Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman hosts a Lincoln Day dinner in Palm Beach County, FL.
Al Sharpton's National Action Network convention kicks off in New York. Sen. John Thune hosts the King County, WA Lincoln Day dinner in Seattle.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean speaks at a luncheon hosted by the Democratic Party of Arkansas and the Association of State Democratic Chairs in Little Rock, AR. He'll update them on his efforts to revamp the DNC and announce that he's going to start sending money to cash-starved state parties.
Theorist/journalist Chuck Todd celebrates a birthday, along with Leader DeLay and Kofi Annan.
Tomorrow, Dean has grits with Arkansas Democrats at a fundraiser. Sen. Hillary Clinton keynotes the Minnesota Democratic Party's Hubert Humphrey Day Dinner. Karl Rove keynotes the Rock and Walworth county Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner in Lake Geneva, WI. Former Sen. John Edwards keynotes the Liston B. Ramsey Spring Gala in Asheville, NC. Thune flies cross country to South Carolina for the state GOP's Silver Elephant dinner in Columbia.
On Sunday, Sen. John Kerry headlines a fundraiser for Rep, Marty Meehan in Lowell, MA.
On "This Week," George Stephanopoulos interviews Sen. Rick Santorum (Rome, judges, Schiavo), Sen. Chris Dodd (Rome, Schumer, Clinton), and the new president of Iraq, Jalal Talabani.
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The Washington Post's Peter Baker tries to get to the bottom of the question of why former President Jimmy Carter, the only president ever to host a Pope at the White House, was not part of the U.S. delegation to his funeral. Both sides agree he was invited and that he ultimately bowed out, Baker writes, but the degree to which he was welcome remains in question -- and there remains to some outsiders at least a fuzziness. LINK
"The current tiff began over the weekend even before John Paul died, when [White House Chief of Staff Andy] Card first called Carter to ask if he would want to go to the funeral with the president, according to several accounts. Carter accepted. None of the other former presidents was going at that point. Gerald R. Ford has grown too weak to travel extensively, Clinton was recovering from recent surgery, and George H.W. Bush did not plan to accompany his son."
"Clinton, though, met with his doctor Tuesday and got clearance to go. George H.W. Bush, who has been working with Clinton on tsunami relief efforts in Asia, decided to go too."
"Accounts diverge at this point. According to one, Carter withdrew when told no other former president was going, and then Card called back and reported that the senior Bush was going and asked if Carter wanted to reconsider. Carter considered that a father-son pairing and declined, in this version."