Obama Breaks Pledge, Rejects Public Funding Against McCain

Primed for follow-up: "The challenges facing Sen. Barack Obama as he tries to woo supporters of former rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton could pale in comparison with Sen. John McCain's troubles with female voters -- if the voices of a growing number of prominent Republican women are any indication," Carla Marinucci reports in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Something else you'll see again: "Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., outlined a Social Security plan last week that helps inoculate him against Republican charges that he wants to hike payroll taxes on the upper-middle class," per ABC's Teddy Davis, Sunlen Miller, and Gregory Wallace. "But the proposal would raise far less revenue -- $847 billion less over ten years -- than an idea he touted in an Iowa newspaper last year when he was seeking the Democratic nomination."

The Obama outreach: "With the Democratic presidential nomination in his grasp, Sen. Barack Obama is making a full-throttle push for centrist evangelicals and Catholics," Daniel Burke writes in a story that appears in USA Today. "It's a move that's caught off guard some conservative evangelicals, who say they are surprised and dismayed to see a progressive-minded politician attempting to conscript their troops. At the same time, they say Sen. John McCain has done little to court their affections."

Yet: "Sen. John McCain so far is performing well among rank and file evangelical voters," Perry Bacon Jr. writes in The Washington Post. "A Washington Post-ABC News poll released this week found McCain collecting about 68 percent of the white evangelical vote, compared to Barack Obama's 22 percent. That number is very similar to level of support President Bush received in June 2004, when he led then Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry 65 to 30 among white evangelicals."

Advice from Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan.: McCain needs to "show the country more of his heart," Brownback tells NPR's Robert Siegel.

Remembering Russert:

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank collects the bold-faced names at Tim Russert's memorial service (and does anyone doubt that Luke Russert is bound for superstardom?).

Robert Novak reveals his source -- no, not THAT one. "Tim and I disagreed on tax policy and other issues, but we never debated over the phone. Instead, we exchanged political information, and I usually was the recipient. He supplied for use in my column news tidbits he could not use. During my half century of journalism, he was the only colleague who was a source."

The Kicker:

"Eat what she tells you to eat." -- Intern instructions for how to handle the wife of Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, per The Hill's Alexander Bolton.

"Plus she let me drive the golf cart. . . . I don't get to drive much these days." -- Barack Obama, referring to Ethel Kennedy, at Hickory Hill for a fundraiser Wednesday night.

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ABC News' James Gerber, John Santucci and Jake Tapper contributed to this report.

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