The Note: Reasoning Adroitly and Speciously . . .

While stumping for Rep. Mike Sodrel (R-IN), Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) said: "'I'm not happy with how this is going in Iraq,' he said. But he added that Democrats would have a cut-and-run strategy that would embolden 'Islamic fascists.'" LINK

"Pataki: The Fall of a 'Rising Star'," reads the headline above New York Post op-ed contributor Stephen Slivinski's look at Gov. Pataki's fiscal record in Albany. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The Wall Street Journal's Alan Murray argues that "antitrade, antiglobalization, anti-immigration" may be just the kind of economic platform a Democratic presidential candidate needs to succeed in 2008.

Vice President Cheney continued to espouse White House talking points yesterday suggesting that Sen. Hillary Clinton would be a formidable presidential candidate. The New York Post's Geoff Earle takes a look. LINK

The New York Daily News on the same: LINK

New York Daily News columnist Michael Goodwin writes that from John Spencer and Karl Rove to Barack Obama and John Kerry and Al Gore, the 2008 presidential contest is "all about Hillary." LINK

"I've earned every one of these lines and wrinkles - and I'm going to keep them," said Sen. Clinton per the New York Daily News as the tabloid continues to squeeze every last drop out of the plastic surgery story. LINK

Choire Sicha of the New York Observer chronicles Sen. Clinton's week fighting opponent John Spencer (R-NY), including the diversion of attention when Sen. Obama said he'd consider a presidential run in 2008. LINK

New York Observer's John Koblin Notes a strain of "Clinton fatigue" among some Democratic donors, suggesting former President Bill Clinton has been overdoing it with fundraisers in the last two months. LINK

Steve Kornacki of the New York Observer uses his "Wise Guys" column to analyze the political celebrity and ascension of Sen. Obama. LINK

Elana Schor of The Hill reports that support for Sen. Joe Biden's (D-DE) plan to divide Iraq into three sovereign regions gives "his nascent presidential bid for 2008 an infusion of political capital." LINK

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) has enlisted Sen. Obama to email the John Kerry e-mail list. While in Nashua, NH, yesterday, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) criticized President Bush's coddling of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Kevin Landrigan of the Nashua Telegraph has more. LINK

Foley: Hastert testifies:

"On this day, two weeks before Election Day, Mr. Hastert had planned to be hopscotching from district to district across America, working to preserve Republican control in the House and protect his own seat of power. Instead, he made his way from the speaker's suite to a dim corridor in the basement of the Capitol where the committee was meeting behind closed doors," writes Jeff Zeleny of Speaker Hastert's ethics committee testimony. LINK

Zeleny reports Hastert is heading out west to hit the campaign trail.

Los Angeles Times: LINK

Chicago Tribune: LINK

The AP on how the Foley scandal is limiting Speaker Hastert's ability to help GOP candidates. LINK

Harman:

The FBI confirms that a probe into whether or not Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) improperly enlisted a pro-Israel lobbying group was made, but no wrongdoing was found, reports Dan Egan of the Washington Post. LINK

Casting and counting:

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