The Note: Mature and Incurably Green

On "Good Morning America," ABC News' George Stephanopoulos said President Bush displayed "a mixture of conciliation and threat" with regard to North Korea.

As for the President's outlook on the electoral landscape, Stephanopoulos described the President's perspective as a bit of "forced optimism."

The Washington Post: LINK

Politics of Iraq:

Adam Nagourney and Jim Rutenberg turn in a must-read story in the New York Times looking at how Democrats are embracing the unpopular Iraq war as an election issue and how Republicans have stepped away from the Rove strategy of turning a weakness into a strength by wrapping themselves around the President's Iraq strategy. LINK

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-DSCC) plans to hold a 1:00 pm ET press conference call pegged to this story. See the Schumer quotes for a sense of what the call will sound like.

"One-Day Iraq Toll Is Highest for U.S. In Many Months," blares the front page of the Washington Post. LINK

"'Dramatic change of direction' coming for Iraq: 'Plan Bs' include partition, overthrow of government," blares the front page Washington Times story by Sharon Behn. LINK

2006: landscape:

The Hotline's Chuck Todd wisely explains why this election cycle is similar to 1994 and why it is not. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Janet Hook explores how the 2006 campaign battlefield is expanding and all on Republican turf. Hook Notes that the AFL-CIO is directing some of its $40 million GOTV effort to Tennessee and Virginia, with the Senate, perhaps, more in play than previously thought. LINK

Under a "Conservative voters likely to stay home" headline on the front page of the Washington Times, Ralph Z. Hallow has conservative campaign consultant Rick Shaftan saying: "'The Republican leadership spent $1 million on helping Chafee, and then it wonders why conservatives don't think they're wanted in this party,' Mr. Shaftan said. 'They think the leadership wants them to come out every year, shine your shoes, then go sit in the back of the bus, take their Bibles and read them and shut up.'" LINK

In a story about the DNC borrowing $5 million to $10 million to target more House and Senate races, the Washington Times' Donald Lambro quotes the Rothenberg Political Report saying "we are increasing our target range of likely Democratic gains to 18-25 [House] seats, and we cannot completely rule out the possibility of a tidal wave that could produce a Democratic gain well above that." LINK

Ian Bishop of the New York Post reports on more cash being squeezed from the DNC after prodding by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). LINK

Michael Kranish of the Boston Globe reports on the calls -- from the likes of wardrobe adviser Paul Begala -- for the DCCC to take out a loan and fund an expanded field of congressional candidates in an attempt to ride a potential wave to large gains. LINK

The Washington Post's Peter Slevin reports that nine former Kansas Republicans will be on the November ballot as Democrats in a state that voted "nearly 2 to 1 for President Bush." LINK

Susan Page of USA Today has a comprehensive look at television ad campaigns across the country and how influential they remain in the world of modern campaign messaging. LINK

The Way to Win:

The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008 is being widely read and widely commented on.

Buy your copy of the fresh Random House book about American politics by Mark Halperin of ABC News and John F. Harris of the Washington Post here. LINK

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