Just when talk about Marc Rich was dying down… The Boston Globe reports that Hillary Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham, "is battling an order to repay more than $100,000 he received from a couple pardoned by President Clinton." A judge has ordered Rodham to respond by March 16 to allegations that he failed to repay that money as he was ordered to do so. "Clinton critics have been seeking to revive an array of controversies, from the Whitewater land deal to the Monica Lewinsky case. The Clinton campaign has sought to depict them as old or moot cases. But the Tony Rodham case could be different because it is in court just as Senator Clinton's campaign reaches full speed."
The Globe also lists the money both of Clinton's brothers received from people who received pardons by President Clinton.
The Wall Street Journal looks at Clinton's energy plan rollout: "'The more energy self-sufficient we become, the more we can stop spending billions of dollars and sending them to unstable regimes all over the world, some of whom are even financing terrorism against us,'" she said. The centerpiece of her energy effort: "a Strategic Energy Fund to advance new technologies. The money — $50 billion over 10 years — would be extracted from the oil industry by ending tax breaks, imposing a two-year windfall profits 'fee' and collecting all the royalties owed for drilling on federal lands. Oil companies could make up for the fee by investing in ethanol, wind and other alternative energy sources."
As rival Obama attempts to quit smoking, Clinton -- along with possible presidential candidate Chuck Hagel -- reintroduced a resolution yesterday calling on Bush to declare lung cancer a national public health priority. And, per the New York Daily News, the latest Washington Post/ABC poll finds that Obama better stick with his Nicorette. "The poll shows voters don't care if you are black or a woman, but a smoker? No, thanks… Only 6% would be less inclined to vote for a black candidate (and 7% would be more inclined), but one in five says he won't pull the lever for a smoker."
Roll Call looks at the carefully neutral role Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to stake out in his party's primary.
Joe Biden spoke out about his resolution to repeal the 2002 authorization of the Iraq war. "'It's not likely I have 60 votes to prevent a filibuster, but it is likely that if I continue to push, each time I push there's less and less support for this war in Iraq,' Biden said in a phone interview on his way to New Hampshire, where he planned two days of campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination," the Manchester Union Leader says.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has been advocating that presidential candidates promise to run positive campaigns, and per the AP he "plans to turn his proposal into a formal DNC resolution for the party's next meeting."
And former presidential contender and Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, who quit the race last fall, isn't ruling out a rematch against GOP Sen. John Warner, the Washington Post reports.