The Note: Winter's Tale

"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."

The Early Show's Harry Smith, without mentioning subsequent debunkings, asked Sen. Obama this morning to comment on reports "from an on-line site" that the Senator had attended a madrassa as a child, adding that the story had been covered "by other cable news outlets."

Sen. Obama replied by saying, "CNN did a great job - sorry to mention your competitor - but they went to the school I attended in Indonesia and shows it's an ordinary public school. These kinds of attacks will be out there and unfortunately they get repeated," Obama told Smith, "and fortunately good journalists show they were complete fabrications."

On his "Political Punch" blog, ABC News' Jake Tapper commends CNN for taking the "unusual step of "actually reporting about the school in Indonesia where" Sen. Obama was educated from ages 6-8 to see what kind of school it was. LINK

The New York Times' Bill Carter takes a look at the CNN vs. Fox battle over the Obama madrassa story. LINK

In an op-ed piece in the Hartford Courant, the legendary Jules Witcover compares Sen. Obama to JFK. LINK

2008: Democrats: Edwards:

John Edwards is enlisting the help of 80,000 people to get the attention of Congress. In today's Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, Edwards has a full page ad with the names of 80,000 supporters calling on Congress to stop President Bush's already escalating troop levels in Iraq.

Steve Kornacki writes in the New York Observer that Edwards may have an advantage in running because he does not cast daily votes. He just has to defend that one famous vote, Iraq. LINK

2008: Democrats: Richardson:

Wasting no time after Gov. Richardson announced his presidential candidacy, the New Mexico state GOP has begun their attacks, saying of Gov. Richardson that he comes off as a "carnival huckster" and that he would be a " 'sound bite' commander-in-chief."LINK

Dean's Democrats:

When Republicans were in control of both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, DNC Chairman Howard Dean said that divided government was good for America.

But now that Democrats have captured control of both the House and Senate for the first time since 1994, Dean's view of unified control has improved.

In a fundraising solicitation sent to DNC supporters Tuesday evening, Dean wrote, "We took back both houses of Congress, but there's one important house left -- and it sits at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."

Political potpourri:

Roll Call announced Tuesday that deputy editor Charlie Mitchell will become the editor next month when Tim Curran leaves Roll Call for the Washington Post.

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