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But she may have given her opponents more ammunition by again avoiding a direct, concise answer on the issue of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants: "I think if you go back and look at the complexity of this issue, I don't think a lot of these hard questions lend themselves to raising your hand," she said.

"It depends upon what state they're in. It depends upon what they think the risks are. You know, a governor of New York that has a lot of immigrants, many of whom we know are not their legally, has to worry about security. A governor of another state where that's not a problem doesn't."

(Which crime-free states might you be referring to, senator? And how is it that the fine-tuned Clinton campaign has now gone seven days without putting this to rest?)

The secrecy of records from Clinton's years as first lady is emerging as a major theme of her rivals' attacks.

And she has more documents to worry about (and explain away): The papers of the late Diane Blair, who was preparing a book she never got a chance to write, won't be released to the public until the politically convenient year of 2009, despite earlier indications that they'd be available by now, ABC's Jake Tapper reports.

"Only two copies of the Blair Report were ever made; one was given to the Clintons, the other remained in Blair's custody until after her death, whereupon the books were given to the University of Arkansas Library," Tapper writes.

The tug between change and nostalgia for the Clinton years is very real in the Democratic Party. Bloomberg News' Heidi Przybyla is the latest to round up red-state Democrats who are concerned about the impact of a Clinton candidacy.

"They say those perceptions raise questions about her ability to defeat a Republican nominee, and may cause trouble for other Democratic office-seekers in swing states like Missouri and in the South," Przybyla writes. "There's evidence to support both sides of the Democrats' debate. The national polls that show Clinton leading in the general election also suggest that her strong support from some voters is offset by strong animosity from many others."

ABC News' Kate Snow made her first (of many, we imagine) trips to battleground Ohio, finding much the same theme.

"I know I won't vote for Hillary Clinton but I might vote for another Democrat," said Sandra Brausch, an investment banker from Medina, Ohio, and who voted for Bush in both 2000 and 2004. "But not Hillary Clinton."

"If that's my choice I am not voting Democrat," echoed Dr. Chris Kalucis, an ear nose and throat specialist in Medina, who also voted for Bush twice.

ABC's Jake Tapper surveys the Democrats' dreams from the Four Corners: "Democratic gains in the Inner Mountain states have party strategists drooling. In 2000, these eight states had not one Democratic governor among them. Today there are five."

Can Clinton compete in Ohio and out West? If recent polling is right, we may just find out.

After two post-debate polls showed her lead slipping, Clinton is back in a comfort zone in the new USA Today/Gallup Poll.

It's Clinton 50 (above that pseudo-magical threshold again), Obama 22, Edwards 15.

And it's one mixed metaphor from analyst Charlie Cook: The Democratic race "is a locomotive with Hillary Clinton's face on it," political analyst Charlie Cook says. "On the Republican side, it looks like the TV show "Survivor"."

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