The Note's Must-Reads

Politics of Iraq:

The New York Times' David E. Sanger: "White House Debate Rises on Iraq Pullback" LINK

Wall Street Journal editorial board: "Republican Retreat" LINK

The Daily News' Michael McAuliff: "Iraq showdown set in Senate" LINK

The Washington Post's Shankar Vedantam: "Gates Defers Travel Plans To Help With Iraq Report" LINK

President Bush:

Bloomberg News' Brendan Murray and Brian Faler: "Bush, Democrats Seek `Very Big Fight' With Each Other on Budget" LINK

The Associated Press' Laurie Kellman: "Congress Returns, Ready to Battle Bush" LINK

The Washington Times' Jon Ward: "Bush nominee runs into crossfire." LINK


The New York Times' Adam Nagourney: "Voters Excited Over '08 Race; Tired of It, Too" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Mark Z. Barabak and Dan Morain: "Presidential campaign money gap widens" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Robin Abcarian: "Hearts over minds, he tells Democrats" LINK

2008: New Hampshire:

Boston Globe's Brian Mooney: "He's N.H.'s secret to primary primacy" LINK

2008: Republicans: Giuliani:

The Daily News' Celeste Katz: "Rudy okay, kinda, say 2 Florida GOPers" LINK

The New York Times' Marc Santora: "An Introduction to the Nation of Nascar" LINK

2008: Democrats: Edwards:

Politico's Mike Allen: "Edwards to announce poverty tour" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's John Harwood: "Edwards Urges Rise In Hedge-Fund Taxes" LINK

The New York Times' Maureen Dowd: "Phantom at the Opera" LINK

2008: Democrats: Obama:

Newsweek's Richard Wolffe and Daren Briscoe: "Across the Divide; How Barack Obama is shaking up old assumptions about what it means to be black and white in America"LINK

Newsweek's Ellis Cose: "Signs of Progress; Obama can't take the 'minority vote' for granted. That reflects how far we've come in the struggle to get beyond race" LINK

Associated Press' Beth Fouhy: "Analysis: Cash, but Doubts for Obama"LINK

Pelosi politics:

The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman: "Edging Away From Inner Circle, Pelosi Asserts Authority" LINK

Associated Press: "Sheehan considers targeting Pelosi" LINK

Political potpourri:

Newsweek's Darren Briscoe: "After the Trailblazers; They represent a 'sea change' in black politics: leaders who appeal to all races by stressing consensus over conflict" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Gregg Hitt: "Energy Debate Splits Democrats" LINK

USA Today's Richard Willing: "Lawmakers to work on shutting down Guantanamo facility" LINK

Libby's commutation:

Newsweek's Michael Isikoff: "Friends in High Places; Inside Bush's decision to give Scooter Libby a pass" LINK

The Washington Times' Eric Pfeiffer: "Democrats call Libby 'silenced'" LINK