The Note: Keep You Safer

"It is the second time in recent weeks that Republicans have blamed an embarrassing international development on former President Clinton. The GOP enraged him recently by suggesting he booted the chance to kill or capture terror czar Osama Bin Laden, who is still at large," writes the New York Daily News' Lucadamo. LINK

"Sens. McCain and Clinton, possible presidential opponents in 2008, have avoided attacking each other directly -- until now."

Politics of North Korea:

"At first blush, a nuclear test by North Korea is just the kind of development that would ordinarily work well for Republicans late in a campaign: a potential national security threat that highlights the dangers facing the United States and spotlights the president's role as commander in chief. But with polls showing deep dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq, candidates and strategists in both parties said the news from North Korea could cut both ways," writes Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the New York Times in her look at the political fallout from the North Korea incident, including reaction from Senate candidates Claire McCaskill and Mike McGavick and 2008 presidential hopefuls John McCain and Hillary McCain. LINK

More Stolberg: "Republicans say that any time national security is front and center, it is good news for them. They are hoping the test will push the Mark Foley sex scandal off the front pages and the cable news programs, although Mr. Foley's case was all over television again on Tuesday."

Former President Jimmy Carter takes to the New York Times op-ed page and writes it may be time to send in James Baker for some secret direct talks with the North Koreans. LINK

The Way to Win:

Mark Halperin and John F. Harris will be at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC tonight at 7 pm ET signing copies of The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008. LINK

If you can't make it there, you can buy your own copy here. LINK

And if you missed the authors on C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning, you can watch the replay here by midday. LINK

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