THE NOTE: A Kinder, Gentler Hillary

The senators who would be president head back to Washington for votes today -- the Dream Act and Judge Leslie Southwick's appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is headed home to help his constituents cope with the wildfires, ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports.

Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., who was once ratted out by another congressman for smoking a cigar in his office, yesterday tattled on Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who was having a news conference with what Tancredo thought were illegal immigrants. "Mr. Tancredo announced yesterday morning that he had contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency, calling for the arrest of illegal immigrants he said would attend the news conference," Julia Preston reports in The New York Times.

Gary Hart weighs in on Clinton's red-state impact. "I think we'll know that by her performance in the early caucuses. I think in the primaries, if she has broad appeal, not only to women but to independents, to disaffected Republicans and so on, I think that concern goes away, including in, I guess purple states like Colorado," Hart tells the Rocky Mountain News' M.E. Sprengelmeyer. "If, however, her base turns out to be narrower and she doesn't have broader appeal, I think it's a legitimate concern."

Thomas Beaumont of the Des Moines Register reports on the disparity of intensity of the fight in Iowa. "Democratic candidates for president have wagered vastly more on Iowa than their Republican counterparts, a sign the state's caucuses are seen as more pivotal to the Democrat nomination," he writes. "The intensity of the Democratic campaign compared to the Republican contest in Iowa also is a sign the state is the place where Clinton is most vulnerable."

Stephen Colbert may need to get some truthiness from his lawyers. "The joke could be on Colbert if federal election officials decide his candidacy is for real," per ABC News. "If his campaign plays out the way he's indicated that it will, Comedy Central and Colbert's sponsor, Doritos, could be violating federal laws that bar corporations from backing political campaigns, election law experts say." Says Massie Ritsch of the Center for Responsive Politics: "The Federal Election Commission doesn't have a great sense of humor."

Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, has changed his travel routine since his arrest in Minneapolis, the Washington Examiner's Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin report. "One thing about his travel plans is different since his widely publicized arrest: Sources tell us he's now connecting through the Denver airport."

The RNC is claiming more than 100,000 hits for its Halloween treat (Hillary Clinton's winning -- by a lot).

Comedian Mo Rocca has the hot new drink for caucus time: the Iowa-tini. Ethanol is the new vermouth.

The kicker:

"I took a city that was full of pornography and licked it to a large extent." -- Giuliani, standing out even on a day filled with gaffes. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/2007/10/24/2007-10-24_campaign_takeout.html

"You don't want someone who pretends to be a Red Sox fan. . . . . You want him to be principled, even when he's losing he stands up for 'em." -- Obama, explaining his solid White Sox allegiance even in the wake of Giuliani's newfound support for Boston. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2007/10/rudy-files-in-n.html

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