The Note: Help Wanted

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Pentagon is "preparing an emergency spending proposal that could be larger and broader than any since the Sept.11 attacks, covering not only the war in Iraq and Afghanistan but extending to other military operations connected to the Bush administration's war on terrorism." LINK

In a must-read, the Washington Post's Michael Shear on the cold alleged exchange that Senator-elect Jim Webb (D-VA) and President Bush recently had about Webb's "boy" who is serving in Iraq. LINK

Peter Baker of the Washington Post manages to cite a Random House unabridged dictionary definition of civil war (a war between political factions or regions within the same country) in his story looking at the war of words over what to call the conflict in Iraq. LINK

2008:

Richard Collins, a wealthy Texas businessman heading up the anti-Hillary Clinton 527 "Stop Her Now," (and a "close personal friend" of Arthur Finkelstein) not only is the biggest donor to the 527, but is also a big contributor to Rudy Giuliani's Solutions America PAC. The New York Times' Ray Hernandez has the details.LINK

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The New York Daily News' McAuliff writes that Collins concedes his direct mail pieces will be "considerably harsher" on Sen. Clinton than the "Stop Her Now" web site. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Two former chairmen of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, Columbia's R. Glenn Hubbard and AEI's N. Gregory Mankiw, have joined Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-MA) economic brain trust, report the Washington Post's Dan Balz and Zachary Goldfarb. LINK

According to two sources with direct knowledge of the proposed deal, the Boston Globe's Scott Helman reports that Gov. Romney is planning to run his campaign from a three-story waterfront building at the edge of Boston's North End. LINK

The Globe reports that "Romney's decision to base his campaign in Boston would end speculation that" he "was looking to put his headquarters in his native Michigan, a more politically moderate state where his father was a three-term governor."

Kimberly Atkins of the Boston Herald on Romney ending his RGA term: LINK

Laura Hipp of the Clarion Ledger reports that while courting conservatives in the Bible Belt, Gov. Romney said he was "keeping the option open" to run in 2008 "and that's not a passive thing." LINK

In a column looking at whether this is Hagel's moment, the Washington Post's David Ignatius asks: "Will the Bush administration's problems become so severe that Republicans would embrace a senator from the radical senator? The very fact that Hagel is mulling a campaign reminds us that American politics turned a corner this month and that we are in new territory." LINK

(Be sure to read the quotes from Hagel's recent GOPAC speech on the GOP's ethical lapses and on the Bush Administration's foreign policy).

A day late but not a dollar short, the New York Sun's Josh Gerstein reports on former Speaker Newt Gingrich's plan to fight terror that could challenge First Amendment rights, "we now should be impaneling people to look seriously at a level of supervision that we would never dream of if it weren't for the scale of the threat." LINK

The Boston Globe's James Pindell reports from New Hampshire where Gingrich called the White House to admit "failure" in Iraq. LINK

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