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Bloomberg's Roger Simon writes that the plans of both Sen. Bayh and Sen. Clinton "stand in stark contrast" to Edwards who is "championing the poor and has proposed eliminating poverty in America in 30 years." Mark Z. Barabak of the Los Angeles Times calls the "American Dream Initiative," "another installment in the party's search for itself." Keying off an interview with Robert Borosage of the liberal Campaign for America's Future, the Washington Post's Dan Balz writes that "initial reviews from other Democrats suggested that" Sen. Clinton had succeeded at creating a "unified message for the Democrats." LINK

USA Today's Chuck Raasch has CAF's Toby Chaudhuri saying the DLC's proposals are "modest attempts by a 'timid' DLC to break out of a 'duck and cover' strategy against the GOP." The Boston Globe's Rick Klein points out that while the DLC's agenda is filled with ideas that most Democrats agree on, the initiative is "notably (sic) silent on what could be the overarching issue of the 2006 elections: the Iraq war." "Clearly the superstar of the event, the former first lady was greeted with a standing ovation from about 375 local and state Democratic officials from 42 states," writes the Denver Post's Karen Crummy, Noting the similarities between Sen. Clinton's husband's ascension from the DLC to the Oval Office and her hopes to do the same, right down to her paraphrased line "It's the American Dream, stupid." Per the New York Sun's Josh Gerstein: "The local officials and others in attendance gave Mrs. Clinton an enthusiastic reception. However, it was less frenzied than the one she received a year ago at a similar DLC gathering in Ohio." The Rocky Mountain News writes that Sen. Clinton "sounded like a candidate for president." LINK

Per the Denver Post's Merritt, Denver Mayor John Hicklenlooper is hoping the DLC enjoyed Denver so much that it'll bring the entire party back to the city for the 2008 convention. Stem cell politics:

ABC News' Jake Tapper analyzes White House press secretary Tony Snow's "curious two-step" yesterday, in which he apologized for his use of the word "murder" but replaced it with a similar phrase in his efforts to commend President Bush for his record of funding embryonic stem-cell research. LINK

Peter Baker of the Washington Post on the same. LINK

Judi Rudoren of the New York Times looks at some of the unintended consequences and political maneuverings that have occurred surrounding the embryonic stem cell research issue since President Bush issued his veto. LINK

(In many editions of the paper, the Times seems to declare the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Florida to be over.)

The New Republic's Noam Schreiber writes that Democrats could be waiting a long time for stem cells to become as prominent an issue for the party as same-sex marriage is for the GOP, though "That's not to say the stem-cell issue won't ever help Democrats win elections" namely the tight Senate race between incumbent Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) and opponent Claire McCaskill.


At the DLC in Denver, the New York Sun's Josh Gerstein finds intrigue, but no support for a potential presidential run by Mayor Bloomberg in 2008. LINK

(We'd imagine Con Edison boss Kevin Burke is ready to work for Bloomberg 2008, though!)

(And we'd imagine that Kevin Sheekey is braced for a round of "Is Queens the Mayor's Big Dig?" stories.)

2008: Republicans:

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