Sked:

The final showdown -- John McCain and Barack Obama meet for the last presidential debate at 9 pm ET at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Sarah Palin spends Wednesday in New Hampshire with three rallies -- Dover at 11 am ET, then Laconia at 2 pm ET, and finally in Salem at 7 pm ET.

Joe Biden is on the second day of his bus tour through Ohio. He spends his Wednesday attending a series of community events -- Athens at 10:30 am ET, Lancaster at 2 pm ET and Newark at 6 pm ET.

Michelle Obama holds a rally in Fort Wayne, Ind., at noon ET. She will attend the final debate with guest Lilibet Hagel, wife of Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.

President Bush will participate in a video teleconference with Iraq Provincial Reconstruction team leaders and brigade commanders at 9:45 am ET. He will then meet with business leaders in Grand Rapids, Mich. at 12:45 pm ET, and will hold an afternoon fundraiser for congressional candidates. (Did McCain pull out just in time?)

Also in the news:

"The FBI has reportedly begun its own preliminary investigation into an ABC News report that West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL) hired an alleged mistress to work on his official staff and then paid her $121,000 to keep her from going public and filing suit after she was fired," per ABC's Emma Schwartz, Rhonda Schwartz, and Vic Walter.

The audiotapes made their way into a quick-turnaround ad from the state GOP: "You're fired . . . it means you work at my pleasure," Mahoney says in an excerpt used in the ad. "The only person that matters is guess who? Me."

Adios: "Democratic Party operatives are cutting Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.) loose in the wake of allegations of an extra-marital affair that has significantly hurt his reelection prospects," Susan Crabtree reports in The Hill. "Before the controversy erupted, Mahoney's party had already pulled resources from his district and decided against purchasing more television advertisements in the final three-weeks of the campaign. Democrats have no plans to reinvest after Mahoney's comments in the past 24 hours failed to knock down an ABC News report that the Florida Democrat made a $121,000 payment to a former congressional staffer with whom he had an affair and subsequently fired from his campaign."

A Cleveland-area special election, in the race to replace the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, D-Ohio: "Marcia Fudge, the mayor of Warrensville Heights, beat out eight other Democrats in a special primary election Tuesday. With turnout estimated at less than 10 percent, unofficial results showed Fudge had 10,753 votes. Her closest challenger had 2,028 votes," per the AP. "Fudge advances to a Nov. 18 special election, in which she could face independent candidate James Germalic, whose petitions are under review."

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