THE NOTE: Fred in the Fray


And there will be more details forthcoming from Obama. The candidate "did not provide a full accounting for where his campaign had spent money on travel, catering or a variety of other expenses," The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny writes. "The report filed late Monday shows dozens of payments to credit card companies that were not accompanied by a specific explanation of what the money was spent on. As much as $1.2 million in credit card charges in July, August and September did not contain detailed information of hotels, airfare and campaign expenditures."

Obama has been endorsed by the nation's only black governor, The Boston Globe's Frank Phillips reports. Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., "could give the Illinois senator a boost in the crucial New Hampshire primary and may help Obama blunt some of Senator Hillary Clinton's recent success in winning African-American support." Phillips writes, "Patrick chose Obama because the governor believes the country is hungry for a fresh leadership style, one that stirs up strong voter enthusiasm."

Lynne Cheney isn't voting for Clinton -- but no word yet on her feelings about her husband's newly discovered relative, Mr. Obama. "I'm certainly not going to be a supporter of Mrs. Clinton's and I have been troubled by the fact that you can't know what sort of president she would be, particularly on national security," Mrs. Cheney told the AP's Mary Clare Jalonick. "I kind of like politicians that are more in the Dick Cheney mold, who say what they mean and mean what they say." (And are kind of mean when they say it? This is definitely the story that will take down Sen. Clinton's candidacy, don't you think?)

Hastert, R-Ill., "is expected to announce Thursday that he is resigning his seat in Congress effective later this year, eventually setting up a special election to succeed him," Roll Call's Lauren W. Whittington and Matthew Murray report.

Michael Mukasey isn't likely to run into serious obstacles in his confirmation hearings for attorney general, "but much of the Bush administration's legal and legislative strategy for prosecuting the war on terror could wind up badly bruised," Josh Gerstein reports in the New York Sun.

Democrats are planning their next move on S-CHIP. "With little expectation of overriding President Bush's veto, Democrats in Congress said Wednesday that they would pass a new bill to provide health insurance for 10 million children, but were willing to tweak it to address some White House concerns," Robert Pear writes in The New York Times. "But Democratic leaders, believing they have public support for expanding the program, said they saw no urgent need to negotiate the central elements of the bill."

Remember Cynthia McKinney? The former congresswoman has moved from Georgia to California, "where she still may be considering a run for president on the Green Party ticket," Jeffry Scott reports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "McKinney's name already is on the ballot in California, along with six other Green Party candidates, including Ralph Nader. She and the six others were nominated by a Green Party convention in September in California."

The kicker:

"I can't picture Stephen eating grits, but who knows?" -- Obama, questioning the South Carolina credentials of new rival.

"He's clearly overqualified for the job." -- Romney South Carolina director Terry Sullivan, trying the opposite approach in welcoming the newest candidate to the race.

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