The Note: Winter's Tale

Headlined "Romney talks tough on Iran," the Boston Globe's Thanassis Cambanis and Scott Helman report that the former governor's efforts to lobby Massachusetts to divest pension funds from companies that do business with Iran help "strengthen ties to American Jews." LINK

The AP on Romney's call for economic sanctions against Iran "at least as severe" to those against South Africa during apartheid period. LINK

2008: Republicans: Giuliani:

Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin of Politico examine Rudy Giuliani's history from his aborted 2000 run for the Senate and wonder if history is repeating. LINK

(And now you can get the entire leaked 140-page Giuliani playbook online at

The New York Times follows yesterday's New York Post report that Rudy Giuliani plans to sell the investment bank division of his consulting business as he prepares for a White House run. LINK

2008: Republicans: Brownback:

CBN's fast-moving David Brody has an interview with Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) in which the Kansas Republican calls into question Romney's credentials as a social conservative.

"At times he's said different things on these issues," Brownback told CBN. "I think that's all going to come out during a long campaign." LINK

2008: Democrats:

Roll Call's Erin Billings examines the challenge faced by new the Democratic congressional leadership as they try to avoid the distractions that will come with a Senate full of presidential candidates. One Senate Democratic aide said, "With the New Hampshire primary about a year away, we could be looking at only a few months before presidential interests completely over take party priorities."

The Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman takes a look at the 2008 Democratic hopefuls jockeying for airtime before and after Bush's speech. LINK

2008: Democrats: Clinton:

In the Forward, E.J. Kessler has Democratic strategist Steve Rabinowitz, a Clinton supporter, saying that while "sexy guy" Obama and Sen. "Biden -- 'an extremely well-known quantity' to Jews -- among others, would get 'a piece' of Jewish largesse, 'it just won't compare to what" Sen. Clinton "gets.'" LINK

2008: Democrats: Obama:

On "Good Morning America," when ABC News' Robin Roberts asked Obama if his lack of foreign policy credentials will be a vulnerability in the presidential race, he mentioned his college major in response. Watch the video: LINK

"Well actually my experience in foreign policy is probably more diverse than most others in the field," replied Obama. "I'm somebody who has actually lived overseas, somebody who has studied overseas. I majored in international relations. But ultimately what foreign policy is about really is judgment. And having a sense -- first and foremost -- of the strengths of America and the American people and being able to talk with them about what our values and ideals are and how we project them in the world and then also having an understanding of what that world beyond our borders is like and that's something I feel very confident about."

On his current poll position: "When your name is Barack Obama, you're always an underdog in political races. . . Obviously, the Clintons -- collectively -- have been on the national scene for a very long time."

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