THE NOTE: Dems Tangle in Mailings, Memos on Iran

How would the next Clinton White House differ from the last one? Start with meetings that would start on time -- though that would not necessarily make them more interesting, The New York Times' Mark Leibovich writes. "A Hillary Clinton White House would be more punctual, precise and process-oriented than her husband's. Still, managing something as big as the federal government and unforeseeable as a presidency presents an inevitably steep learning curve."

ABC's Jake Tapper shares an old newspaper story with former senator Fred Thompson, R-Tenn. -- with a quote from a 31-year-old Thompson himself. "I think obviously that in the future the president is not going to be the sole individual to determine what is a matter of national security," Thompson said in 1974. Thompson's response, in 2007: "I thought I confiscated all of those," he joked, adding that his concerns were specific to the Nixon administration. (Translation: What was obvious then may not be if he becomes president himself.)

AP's Liz Sidoti provides a reminder that Giuliani hasn't heard the last of Bernie Kerik. "Should prosecutors charge Kerik and the case reach trial, Giuliani could end up being called to testify during the general election campaign," she writes. "Should Kerik agree to a plea deal, he could be admitting guilt on some level for activities that may have taken place while the city employed him and on Giuliani's watch."

The Des Moines Register's David Yepsen sees the Jan. 3 caucus date as giving a boost to Edwards, who has strong support "among party rank and file and traditional caucus-goers" who would likely show up whenever the caucuses are held. "Obama's forces were hoping to turn out cadres of college-age caucus-goers but many of them will still be on holiday break on Jan. 3," Yepsen writes. "Clinton's campaign was hoping for a weekend event to help turn out working women, young mothers and older women who may not feel comfortable, or able, to attend a caucus on a week night."

Edwards today unveils a new corporate responsibility package, including caps on executive pensions and new shareholder rights. "In this election, you face a choice between honest leadership and say anything politics, between conviction and calculation, between strength and compromise," Edwards plans to say today in Des Moines, per his campaign.

Haven't we seen this movie before? "The House easily approved a new version of legislation to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program yesterday, but the vote failed to get any more Republicans to override another promised veto from President Bush," Jonathan Weisman reports in The Washington Post. "The 265 to 142 tally included 43 Republicans, two fewer than the version that passed Sept. 25."

Haven't we seen this movie before, too? "House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel has dropped a political bomb that Republicans say may derail his fellow Democrats' pre-election momentum," Bloomberg's Alison Fitzgerald reports. "Rangel yesterday offered a sweeping tax overhaul, which he dubbed 'the mother of all reforms.' The proposal would raise taxes on higher-income families and some businesses, while cutting bills for the working poor and lowering the corporate rate. Republicans accused Rangel and his party of trying to raise taxes by more than $1 trillion."

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