The Note: Over the Line

But/and Ian Bishop of the New York Post leads his write up of the President's Fox News appearance with Bush's rejection of the idea that Mrs. Bush may run for president. LINK

The full transcript: LINK

Today . . .

President Bush heads to Columbus, OH, to talk about the USA Patriot Act at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy at 11:05 am ET.

First Lady Laura Bush delivers remarks at the 2005 national Big Brothers Big Sisters conference at 9:00 am ET in Washington, DC.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with Mohamed ElBaradei, director of International Atomic Energy Agency, at 11:15 am ET. ElBaradei meets with Energy Secretary Sam Bodman at 2:00 pm ET.

The Senate convenes at 9:30 am ET to resume consideration of the nomination of William Pryor to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. A vote is expected at 4:00 pm ET.

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan testifies before the Joint Economic Committee at 10:00 am ET.

Gov. Dean is just all over the Hill today -- first with a 10:45 am ET media availability with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Whip Dick Durbin to talk about the Democratic agenda. Then he's the featured guest at the Democratic Policy Committee's lunch -- with a photo op at noon ET. Will there be a behind-closed-doors mea culpa, or will it be a "Democrats need to be Democrats" pep talk? Again: place your bets.

At 9:30 am ET, the House Budget Committee looks at the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation and whether taxpayers will end up having to pay for unfunded pension liabilities. David Walker, comptroller general at the Government Accountability Office and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of the Congressional Budget Office, testify.

Georgetown University sponsors a conference on bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases at the Library of Congress. Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Rep. Christopher Cox (R-CA), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, speak during the first session starting at 9:15 am ET. Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Richard Burr (R-NC) speak during the third session, beginning at 11:45 am ET, on preparing for the inevitable in terms of security and health issues.

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman talks about CAFTA to the Hispanic Alliance for Free Trade at 9:30 am ET.

Sens. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Arlen Specter (R-PA), and John Cornyn (R-TX) hold an 11:00 am ET presser to talk about legal reform.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds her regular news conference at 10:45 am ET.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Rep. Vin Weber (R-MN), and Council on Foreign Relations fellow Steven Cook hold an on-the-record discussion at the council on democratic reform in the Arab world at 9:00 am ET.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) addresses the Greater Des Moines Partnership on the Hill at 12:30 pm ET. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been invited to announce the World Food Prize laureate at the State Dept. on Friday.

At 5:30 pm ET, RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman holds a "Conversations with the Community" meeting with Jewish business and community leaders in Pittsburgh, PA.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun arrives at 6:00 pm ET.

Bush agenda:

When the President touches down in the Buckeye State today, he will be greeted by headlines about the continued troubles at the state's Bureau of Workers' Compensation. LINK

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