BIDEN: "Delaware senator and presidential candidate Joe Biden predicted Saturday that within six months, every one of his Democratic rivals would adopt his position on the war in Iraq," the Des Moines Register wrote over the weekend. "In front of more than 100 people, Biden spoke passionately about the need for a middle road between the plans proposed by his Republican and Democratic counterparts. 'It is the only rational way,' said Biden, who proposes a federal system dividing Iraq into separate states of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. 'No one can answer the question that comes next. After you surge, then what? After you cap, what then?'"
CLINTON: The Wall Street Journal's editorial page seizes on the AP report that has Clinton saying she will make her husband a roaming ambassador to the world. "While Hillary is clearly pushing the global ambassador idea as a discrete and limited job for her husband, anyone who believes that's all he'll be is delusional. Senator Clinton's election would usher in a third Clinton term and a co-presidency redux."
While she was in Iowa this weekend, one thing jumped out at us. "She also addressed the NAFTA agreement, saying President Bush has mishandled the economy, and that the nation needs a new approach to negotiating trade agreements, including the addition of labor and environmental standards." (Does this mean Clinton will be left of her husband on trade agreements?)
Interestingly, Clinton was the first Democratic contender to comment on New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch's (D) decision to sign a civil unions bill into law. "New Hampshire has a long history of protecting its citizens from discrimination," Clinton said in a prepared statement. "I would like to commend Governor Lynch and the New Hampshire Legislature for their commitment and support for the civil rights of gays and lesbians."
And don't miss Colbert King's Saturday Washington Post column lecturing her for raising money with Timbaland, while also denouncing Imus. On her Rutgers speech specifically, he wrote "Good for her, I say, except it must be asked why she was down in Florida making nice to -- and pocketing big bucks from -- a rapper whose obscenity-laced lyrics praise violence, perpetuate racist stereotypes and demean black women."
DODD: The Hartford Courant's Lightman peers into Dodd's FEC report, noting that he got about one-third of its first-quarter contributions from banking, financial services and securities interests -- interests that all have close ties to the Senate Banking Committee that he runs."
EDWARDS: The Washington Post digs into Edwards' connection to hedge funds. "Two years ago, … John Edwards … gave a speech decrying the 'two different economies in this country: one for wealthy insiders and then one for everybody else.' Four months later, he began working for the kind of firm that to many Wall Street critics embodies the economy of wealthy insiders -- a hedge fund."
Over the weekend, Edwards announced his opposition to another trade deal -- this one with South Korea. He announced his opposition at the Michigan Dem J-J dinner, a state that labor could help decide in the primary season. Edwards in his speech played to the audience: ""I believe in trade deals that make sense for American workers. But that does not include a trade deal with a country that refuses to open its market to American cars. We buy 100 times more cars from South Korea than they buy from us."
The $400 haircut legend isn't going to die. Maureen Dowd assured us of that with this lead over the weekend: "Whether or not the country is ready to elect a woman president or a black president, it's definitely not ready for a metrosexual in chief."
Edwards, however, is now trying to make light of the situation. This is what he said in Iowa over the weekend: "'Everybody's supposed to have a chance in the United States of America,' he said. 'Why do we think people want to come here? That's why they want to come here. They want to come here because people like me can come from nowhere, the son of a mill worker ... and now be running for the president of the United States and pay $400 for a haircut."
In an interview with Mother Jones' Web site, Joe Trippi offers a hint at the person who may have been integral in recruiting him to join the campaign: Elizabeth Edwards.
GORE: By the way, we're not even going to include the link to the bogus London -- plugged by Drudge -- about Gore assembling a campaign team. It's just not true. As Gore confidante Mike Feldman told us, it's an article based in "pure fantasy."
OBAMA: His rivals have been trying to get the media to notice how Obama's ban on taking lobbyist money has some loopholes. The Los Angeles Times gets into the weeds and chronicles the donations Obama received INDIRECTLY from lobbyists. Obama's "policy of shunning money from lobbyists registered to do business on Capitol Hill does not extend to lawyers whose partners lobby there. Nor does the ban apply to corporations that have major lobbying operations in Washington. And the prohibition does not extend to lobbyists who ply their trade in such state capitals as Springfield, Ill.; Tallahassee, Fla.; and Sacramento, though some deal with national clients and issues."
More: "'Clearly, the distinction is not that significant,' said Stephen Weissman of the Campaign Finance Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that focuses on campaign issues. 'He gets an asterisk that says he is trying to be different,' Weissman said. 'But overall, the same wealthy interests are funding his campaign as are funding other candidates, whether or not they are lobbyists.'"
More bad press? The Chicago Sun-Times: "Barack Obama and his slumlord patron."
The Sun-Times also runs a Q&A that it did with the Obama campaign on this story.
Obama campaigned in Iowa City yesterday. "Midway through the speech, Obama said he would institute universal health care, make higher education a reality for low-income students, and raise both the federal minimum wage and teacher salaries. But he didn't elaborate how the United States would pay for the proposals."
You know a profile is thorough when there are three bylines at the top. Here's the Chicago Tribune's take on Michelle Obama. Here's a taste of the profile: "The daughter of a tight-knit nuclear family, she's an anchor for a spouse who grew up all over the world and barely knew his father. Her background, deeply rooted in a working-class South Side neighborhood, lends credibility to her husband, who has consistently battled questions from some African-Americans about whether the son of an African father and a white American mother is authentically black."