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The Boston Globe reports that Romney will base his 2008 effort in Boston after all, rather than in Michigan, saying his team "is laying plans to run his presidential campaign from a three-story waterfront building at the edge of Boston's North End." 

Two former chairs of Bush's Council of Economic Advisors and a former member of Vice President Cheney's domestic policy team have signed up with him. 

As the Republican governors gather in Miami, some GOP operatives are pointing fingers at the RGA's decision-making during the midterms, arguing that the committee didn't allocate its resources as effectively as it could have. 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reiterated his sentiments that the Iraq war is a "failure" at another campaign event in New Hampshire yesterday.  Per the Boston Globe, Gingrich "said the Bush administration needs to plan a 'third stage' in Iraq, following the military takeover stage and the recent democracy-building stage.  But he says a third stage can come about only if officials admit they must change course." 

The Washington Post's Ignatius reports that the outcome of the midterm elections have prompted GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel to say he'll decide whether to "make a formal decision in the next two months on whether to run" for president. 

"Now that Sen. Hillary Clinton is focusing on 2008 and weighing a presidential run, her enemies are focusing on her," the New York Daily News writes.  A group dedicated to the onslaught of Clinton -- "Stop Her Now" -- is gaining momentum with an $80,000 donation from a Dallas businessman.  The group's website is set to launch on Monday and will include animated cartoons. 

MSNBC.com's Tom Curry offers readers an interactive feature which allows them to compare how they themselves would have voted on 20 key issues to how Obama and Clinton actually voted in 2005 and 2006.  The issues range from confirming Supreme Court nominee Sam Alito to denying illegal immigrants legal status.  No surprise: Obama and Clinton voted alike most of the time. 

Given this, Curry asked Democratic activists in Iowa and New Hampshire, would an Obama-Clinton contest largely be determined by image and charisma?  The essential question, Iowa Democrat Ann Fitzgibbons replied to Curry, is "who can win?  Who can bring in more votes?  Who is less divisive?  I think Clinton is too divisive.  It comes down to: who can bring the party together and bring in independents?" 

New Hampshire activist Mary Rauh said that although he'd been in the Senate only a short time and had scant opportunity to demonstrate leadership ability, "It seems to me Obama's ability to communicate says potentially there's a leader there."  She said it is Obama's attractiveness and eloquence that causes some people concern.  "That's what some people worry a bit about -- the glamour rather than the substance."  But she's eagerly looking forward to his visit on December 10, when Obama will make his first-ever trip to New Hampshire.  The state party is looking to celebrate its big wins on November 6.  "He's never, ever, ever put his foot in the state," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs tells First Read. "It was a wonderful invitation that we decided to accept."

Former Sen. John Edwards (D) has a book-signing in Des Moines.