The Note's Must-Reads


USA Today's Susan Page and William Risser: "Americans revved up — and ready to vote" LINK

The State: "Polls put McCain ahead in S.C." LINK

Republicans: Romney:

Boston Globe's Michael Levenson: "Romney shifts his message to fight for jobs" LINK

Time's MICHAEL DUFFY AND KAREN TUMULTY: "Can the Economy Save Mitt Romney?" LINK

Republicans: McCain:

New York Times' ELISABETH BUMILLER: "McCain Parries a Reprise of '00 Smear Tactics" LINK

Washington Post's Matthew Mosk: "McCain Takes the Fight To Negative Opponents" LINK

Wall Street Journal's ALEX FRANGOS: "McCain Courts Military in South Carolina" LINK

Boston Globe's Sasha Issenberg: "Mich. holds rhetoric lesson for McCain" LINK

Republicans: Huckabee:

Wall Street Journal's LAURA MECKLER: "Huckabee's Task: Going National On a Shoestring" LINK

Boston Globe's Charlie Savage: "Huckabee scene more than cameo for Chuck Norris" LINK

Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: "Huckabee vows to send all illegal aliens home" LINK

Republicans: Giuliani:

New York Times' Sam Roberts: "Even at Home, Backers Worry About Giuliani" LINK


New York Times' MICHAEL LUO and MICHAEL COOPER: "Focus Shifts to South Carolina for Romney and Rivals" LINK

Washington Post's Michael D. Shear and Juliet Eilperin: "Unifying Message Likely to Produce GOP's Standout" LINK

Politico's Jim VandeHei and John F. Harris: "GOP funk slows turnout, money" LINK

New York Sun's NICHOLAS WAPSHOTT: "Romney Victory May Be a Boon for Giuliani" LINK

Democrats: Clinton:

New York Times' PATRICK HEALY: "Clinton Seeks Blend of Policy and Persona" LINK

Politico's Ben Smith: "Jewish voters lean toward Hillary Clinton" LINK

Boston Globe's Marcella Bombardieri: "Clinton attacks put focus on Iraq record" LINK

Washington Times' Christina Bellantoni: "Hillary raises Yucca issue in Nevada" LINK

Democrats: Obama:

Washington Post's Howard Kurtz: "Obama Touts War Opposition, Lobby Reform" LINK

Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown: "Obama 'unhappy' with racial memo" LINK

Los Angeles Times' Seema Mehta: "Obama's backyard economics session" LINK

Bloomberg's Heidi Przybyla: "Obama's Surging Black Support May Tilt South Carolina Primary" LINK

Chicago Sun Times' Lynn Sweet: "Obama drug use raised" LINK


USA Today's Fredreka Schouten: "No more niceties in Nevada for Clinton, Obama" LINK

Newsweek's Brooks Jackson: "Stacking the Deck" LINK

New York Sun's RUSSELL BERMAN: "Clinton: Obama Should Vote 'No' On Abortion Issue She Backed" LINK

Las Vegas Sun's J. Patrick Coolican, Michael Mishak: "Democrats back to the battle" LINK

Early States: South Carolina:

The State's John O'Connor: "Dash to the wire" LINK

New York Times' Leslie Wayne: "In South Carolina, the Campaign Mud Arrived Before Santa" LINK

USA Today's David Jackson: "Republicans appeal on economic, social points in S.C." LINK

Early States: Florida:

USA Today's Kathy Kiely: "Florida Dems eager to vote despite candidates' boycott" LINK

Miami Herald's MARC CAPUTO AND BREANNE GILPATRICK: "Lieberman, GOP campaign for Jewish vote" LINK

Latino Voters:

Newsweek's Arian Campo-Flores: "Courting Latinos" LINK

Los Angeles Times' Mark Z. Barabak and Robin Abcarian: "Democrats go deep to court Latino vote" LINK


Washington Post's Neil Irwin: "An Economy's Mixed Message on Suffering" LINK


Washington Post's Paul Farhi: "Candidates' Tunes Hit A Few Sour Notes" LINK