The New York Daily News says that Sen. Hillary Clinton will launch her first big fundraisers this Friday. "First, Clinton is holding a closed-door powwow at a Manhattan law office, where would-be "HillRaisers" in Clinton's New York/New Jersey/Connecticut finance committee will be asked to commit to raising a minimum of $25,000 each. After that, the New York senator will host a 'conversation' at tony Cipriani for the 'under-45 effort.'"
Bloomberg looks at how Clinton has won some fans in the health care industry and other corporate sectors since her Harry and Louise days. She tells Bloomberg in an interview that "there was no master plan to change her image as the bogeyman of the business world."
The Daily News also reports that "consumer advocate Ralph Nader said yesterday he'd be sorely tempted to mount his own 2008 presidential campaign if she wins the Democratic nod."
Clinton has rescheduled her first trip to New Hampshire as a presidential candidate for this Saturday, the same day Sen. Barack Obama is scheduled to announce his candidacy in Springfield, IL.
The Washington Post, examining Obama's efforts to convert the excitement about his candidacy into a support network, says that unlike Clinton, he "will seek a more pared-down image that focuses on the substance of his message... rather than on proving his ability to win a general election." More: "Rivals in the Democratic contest contend that he could raise as much as $40 million, potentially raking in $1 million in a single Hollywood fundraiser, and will all but fail an early test of his viability if he comes up with less than [Edwards] before April. Edwards is expected to raise as much as $15 million in the first quarter, and Clinton is expected to raise as much as $30 million."
The Washington Post points out that Edwards is having to find other ways to make his opposition to the war public because he won't have a chance to vote against a troop increase.
MSNBC.com reports on the theme music the Democratic candidates unveiled at the DNC winter meeting. "As the saying goes, you can learn a lot about someone from his musical play list."
The Des Moines Register writes up Vilsack's speech to the DNC winter meeting, in which he "painted himself as an outsider and a truth-teller..., calling for an immediate end to financing for the war in Iraq."
Democratic "party officials, especially those in New Hampshire, which prides itself on giving any candidate a chance to compete, worry that the dismissal of so-called second-tier candidates is bad for the process and bad for both parties," notes the Boston Globe.
Al Gore has agreed to testify on global warming at a joint hearing of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality and the Science and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment on Wednesday, March 21. He will be the only witness. The Washington Times covers Gore's latest demurrals on another presidential bid: "nothing about his lifestyle suggests that he'll mount a bid. His friends and former advisers say privately that he is happy with his life as a somewhat regular -- albeit wealthy -- public figure. He closes events to the press while other Democrats seek headlines. His Web site, AlGore.com, is far from a campaign site."
The New York Times writes that Edwards' former running mate, John Kerry, "endures the peculiar pariah status that his party reserves for its losing nominees… As the 2008 campaign begins in earnest, Mr. Kerry has been forced to adapt to something resembling a normal Senate life. This has been no small challenge for a man whose identity has long been steeped in becoming president, or trying to."