Politico's Ben Smith profiles media consultant and closest political adviser to Sen. Barack Obama David Axelrod, who Notes "simple personality conflicts" as the reason he was fired as chief ad maker during Edwards 2004 presidential bid. LINK
The Des Moines Register's Tom Beaumont curtain raises Obama's Iowa trip. LINK
More on Obama's trip to Cedar Rapids, IA from The Cedar Rapids Gazette. LINK
"Wooing College Student Key Element of Obama White House Bid," blogs Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times. LINK
2008: Democrats: Edwards:
As every 2008 presidential campaign scrambles to read every word their campaign bloggers have ever blogged, Edwards spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri tells the New York Times that the campaign is weighing the fate of two bloggers whose anti-Catholic and anti-Christian previous writings as bloggers is causing some controversy. The New York Times' Broder has more. LINK
Nightline's Terry Moran asks: "Does John Edwards condone hate speech?" LINK
2008: Democrats: Richardson:
Kate Nash of the Albuquerque Tribune has a wide-ranging interview with Gov. Richardson, where they touch on everything from Richardson's weight and appearance, his reputation for parties, and the "awkwardness" of running against the wife of his good friend President Clinton. LINK
Leslie Linthicum of the Albuquerque Journal reports this morning on Gov. Richardson's radio interview in which he said, "I'm the first Latino -- we checked this -- to run for President." LINK
2008: Democrats: Biden:
Maureen Dowd dedicates her New York Times column to pumping up Joe Biden's confidence after a first rough week as a presidential candidate. LINK
2008: Democrats: Kucinich:
With the backing of some Hollywood stars, Rep. Kucinich is trying to make some headway for his bill creating a Department of Peace and Nonviolence, which now claims 52 cosponsors, reports Jonathan E. Kaplan of The Hill. LINK
To promote the Department of Peace, Joaquin Phoenix was on Capitol Hill with Rep. Kucinich yesterday. LINK
Politics of Iraq:
Moveon.org will begin airing ads attacking GOP Senators who blocked the debate over the President's Iraq war plan as early as today, reports Politico's Ryan Grim. LINK
"Senate Republicans are pressing for an early vote now to get members on record against withholding funds for the war," reports the Wall Street Journal's David Rogers.
"The strategy, which has the quiet backing of the White House, has evolved over a nonbinding resolution sponsored by Sen. Judd Gregg (R., N.H.) to express opposition to Congress taking any action that might endanger U.S. forces, including the "reduction of funds for troops in the field."'
In his news analysis, Carl Hulse of the New York Times explains how Democrats are trying to hang the "obstructionist" label on Republicans, not unlike what the GOP attempted to do with some frequency when it held the majority. LINK
Hulse's kicker quote gets to the point: "'The reality in Iraq sets it own time limits, sets its own dimensions,' said Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island. 'If it continues to be chaotic, it will accelerate calls for this vote, and calls for even more.'"
ABC News' Jake Tapper has a video report on the showdown in the Senate. LINK