The Note: Drifting Toward Denver

Get the candidates' schedules in The Note's "Sneak Peek."

Also making news:

A new name out of the Rezko trial: Karl Rove. "Prosecutors alleged that political insiders in Washington and Illinois claimed to be working to choke off a criminal investigation launched by U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald," Bob Secter and Jeff Coen write in the Chicago Tribune.

"At the trial of Antoin 'Tony' Rezko, prosecutors revealed Wednesday that former Rezko confidant Ali Ata was prepared to testify that Rezko told him in November 2004 of a plan to pull strings with then-White House political director Karl Rove and have Fitzgerald fired."

Obama scrutiny over the oil-money claims continues. "Sen. Barack Obama continued accepting donations from oil company executives and employees last month even as he aired ads in which he stated he took no oil company money," Dan Morain writes in the Los Angeles Times.

"Obama has taken at least $263,000 from oil company executives, family members and employees since entering the presidential race last year, including $46,000 last month. At least $140,000 has come in chunks of between $1,000 and $2,300, the maximum permitted under federal law."

A fresh issue -- any fresh issue -- is welcome these days. "In a new policy split in the presidential campaign, Barack Obama opposed a federal gas-tax holiday supported by John McCain, the likely Republican nominee. Hillary Clinton said she would be open to the tax break," writes The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos.

The RNC is already out with a video on the subject.

The New Republic's Michael Crowley has an interesting look at Obama and the war: "Barack Obama's campaign is largely based around a promise to 'end the war' in Iraq by withdrawing troops within 16 months. But some Washington foreign policy mandarins insist this isn't possible--that a total U.S. withdrawal isn't achievable and Obama knows it. That Obama, like Nixon, in fact has a secret plan not to end the war."

Al Gore time? The Boston Phoenix's Steven Stark thinks so: "If [Hillary] and Bill care about the party and nation and truly believe that Obama is unelectable -- an unpopular but defensible argument -- they have, really, only two choices. They can throw in with an effort to draft their former protégé. . . . Or they can continue to indulge their illusions and send their party hurtling toward disaster."

Tired, anyone? Well -- yes. "They've been campaigning hard for more than a year, and their wall-to-wall schedules won't let up anytime soon. Neither wants to cede ground in their epic struggle for the Democratic nomination," the AP's Liz Sidoti writes.

"Fatigue, however, breeds unforced errors -- and both candidates have made some in the past few weeks."

The kicker:

"Hillary Clinton wins the Pennsylvania primary. I can't wait to see where she grew up in Indiana." -- Stephen Colbert

"He asked if we would write 'OBAMA' on the Hollywood sign with our laser tag." -- Laser-graffiti artist James Powderly, on a call received from an Obama supporter. (His company declined.)

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