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Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) holds a rally with Connecticut supporters before his weekend visit to New Hampshire starting at 5:30 pm ET at the Old State House in Hartford, CT.

Following his swing through Washington, DC on the outskirts of the RNC winter meeting, Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) meets with New Jersey supporters in East Brunswick, NJ.

Tomorrow, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) officially announces his presidential candidacy in Topeka, KS and then makes that first crucial campaign stop on Sunday by sitting down with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "This Week." LINK

Gov. Tommy Thompson (R-WI) spends the day in Omaha, NE where he gives remarks on a healthcare cost estimation tool, conducts private meetings, and attends fundraising dinners and receptions.

Tomorrow, Gov. Thompson is back in Iowa here he delivers a speech to Republican women in Des Moines and keynotes a fundraiser in Cedar Rapids.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) holds a town hall meeting to discuss the "troop escalation" in Iraq at 2:00 pm ET at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

On Saturday, Sen. Chris Dodd has a very busy day campaigning in New Hampshire. He has breakfast at 9:00 am ET with Democratic Activists at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua. Then, he hosts a "Coffee with Chris" at the home of Skip and Susan Hebert in Hooksett, NH. Later, he attends a town hall meeting at the Bell Center for Music and the Arts in Dover, NH. Then, he attends a meet and greet at Lazy Lion Café in Deerfield, NH. Finally, he attends the Senate District 7 celebration at Daniel's Restaurant & Pub in Henniker, NH.

On Sunday, Sen. Chris Dodd continues his Granite State weekend, attending a meeting with Charlestown activists at the home of Cynthia Sweeney in Charlestown, NH. Then, he delivers a speech at Dartmouth College's Rockefeller Center at 1:00 pm ET in Hanover, NH. Finally, he attends a house party at the home of State Sen. Peter Burling in Cornish, NH at 3:00 pm ET.

C-SPAN's new "Campaign Bus" heads to Des Moines, IA for a live "Road to the White House" Sunday at 6:30 pm ET with the incomparable David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register.

Politics of Iraq:

Time's Karen Tumulty reports many Republicans and Democrats in Congress are uniting in their opposition to President Bush's handling of Iraq -- and next week's non-binding bipartisan vote could lead to Congress restricting war supplemental money. LINK

Per the Associated Press, Pentagon officials said Thursday that the Bush Administration "will abandon the practice of financing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through emergency spending requests that have relatively little supporting detail." LINK

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that House Democrats will support a Senate resolution denouncing President Bush's proposal to increase the number of troops in Iraq, reports the Washington Times' Charles Hurt. LINK

"Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam of Florida wrote in a letter yesterday to colleagues. 'As Democrats continue to debate over which course of cut-and-run they should support, House Republicans are categorically united behind four guiding principles.' Included in their list of principles is that 'there is only one commander in chief,' 'failure in Iraq is not an option,' and 'we are opposed to cutting off funding for our troops.'"

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