The Note: Mistaking Obstructionism for Progress

At 3:00 pm ET, the Senate will begin considering the Iraq-Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations bill. At 5:00 pm ET, it begins considering the nomination of Paul A. Crotty to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

The House is not in session today.

At 11:00 am ET, former President Bill Clinton holds a news conference announcing that his foundation will be helping to expand HIV/AIDS care and treatment to children and people living in rural areas in the developing world. He's joined at the event at his Harlem office by Dr. Paul Farmer, founding director of Partners in Health; Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations; Stephen Lewis, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, and Peter McDermott, Chief of HIV/AIDS at UNICEF.

At 10:30 am ET, the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People holds a news conference to announce the group's "Save our Social Security" Initiative. Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors; Dennis Hayes, NAACP interim president and CEO; and Brandon Neal, national director of NAACP Youth and College Division, deliver remarks.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is the luncheon speaker today at the Detroit Economic Club.

At 3:00 pm ET, E.J. Dionne hosts a forum at the Brookings Institution to discuss a study by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, on youth, religion, and civic engagement.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) serves as special guest speaker at a Virginians for Jerry Kilgore fundraiser, Richmond, VA.

Today is the primary filing deadline in New Jersey.

The United Steelworkers of America convention starts today -- and lasts until Thursday -- in Las Vegas, NV.

Tomorrow, RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman hits Colorado to speak at the Douglas County Lincoln Day dinner.

Republican pollster Whit Ayres and Democratic pollster Mark Mellman hold a pen-and-pad briefing on recent polling on Social Security and other issues at the National Press Club.

Maggie Williams, former chief of staff, the Clinton Foundation and chief of staff to first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and former Clinton counsel David Kendall, will speak at the Harvard Institute of Politics on "Defending the Public Servant -- In the Legal Process."

On Wednesday, former Sen. John Edwards heads to Harvard's Institute of Politics as a visiting fellow, delivering an evening speech on "Restoring the American Dream." He heads to New York on Thursday to deliver a speech at the New School University.

Also on Thursday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at Silverton Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Friday is the FY06 budget resolution statutory deadline.

Also on Friday, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card keynotes Lincoln-Reagan day dinner in Burlington, VT.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean speaks at a breakfast for Access Now for Gay & Lesbian Equality, Los Angeles, CA.

Quarterly campaign finance reports are due for federal candidates.

It's the primary filing deadline in Virginia.

And Friday's tax day!

The National Rifle Association opens its annual meeting in Houston, TX, on Friday. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay keynotes the banquet Saturday night.

On Saturday, DNC Chairman Gov. Howard Dean is the special guest at the California Democratic Party's annual state convention dinner, Los Angeles, CA.

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