The Note: Patriot Games

Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., isn't endorsing either candidate, but he'd think about any job offer from Obama: "I would have to consider it," Hagel told Bloomberg's Al Hunt.

Newseek's Andrew Romano categorizes by archetype -- find out why Tim Pawlenty is Spiro Agnew.

Third-Party Problems:

Sunday Noise from candidate Nos. 3 and 4:

"He's backed off on so many things. He voted for the war -- except once, funding for the war," independent candidate Ralph Nader said of Obama on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos. But this bottom line: "Anybody would be better than the Republicans," Nader said.

"What's wrong with John McCain is symptomatic of what's wrong with the Republican Party in these first years of the 21st century," Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr said on "Fox News Sunday." "They talk one thing but do something different, and that's become very obvious to the American people."

Et Cetera:

The scene from Orlando: "Two dozen cars were vandalized in a downtown parking lot Saturday, causing more than $10,000 in damage, with some of it appearing to be politically motivated," per the Orlando Sentinel's Sara Clarke. "According to pictures from the scene, the vandals tagged notes such as 'Obama smokes crack.' They left business card-sized notes that disparaged Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama on one side, while supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton on the other."

Say it ain't so: "Every four years, the red vinyl booths of the Merrimack Restaurant served as the backdrop for aspiring presidential candidates as they mingled with the people of New Hampshire," Noah Bierman writes in The Boston Globe. "They ordered the eggs, drank the coffee, and chatted with the waitresses. The television cameras followed them from booth to booth. Print reporters scribbled notes."

"But Merrimack's customers will have to find somewhere else to get their omelets and their slice of politics now. The diner, a staple since 1980, closed its doors this weekend for good."

The Kicker:

"They've got me muzzled. . . . Now don't you print that. . . . I really don't like to be interviewed." -- Roberta McCain, to the Los Angeles Times' James Rainey, who went straight to the source when the McCain campaign wouldn't set up a formal interview.

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The internship begins Monday, Aug. 4 and runs through Friday, Dec. 12.

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