The Note's Must-Reads

2008: Republicans:

New York Times' Marc Santora: "McCain Takes On His Old Friend, Giuliani" LINK

New York Times' Sarah Wheaton: "Endorsements for Giuliani, Romney" LINK

New York Times' JULIE BOSMAN: "G.O.P. Candidates Address Entitlements" LINK

Washington Times' Donald Lambro: "In search of the right candidate" LINK

Washington Times' Ralph Z. Hallow: "Christians riven by '08 GOP field" LINK


Associated Press: "Conservative GOP picks for president" LINK

2008: Republicans: Giuliani:

ABC News' TEDDY DAVIS AND MIKE CHESNEY: "Giuliani Retreats From Reagan Flexibility" LINK

Associated Press: "Rudy: No Tax Hike for Social Security" LINK

Bloomberg's Hans Nichols: "Giuliani's Lead Exposes Evangelicals' Divide Over Loyalty to Republicans" LINK

Washington Times' Joseph Curl: "Perry backs Giuliani for president" LINK

Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: "Giuliani rejects raising taxes to avert Social Security crisis" LINK

Associated Press: "Giuliani's Conservative Support Tenuous" LINK

Salon's Michael Scherer: "Giuliani's Christian-right foes to meet again" LINK

2008: Republicans: Huckabee:

Associated Press: "Huckabee: Rock star status based on political post" LINK

2008: Republicans: McCain:

Time's JOE KLEIN: "McCain Is Back" LINK

Associated Press: "McCain With Mom on Campaign Trail" LINK

Concord Monitor's Lauren R. Dorgan and Sarah Liebowitz: "Was McCain too nice to Lynch?" LINK

2008: Republicans: Romney:

ABC News: "Romney Returns to Iowa, Forgets Wallet" LINK

Daily Standard's Dean Barnett: "Romney and the New Paradigm" LINK

Boston Globe's MICHAEL LEVENSON: "Romney planning to take aim at single motherhood" LINK

Des Moines Register's GRANT SCHULTE: "Romney disses Hillary in Clinton" LINK

Des Moines Register's JANE NORMAN: "Romney No. 1 in Iowa fundraising" LINK

Associated Press: "Mitt: Link college aid to career's worth" LINK

Associated Press: "New Romney ad touts his fiscal conservatism" LINK

Quad City Times' Ed Tibbetts: "Romney pleased Iowa is first" LINK

The State's AARON GOULD SHEININ: "Rivals take aim at Romney" LINK

2008: Republicans: Thompson:

Associated Press: "Anti-Gay Church Says Thompson Agreed" LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: "Thompson's plan spooks GOP?backers" LINK

Knoxville News Sentinel's Tom Humphrey: "Team Fred: 'Well is not dry'" LINK

2008: Democrats:

New York Times' MIKE McINTIRE: "Accused Firm Keeps Giving to Democrats" LINK

2008: Democrats: Biden:

Des Moines Register's JASON CLAYWORTH: "Biden plan: Volunteer lawyers fight violence against women" LINK

Sioux City Journal's Bret Hayworth: "Biden outlines health-care reform plan" LINK

2008: Democrats: Clinton:

American Spectator's Quin Hillyer: "Crooked Hillary" LINK

Boston Globe's Marcella Bombardieri: "Clinton shows femininity to court key constituency" LINK

Associated Press: "Lynne Cheney: Uncomfortable With Hillary" LINK

The HIll's Bob Cusack: "Experience — Sen. Clinton says she has 35 years of it" LINK

New York Daily News' MICHAEL McAULIFF: "Hillary Clinton shrugs off her male rivals' attacks" LINK

2008: Democrats: Edwards:

Des Moines Register's David Yepsen: "Don't make mistake of writing off Edwards just yet" LINK

News & Observer's Rob Christensen: "Edwards woos rural voters" LINK

2008: Democrats: Gore?

Associated Press: "Gore Has No Plans to Seek Presidency" LINK

American Prospect's Paul Waldman: "Al Gore and the Gaffe Wars" LINK

2008: Democrats: Gravel:

St. Petersburg Times' JACOB H. FRIES: "This Democrat doesn't shun Florida" LINK

2008: Democrats: Obama:

New York Times' Jeff Zeleny: "Late-Night Obama" LINK

New York Times' JEFF ZELENY: "Obama Campaign Spending Report Incomplete" LINK

Associated Press: "Obama: What, Me Worry?" LINK

Associated Press: "Black governor endorses Obama" LINK

Des Moines Register's JANE NORMAN: "Obama joins fight over GI benefits" LINK

Boston Herald's Casey Ross and Dave Wedge: "Patrick gets behind Obama" LINK


Presidential Candidates:

Associated Press: "White House hopefuls prep sizable spending plans" LINK


Political Contributions:

Wall Street Journal's BRODY MULLINS: "Donor Bundling Emerges As Major Ill in '08 Race" LINK

Los Angeles Times' Dan Morain: "Tinseltown filling campaign coffers" LINK

Campaign Spending:

ABC News' JENNIFER PARKER and NITYA VENKATARAMAN: "Candidates' Dollars and Cents" LINK

2008: Early States:

New York Times' Katharine Q. Seelye: "The Latest Edition of 'When's My Primary?'" LINK

New York Times' JIM RUTENBERG: "Newest Factor for Primaries: Grinch Effect" LINK

Boston Globe's Scott Helman: "Speculation grows for Dec. primary in N.H." LINK

Des Moines Register's THOMAS BEAUMONT: "Iowa caucuses: GOP shuffle 'keeps us first'" LINK

Union Leader' JOHN DISTASO: "Gardner the guardian" LINK

Union Leader's Joseph W. McQuaid: "Romney, others need to back NH" LINK

New York Daily News' CELESTE KATZ: "Iowa Dems and GOPers debate on caucus date" LINK

The State's AARON GOULD SHEININ: "Democrats in S.C. to seek Jan. 26 vote" LINK

President Bush:

Associated Press: "Bush Prods Congress on Spending Bills" LINK

Associated Press' FOSTER KLUG: "Bush, Congress Honor Dalai Lama" LINK

New York Times' SHERYL GAY STOLBERG: "President Accuses Democrats of Achieving Little at Capitol" LINK

Washington Post's Peter Baker: "Bush Declares That He Remains Relevant" LINK

Secretary of State:

ABC News' JONATHAN KARL: "Rice Visits Bethlehem, Witnesses Conflict's Toll" LINK


Associated Press' ROBERT BURNS: "Iraq Drawdown to Begin in Volatile Area" LINK

Michael B. Mukasey:

New York Times' PHILIP SHENON: "Mukasey Treads Careful Line at Senate Hearing" LINK

New York Times' Editorial: "The Attorney General Nominee" LINK

Washington Post's Dan Eggen and Paul Kane: "Mukasey Vows Not to Bow to Political Power" LINK


New York Times' By ROBERT PEAR: "Democrats Look Ahead as Veto Override Falters" LINK

New York Times' Editorial: "Putting Poor Children Second" LINK

Politico's Martin Kady II: "Dems show no signs of letting up on SCHIP" LINK

Rep. Dennis Hastert:

Roll Call's Lauren W. Whittington and Matthew Murray: "Hastert Likely to Announce Resignation" LINK

Politico's Patrick O'Connor : "Hastert to resign early" LINK


ABC News' Jason Ryan: "House Democrats Pull FISA Bill" LINK

Politico's Mike Allen and Patrick O'Connor: "Republicans plot fall offensive" LINK

Bloomberg's Jonathan D. Salant: "House Democratic Freshmen Use Money Edge to Scare Away Republican Rivals" LINK


New York Times' ERIC LICHTBLAU: "Senate Deal on Immunity for Phone Companies" LINK

Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman and Ellen Nakashima: "Senate and Bush Agree On Terms of Spying Bill" LINK


Associated Press: "Blackwater Likely to Be Out of Iraq" LINK

Valerie Plame:

Associated Press: "Valerie Plame's Book Criticizes Bush, Journalists for Leak Scandal" LINK

Political Humor:

The Hill's Betsy Rothstein and Karissa Marcum: "Who is the best-looking presidential candidate, regardless of political party?" LINK