The Note: As Annoying As the Kennedy Center Honors

David McGrath Schwartz of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Gov. Vilsack focused on his renewable energy policy and the Iraq war during his speech at the University of Nevada. LINK

J. Patrick Coolican of the Las Vegas Sun writes that if Gov. Vilsack's candidacy makes the Iowa caucuses less competitive, "the Silver State becomes that much more important in the presidential race." LINK

The Des Moines Register on Gov. Vilsack's Nevada trip. LINK

The Des Moines Register on Gov. Vilsack's much talked about past and its role in his campaigning. LINK

The paper also reports that the presidential hopeful expects to raise over one million dollars before the end of the year. LINK

Pennsylvania native Vilsack waxed nostalgic in his boyhood hometown near Pittsburgh over the weekend, writes James O'Toole in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profile. LINK

Daschle bows out:

Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic Leader, told KELO (an independent TV affiliate in South Dakota) on Saturday that he will not run for president in 2008. Daschle spent time in the Iowa and New Hampshire over the past year to gauge public support for a possible run. He says several factors played into his decision, including the daunting task of raising the estimated $50 million needed for a presidential race. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The New York Sun's Josh Gerstein reports that John Edwards "warned that civilization itself might unravel if America cannot recover its moral position. 'I don't believe it's too much to say the future of the world is at stake. I do. I believe that,' he said." LINK

Note that Edwards said McCain-Feingold, which he supported while in the Senate, has proved to be a failure. "'If it's had any effect, I can't tell it,' he said. The former Senator said he now supports public financing for all political campaigns."

Politics of Iraq:

On Sunday, Michael Gordon and David Cloud of the New York Times published a must-read story based on a leaked memo by outgoing SECDEF Donald Rumsfeld (written just days before Rumsfeld resigned) to President Bush calling for "a major course correction" in Iraq. LINK

You can read the memo here: LINK

In his Monday news analysis, David Sanger of the New York Times asks the "will Bush listen" question and seems to see some hints that he may not. LINK

Keying off of Stephen Hadley's interview on "This Week," the Washington Post's Chuck Babington reports that President Bush is "sorting through an array of options" on Iraq, "including a partial withdrawal of U.S. troops from violence-plagued cities and a redeployment near Iraq's borders with Iran and Syria." LINK

In his "Political Punch" blog, ABC News' Jake Tapper wonders whether a Democrat would have been criticized as being a "defeatist, an appeaser, a terrorist-coddler" if he or she had said before the election that it is "time for a major adjustment" in Iraq because "clearly, what U.S. forces are currently doing in Iraq is not working well enough or fast enough." LINK

Bob Novak on President Bush's Iraq dilemma and GOP state officials and party leaders crying that the Republican Party cannot go into the 2008 campaign with troops fighting in Iraq. LINK

The Washington Post's Walter Pincus looks at those House Democrats that initially opposed the war in Iraq and will now take over as chairmen of the Appropriations, Armed Services, Budget, and Judiciary committees. LINK

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