The Note's Must-Reads

2008: Democratic Debate:

ABC News' Rick Klein & Raelyn Johnson: "Democrats Get Combative Over Iraq" LINK

New York Times' Robin Toner and Jeff Zeleny: "Iraq Is the Focus as Eight Democratic Rivals Clash" LINK

Washington Post's Anne Kornblut and Dan Balz: "Democrats Focus on Iraq In Contentious Second Debate" LINK

Boston Globe's Susan Milligan: "War, Clinton are targets in debate" LINK

Los Angeles Times' Michael Finnegan and Mark Z. Barabak: "Democrats debate politely -- except on the war" LINK

Politico's Ben Smith: "Debating Dems trade blows over Iraq" LINK

Rocky Mountain News' M.E. Sprengelmeyer: "Democrats split on efforts to end war" LINK

USA Today's Richard Wolf and Mark Memmott: "Dem candidates clash over war fund votes" LINK

New York Sun's Russell Berman: "Clinton Clashes With Democrats on Security" LINK

Bloomberg's Catherine Dodge and Jeff Blis: "Edwards, Clinton, Obama Skirmish on Iraq, Health Care in Debate" LINK

Washington Times' Christina Bellantoni: "Democrats take off gloves in debate" LINK

New Hampshire Union Leader's Scott Brooks: "Democratic candidates square off over war on terror, Iraq" LINK

Associated Press' Beth Fouhy: "Leadership Questions Emerge at Debate" LINK

Baltimore Sun's Paul West: "Candidates on the attack in N.H. debate" LINK

New York Post's Ian Bishop: "HILL GOES TO WAR VS. JOHN" LINK

Wall Street Journal's Jackie Calmes and Christopher Cooper: "Iraq Views Show Democrats Not in Lock Step" LINK

2008: Democratic Debate: Winners, Losers & Analysis:

Boston Globe's Peter S. Canellos: "Clinton borrows page from husband's playbook" LINK

Politico's Roger Simon: "By a show of hands ..." LINK

Rocky Mountain News' Mike Littwin: "Clinton's focus is Bush, Bush, Bush" LINK

Chicago-Sun Time's Lynn Sweet: "Post-debate spin is in" LINK

New Hampshire Union Leader's Stephen Beale: "Edwards stalls, Richardson gains a bit" LINK

Des Moines Register's David Yepsen: "Leading Democrats take charge" LINK

New York Daily News' Michael Goodwin: "Edwards wins with 1 word: Leadership" LINK

Boston Globe editorial: "Iraq takes all the oxygen" LINK

Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi: "The missing candidate" LINK

New York Post columnist Charles Hurt: "EMBATTLED CLINTON AT A LOSS ON IRAQ" LINK

2008: Democratic Debate: Behind-the-Scenes:

New Hampshire Union Leader's Garry Rayno: "Local audience plays a key role" LINK

New Hampshire Union Leaders' Stephen Beale: "Protesters, supporters put on show" LINK

New Hampshire Union Leader's Beverley Wang: "War, not weather drives supporters to rain debate site" LINK


ABC News' Gary Langer: "A Softening for Giuliani As the '08 Race Progresses: Giulani Loses Points With Conservatives; Clinton Maintains Double-Digit Lead" LINK

Washington Post columnist Fred Hiatt: "Stay-the-Course Plus: Obama, Romney and Foreign Engagement on Steroids" LINK

Miami Herald's Beth Reinhard and Alexandria Alter: "The religious left lifts its voice in Campaign 2008" LINK

San Francisco Chronicle' Carla Marinucci: "Presidential hopefuls star on Google's stage" LINK

2008: Republicans: Giuliani:

New York Daily News' Michael Saul: "Ex-Rudy deputy fires back for 'attack on Giuliani' budget" LINK

2008: Republicans: McCain:

New York Times' Marc Santora and Michael Cooper: "Romney Is Central Target of McCain Counterattack" LINK

2008: Republicans: Romney:

New York Times' David Kirkpatrick: "Romney's Political Fortunes Tied to Riches He Gained in Business" LINK

Los Angeles Times' Michael Finnega: "On Romney's bus in Iowa, seats are free" LINK

Salt Lake Tribune's Thomas Burr: "Is Romney the stuff of Mormon legend? Alleged Smith prophecy says a Mormon will save the U.S. Constitution" LINK

2008: Republicans: Huckabee:

New Hampshire Union Leader's Jim Kozubek: "Huckabee calls for closing borders, trade negotiations" LINK

2008: Republicans: Thompson?

ABC's Liz Marlantes and Tom Giusto: "Fred Thompson Offers 'Comeback Trail'" LINK

Newsweek's Holly Bailey: "Thompson and the 'Laziness' Issue" LINK

Wall Street Journal's Christopher Cooper: "Thompson's First Test: Raising Funds Fast" LINK

The State's Brad Warthen: Who will run to back Fred Thompson if he comes to S.C.? LINK

Associated Press' Liz Sidoti: New challenges push Thompson into race LINK

2008: Republicans: Bloomberg?

New York Times' Diane Cardwell: "Bloomberg Cast as Enemy No. 1 of Gun Rights" LINK

2008: Republicans: Gingrich?

ABC's Teddy Davis: "Gingrich to Outline Post-Bush Vision in Friday Speech" LINK

The Hill's Aman Ali: "Gingrich hints again of White House run" LINK

2008: Democrats: Clinton:

New York Times' Andrew Adam Newman: "A Theme Song for Clinton: 'I'm a Believer' vs. 'Cold as Ice'" LINK

Los Angeles Times' Ronald Brownstein: "'A Woman in Charge' and 'Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton'" LINK

Politico's Ben Smith: "Clinton backs off Defense of Marriage Act" LINK

Chicago Sun-Times' Maudlyne Ihejirika: "Bill Clinton gets hero's welcome: Many who hear him say it makes deciding between Barack, Hillary tough" LINK

New York Sun editorial: "Clinton and Buffett" LINK


Los Angeles Times' Noam N. Levey: "Democrats plan a Capitol barrage over Iraq" LINK


Washington Post's Shankar Vedantam: "Is Immigration Reform an Act of Symbolic Lawmaking?" LINK

Washington Times' Ralph Z. Hallow: "Opposition to illegals bill aiding grass-roots GOP" LINK

Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: "McConnell key to immigration bill" LINK

President Bush:

Politco's Jonathan Martin: "Gillespie might replace Bartlett" LINK


Robert Novak: "Hatch Act Hatchet Job" LINK

Roll Call's Erin P. Billings: "Nominee to Spark Showdown" LINK


Los Angeles Times' Richard B. Schmitt: "Justice official is said to have favored GOP loyalists" LINK