The Note: Trouble, My Friend, Right Here

Bloomberg's Heidi Przybyla writes of the anybody-but-Clinton sentiment among some religious Republicans that could work in Giuliani's favor, as he appears to many as the best means to block a Hillary Clinton presidency. LINK

2008: Republicans: Romney:

The AP's Glen Johnson looks at Romney's relative lag in the New Hampshire polls behind McCain and Giuliani despite that fact that he "can campaign in New Hampshire and still sleep at night in his own bed in Massachusetts," noting that the New Hampshire electorate has changed dramatically since 2000. LINK

Johnson also has pollster Andrew Smith arguing that "I don't think it matters to a lot of voters that he was perceived as a socially moderate-to-liberal figure in Massachusetts, because that's the way a lot of Republican New Hampshire voters see themselves."

Gov. Romney is planning to have at least 225 student volunteers at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a sign Romney has his eyes set on this year's straw poll, David Kirkpatrick reports for the New York Times. LINK

More on Romney's big push at the CPAC conference from Politico's Jonathan Martin. LINK

The Associated Press reports Gov. Romney has picked up Arizona political consultant Jason Rose to lead his campaign in the state, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been named its honorary chairman. LINK

2008: Republicans: Hagel:

The Boston Herald's columnist Brett Arends argues that conservatives unhappy with their choice for president need only look to Sen. Chuck Hagel. LINK

2008: money:

ABC News' Political Director Mark Halperin on the intense battle for cash in which the presidential hopefuls are engaging as the final month of the first quarter arrives. LINK

2008: Democrats: Clinton:

ABC News' Matthew Zavala has a quick recap of Hillary Clinton allegedly reaching her $1 million in a week campaign where she garnered financial support from 15,000 individuals in all 50 states. LINK

Two prominent black New York politicians want Sen. Clinton to "cool it" against Sen. Obama, report Fred Dicker and Ian Bishop of the New York Post. LINK

2008: Democrats: Edwards:

"I want a Democrat I think can win," said New Jersey's Senate President (and former acting governor) Richard Codey as he endorsed the presidential bid of Sen. Edwards, who, in his opinion, "clearly has the best chance in the general election." Deborah Howlett of the Star-Ledger has the story. LINK

Codey will chair Sen. Edwards' Garden State campaign and according to the Quinnipiac University poll numbers out of New Jersey today, he will have his work cut out for him.

ABC News' Jake Tapper on Edwards going pro-gay by applauding legislation that would now allow gays to serve openly in the military. LINK

Mostly due to his talk about eliminating poverty, New York Daily News columnist Erol Lewis calls Sen. John Edwards, "the man with a plan" that the rest of the Democratic field should follow. LINK

Bob Cusack of the Hill writes of how Sen. Edwards' opposition to gambling in college sports may pose a problem for him in the Nevada caucuses. LINK

2008: Democrats: Obama:

Lynn Sweet writes in the Chicago Sun Times that Barack Obama will give an in-depth speech on U.S. policy towards Israel and the Middle East on Friday. Obama has never been too vocal on his views towards Israel, Sweet writes, but he will be holding a reception for AIPAC members when its meeting convenes next week. (Note: Clinton is hosting AIPAC members as well). LINK

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