THE NOTE: Manhattan Cheers, Bronx Jeers

The New York Daily News has an exclusive with the birthday gal, who says she has everything she could hope for (including a Chanel watch) and won't reveal what she will wish for when she blows out the candles.

"Obviously I hope and expect that I will win. But I know it doesn't come from wishing, it comes from hard work. And I am going to do everything between now and then to make that happen,"

Sam Brownback may have dropped out of the presidential race last week but he's keeping his name in the headlines by coyly hinting at an endorsement of Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani is not the most obvious choice to win the support of Brownback, a staunch social conservative. But in an interview with The Hill, the Kansas Senator said he would consider getting behind Giuliani because he believed the New York Mayor had changed his position on abortion issues.

The endorsement could be a significant boost for Giuliani, who has struggled to win over the conservative wing of the Republican Party and was trounced at the Values Voters straw poll in Washington last week.

While he may not see eye-to-eye with conservatives on social issues, Giuliani may be shoring up his national security credentials on the right by consulting a "particularly hawkish group of advisers and neoconservative thinkers" that he may not even agree with on foreign policy.

The New York Times' Michael Cooper and Marc Santora look at Giuliani's consultations with Norman Podhoretz, Daniel Pipes and Michael Rubin and note that as a former mayor, Giuliani had "little direct exposure" to the foreign policy issues that the next president will face and is still developing "detailed positions on particular subjects."

One of those subjects may be the issue of torture, as Giuliani seemed to be more candid than even President Bush on the issue of waterboarding.

When asked whether he agreed with U.S. Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey on the subject of waterboarding, Giuliani did not rule out the technique as a form of "aggressive questioning" of terror suspects but said he was not sure if the practice was torture, ABC News' Jan Simmonds reports.

"It depends on how it's done. It depends on the circumstances. It depends on who does it," he said.

Simmonds notes that Giuliani was clear to point out that the United States should not be involved in torture, but did say "aggressive questioning" should be used.

USA Today's Susan Page looks at Giuliani's national strategy and strengths as a "coast to coast" candidate and writes that analysis of USA Today/Gallup polls show his strongest appeal is in geographic areas and among some of the people with whom Clinton also shows strength.

Page notes that Giuliani has led the GOP field in each of the 18 USA Today polls taken this year, defying the conventional wisdom that his liberal social views and "messy personal life" would sink his campaign.

"Giuliani's resilience tests an emerging thesis advanced by his strategists and some other analysts that combating Islamic extremism is an issue that could trump social conservatism, a fundamental tenet in Republican politics for a generation. It also underscores the weaknesses in the rest of the GOP field and the alarm some Republicans feel toward the prospect of another Clinton in the White House."

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