The Note: The Deck's Stacked

The Morning News reports that Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) will not let Sen. McCain's decision to start an exploratory committee influence his own decision as to when announce any definite plans for a presidential run. LINK

On talk radio, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) threw out any aspirations in 2008 -- he is absolutely, positively not running. LINK

The AP's write up of Hillary Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson's comments urging the Democratic Party to be open to anti-abortion rights candidates makes it into the New York Post under the headline, "HILL'S GUY IN PRO-LIFE PUSH." LINK

Sen. Dodd's (D-CT) speech at Howard University gets the attention of his home state Hartford Courant as an attempt to court African-Americans, which the Courant describes as a group that "could be a crucial constituency for Dodd if he runs for president." LINK

Former Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) still has many clamoring for him to rejoin the presidential '08 race, Notes the Roanoke Times. LINK

The Los Angeles Times looks at the push in California and Florida for earlier primaries, which if successful could completely shakeup the presidential nomination process. LINK

Attention Democratic '08ers and advisers: The Iowa Democratic Party is looking for a political director.

2008: Senate:

The New Hampshire Union Leader on Gov. John Lynch (D-NH) having "no plans" to run for the U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Sen. John Sununu in 2008. LINK

Outstanding House races:

The Cleveland Plain Dealer Notes that trailing Ohio Democrats, like congressional candidate Mary Jo Kilroy, hold out hope that uncounted absentee and provisional ballots will give them an edge in their races. LINK

Provisional ballots will begin to be counted on Monday in Ohio's 2nd congressional district race between Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) and her Democratic challenger Victoria Wulsin, Notes the Cincinnati Enquirer. LINK

Political potpourri:

The Houston Chronicle reports that interim Rep. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs (R-TX) is demanding a congressional investigation of (former DeLay) aides who quit abruptly earlier this week. LINK

Florida officials have opened an investigation into the sexually explicit messages that former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) sent to congressional pages. LINK

Intern for the ABC News Political Unit:

The ABC News Political Unit is now seeking full-time interns for the spring semester. There are a few requirements you should know about before applying for the internship.

— You must be either a graduate student or junior or senior in college.

— You must be able to work long days, starting early, Monday through Friday.

— If your school gives credit for internships, you must receive credit.

— The internship begins Jan. 8 and runs into May.

Not only will you get to write for The Note, but ABC News Political Unit interns also are afforded the opportunity to help manage ABC's Political Radar, cover political events around town, and conduct research used by ABC News broadcasts.

If you write well, don't mind getting up early, and have some familiarity with web publishing, send a cover letter and resume to politicalunit@abcnews.com, with the subject line: "INTERN" in all caps.

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