The Note's Must-Reads

2008: Republican Debate:

Washington Post's Michael D. Shear: "Leading GOP Candidates Skip Debate on Black Issues" LINK

Des Moines Register's David Yepsen: "Elephants Take A Hikeā€¦Over A Cliff?" LINK

Cox News Service's Ken Herman: "GOP candidates rip four who skipped race-issues debate" LINK

Reuters: "Top GOP contenders skip debate on race" LINK

Christian Broadcasting Network's Michael F. Haverluck: "GOP Minority Debate Rolls Despite No-Shows" LINK

New York Times' Michael Falcone: "G.O.P. Candidates Criticize Absent Rivals" LINK

New York Times' MICHAEL COOPER: "4 Top G.O.P. Candidates Skip Debate With Minority Focus" LINK

Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: "Second-tier hopefuls rally for black vote" LINK

Associated Press' BRIAN WITTE: "GOP Hopefuls Assailed for Debate Absence" LINK


New York Post's John Podhoretz: "IT'S RUDY V. HILL" LINK

Associated Press': "Bush, Clinton, Bush ... Clinton?" LINK

2008: Republicans:

Politico's Roger Simon: "The Republican riddle" LINK

Washington Times' Ralph Z. Hallow: "GOP's crucial '08 base divided" LINK

Miami Herald's BETH REINHARD: "GOP hopefuls offered second Spanish debate" LINK

2008: Republicans: Giuliani:

Los Angeles Times' Scott Martelle: "Pete Wilson endorses Giuliani" LINK


2008: Republicans: McCain:

USA Today's Jill Lawrence: "For McCain, it's make or break time" LINK

New York Sun's NICHOLAS WAPSHOTT: "McCain Refreshes a Plan for League of Democracies" LINK

McClatchy Newspapers' Matt Stearns: "McCain campaign airs striking ad on his time as POW" LINK

New York Times' MICHAEL COOPER: "McCain Plays Up His P.O.W. Past" LINK

Washington Times' Joseph Curl: "New ad shows McCain as hurt POW in Vietnam" LINK

Boston Globe's Sasha Issenberg: "Army personnel spoke at McCain rally" LINK

Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman: "New McCain ads highlight time as POW" LINK

Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman: "Gaining ground, McCain on offensive" LINK

2008: Republicans: Thompson:

Associated Press' ERIK SCHELZIG: "Thompson Unaware of Death Penalty Cases" LINK

The Tennessean's JENNIFER BROOKS: "Fred Thompson faces fundraising pressure" LINK

Knoxville News Sentinel's Tom Humphrey: "Thompson is pleased so far" LINK

Los Angeles Times' Don Frederick: "Question on Tennessee trips up Fred Thompson" LINK

Chicago Tribune's BECKY YERAK: "Strong's support goes to Thompson" LINK

2008: Republicans: Romney:

Boston Globe's Lisa Wangsness: "Romney camp sees positives in N.H. poll numbers" LINK

Salt Lake Tribune's Thomas Burr: "Student's video Romney winner" LINK

New York Times' Michael Luo: "Romney Memo Plays Down Polls" LINK

2008: Republicans: Gingrich?

ABC News' TEDDY DAVIS: "Gingrich's Contract with Tomorrow" LINK

2008: Democrats:

Eugene Robinson: "Wanted: Democratic Straight Talk on Iraq" LINK

Detroit Free Press' TODD SPANGLER: "Obama, Clinton battle for black vote in Congress" LINK

Wall Street Journal's Editorial: "Democrats and Iran" LINK

Washington Times' Wesley Pruden: "Reality intrudes on the Democrats" LINK

2008: Democrats: Clinton:

ABC News' JAKE TAPPER: "McGovern Set to Endorse Clinton" LINK

Los Angeles Times' Peter Wallsten: "Clinton's blessing is her curse" LINK

Washington Post's Howard Kurtz: "2 Clintons, 2 Stories -- But Just 1 To See Print" LINK

The Hill's Sam Youngman: "Gingrich: 'Formidable' Clinton most 'effective' candidate" LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: "$600K aimed at Clinton" LINK

Union Leader editorial: "Clinton's big dodge: No plan for Social Security?" LINK

New York Daily News' MICHAEL McAULIFF: "Hillary flip-flop on torture inspired after meeting generals" LINK

Washington Post's Editorial: "Right on Torture - Hillary Clinton spells out the only acceptable policy" LINK

2008: Democrats: Obama:

New York Times' JEFF ZELENY: "Obama Distances Himself From Clinton, on Her Turf" LINK

Los Angeles Times' Andrew Malcolm: "Michelle Obama utters a forbidden phrase" LINK


Des Moines Register's JASON CLAYWORTH: "Obama aide: 'Hidden vote' by Iowa youths will boost bid" LINK

Associated Press' MARCUS FRANKLIN: "Barack Obama draws thousands to a rally in NYC's Washington Square Park" LINK

2008: Democrats: Edwards:

New York Times' DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK: "Edwards to Accept Public Financing for Primaries" LINK

Associated Press' NEDRA PICKLER: "Edwards to Accept Public Campaign Funds" LINK

Des Moines Register's THOMAS BEAUMONT: "Iowans affected by lender linked to Edwards" LINK

Politico's Jeanne Cummings: "Edwards' acceptance of matching funds a necessity" LINK

Boston Globe's Sasha Issenberg: "In shift, Edwards agrees to accept public funds" LINK

Washington Post's Anne E. Kornblut and Matthew Mosk: "Edwards to Accept Public Financing" LINK

New York Times' JULIE BOSMAN: "For Edwards, MTV Turn Takes Twist to Serious" LINK

Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "MySpace/MTV Presidential Town Hall: John Edwards" LINK

Boston Herald's Jessica Heslam: "Edwards webcasts for votes" LINK

2008: Energy Policy:

USA Today's Martha T. Moore: "Candidates talk of alternative fuels, different goals" LINK


Politico's Jim VandeHei and John F. Harris: "Dems could do far more to end Iraq war" LINK


ABC News' Martha Raddatz: "First Lady: Message of Restraint" LINK

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf: "Senators Reach Out to Burmese with Youtube" LINK

President Bush:

Washington Post's Peter Baker: "With Legacy in Mind, Bush Reassesses His Agenda" LINK

Time's JAY NEWTON-SMALL: "Bush: A Born-Again Conservative?" LINK

The Hill's Karissa Marcum: "Bush to attend ceremony for Dalai Lama" LINK

The Financial Times: "Washington changes its tune on climate" LINK


Associated Press' KEVIN FREKING: "Congress OKs Expanded Kids' Health Care" LINK

Washington Times' S.A. Miller: "Gay protection tacked onto defense bill" LINK