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Obama: inching toward a run?

From NBC's Elizabeth Wilner
A top aide to Sen. Barack Obama (D) told us that Obama's big appearance in New Hampshire last Sunday would be his final big "testing-the-waters" move of the year. But just because Obama is at home these days doesn't mean he isn't still sending signals about what seems more and more like a presidential campaign. He recently told the editorial boards of both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times that he believes he'd be a "viable" candidate and can see his way clear to winning the nomination. The Tribune reports that he'll make his intentions known after a two-week family vacation, while the Sun-Times says he's already giving thought to security concerns and how a security detail would conflict with his preference for traveling without much of an entourage.