The Note: Signs of Relief

The Milford Daily News' Steve LeBlanc writes up Gov. Romney's recent Charlie Rose appearance in which he said he would be willing to talk about his Mormon faith in broad terms while on the presidential campaign trail. Romney then added, "'But then as you get into the details of doctrines, I'd probably say, 'Look, time out.'" LINK

The Washington Post's Libby Copeland turns in a must-read on Sen. Sam Brownback's (R-KS) "higher calling." LINK

It's all in there: the Catholic conversion, the apology to Sen. Clinton for "having despised her and her husband," the washing of the feet of a departing staffer, and the effort not to judge people.

The Washington Times' Greg Pierce writes up Rep. Tom Tancredo's (R- CO) presidential straw poll victory (with 18 percent of 325 votes) in Macomb County, MI. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The New York Times and New York Post on former Gov. Mark Warner's comments to NY1 possibly questioning whether Sen. Hillary Clinton has "widespread enough appeal to prevail in a national race." LINK and LINK

(Ellen Qualls is quickly becoming a huge fan of the New York political press corps.)

Maureen Groppe of the Indianapolis Star reports on Sen. Evan Bayh's (D-IN) opposition to the marriage amendment in the Senate despite his belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman. LINK

Casting and counting:

The New York Times ed board castigates Ohio Secretary of State (and Republican gubernatorial hopeful) Kenneth Blackwell for his "draconian" new rules about voter registration drives. LINK

DeLay:

In an interview with USA Today, outgoing Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) "criticized his Republican colleagues for 'panic, depression and woe-is-me-ism,' and predicted they will lose control in November 'if they continue the attitude they have right now.'" LINK and LINK

Keying off a new disclosure, the Washington Post's R. Jeffrey Smith reports that the DeLay family's ties with lobbyist Edwin Buckham exceed $490,000. LINK

Politics:

The Washington Post on Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht's denial that he violated the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct by giving more than 120 media interviews about Harriet Miers. LINK

David Wedge of the Boston Herald reports that Rhode Island Republicans are receiving hate mail from supporters of Rep. Patrick Kennedy who are angry with GOP calls for the Democrat to step down from office. LINK

Other Wednesday schedule items:

At noon ET, the Democratic Leadership Council hosts Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, partners at American Environics, and co-directors of the Breakthrough Institute, to discuss their research into social values trends "that underlie today's conservative majority. Their research reveals the complex and surprising ways in which both economic prosperity and insecurity shape values, beliefs, and worldviews."

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan testifies on oil dependence and economic risk before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at 9:00 am ET.

On this day after Bill Weld dropped out of the race, New York State Democratic Chairman Denny Farrell plans to "preview the case against GOP gubernatorial candidate John Faso" at 11:00 am ET in Albany, NY.

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