The Note: Totally Machiavellian and Self-Loathing

At 1:30 pm ET, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff speaks to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council at the National Press Club. Chertoff meets with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (complete with photo op) at 2:30 pm ET.

At 2:45 pm ET, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) holds a press conference with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and other groups on the filibuster rule.

At 3:00 pm ET, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Reps. Ike Skelton (D-MO) and Lane Evans (D-IL) and retired Gen. Wesley Clark announce the House Democrats' GI Bill of Rights for the 21st Century.

At 11:30 am ET, Rev. Al Sharpton will hold a press conference in front of the New York Post to protest today's story alleging he was taped by the FBI taking cash from fundraisers.

At 1:00 pm ET, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich joins Reps. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Vern Ehlers (R-MI), and George Mason University President Alan Merten, for a press conference to announce introduction of legislation to forgive interest on undergraduate student loans for math, science and engineering majors who agree to work five years in their field upon graduation.

At 9:00 am ET, Republican pollster Whit Ayres and Democratic pollster Mark Mellman held a pen-and pad briefing at the National Press Club to discuss recent polling on overhauling Social Security and other issues.

Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) are among those who will attend a luncheon honoring the late Rep. Robert Matsui (D-CA) at 11:30 am ET.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) keynotes the American Society of Newspaper Editors convention at 2:30 pm ET.

At 10:00 am ET, CureParalysisNow.org holds a rally to urge the NIH and other federal agencies to make spinal cord injury research a bigger priority. Among those participating: Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Dana Reeve.

At 4:00 pm ET, we'll wish we were at Harvard for the Institute of Politics study group, "Defending the Public Servant- In the Legal Process," where 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.

Gene Sperling fleshes out a progressive perspective on Social Security at Georgetown University at 5:30 pm ET.

It's day two of the 2005 spring meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund.

Set your TiVOs or get home early -- PBS's "Frontline" airs "Karl Rove -- the Architect" tonight at 9:00 pm ET (check your local listings).

The program is a collaboration between Frontline and the Washington Post, looking at "the political history and modus operandi of the man who has been on the inside of every political and policy decision of the Bush administration" and aims to secure a permanent Republican majority. LINK

We like the USA Today TV grid description: "Karl Rove advises President George W. Bush on political issues."

The New York Times' ace reviewer/arbiter of taste Virginia Heffernan doesn't much like the show, however. LINK

Other reviews are also mostly negative, too: LINK

Producer Mike Kirk will take questions Wednesday on washingtonpost.com, so save 'em up and write 'em down. LINK

USA Today leads the paper touting today's AARP study on prescription drug costs. LINK

The numbers are already being challenged.

Bush agenda:

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