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MUST-READS:

Politico's Jonathan Martin: "Rudy No Longer Interested in Federal Mandate on Handguns" LINK

Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "McCain's Negative Flyer" LINK

Associated Press' Jesse Holland: "AFL-CIO sending presidential candidates to cities for interviews" LINK

Virginia Tech:

New York Times' Leslie Eaton and Michael Luo: "Shooting Rekindles Issues of Gun Rights and Restrictions" LINK

ABC News' Ed O'Keefe: "President Shares 'Hug and Cry' with Virginia Tech Families, Expects Gun Debate" LINK

Newsweek's Howard Fineman: "Gun Control? Don't Hold Your Breath" LINK

The Hill's Sam Youngman: "Dem hopefuls mostly mum on guns" LINK

ABC News' Jennifer Parker: "Culture or Control: Guns Spark Intense Political Debate" LINK

Baltimore Sun's Paul West: "Gun control back as a campaign issue" LINK

2008: Republicans: McCain:

Associated Press: "McCain avoiding South Carolina conventions" LINK

The State's Aaron Gould Sheinin: "Sen. Fair is paid aide to McCain: Sons of two other officials working for campaign" LINK

2008: Republicans: Giuliani:

The Ames Iowa Tribune's Todd Dorman: "Abortion could be Giuliani's Achilles' heel" LINK

Wall Street Journal's Laurie Cohen: "Pickens's New Commodity: Giuliani" LINK

Spartanburg Herald Journal's John Spencer: "Giuliani leads Spartanburg (SC) fundraising contest" LINK

2008: Republicans: Romney:

Associated Press' Jim Kuhnhenn: "Romney Helps Tap New Donors" LINK

2008: Republicans: Brownback:

Kansas City Star's David Goldstein: "In race for money, Brownback is behind: Aides contend he is on track, but the top three fundraisers outdid him for three months of '07" LINK

2008: Republicans: T. Thompson:

Politico's Jonathan Martin: "T. Thompson Apologizes For Jewish Remark" LINK

2008: Republicans: Paul:

Politico's Josh Kraushaar: "Ron Paul: More Guns Will Deter Shootings" LINK

2008: Democrats:

Newsweek's Howard Fineman: "Jim Clyburn sets the stage in South Carolina" LINK

2008: Democrats: Clinton:

Washington Post's Shailagh Murray: "For Clinton, Even Presidential Politics Is Local: Senator Hopes Attention to Little Things Will Help Her Take Next Big Step" LINK

Wall Street Journal's Dean Treftz: "Geffen's Donations Reflect Feud With Clintons" LINK

Bloomberg's Matthew Keenan: "Clinton Triples College Speaking Schedule as Hillary Campaigns" LINK

2008: Democrats: Obama:

New York Times' Thomas Friedman: "Help Wanted: The strongest case one could make for an Obama presidency right now is his potential to repair the broken relationship between America and the world." LINK

2008: House:

The Hill's Susan Crabtree: "NRCC woos Indian tribes for 2008 campaign money" LINK

Politics of Iraq:

Associated Press' Anne Flaherty: "Dems weigh next step in Iraq challenge" LINK

Politics of immigration:

Wall Street Journal's David Rogers: "Immigration Compromise Moves Closer" LINK

Gonzales:

Washington Post's Paul Kane: "Immunity for Ex-Gonzales Aide Weighed" LINK

Imus:

ABC News' Matthew Zavala: "Kerry Stands By His Man Imus" LINK

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