The Note: Totally Machiavellian and Self-Loathing

WASHINGTON, April 12

NEWS SUMMARY

The Boston Globe says the Bushes are the family Bill Clinton never had.

Bill Clinton says Arthur Finkelstein is "totally Machiavellian" and/or or self-loathing.

Arthur Finkelstein says "I do" and "I will" (about Hillary Clinton).

Hillary Clinton says she won't -- endorse Mike Bloomberg.

Mike Bloomberg says "thank goodness" for his four Democratic opponents, including Freddy Ferrer.

Freddy Ferrer says "Al Sharpton, whatever."

Al Sharpton says he is more innocent than Tom DeLay.

Tom DeLay says that this isn't the USA Today cover story he had in mind when he came to Washington.

Washington says that Tom DeLay's days are numbered, but is Washington looking at the facts and the fairness, the conference and the constituencies?

Far from Washington (Note: our corniest transitional sentence of the week is in progress), President Bush delivers remarks on the war on terror at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX, at 11:20 am ET, then has lunch with the troops at 12:30 pm ET before heading back to Washington, DC in the afternoon.

First Lady Laura Bush reads "The Enormous Egg" to children at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC at 1:30 pm ET in celebration of National Library Week. And the adorable Miss Beazley, who got her name from said book, will join! Photo op city.

Former President Bill Clinton, live with Dr. Paul Farmer on "Today" today, discussed his foundation's work on behalf of children with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda. The Clinton Foundation's HIV/AIDS Initiative is pledging $10 million to get medicine to 10,000 children in at least 10 countries by the end of the year. LINK

Asked what he thinks about a possible (Sen. Hillary) Clinton presidential run in 2008, he said she still has a lot of work to do for New York and to think about getting re-elected to the Senate before she can consider anything else.

"That's a bridge she has to cross, and she hasn't told me whether she's going to do it or not, and I don't know if she knows yet," Clinton said. " . . . I want her to do what she wants to do."

We're also glad to hear he's feeling so well.

The House meets for morning business at 12:30 pm ET, and for legislative business at 2:00 pm ET. No votes are expected before 6:30 pm ET.

Senate Republicans and Democrats meet for their respective weekly party caucuses at 12:30 pm ET.

At 10:00 am ET, the Senate Select Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of John Negroponte to be Director of National Intelligence.

Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) hosts his monthly radio show, "Ask the Governor," on WTOP at 10:00 am ET.

At noon ET, Senate Republican Conference Chairman Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) and Pete Domenici (R-NM), and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao hold a news conference to unveil the Senate Republican Jobs Agenda.

Also at noon ET, Reps. Christopher Cox and Bennie Thompson hold a media preview for the First Responder bill and the upcoming hearing.

Supreme Court Associate Justices Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy testify about FY2006 appropriations for the Supreme Court before the House Appropriations Committee's subpanel on Transportation, Treasury, HUD, the judiciary, and the District of Columbia at 1:00 pm ET.

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