The Note: Everybody into the Pool

ABC News' Terry Moran reports that the headline of the event may be the guest list -- Bush will speak to a few dozen invited Iraqi-Americans who voted in the January 30 election, some representatives of the NGOs who assisted in holding the election, and a few Iraqi judges and lawyers visiting the U.S. for a look at how our legal system works.

"Bush's remarks will be brief, and center on familiar themes: He will 'herald the progress' toward freedom and democracy in Saddam Hussein's former fiefdom. He will praise U.S. troops who help make such progress possible. He will talk about the stirrings of democratic movements in other Middle Eastern countries, and he will note where such yearnings are still being squelched."

"What Bush will NOT do: Pressure -- directly or indirectly -- Iraqi politicians to conclude their drawn-out negotiations and form a government. 'We don't want to get near that at all. This is their process.' Aides say Bush is neither impatient nor worried about the dithering in Baghdad. 'It's politics. And politics is better than the alternative.'"

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman joined Sen. Mel Martinez for a town hall meeting in Orlando, FL to talk about the shared values of the Hispanic community and the Republican Party, 7:30-9:00 am ET. Tonight he speaks at the Lincoln Day dinner in Lee County, FL.

At 8:30 am ET, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez spoke to Women in International Trade and the Washington International Trade Association about the Bush Administration's trade priorities for the next four years.

At noon ET, the American Enterprise Institute holds a conference on personal Social Security accounts.

At 1:00 pm ET, the Club for Growth holds a telephone briefing to discuss a new TV ad campaign in three states which targets Republicans supporting pay tax increases and Red State Democrats on Social Security.

Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, hold a briefing at 1:15 pm ET.

At 9:30 am ET, Rev. Jesse Jackson visits the hospice of Terri Schiavo in Pinellas Park, FL, where he will try to visit her, and will join the vigil outside. He has called for her feeding tube to be reinstated.

At 3:00 pm ET, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the New America Foundation, and the Urban Institute hold a briefing on proposals to revamp the Social Security retirement program.

At 3:30 pm ET, former EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman talks about her new book, "It's My Party Too: Taking Back the Republican Party -- and Bringing the Country Together Again," at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani hits the couch tonight on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima wraps the developments from Indonesia after a powerful underwater earthquake caused the deaths of hundreds of people and the destruction of buildings on an island near Sumatra, and the anxious vigil both citizens and governments in the area are keeping over the possibility of another devastating tsunami. LINK

The U.S. government quickly offered aid. LINK


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