"There's no evidence Mr. Giuliani had a role in any of his clients' woes," write the Wall Street Journal's Christopher Cooper and Robert Block. "But the Democratic National Committee regularly emails to reporters a file on "Rudy's Known Controversial Dealings," including what it calls "war profiteering" from his firm's investment in a small security company with Iraq contracts. And press reports are popping up with increasing frequency portraying his private-sector work in an unflattering light."
While campaigning Thursday in the Washington, D.C. area, Giuliani sidestepped whether he supports giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship without first requiring them to leave the country, reports ABC News' Teddy Davis and Paul Fidalgo. LINK
ABC News' Matthew Zavala reports on Giuliani's comments yesterday when he said that Alberto Gonzales should be given "the benefit of the doubt." LINK
2008: Republicans: Romney:
Mike Glover of the Associated Press reports that Gov. Romney is keeping his distance from Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson (D-UT), following the mayor's calls for President Bush's impeachment. The two men exchanged endorsement television ads for each other in their last campaigns after their work together on the 2002 Olympics. LINK
2008: Republicans: Tancredo:
"Rep. Tom Tancredo has raised more than $1 million for his exploratory presidential bid, saying that makes it far more likely he will follow through with a full-fledged candidacy," reports the Rocky Mountain News. LINK
2008: Democrats: Anti-Clinton web video creator revealed:
ABC News' Jake Tapper reports on Obama's comments regarding the YouTube ad using the same type of defense he did when the Geffen controversy happened saying he can't be responsible for everyone's actions. LINK
The Los Angeles Times' Morain raises some remaining questions in his write up of Phil de Vellis' February boasting of some of the fruits of his labor for Blue State Digital appearing on the Obama campaign Web site, despite assurances from the campaign and Blue State Digital that de Vellis did not work on the Obama account. LINK
Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times Notes Obama's Verizon metaphor and writes, ". . . the Obama campaign, however, will have to grapple with the reality that in the small world of Washington operatives, there are more ties than it probably would like." LINK
Keying off of the 1984 ad, the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz and Jose Antonio Vargas look at whether "the more old-fashioned art of political chicanery was at play." LINK
2008: Democrats: Obama:
The Wall Street Journal's Jackie Calmes takes a must-read front page look at a friend from Sen. Obama's past -- Keith Kakugawa -- who has "reemerged" following background checks by reporters and campaign staffers after having "fallen on hard times." LINK
"At Mr. Obama's suggestion, Mr. Kakugawa says, he called Devorah Adler, a campaign researcher who maintains contacts with Obama family and friends who might get press inquiries, to advise them and act as a go-between. Tensions rose when Mr. Kakugawa asked for some money to be wired to him via Western Union, according to both him and Ms. Adler. Ms. Adler brought in senior adviser Robert Gibbs, and together they phoned Mr. Kakugawa last Saturday."