The Note's Must-Reads

2008: Republicans:McCain:

The Politico's Jonathan Martin and Mike Allen: "McCain drain: Inside the implosion" LINK

The New York Times' Adam Nagourney and David D. Kirkpatrick: "McCain Campaign Drops Top Aides; New Doubts Rise" LINK

Washington Post's Dan Balz and Anne Kornblut: "Top Aides Leave McCain Camp" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Michael Finnegan: "Top McCain advisors step down" LINK

The Politico's John Bresnahan: "McCain clashes with Voinovich" LINK

The Union Leader's John Distaso: "McCain refocuses campaign on NH and South Carolina" LINK

Politics of Iraq:

Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh Murray: "In GOP, Growing Friction On Iraq" LINK

The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny and Sheryl Gay Stolberg: "Bush Counters G.O.P. Dissent on Iraq Policy " LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Julian E. Barnes and Ned Paxter: "U.S. troop buildup in Iraq falling short" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Noam N. Levey and Maura Reynolds: "Congress antsy, but Bush won't budge" LINK

The Associated Press: "Gregg, Sununu back bipartisan Iraq bill" LINK

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf and Nitya Venkataraman: "Troop Surge Enters Defense Bill Debate" LINK

New York Daily News' Kenneth R. Bazinet: "I'm not gonna budge on Iraq, Bush says" LINK

The Washington Times' Sean Lengell: "Senate eyes Iraq pullout once again" LINK

Vitter's "very serious sin:"

ABC News' Jake Tapper: "Sen. Vitter Apologizes for His Link to 'D.C. Madam'" LINK

The New York Times' Adam Nossiter: "A Senator's Moral High Ground Gets a Little Shaky" LINK

Bush Administration:

The New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg: "An Ebbing of Coverage With '08 on the Horizon" LINK

The New York Times' Gardiner Harris: "Surgeon General Sees 4-Year Term as Compromised" LINK

Associated Press' Kevin Freking: "Carmona Says Bush Officials Muzzled Him" LINK

The New York Times' Jim Rutenberg: "Former Bush Aide Agrees to Answer Questions" LINK

2008: money:

USA Today's Fredreka Schouten: "'08 money race: Some nickel-and-diming it" LINK

2008: Republicans:

Bloomberg's Heidi Przybyla: "Thompson, Giuliani Seen as Winners as McCain Campaign Struggles" LINK

The Washington Times' Eric Pfeiffer: "GOP effort will target female voters" LINK

The Union Leader's Tom Fahey: "Giuliani not writing off McCain" LINK

2008: Republicans: Giuliani:

ABC News' Rick Klein and Jan Simmonds: "Firefighters Burn Giuliani" LINK

New York Daily News' Celeste Katz: "Sen. Sinner puts Rudy in tight spot " LINK

2008: Democrats:

New York Daily News' Michael McAuiff: "Hil, Bam trade jabs in battle over war " LINK

Washington Post's Anne Kornblut: "Obama Echoes Clinton on Iraq War, to a Different End" LINK

2008: Democrats: Edwards:

The Union Leader's Stephen Beale: "Elizabeth Edwards: My husband has best chance" LINK