THE NOTE: Big Names Back Rudy, McCain

He calls it an "an increasingly distinctive approach to policy questions. Biden's complex answers often feature more movable parts than his Democratic rivals', usually reaching beyond typical issue categories such as economic, foreign, and trade policy."

The Washington Post's Carrie Johnson sees Dodd's Senate Banking Committee lagging behind the issues as he runs for president.

"Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat who is drawing about 1 percent support in major polls, follows the campaign trail while some of the most critical issues on his Senate panel's agenda remain stuck in neutral," Johnson writes.

We should know more about Michigan's primary date tonight, which should help New Hampshire to fall into place.

"Michigan Democrats who support a Jan. 15 presidential primary say they've got the votes on the party's executive committee to defeat any efforts to switch the date or hold a caucus instead," per the AP's Kathy Barks Hoffman.

Who says Nevada doesn't matter?

With a Democratic debate coming to Las Vegas next week, the state Democratic Party today is previewing its Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner -- and to pick the speaking order at the dinner (out of a cowboy hat, of course).

And mark your calendars: Clinton and Edwards are on board for a presidential forum on climate issues, to be held Nov. 17 in Los Angeles.

The forum's sponsors are billing it as the "first time in history" that presidential candidates will appear at a forum focused on issues of global warming and the nation's energy future, and all of the Democrats and Republicans have been invited.

Looking for another consequence of the most expensive campaign in history?

Vanity Fair's Maureen Orth reports that the Washington social scene is as gridlocked as its lawmaking. "Since Hillary has been here in the Senate for the last eight years, I think I've seen her twice," says Sally Quinn. "Otherwise, she is at fund-raisers. She entertains constantly, but it is all political. It is people who work for her or raise money for her."

The kicker:

"And so do I." -- Thompson, after Fox News Channel's Carl Cameron tried to hurry up an interview by saying, "The next president of the United States has a schedule to keep."

"I have nothing to show." -- Romney, declining a Mardi Gras-style bead necklace, and being confronted by some "Hooters" girls at a chili cook-off in South Carolina.

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