The Note

The Los Angeles Times' Nick Anderson and Eric Slater write up General Clark's "rite of passage" appearance on "Meet the Press." LINK

As does James Gordon Meek of the New York Daily News. Meek reports that Clark said he thinks the United States should give up direct control of Iraq and transfer the authority of governing to the Iraqi people. LINK

The Boston Globe 's Carol Beggy and Mark Shanahan write in their celebrity news column:

"Strategizing over brunch yesterday at the trendy South End bistro Aquitaine, some high-profile supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark made fund-raising plans for the retired Army general. The klatch included Alan Hassenfeld, CEO of toy giant Hasbro, Massachusetts General Hospital neuro-oncologist Dr. Fred Hochberg, entrepreneur/philanthropist Sharyn Fireman, and Boston filmmaker Joanna Datillo. Really, with friends like these, who needs fund-raisers? According to Dow Jones Newswires, Hassenfeld last year earned a salary of $1 million and a bonus of $915,000." LINK

Matt, help! General Clark corrects himself after saying his wife didn't work, reports the New York Times .LINK

Iowa Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson Dinner:

The contendas were in the house, writes the New York Times ' Adam Nagourney, but Senator Hillary Clinton was the star of Saturday night's Jefferson Jackson dinner. LINK

The Democrats hoping to get just a little attention at the JJ dinner returned to the theme that action, not anger, is what wins elections, write Ron Brownstein and Mark Z. Barabak.LINK

As Democratic hopefuls continued to decry the Bush "leadership crisis" in Iowa this weekend, the real question remains whether any of them can be a viable Dean alternative, report Zeleny and Pearson of the Chicago Tribune. LINK

The Des Moines Register 's Tom Beaumont spent more time focusing on the candidates who spoke at Saturday's JJ dinner than on Senator Clinton, Noting that Gov. Dean shouted "You've got the power!" a dozen times. We counted 14 — the indoor record. LINK

The Des Moines Register 's Lynn Okamoto calls Clinton the star of Saturday's show. LINK

And columnist Rob Borsellino says Clinton did it all "with style and authority" on Saturday night, but that she sucked up all the oxygen in the room. LINK

New York Post 's Vincent Morris on Clinton allegedly upstaging everyone at the JJ. LINK

Newsweek's Howard Fineman reports that Senator Clinton would consider entering the race next summer if no Democratic candidate has amassed the required number of delegates. LINK

The Washington Post 's Mark Leibovich goes deep inside the Hillary camps and finds that the two draft Hillary movements "love her, but hate each other." LINK

Hillary Clinton compared Saturday night's JJ Dinner to a World Wrestling Entertainment smackdown. LINK

Lynn Sweet reports that Senator Clinton has replaced her husband as the Democrats' most effective money machine. LINK

Sweet follows up with a discussion on why purses tend to be tighter than wallets when it comes to women's campaign contributions. LINK

House of Labor:

Jonathan Alter questions the CW that labor is a dying animal. LINK

The Boston Globe 's Mary Leonard profiles the AFL-CIO's Karen Ackerman. LINK


The Boston Globe 's Anne Kornblut Notes the continuation of fellow Democrats' criticism that Howard Dean is all negativity and no vision. LINK

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