The Note: Taking the Fork

On "Good Morning America," ABC News' Jake Tapper reported that the House war funding bill has 'major strings attached' and that Democratic leaders believe they have enough votes to get the measure passed. On the horizon though, should this pass, the President has promised to veto it.

"Liberal opposition to a $124 billion war spending bill broke last night, when leaders of the antiwar Out of Iraq Caucus pledged to Democratic leaders that they will not block the measure, which sets timelines for bringing U.S. troops home," reports the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman. LINK

The New York Times on the Pelosi persuasion: LINK

"Iraq war spending bills advanced in both chambers of Congress as Democrats expressed increased confidence of winning a showdown House vote Friday calling for withdrawal of most U.S. troops next year," reports the Wall Street Journal's David Rogers.

Bloomberg's Laura Litvan and Nicholas Johnston report on Speaker Pelosi's long hard slog to secure support for the Iraq spending bill. LINK

Former President Clinton told reporters on a conference call, "It's just not fair," the way the press has been depicting his wife, Sam Youngman of The Hill reports. Said President Clinton, "This dichotomy that's been set up to allow him to become the raging hero of the anti-war crowd on the Internet is just factually inaccurate." LINK

2008: Democrats: Edwards: political:

On "Good Morning America," George Stephanopoulos said that the other candidates "will be cautious for several weeks." Cokie Roberts added that the question people may begin to start asking, "Will he be able to devote his time to the presidency? Forget the campaign. But what if he is president?"

ABC News' Jake Tapper takes a look at the political ramifications of the Edwards announcement and poses some unanswered questions on his 'Political Punch' blog. LINK

". . . (s)ome Democrats said Mr. Edwards' decision to continue his bid could pose some risks should his wife's illness worsen and raise questions about his decision to continue campaigning in a race where he has often placed third in polls in an intensely competitive Democratic field," write John Broder and Adam Nagourney of the New York Times. LINK

The Boston Globe's Rick Klein writes that by putting Elizabeth's struggle and their marriage front and center, "the diagnosis could boost the candidate's visibility at a critical time." LINK

Mark Johnson and Kristin Collins of the Raleigh News & Observer have Hargrave McElroy, a Raleigh teacher who is among Edwards' closest friends, saying that she "tackles problems with pragmatism." LINK

"'She's not given to hysterics,' McElroy said Thursday. 'I've never seen her throw up her hands and say, 'Oh my gosh, there's no fixing this.' I doubt very seriously that when the cameras stopped rolling and she went home, that she broke down. I think you saw exactly the way she's going to approach this.'"

Jill Lawrence and Rita Rubin of USA Today write up what is likely ahead on the campaign trail for the Edwardses. LINK

The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut reports that Sen. Edwards plans to remain in the presidential race with his wife's encouragement. LINK

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