The Note's Must-Reads


ABC News' Brian Ross: "Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran" LINK

Associated Press' Deb Riechmann: "Bush: Bin Laden Ordered Non-Iraq Attacks" LINK

Reuters: "Body of missing U.S. soldier found in Iraq river: police" LINK

Iraq Politics:

New York Times' Carl Hulse: "Democrats Pull Troop Deadline From Iraq Bill" LINK

Bloomberg's Nicholas Johnston and Laura Litvan: "Democratic Caucus Split by Iraq Troop-Withdrawal Concession" LINK

Politico's John Bresnahan: "Dems break up Iraq bill" LINK

Los Angeles Times' Richard Simon: "Democrats drop Iraq troop deadline" LINK

Washington Times' S.A. Miller: "Democrats capitulate on war funds" LINK

The Hill's Mike Soraghan: "Defections now likely on Iraq bill" LINK

San Francisco Chronicle's Edward Epstein: "Dems bow to Bush on funds for war" LINK


Politico's Elizabeth Wilner: "Debate stakes rise, rituals fall" LINK

Victor Kamber in the Baltimore Sun: "GOP might be happy to let Democrats deal with post-Bush mess" LINK

2008: Republicans:

New York Times' Michael Cooper: "Skirmishing Between McCain and Romney Leaves Giuliani Above the Fray" LINK

Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr: "McCain's bumbling meltdown Mitt's lucky break" LINK

Dallas Morning News' Gromer Jeffers Jr: "Candidates squabble in Dallas" LINK

2008: Republicans: Giuliani:

Washington Post's Michael Gerson: "Giuliani's Abortion Muddle" LINK

Associated Press: "GOP speculates on Giuliani in Iowa" LINK

New York Post's Carl Campanile: "RUDY NO. 1 WITH A BULLET" LINK

Albany Times Union's James M. Odato: "Giuliani rides in on high hopes" LINK

2008: Republicans: Romney:

"In South, Romney struggles to go beyond Yankee background" LINK

2008: Republicans: McCain:

Politico's Jonathan Martin: "McCain's barbs may not help his campaign" LINK

Michael D. Shear and Paul Kane: "McCain Turns Focus To His Fundraising" LINK

Arizona Star's Daniel Scarpinato: "Pearce calls for McCain to resign" LINK

Houston Chronicle's Alexis Grant: "McCain minimizes heated exchange with Cornyn" LINK

Boston Herald columnist Michael Graham: "McCain, goodbye's all I've got to say" LINK

2008: Republicans: Cox:

New Hampshire Union Leader's Garry Rayno: "Invisible candidate tries to raise his profile in NH" LINK

2008: Republicans: Thompson?

Associated Press' Liz Sidoti: "Many Signs Point to Thompson Candidacy" LINK

Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "Fred Thompson Inks Another GOP Insider" LINK

2008: Republicans: Gingrich?

Rocky Mountain News' M.E. Sprengelmeyer: "Gingrich plays coy in Iowa 'Bluffs' visit" LINK

2008: Democrats:

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: "Twenty-six members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have signed letters to Sen. Barack Obama" LINK

2008: Democrats: Clinton:

Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs: "Clinton's preschool plan looks like Iowa's" LINK

2008: Democrats: Obama:

ABC News' Teddy Davis: "Obama Ready to Get Specific on Health Care" LINK

Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet: "Michelle Obama's ties to Wal-Mart cut" LINK

Baltimore Sun's Paul West: "Obama has fans in focus group" LINK

2008: Democrats: Edwards:

ABC News' Leslie Wayne: "Edwards to Discuss Diplomacy and U.S. Military Policy Today" LINK

Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "Edwards Expands Ad Buy" LINK

McClatchy Newspapers' Jim Morrill: "Edwards takes political gamble with holiday offensive" LINK

2008: Democrats: Dodd:

New Hampshire Union Leader's John Distaso: "Dodd TV ad seeks to show leadership" LINK

2008: Primaries:

Bloomberg's Heidi Przybyla: "Independent Voters May `Crash' New Hampshire Democratic Primary" LINK


New York Times' Maureen Dowd: "Pass the Clam Dip" LINK


Los Angeles Time's David C. Iglesias: "'Cowboy up,' Alberto Gonzales" LINK


New York Times' Robert Pear and Michael Luo: "Senate Votes to Keep Temporary Worker Program" LINK

Washington Post's Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza: "White House Counselor Challenges Democrats on Immigration Bill" LINK

Washington Post editorial: "The Storm Over Immigration" LINK

Wall Street Journal's Sarah Lueck: "Kyl Hits Immigration Head Wind" LINK

Los Angeles Times' Nicole Gaouette: "Guest worker program survives" LINK


New York Times' David Kirkpatrick: "Democrats Find Ethics Overhaul Elusive in House" LINK

"Congress Set To Block Funding for PLO" LINK

McClatchy Newspapers' James Rosen: "When it comes to solving big issues, Congress often comes up short" LINK

Congressman Murtha:

Politico's Patrick O'Connor: "House backs Murtha" LINK

Los Angeles Times editorial: "Murtha's Misstep" LINK


Wall Street Journal's Scot Paltro: "Former Rove Aide Seeks Immunity Pact" LINK

Reagan Diaries:

New York Sun's Nicholas Wapshott: "Reagan Is Elusive in His Diaries" LINK