"Yet persistent public discontent with the war has clearly strengthened the position of Democrats who urge more confrontation."
USA Today's Jill Lawrence uses DeLay's upcoming race in small-town Texas to look at the larger issues facing Republicans. LINK
As per the AP: Republican Rep. Jim Nussle -- fully aware that federal spending cuts he is backing in 2005 could trip him up in the 2006 Iowa governor's race -- wasted no time in clarifying that these are just teensy-weensy entitlement program trims. LINK
The Sioux City Journal's Charlotte Eby reports that five out of six Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidates agree that the state's current embryonic stem cell law stifles medical research, and thus support its repeal. LINK
Former Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham has started the Abraham Group, an energy consulting shop while former Congressman Jim Rogan, a former House manager in the impeachment of President Clinton, has landed at Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds in Orange County, the Washington Post's Judy Sarasohn reports. LINK
The New York Times has full details of Wednesday's royal dinner at the White House, right down to the taffeta leaves on the First Lady's dress. LINK
Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times reports the House voted against a measure last night to allow blogs to be exempt from FEC regulations. Look for new rules to govern their behavior probably in time for the 2006 elections. LINK
The Boston Globe's Rick Klein covers similar ground. LINK