It's not easy to change the subject: "A day after angrily breaking from his Chicago pastor, Obama pushed an economic message, talking about jobs and gas prices, touring a metal manufacturing company and packing a university arena as he so often does," John McCormick and Rick Pearson write in the Chicago Tribune.
"But it remained clear that Wright and his controversial statements in sermons and to the media were still a top issue among Obama's opponents and even some of his supporters."
But -- Clinton has another stump-speech (tall) tale to explain.
She's been talking about jobs lost when Indiana-based Magnequench moved to China, but "when it comes to Magnequench there's quite a bit that Clinton has conveniently forgotten," ABC's Jake Tapper reports.
"What Clinton doesn't tell voters is that Magnequench was originally sold to Chinese interests during her husband's administration, which okayed the move despite concerns about national security and eventual job loss. Experts say the Chinese acquired the 'technical sophistication' that created the magnets long before George W. Bush took office."
McClatchy's Stephen Thomma: "What Clinton never includes in the oft-repeated tale is the role that prominent Democrats played in selling the company and its technology to the Chinese. She never mentions that big-time Democratic contributor George Soros helped put together the deal to sell the company or that the sale was approved by her husband's administration."
ABC's Cynthia McFadden hits the trail with Clinton in Indiana for a "Nightline" piece from the trail Thursday night.
Thursday is the fifth anniversary of "Mission Accomplished," which also marks five years of the White House hearing about what a terrible idea that banner was.
Said White House press secretary Dana Perino: "We have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner. And I recognize that the media is going to play this up again tomorrow, as they do every single year."
Um, yeah. And we're not alone in taking note: "Timed with the five-year anniversary of President Bush's 'mission accomplished' moment, the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org is launching a television ad which paints a vote for McCain as a vote for a third Bush term," ABC's Teddy Davis and Talal Al-Khatib report. "MoveOn's ad, which has $160,000 behind it, will air starting Thursday on national cable as well as on broadcast networks in Iowa and New Mexico."
"Echoing a commercial from the national Democratic Party, the MoveOn ad represented an expanded attack on the GOP's all-but-nominated candidate," the AP's Jim Kuhnhenn reports. (And yes, we're hearing more about "100 years.")
The Obamas and the Clintons hit Indiana on Thursday, while McCain is in Ohio and Indiana after doing the morning-show rounds. DNC Chairman Howard Dean is Jon Stewart's guest on "The Daily Show."
Get all the schedules in The Note's "Sneak Peek."
Also making news:
The New York Times' Michael Powell and Jodi Kantor offer the tick-tock of the falling out between the pastor and the politician. "Only in this hotel room, confronted with the televised replay of the combustible pastor, did the candidate realize the full import of the remarks, his aides say. At the same time, aides fielded phone calls and e-mail from uncommitted superdelegates, several demanding that the candidate speak out more forcefully," they write.