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Joseph C. Wilson uses a HuffingtonPost column to slice into Obama's anti-war credentials. "There is no credible reason to conclude that Obama would have acted any differently in voting for the authorization had he been in the Senate at that time. Indeed, he has said as much," Wilson writes. "The supposed intuitive judgment he exercised in his 2002 speech was nothing more than the pander of a local election campaign, just as his current assertions of superior judgment and scurrilous attacks on Hillary Clinton are a pander to those who now retroactively think the war was a mistake without bothering to acknowledge Senator Clinton's actual position at the time and instead fantasizing that she was nothing but a Bush clone. Obama willfully encourages and plays off this falsehood."

Clinton surrogate Gloria Steinem makes some headlines by seeming to belittle McCain's years as a POW. "I mean, hello? This is supposed to be a qualification to be president? I don't think so," Steinem said, per the New York Observer's Niall Stanage.

Obama is endorsed by the Toledo Blade and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Enquirer goes with McCain, but The Dallas Morning News sticks with Huckabee. "We look forward to having him around to help shape and lead the Republican Party beyond November," the Morning News editorial reads.

"That's why we encourage Texas Republicans to mark their ballots for Mr. Huckabee in the GOP primary: to demonstrate to the party's elite that Mr. Huckabee and his vision have a solid constituency."

Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla., said Sunday that "he'd support a repeat of the Democratic presidential primary so the state's delegates can be counted at the party's national convention," per Bloomberg's write-up of a CNN interview.

You will be shocked to learn that Kevin Sheekey hasn't given up hopes of being part of a national campaign. "I think the mayor is the ultimate swing voter," Sheekey, a former deputy to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I-N.Y. "He is someone who the country is looking at to find out where they will go. He is one of the true independents in the country."

The kicker:

"The campaign is going very well -- very, very well. Why -- what have you heard?" -- Hillary Clinton, on "Saturday Night Live."

"It started strong, but you don't have an ending." -- Rudolph Giuliani, likening his campaign to an "SNL" skit.

"The country is groaning and moaning and screaming for change." -- Bill Clinton, on the trail.

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