The Note's Must-Reads

2008: McCain and Obama:

The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny: "Campaign Flashpoint: Patriotism and Service" LINK

The New York Times' Adam Nagourney: "Timing the Unveiling of Running Mates Will Be Tricky" LINK

The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman and Michael D. Shear: "Obama Fiercely Defends His Patriotism - Democrat Also Decries Criticism of Rival McCain on Service to Country" LINK

The Politico's Jeanne Cummings: "Lobbying loophole funds conventions" LINK

The Boston Globe's Jason Tuohey: "McCain 'Truth Squad' hits back at Clark, Obama" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Peter Nicholas and Maeve Reston: "Obama defends his patriotism; McCain and Clark trade shots" LINK

The Washington Times' Jennifer Harper: "Yankee Doodle President" LINK

The Chicago Sun Times Abdon M. Pallasch: "Tax Plan Face Off: Obama vs. McCain" LINK

2008: McCain:

The New York Times' Larry Rohter: "McCain Heads Today for Colombia, Where Adviser Has Long Had Ties" LINK

The Politico's Mike Allen: "Romney tops McCain veep list" LINK

The Politico's Gary L. Bauer: "Can gay marriage save the GOP again?" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's William McGurn: "John McCain's JFK Opportunity" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Noam N. Levey: "McCain's energy record is on/off" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Robin Abcarian: "Does McCain call it the Plane Talk Express?" LINK

The Associated Press: "Cindy McCain catches up on La Jolla property tax" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Jim Puzzanghera: "Would Bill Gates be No. 2?" LINK

USA Today's David Jackson: "McCain readies to hammer away for Pa. swing votes" LINK

The Boston Herald's Michael Graham: "McCain Besieged by Slander" LINK

2008: Obama:

ABC News' Teddy Davis and Gregory Wallace: "Obama Shifts on Welfare Reform" LINK

The New York Times' John M. Broder: "Obama Courting Evangelicals Once Loyal to Bush" LINK

Raymond Hernandez: "A New Campaign Charge: You Supported Clinton" LINK

The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny: "Obama and Bill Clinton Talk" LINK

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "Analysis: Obama's Blend of Idealism and Realism" LINK

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz: "Obama's Working Class Pitch" LINK

The Politico's Jonathan Martin: "NRA gathers ammo against Obama" LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Amy Chozick and Laura Meckler: "Obama Delivers Speech Defending His Patriotism - Moving to Defuse Persistent problem For the Democrats" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Kate Linthicum: "Barack Obama and Bill Clinton chat at last" LINK

The Washington Times Christina Bellantoni: "Obama Defends His, McCain's Patriotism" LINK

The Washington Times Kara Bowland: "High Tech Campaign Media Race Favors Obama" LINK

The Chicago Sun Times Abdon M. Pallasch: "Democratic Leadership Council centrists say anything Obama does is fine by them" LINK

The Chicago Sun Times' Robert Novak: "Gun Ruling Lets Obama Off the Hook" LINK

The New York Sun's Josh Gerstein: "Obama Hits a Bump, Denounces Attack on McCain" LINK

The New York Daily News' David Saltonstall: "Barack Obama Has Collected Nearly Twice as Much Money as John McCain" LINK