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After attending opening day at Yankee Stadium, Giuliani heads to a house party in New Hampshire. McCain, meanwhile, is in Iraq. Reuters says that the Arizona senator "toured a Baghdad market on Sunday and said afterwards the American people were not being told the 'good news' about the war in Iraq… 'I believe we have a new strategy that is making progress. That is not to say things are well everywhere in Iraq. Far from it, we have a long way to go,' he told journalists after spending a day touring Baghdad with a congressional delegation."

The AP reports that Giuliani "will officially enter the presidential race with a formal announcement sometime in April, his campaign said Sunday…The campaign said Giuliani will also change the status of his campaign with the Federal Election Commission on Monday from an exploratory committee to a full-fledged presidential committee, a move that amounts to nothing more than a name change.

Per Sunday's New York Times, Giuliani discussed his ties to Bernard Kerik after speaking to the Club for Growth: "'I think I should have done a better job of investigating him, vetting him, however you want to describe that,' Mr. Giuliani said... It's my responsibility, and I've learned from it,' he said, adding, 'I'll make sure that I do a better job of checking into people in the future.'"

The Palm Beach Post added: "While people 'have a right to question' Giuliani's judgment, the Republican front-runner said he hopes voters will look at his entire record of service rather than a snapshot. 'I've had a long (political) career ... That gives you great successes and' some failures, he said.

Judith Giuliani won't be getting an invite to join PETA anytime soon. Apparently she may have been involved with some surgical testing that involved dogs.

While not addressing immigration per se, Gingrich touched on one of the things that anti-immigration activists talk about all the time: English-only. In a speech to the National Federation of Republican Women over the weekend, Gingrich noted all the various languages government documents (including election ballots) are printed in: "Citizenship requires passing a test on American history in English. If that's true, then we do not have to create ballots in any language except English." Peter Zamora, co-chair of the Washington-based Hispanic Education Coalition, which supports bilingual education, said: "The tone of his comments were very hateful. Spanish is spoken by many individuals who do not live in the ghetto."

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R), who also served as Bush's HHS secretary, said yesterday that he's officially running for president, the AP writes. "'I am the reliable conservative. My record shows that. All that people have to do is look at my record, and I am one individual that they can count on,' Thompson said." On Iraq, moreover, he stated he "would have 'a completely different Iraq strategy' from the president's. Thompson said he would 'demand' that the Iraqi government vote as to whether it wanted the U.S. to remain in the country. If the answer were yes, 'it immediately gives a degree of legitimacy.' If the answer were no, 'We would get out, absolutely. It's a duly elected government.'"

Thompson is set to make his presidential announcement on Wednesday -- first from a high school in Milwaukee (in the aptly named Tommy Thompson Athletic Center), and then from Clive, IA.

By the way, Bob Novak is convinced that the other Thompson – Fred – is running. "I met Fred Thompson in 1974 as Howard Baker's 31-year-old minority counsel on the Watergate investigation. I considered him cool, careful and conservative. He still is, and that is how he would run for president, which appears in the offing."

And the Denver Post reports that Tom Tancredo "plans to announce today on an Iowa radio program that he is running for president, two sources close to the congressman said." More: "Tancredo's goal is to force top-tier Republican candidates Sen. John McCain of Arizona, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to talk about immigration. In particular, Tancredo will target McCain, co-sponsor of immigration legislation last year with a guest-worker program and path to legal status for illegal immigrants."