In Europe on Tuesday, President Bush offered his full support for Ukraine's bid to join NATO. "Your nation has made a bold decision and the United States strongly supports your request," Bush told Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, per the AP's Matthew Lee.
The Democrats are stepping up their efforts to reach Catholic voters, Beliefnet.com's Dan Gilgoff reports. "In a sign of the intensifying battle for Catholic voters between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, particularly ahead of next month's Pennsylvania primary, both candidates have brought Catholic outreach coordinators aboard their campaigns," he writes.
A story off of the Hill that could have legs: "Prior to the Easter recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to intervene with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in order to get Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin's domestic partner on a military flight for a congressional fact-finding trip to Europe," Politico's Patrick O'Connor and David Rogers write. "The speaker succeeded, but the issue continues to simmer for both sides."
Who's afraid of a little debt? ABC's Jake Tapper has the read-out on the money owed by the Clinton campaign, including $280,000 in healthcare bills, $1,851.08 owed for port-a-potties, and $3,161 due to Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill. -- Clinton's own alma mater.
The campaign continues to insist that money's not a problem -- but why all the desperate-sounding financial appeals? Rick Pearson and Mark Silva, in the Chicago Tribune: "In a new Internet video, Hillary Clinton acknowledged to potential contributors Monday that 'running for president is an arduous undertaking.' In the extended battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, it's also an expensive one."
She can't even hold on to 50 Cent. "To be honest, I haven't been following that anymore. I lost my interest," the rapper told MTV News, explaining that, after supporting Clinton, he's now undecided.
He's not the only one growing tired of the race. "Democratic voters have smashed primary turnout records in more than 20 states, and Republicans have set new marks in nine states. Yet campaign experts do not expect voter enthusiasm to keep up that pace through the November election," ABC's Mark Mooney reports.
"I'm sure there are things in your family that you don't think are anyone's business either." -- Chelsea Clinton, again asked about Monica Lewinsky at a college event.
"It's one of the longest things I have ever done. It's longer than being pregnant." -- Hillary Clinton, on the campaign that will not end.
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