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More oh-eight: Scandals galore!

The Boston Globe front-pages all of the scandals that are "putting campaigns to test." The paper also front-pages its graphic with mug shots of Sen. Larry Craig (Romney's former Idaho chairman and Senate co-liaison), Thomas Ravenel (former Giuliani South Carolina co-chairman), and Bob Allen (former McCain Florida chairman).

While much of the focus has been on the Democratic National Committee and its sanctions on Florida (and possibly Michigan) for moving up their primaries, the Republican National Committee may take similar steps against Florida, New Hampshire, Michigan and South Carolina. They "face sanctions for moving their contests to before Feb. 5. Two other early nominating states, Iowa and Nevada, will escape Republican sanctions because they hold nonbinding caucuses, not primaries." 

Per NBC's Lauren Appelbaum, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reiterated "I am not running for president" after speaking in DC -- despite two Draft Mike groupies, who waited for him outside of the National Press Club. "I have 157 days and five hours left to go in my job. I plan to finish out my job. There are lots of candidates in both parties, and I think what you should do is hold them accountable… Everybody's going to promise a chicken in every pot," Bloomberg continued. "But the truth of the matter is, by now, we should have learned, that's not realistic… Make the candidate have to justify your vote."
Bloomberg praised Sen. Chuck Hagel (R), but added he has not had another conversation with him since their dinner months ago at The Palm in Washington. Bloomberg, by the way, spoke to the Draft Mike groupies, but only about poverty -- the topic he addressing at the Press Club. During his speech, part of the Brookings Center on Children and Families briefing on the Census Poverty Report, Bloomberg stressed the importance of education in solving poverty and called for a "substantial expansion and reform of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit." He also explained New York's "Opportunity NYC" initiative, in which high school students can earn money for passing tests and near-perfect attendance, and adults can earn money for working full-time.