The Note: By Their Leaders We Shall Know Them

Robin Wright of the Washington Post -- buried on A16 -- says the Bush Administration is doing its own review of Iraq policy parallel to the ISG. LINK

ISG met with 42 and Associates, per the New York Times. LINK

The New York Times says troop withdrawal from Iraq wouldn't be so easy. LINK

The Washington Times on the lack of consensus among Democrats over Iraq. LINK


The New York Times explains a bit more about the logic of Rudy Giuliani's New York filing. LINK

The AP examines the provisions of election law which allow White House hopefuls to test the waters. LINK

The New York Daily News wonders if Rudy Giuliani can ride his post 9/11 star power all the way to the GOP nomination. LINK

National political advisers are soon on their way to Team Giuliani, tells one aide to the New York Daily News. LINK

The New York Post and New York Daily News have the latest Quinnipiac University poll numbers showing New Yorkers' love for their mayor as mayor -- not so much as president. LINK and LINK

Note prediction: Kevin Sheekey has already hired two teams of pollsters to analyze (read: "undermine") the findings.

Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) said Tuesday "he's not running for anything 'yet,' but he wouldn't say whether he would form a presidential exploratory committee, as fellow New Yorker Rudy Giuliani did this week," the Associated Press reports. LINK

Asked if he would like to announce anything while appearing Tuesday on Jon Stewart's "Daily Show," John Edwards said: "I actually do have an announcement, just between us. If people go to my website,, in the next few weeks, they may see something new and exciting."

Dick Morris is still betting on FFLOTUS becoming POTUS in 2008. LINK

The Chicago Tribune on Sen. Obama's plans to speak at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA at the invitation of Rick Warren, "evangelical icon and author of the popular Christian book 'The Purpose-Driven Life.'" LINK

The Nation on why Sen. Russ Feingold decided not to run. LINK has excerpts from John Edwards' new book: LINK


The Hill looks at the showdown for Minority Whip between Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), as it will be decided today. LINK

The empowered Sen. Chuck Schumer, the sidelined John Kerry, and the strength of Sen. Clinton's "team" all get some play in the New York Post's round-up on the Senate Democratic leadership. LINK

Harry Reid, populist, in an interview with the Washington Post. LINK

The bicameral, bipartisan leadership elections: New York Times LINK and the

Washington Post LINK

CQ has "a senior Democrat" saying of Pelosi and Murtha: "If they turn her down on this -- this is huge." LINK

Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post op-ed page declares Murtha unfit for leadership. LINK

Norm Ornstein writes in Roll Call that choosing Murtha is not the right way to start "the most ethical Congress."

On Roll Call's news page, Murtha accuses Hoyer's allies of spreading allegations that he was corrupt while Murtha tries to tie Hoyer to President Bush's policy on Iraq.

The New York Observer sees Pelosi's support for Murtha as rather tepid. LINK

The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Rep. John Boehner's (R-OH) leadership run. LINK

Bloomberg News on the Free Congress Foundation, the American Conservative Union, and the Club for Growth backing Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) over Boehner to be the House Republican leader. LINK

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