THE NOTE: Rudy and Mitt's Nasty Fight

And Robert Novak reveals several (not-so) secrets that could stop Huckabee in his tracks: "Huckabee is campaigning as a conservative, but serious Republicans know he is a high-tax, protectionist, big-government advocate of a strong hand in the Oval Office directing the lives of Americans," Novak writes in his Chicago Sun-Times column. "Huckabee is getting enough favorable buzz that, when combined with his evangelical base, it makes real conservatives shudder."

Bush and Gore meet Monday in the Oval Office -- first privately, then publicly, as the president congratulates Nobel recipients. "The president will offer a smile and maybe a handshake -- but don't mistake this photo op for a truce," ABC's Jennifer Duck and Ann Compton report. "The quick encounter won't offer a chance for the biting rhetoric the two men famously exchanged in the 2000 debates, but nervous glances aren't being ruled out when the two rivals come face-to-face at the White House."

The kicker:

"I've always aspired to be a machine." -- Romney, responding to Clinton's campaign ad depicting him as part of the "Republican attack machine."

"I'll get all the Bunnies together, and we can raise him some money. I'll put up a collection box outside the door. They can drop in $1 dollar, $5 dollar contributions." -- Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlight Bunny Ranch brothel, on his decision to endorse Ron Paul for president (as engineered by Tucker Carlson).

"I'm leading in all the polls, I'm beating them in state after state after state." -- Clinton, on her standing against Republicans in the presidential race.

"There have been a lot of polls, and frankly, I don't pay much attention to any of them." -- Clinton (a few paragraphs later in the same story), when asked about the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, which has Obama leading her in Iowa.

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