The Note: Keystone Klankers

"The idea has been a hit with McCain's neoconservative supporters, who are frustrated with a balky U.N.," Richter continues. "Now, however, McCain says the group would not use military force, and would be an informal organization in which democratic nations come together in different groupings, depending on their concerns."

Newsweek's Sarah Kliff and Holly Bailey look at efforts to define McCain on the abortion issue: "Several pro-choice groups are nervous that his record isn't speaking loudly enough-that, on the contrary, it's been overshadowed by his reputation as a maverick who bucks the party line. Their fears are bolstered by a new Planned Parenthood survey, conducted in 16 likely battleground states, which shows that 23 percent of McCain's female, pro-choice supporters mistakenly believe he shares their views on abortion."

Sen. Kerry's brother, Cam, helps Obama with Jewish voters: "In today's world, we need African Americans who will stand arm-in-arm with the Jewish community in advocating for Israel and standing up to anti-Semitism -- not only within the black community but also among Africans, Europeans and Muslims across the world," Cam Kerry writes in an op-ed.

"Barack Obama has shown -- by speaking out rather than staying silent -- that he will be such an advocate."

Politico's John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei take on the fallout of the debate: "The shower of indignation on Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos over the last few days is the clearest evidence yet that the Clintonites are fundamentally correct in their complaint that she has been flying throughout this campaign into a headwind of media favoritism for Obama," they write. "The difference seems clear: Many journalists are not merely observers but participants in the Obama phenomenon."

The kicker:

"Let's say I didn't mind it. . . . But I don't make it a regular habit." -- Hillary Clinton, on the shot of whiskey she downed in camera range last week.

"I'm going to give the press some pies and see if it makes them sweeter." -- Barack Obama, perhaps missing the days of sugary coverage.

"I can't believe it - he's such a copycat." -- "A person close to Clinton," to Newsday's Glenn Thrush, on Obama's surprise appearance on "The Colbert Report" on the same program Clinton was scheduled to appear in.

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