The Note: A Bee to a Crying Face

That theme continues at 2:30 pm ET, when Pelosi and the House Democratic caucus join Sen. Reid and the Senate Democratic caucus on the Senate steps to show a united front against what they call the Republican power grab, and to make their case that they're fighting for the American people.

House Republicans also meet for their closed party conference at 9:00 am ET. Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Whip Roy Blunt, Republican Conference chair Deborah Pryce, and Rep. Kay Granger will talk about economic policy afterward.

At the White House, President Bush meets with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif in the Oval Office at 10:30 am ET. Nazif delivers a speech on politics and economics at the Council on Foreign Relations at 12:30 pm ET.

The President participates in the swearing-in ceremony of John Negroponte as Director of National Intelligence and Michael Hayden as Deputy Director of National Intelligence at 1:15 pm ET. He delivers remarks at the International Republican Institute Dinner in Washington, DC at 7:00 pm ET.

The White House has announced that First Lady Laura Bush heads to the Middle East this weekend, arriving in Israel on Sunday.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will visit the White House on May 26.

Los Angeles Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa will hold a 12:30 pm ET press conference at the L.A. Urban League Automotive Training Center to "discuss the election results and reiterate his vision for Los Angeles," according to a schedule published by his campaign.

Defeated Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn will hold a 3:00 pm ET press conference at his campaign headquarters.

The third day of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) forum opens at 9:30 am ET. Testifying: Francis Harvey, Secretary of the Army; Gen. Peter Schoomaker, Army chief of staff, and other Army officials. The afternoon session starts at 1:30 pm ET.

At 8:30 am ET, the Senate Judiciary Committee opened its hearing to examine issues relating to protecting judges at home and in the courthouse. United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois Joan Lefkow, accompanied by her four daughters and two staff members, will discuss the murder of her mother and husband by a plaintiff in a civil malpractice suit which she dismissed. Others testifying: Jane Roth, United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit; Benigno Reyna, director of the United States Marshals Service; Kim Widup, United States Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois; and Samuel Alba, chief United States Magistrate Judge in Salt Lake City, UT.

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer speaks at the Center for American Progress at 10:30 am ET.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds a telephone briefing to discuss retirement-related tax proposals that may be part of Rep. Bill Thomas' Social Security package at 2:15 pm ET.

The House Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee holds a hearing at 10:00 am ET on the Drug Free Sports Act with an impressive lineup of witnesses, including MLB commissioner Bud Selig; Don Fehr, the executive director of the MLB Players Association; NBA commissioner David Stern; Billy Hunter, the executive director of the NBA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman; Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber; and Olympian gold medal distance runner Frank Shorter, former chairman of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, testify.

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