THE NOTE: Big Names Back Rudy, McCain

"The lobbying was pretty intense, according to several people, with most of it against allowing Mr. Colbert, the comedian on Comedy Central and native son of the state, on the ballot," she writes. "They included prominent supporters of Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois, although another prominent supporter lobbied in favor of Mr. Colbert. The Obama campaign said that it had no connection to the vote."

With Obama getting some scrutiny for his own disclosures, his campaign is preparing to release new details on his "bundlers," ABC's Rhonda Schwartz and Justin Rood report.

First they raised money on the possibility that you could watch the debate with the former president. Now the Clinton campaign is raising money on the fact that he watched the debate with someone who isn't you. (Anyone still wondering why she's so hard to beat?)

She may not have been at her best last Tuesday, but you wouldn't know it from the glowing reviews in this Web video -- or the snap debate analysis from President Clinton himself: "If you notice, she hasn't hit them back. She answers their charges, but doesn't hit them back."

The Wall Street Journal's Mary Jacoby looks into one of the few clients of Giuliani Partners about which any details are known: the government of Qatar.

"Many details of the deal aren't known, including whether it is still in effect. It was signed with state-run Qatar Petroleum around 2005, according to Chase Untermeyer, who left a three-year term as President Bush's envoy to Qatar in August. It involved a subsidiary, Giuliani Security & Safety LLC, which offered security advice to a giant natural-gas processing facility in Qatar," Jacoby writes. "While Qatar is a U.S. ally, it has drawn scrutiny for its involvement in the U.S. effort to combat terrorism."

The New York Sun's Seth Gitell looks at the competing images of two potential first ladies.

"Judith Giuliani is now playing the role of a surrogate for Mayor Giuliani on health care issues, but Rep. Dennis Kucinich's spouse, Elizabeth, may be showing she possesses the potential to become a more popular public figure than her own husband," Gitell writes.

He judges Mrs. Giuliani's speech yesterday at a breast cancer conference as a success: "Unlike her early Barbara Walters interview on ABC, Mrs. Giuliani spoke comfortably and with authority on an issue with which she, as a former oncological nurse, was familiar. She scored on one important rule of politics: Preparation counts."

Kucinich, D-Ohio, fell short in his effort to get a debate on impeaching Vice President Dick Cheney -- to the disappointment of some House Republicans who changed their votes to see the measure come to the floor.

"The antiwar liberal's seemingly quixotic effort drew unexpected support from Republicans, who saw a golden opportunity to engage Democrats in a debate on the issue," The Washington Post's Elizabeth Williamson reports.

It wound up getting sent to the House Judiciary Committee. "There it is destined for oblivion," Williamson writes.

Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., has a new book out that focuses on energy issues.

"Richardson, a former U.S. energy secretary and the current New Mexico governor, uses this book to hammer at energy-related policies he has espoused at many Iowa campaign stops," the Des Moines Register's William Petroski writes.

The Boston Globe's Sasha Issenberg looks at the innovative campaign approach of Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.: long, complex answers.

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