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Oh-eight (D): Mind your Paws and Hsus

BIDEN: In a media avail yesterday in Philadelphia, the Delaware senator talked about fundraising his standing in the polls. "The vast majority of Democrats -- over 90 percent -- have not made up their mind, every poll shows, as to who they're going to support. What you see right now is name recognition and the consequence of being able to raise large amounts of money. It's kind of obscene, when you think about a political process, for a primary requiring, if it were true, $100 million. I don't think it requires anything near that, I think you have to raise closer to $25 million to compete in those early primaries. And, quite frankly, whomever among us doesn't finish one, two, or close third in Iowa or New Hampshire is out of this race, anyway. So, this is still wide, wide open. The Democrats haven't begun to make up their minds yet."

CLINTON: The Wall Street Journal reports that a family of modest means in San Francisco -- the head of the household is a mail carrier -- has given Hillary Clinton a total of $45,000 since 2005. "The Paws' political donations closely track donations made by Norman Hsu, a wealthy New York businessman in the apparel industry who once listed the Paw home as his address, according to public records. Mr. Hsu is one of the top fund-raisers for Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign. He has hosted or co-hosted some of her most prominent money-raising events."

More: "People who answered the phone and the door at the Paws' residence declined requests for comment last week. In an email last night, one of the Paws' sons, Winkle, said he had sometimes been asked by Mr. Hsu to make contributions, and sometimes he himself had asked family members to donate. But he added: 'I have been fortunate in my investments and all of my contributions have been my money.'"

EDWARDS: In its coverage of yesterday's Katrina recovery forum, the New York Times focused mainly on Edwards and his remarks. "No candidate is trying to associate himself more with New Orleans than Mr. Edwards, who has used the city as a microcosm for larger issues of poverty, one of his core campaign themes. 'Katrina was one of the moments where the curtain is pulled away,' Mr. Edwards said in remarks prepared for delivery last night, 'and we can all see the problems of poverty and racial discrimination for what they are, and how far we have to go for equal rights and economic justice.'"  

Edwards also said "he would propose what he called 'Brownie's Law' requiring that qualified people, not political hacks, lead key federal agencies.

OBAMA: The Chicago Sun-Times does a mid-way analysis of Obama's campaign, and the paper says he's shifting strategy now -- "taking bolder attacks against Clinton (note his description of her as 'Bush-Cheney lite' on foreign affairs); retreating from many debates and presidential forums; presenting more detailed policies, as in his recent outline about how to resurrect a New Orleans still suffering two years after the debacle of Hurricane Katrina."

The Politico: "Douglas Wilder of Virginia, who made history as the nation's first elected black governor, is preparing to campaign aggressively for Barack Obama, and predicted in an interview that the charismatic young candidate could shatter the Republican Party's virtual lock on the South… The unstinting embrace by Wilder, now the mayor of Richmond, could be important in Virginia and other southern states, where his reputation still looms large and the African-American vote could prove decisive in the Democratic nominating contest."