The Note:

Sen. Obama's upcoming New Hampshire Democratic Party event is sold out with 1500 attendees expected, reports John DiStaso in his always must-read Granite Status column in the New Hampshire Union Leader. LINK

The Des Moines Register reports that late-night talk show hosts are finding humor in Gov. Tom Vilsack's (D-IA) unusual last name, Jon Stewart of the "Daily Show" need an animated duck to finally get it. LINK

Peter Canellos of the Boston Globe writes that Senator Kerry may have been on the right track with Iraq in 2004. LINK


Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer Notes that South Carolina is "enjoying a primary cash flow" from 2008 presidential hopefuls totaling almost $600,000. LINK


Given that the Constitution provides that "each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members," DNC Chairman Howard Dean said the new Democratic Congress should not seat Republican Vern Buchanan as the House member from the 13th congressional district of Florida without a new election, according to Anita Kumar and Adam Smith in a St. Petersburg Times must-read story. LINK

"'Absolutely not,' Dean said in a taped Political Connections interview scheduled to air Sunday on Bay News 9. 'You cannot seat someone if you don't have an election that's valid.'" "On Wednesday, Democrat Christine Jennings said she will ask the U.S. House to take the extreme measure of conducting its own investigation into the election."

Cheney's daughter expecting a baby:

The pro-gay rights organization Family Pride was quick to Note that the Mary Cheney's home state of Virginia doesn't recognize same sex unions after it was revealed the Vice President's daughter and partner are having a baby. The New York Times has the story. LINK

The Washington Post's Reliable Source interviews officials from Family Pride and Human Rights Campaign about the legal status of Vice President Cheney's latest grandchild-to-be. LINK

David Crary writes for the AP that groups on the left and right spoke out about Mary Cheney's pregnancy. Jennifer Chrisler, a Family Pride executive said, "Grandfather Cheney will no doubt face a lifetime of sleepless nights as he reflects on the irreparable harm he and his administration have done to the millions of American gay and lesbian parents and their children." LINK

2008: House:

Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT) is considering running again for his CT-02 seat (the one he lost to Rep.-elect Joe Courtney (D-CT) by 82 votes), or Simmons might become Connecticut's Republican state chairman as part of the GOP rebounding effort, Notes the Associated Press and Mark Pazniokas of the Hartford Courant. LINK and LINK

Jimmy Carter's book:

Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post discusses the escalating controversy over former President Jimmy Carter's book as Kenneth Stein, a professor at Emory, resigned as a Carter Center's fellow and accused Carter of "factual errors, omissions and plagiarism." LINK

Political potpourri:

Keying off a study by UC San Diego's Keith Poole and NYU's Howard Rosenthal, the Washington Post's Zachary Goldfarb reports that the 110th Congress will have the fewest moderates since the 19th Century. LINK

Patrick Healy of the New York Times on the gathering of the "constellation" of big ego, powerful, New York politicians -- Clinton, Spitzer, Schumer, and Rangel -- and the comfort with which the New York political press corps uses their first names. LINK

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