The Note's Must-Reads


New York Times' Adam Nagourney: "G.O.P. Contenders Ponder What to Say About Bush" LINK

USA Today's Susan Page: "5 reasons the GOP faces an uphill climb in '08" LINK

2008: Republicans: The Debate:

Washington Post's Michael D. Shear: "GOP Presidential Hopefuls To Face Off in the New West" LINK

Wall Street Journal's John Fund: "The Shadow Candidates" LINK

Boston Globe's Susan Milligan: "In GOP debate, a chance to stand out" LINK

The South Carolina State's Aaron Gould Sheinin: "Presidential debate lineup set: Ten Republican candidates will face off May 15 at the Koger Center" LINK

Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: "Outsider wants in at GOP debate" LINK

2008: Republicans: Reagan's Shadow:

Politico's Jonathan Martin: "Reagan advisers weigh in on Republican candidates" LINK

Bloomberg's Kim Chipman: "Reagan Looms Large in 2008 Race as Republicans Claim His Legacy" LINK

Dallas Morning News' Wayne Slater: "GOP longs to find one like Gipper" LINK

Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Scott Shepard: "GOP waits for a 'Gipper' to emerge" LINK

2008: Republicans: Giuliani:

New York Times' Katharine Q. Seelye: "In G.O.P. Debate Today, Which Tack for Giuliani?" LINK

ABC News' Teddy Davis: "Giuliani in Crosshairs as Republicans Hold First Debate" LINK

Politico's Mike Allen in USA Today: "Giuliani used to curves thrown on campaign trail" LINK

Politico's Jeanne Cummings: "Giuliani digs for cash in Silicon Valley" LINK

New York Newsday's Craig Gordon: "Rudy no longer Republican darling" LINK

Politico's W. James Antle III: "McCain's Loss Is Giuliani's Gain" LINK

2008: Republicans: Romney:

Robert D. Novak: "A 19th-Century 9/11" LINK

2008: Republicans: Hunter:

Politico's Josh Kraushaar: "Straw polls bolster Hunter's confidence" LINK

2008: Republicans: Thompson?

Los Angeles Times' Janet Hook: "Fred Thompson: Actor, politician, candidate?" LINK

2008: Democrats: Hillary:

New York Post's Dick Morris & Eileen McGann: "No Longer Inevitable: Hill Stuck in Real Race" LINK

The Hill: "2008 and counting: 'Neutral' Dems quietly give money to Clinton" LINK

Washington Post's Howard Kurtz: "Hillary's New Friends?" LINK

2008: Democrats: Obama:

Des Moines Register's Thomas Beaumont: "Mideast Response Shadows Obama" LINK

Chicago Tribune's Rick Pearson and Ray Long: "Careful steps, looking ahead: After arriving in Springfield, Barack Obama proved cautious, but it was clear to many he had ambitions beyond the state Senate" LINK

Chicago Sun-Times Lynn Sweet: "Getting ready to roll: Obama's Illinois workers train to help campaign elsewhere" LINK

Washington Post's Perry Bacon Jr.: "Obama Reaches Out With Tough Love" LINK

New York Times' Katharine Q. Seelye and Sarah Wheaton in "The Caucus" blog: "Obama's MySpace Conundrum" LINK

Washington Post: "Obama Campaign Asks: Is It MySpace or Yours?" LINK

New York Daily News Celeste Katz: "Bam! Hil takes hit: Harlem pol is 1st N.Y. Dem to back Barack for prez" LINK

Chicago Sun-Times' Brian Hutton: "For sure, Obama's South Side Irish" LINK

New York Sun Editorial: "Barack O'Bama" LINK

2008: Democrats: Edwards:

ABC News' Teddy Davis: "Edwards Comes Full Circle on Iraq" LINK

Politico's Roger Simon: "Hair today, gone tomorrow" LINK

2008: Democrats: Dodd:

ABC News' Donna Hunter: "Dodd Throws a Punch" LINK

Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "Dodd Throws a Punch" LINK

2008: Democrats: Richardson:

Wall Street Journal's Jackie Calmes: "Richardson Gaffe Gets Scant Attention" LINK

2008: The Issues:

The Hill's Roxana Tiron: "'08 hopefuls would grow the military" LINK

2008: New Hampshire:

Union Leaders' John Distaso: "Granite Status: Some Lynch insiders sold on Obama" LINK

2008: Potpourri:

Associated Press: "What do presidential candidates watch on TV, besides themselves?" LINK

2008: Congress:

Chicago Tribune's Frank James in "The Swamp" blog: "GOP ad accuses Durbin of lying on Iraq" LINK

George Will: "GOP looks to reclaim House in 2008" LINK


Los Angeles Times' Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook: "Some Republicans split with Bush on the war" LINK

Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray: "Democrats Back Down On Iraq Timetable" LINK

Politico's John Bresnahan: "House to move quickly on new Iraq plan" LINK

Associated Press' Anne Flaherty: "Congress angry over Iraqis' summer break" LINK

Washington Post Editorial: "Benchmarks for Iraq: With political progress in Baghdad stalled, President Bush should take Congress's help" LINK

President Bush:

New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg in "The Caucus" blog: "Bush: 'I'm the Commander Guy'" LINK

New York Times' Janet Elder: "For Most Bush Voters, No Regrets After 2 Years" LINK

Wall Street Journal's David Rogers: "Republicans Hit Health-Care Rift" LINK


Los Angeles Times' Richard B. Schmitt: "Justice Department looking into prosecutor hirings" LINK

Wall Street Journal's Evan Perez and Jess Bravin: "Gonzales Ex-Aide Probed On Political Hiring Tests" LINK


The Hill's Susan Crabtree: "Miller earmarks aided partner" LINK

Renzi Investigation:

Politico's Josh Kraushaar: "Fight for Renzi seat" LINK

Queen's Visit:

Washington Times' Jennifer Harper: "Royal protocol holds sway for queen's visit" LINK

Baltimore Sun's "See one queen and raise a stir" LINK

Political Potpourri:

McClatchy Newspapers' Greg Gordon: "2006 Missouri's election was ground zero for GOP" LINK

Commentary by Wall Street Journal's Judith Miller: "When Activists Are Terrorists" LINK