THE NOTE: Mitt's Mormon Gamble

And, of course, there's immigration. Huckabee may have given his critics more ammunition on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," when he "hedged Sunday on whether illegal immigrants who have gone to school in the United States should become eligible for federal student aid such as Pell grants and subsidized federal student loans," per ABC's Teddy Davis.

Huckabee is coming in for his first sustained stretch of media scrutiny, and we'll see how voters react to his brand of compassion -- and how the media reacts to a candidate who once explained his politics thusly: "I drink a different kind of Jesus juice."

The quote explained why he opposed a bill that would deny public benefits to illegal immigrants, part of a "heterodox" record as Arkansas governor, Richard Fausset writes in the Los Angeles Times.

Also in the news:

The New York Daily News' Celeste Katz and Michael Saul don't find many voters caring about Giuliani's affair and security billing scandal, but they got former governor Robert Ehrlich, a prominent Rudy backer, in an unguarded moment.

"If the substance of the story is true, he's got a lot of explaining to do," said Ehrlich, R-Md. "It would certainly haunt him."

Ehrlich told the AP yesterday that he spoke to a top Giuliani campaign official and was assured "that the New York Police Department had deemed the security details necessary because of threats related to [Judith] Nathan."

That's great that the Rudy people got to Ehrlich that quickly, but doesn't this tie Judith Nathan to the story even more than before?

President Bush will be in the Rose Garden at 10 am ET Monday to make a statement on Congress "legislative priorities for the remainder of the year," per the White House. Appropriations, anyone?

Karl Rove offers some unsolicited advice to Obama in the Financial Times. "Stop acting like a vitamin-deficient Adlai Stevenson," Rove writes.

"Her record is weak, her personality off-putting and her support thin. If she wins the nomination it will be because her rivals -- namely you -- were weak when you confronted her and could not look her in the eye when you did." (And this gem of a line: "Hillary comes across as cold, distant and conspiracy-minded, more like Richard Nixon than her sunny, charming husband.")

The Jackson family feud spills onto the op-ed page of the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday, with Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., swinging back at his dad for accusing Democrats -- including Obama -- for having "virtually ignored the plight of African Americans."

Writes the son, in a letter to the editor: "While causing quite a stir, Jackson's comments unfortunately dimmed -- rather than directed -- light on the facts. . . . As a national co-chairman of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, I've been a witness to Obama's powerful, consistent and effective advocacy for African Americans."

It gets better.

Per Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times: "While the reverend and his namesake son support Obama, Jacqueline, [Jesse Sr.'s] wife, is supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and another son, Yusef, is a major Clinton fund-raiser.

The Sun-Times has learned from the Clinton and Obama campaigns that Rep. Jackson and his mother will be hitting the campaign trail for their respective candidates in the early presidential voting states.

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