Sewell Chan of the New York Times strangely questions Giuliani's presidential intentions a day after the former mayor made his intentions more clear than ever. Note, too, the South Carolina GOP Chairman, Katon Dawson, floating Ground Zero as a possible location for Giuliani's formal declaration of candidacy. LINK
The Chicago Tribune looks at Giuliani's contracts, speaking fees, and business dealings. LINK
The Citadel has announced that Giuliani will deliver the commencement address to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2007 on May 5. LINK
2008: Republicans: Huckabee:
At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast meeting with reporters yesterday, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) responded to a question about Cummins' firing thusly: "He was my chief legal counsel in my office for a while, so I'm very fond of Bud. I think he was an excellent US Attorney. I thought it was unusual to ask him to step down, but I'm also close friends with Tim Griffin who took the position -- so, I have nothing but good to say for him. But the process was at the best awkward -- that would be fair to say."
Politico's Jonathan Martin wraps Huckabee's Monitor breakfast. LINK
John DiStasio of the Union Leader curtain raises the upcoming Granite State visits of Sens. Clinton and Obama.LINK
In a New York Times op-ed, Gloria Steinem offers her support for both Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama and hopes the discussion will move beyond whether or not the country is ready for the first female or African American president. LINK
Jason Horowitz of the New York Observer follows the recent Washington Post and New York Times looks at the Clinton vs. Obama battle for the black vote and takes a closer look at their battle for black elites and power brokers. Rev. Jesse Jackson tells Horowitz that Obama's got his vote and Rev. Al Sharpton Notes that Sen. Clinton called into his radio show to wish him and his listeners a happy anniversary. (Sharpton also makes sure to keep riding the fence by telling Horowitz that Obama has all "the right stuff.") LINK
Former CBS News political director Martin Plissner offers a New York Times op-ed arguing America is indeed ready for a black president. LINK
2008: Democrats: Clinton:
Per Politico's Carrie Sheffield and Jim VandeHei: "What many conservatives regard as the nightmare scenario -- President Hillary Rodham Clinton -- is increasingly seen by veteran Republican politicians and strategists as virtual inevitability." LINK
Michael McAuliff of the New York Daily News Notes Sen. Clinton has her 2012 Senate reelection committee up and running with the FEC. . . just in case her 2008 plans don't work out. LINK
"A spokesman for her 2008 White House team said the filing is 'pro forma' and required once a committee raises $5,000."
Sen. Clinton is the first front-runner candidate to RSVP to an AFSCME forum on Feb. 21 in Carson City, NV, reports Geoff Dornan of the Nevada Appeal.LINK
On his "Political Punch" blog, ABC News' Jake Tapper asks whether Sen. Clinton "is like the movie 'Steel Magnolias'."
"They can pack it with stars, jam it into every theater, run it on TNT and basic cable every single weekend, and still men aren't going to want to watch it."
2008: Democrats: Obama:
"BARACK SMACKS SMOKES," reads the New York Post headline above the brief re-telling of yesterday's Chicago Tribune story. LINK