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The Washington Post front-pages the prospect of an Obama presidential run and predictions that he would immediately become one of the top rivals of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D).  "Party strategists said that, if voters are looking for change in 2008, Obama would symbolize it better than many of the other possible candidates.  But having served just two years in the Senate and seven in the Illinois state Senate, Obama has a thin résumé upon which to build a presidential candidacy." 

The New York Times says Obama's declaration "sent ripples through Democratic circles."  More: "One Democratic strategist close to Mr. Obama who spoke on the condition of anonymity suggested that the senator would probably look to the results in Tennessee, where Representative Harold E. Ford Jr. is trying to become the state's first black senator, to measure the obstacles Mr. Obama might face in a national election." 

In case you missed Obama on Meet the Press, you can watch it online.

The Chicago Tribune: "The 'Meet the Press' appearance capped a weeklong span of intensive publicity, ostensibly about the publication of his second book, 'The Audacity of Hope,' but what in fact seemed more like a long run-up to articulate his presidential ambitions, winning him publicity that would cost others millions of dollars to generate." 

The weekend Wall Street Journal looked at the variety of ways in which McCain has used the tough election year for Republicans to lay the groundwork for a presidential bid.  ht

With Gov. Mitt Romney (R) traveling to California today, the Boston Herald publishes a trio of stories about his inattention to his governing duties (leaving his second-in-command Kerry Healey with the reins), where's he's been over the past few weeks, and who he's raising money for on the road.   

"Despite repeated denials by the Mormon Church and [Romney's] advisers, e-mails from a key Romney consultant state that the leader of the worldwide church was consulted on an effort to build Mormon support for the governor's potential presidential bid and that a key church leader has been involved in mapping out the plan," reported the Sunday Boston Globe.  "...[S]ome tax specialists have suggested the activity by church and university leaders could violate federal restrictions."