The Note: Looking Down at the Shoes of Life

"The poll knocks down some negative perceptions about Clinton's likability and electability - the two issues that most concern her supporters," writes Helen Kennedy of the New York Daily News on the Time poll. LINK

ABC News' Paul Fidalgo covered Sen. Clinton's speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, where Sen. Clinton reaffirmed her commitment toward universal health care, joking that she will send President Bush a suit of armor to President Bush for his healthcare proposals. LINK

The Des Moines Register has Sen. Clinton's Iowa schedule and takes particular Note of her hiring veteran Iowa campaign leader JoDee Winterhof to handle the state. LINK

For those of you who can't get enough... the Quad-City Times has even more Clinton trip details: LINK

Politics of Iraq:

Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse of the New York Times take a look at the political pressure being applied to Senators by anti-war activists. The Timesmen also size up the current state of play on the competing anti-surge proposals floating around the Senate. LINK

"Feingold Pushes Plan to Cut Off War Funds," reads the Politico headline above John Bresnahan's story showing that even in the world of former-potential-2008-presidential-candidates-trying-to-become-the-voice-of-the-Senate-on-Iraq, John Kerry is not the only game in town. LINK

Bloomberg's Laura Litvan and Nicholas Johnston reports now that Democrats control Congress, they are feeling the wrath of over the troop escalation plan in Iraq, with MoveOn Washington director Tom Matzzie saying, "It is political malpractice for the Democrats not to work to stop the president." LINK

ABC News' Karen Travers reports Tony Snow essentially said "bring it on" to members of Congress about their displeasure with the troops escalation plan, with Snow saying the White House is not worried about the party splitting over Iraq but they believe that the President's plan is the best way to achieve the U.S. objectives in Iraq. LINK

Libby trial:

Josh Gerstein at the New York Sun reports that the trial of former Vice Presidential Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is revealing, "how the White House scrambled to contain the damage after the credibility of a claim that President Bush made about Iraq's nuclear program came under public attack in July 2003," with testimony from Catherine Martin, the former head of the Vice President's public affairs staff, and the first current White House staffer to testify. Ms. Martin said, "Hadley raised the evening news report by Andrea Mitchell and said there had been suggestions that the White House was pushing blame towards the CIA," Ms. Martin then recalled Mr. Hadley saying, "That was not what we should be doing, and that was not helpful."

Addressing the decision to give former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer immunity, prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said, "Frankly, I didn't want to give him immunity because I didn't know what we were getting. I was buying a pig in a poke." LINK

Scott Shane of the New York Times provides a colorful scene setter on what it's like inside the "bland sixth-floor courtroom with a stopped clock" where Scooter Libby is on trial. LINK

ABC News' Jason Ryan covers the trial too: LINK

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