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Oh-eight (D): GOP hearts Hillary?

BIDEN: Today, Biden will pick up the endorsement of Jack Carter, the son of former President Jimmy Carter who lost his bid for the US Senate last year. Per the Biden campaign, Carter is expected to say, "Sen. Biden has entered serious proposals into the debate on many of the issues critical to Americans - and others – today. His son, Beau [Biden, newly elected Attorney General of Delaware], put it best to me a couple of months ago: 'Can you imagine what would happen if Dad came in first or second in Iowa?' That statement rang in me like a bell. I know how it can work...We did it in 1976. With Joe Biden, we don't have to worry about the problems with a lack of experience or high negatives affecting our chances in November. I'm very comfortable that he can win."

Lack of experience? High negatives? We wonder which candidates Carter is thinking of here…

In addition, Iowa state Rep. Doris Kelley endorsed Biden on Friday.

CLINTON: The Politico, from conversations with Republicans gathering for the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference, says that GOPers believe that Clinton as the Dem nominee could be in the shot in the arm the party needs. "He may be on his way out the door at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in coming days. But the party Karl Rove has labored to build over the past eight years seems to have picked up his talking points on next year's presidential race: Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to be the Democratic nominee and that could be the GOP's saving grace in an otherwise uphill battle."

Over the weekend, the New York Daily News covered Edwards and Dodd accusing Clinton of "exploiting voters' fears to bolster her campaign" by saying "she was best poised to handle the unexpected, including a terrorist attack."

Clinton raised money in Martha's Vineyard over the weekend. But: "Some were more 'electrified' for former president," the Boston Globe writes in a subheadline.

DODD: The AP reports that Dodd's Senate office in Connecticut was burglarized over the weekend.

EDWARDS: The Washington Post's Anne Kornblut writes there is "a persistent subtext of the Edwards campaign: the argument that he is the sole Southern Democrat and cultural conservative in the Democratic presidential field, making him the only top-tier candidate in his party who can appeal easily to white men."

"Although they haven't done squat yet, I would give [Iraq prime minister Nouri al-Maliki] and the Sunnis at least a few months to reach a compromise," Edwards said in New Hampshire per the Boston Globe. "But they've got to know there's a deadline." 
 
OBAMA: Per NBC's Lauren Appelbaum, Obama visited a church and neighborhood in New Orleans yesterday, promising residents he will be with them for the long haul. "The words never again cannot be another empty phrase," Obama said. "It cannot become another broken promise." Speaking in front of a rebuilt house in the middle class neighborhood in Gentilly, LA, Obama said his main issues include rebuilding New Orleans' health infrastructure, adding 100,000 more police officers to the streets, creating new schools, providing affordable housing, and reinforcing the levee system.

The New York Times adds, "Mr. Obama also said that he would seek to lessen the influence of politics in the Federal Emergency Management Agency by giving its director a fixed term, similar to the structure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FEMA director would serve a six-year term, under Mr. Obama's plan, and report directly to the president."

A needed foreign-policy shot in the arm for Obama? "Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of the most influential foreign-policy experts in the Democratic Party, threw his support behind Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, saying the Illinois senator has a better global grasp than his chief rival, Hillary Clinton. Obama 'recognizes that the challenge is a new face, a new sense of direction, a new definition of America's role in the world,' Brzezinski said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's 'Political Capital with Al Hunt.'"

RICHARDSON: In a meeting with Cedar Rapids firefighters today, Richardson will unveil his plan to guarantee health care for retired firefighters and police officers with 20-plus years of experience. His campaign says that such a plan would cost the federal government approximately $500 million per year.