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Oh-eight (D): Bill makes more news

CLINTON: The AP reviewed an endorsement list of black religious leaders and found some errors. "[S]ome of the backers were affiliated with religious ministries and outreach groups rather than churches, some were wives of ministers, two were church elders and at least two were not members of the churches listed beside their names. All told, about 50 different groups were represented, rather than more than 80 congregations as initially implied, the review found.

"Clinton spokesman Zac Wright said the campaign never claimed the endorsements represented separate congregations and knew all along that some came from the same organization."

Stumping in New Hampshire yesterday, Bill Clinton said the media misconstrued his comments last week on Iraq. "Asked whether he had any concerns or regrets about the fallout from his remark on Iraq, the former president said: 'Well, I regret that they were falsely represented by the press, who wants to make it a political story."

"Clinton said he made clear before the war that United Nations inspectors should complete their search for weapons of mass destruction before any U.S. invasion. He also pointed to remarks that he made in New York the week before the invasion. 'I'm for regime change too, but there's more than one way to do it,' he said at the time. 'We don't invade everybody whose regime we want to change. There's more than one way to do this, but if that passes and he actually disarms, then we have to be willing to take it, and then work for regime change by supporting the opposition to Saddam Hussein within and outside Iraq, and doing other things."

But Arkansas Democratic Congressman Marion Berry told the Iowa Independent's Douglas Burns that had Bill Clinton been more vocal in his opposition to Iraq, Berry might have voted differently. "'It probably would have had an effect on me and the way I voted on the resolution had I known for sure he felt that way, and why he felt that way, which is a conversation we could have had but didn't,' U.S. Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark., told Iowa Independent and the Carroll Daily Times Herald this morning."

"Berry spent Monday in western Iowa campaigning for U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y."

The New York Daily News touts on its cover an exclusive with Leeland Eisenberg, who created the hostage situation at the Clinton campaign office in New Hampshire. "My intent was never to hurt anyone," Eisenberg said. "My intent was actually almost like a suicide by cop."

EDWARDS: The New York Times picks up on something we've noticed over the last two weeks: that the candidate who had been the most aggressive against Clinton has suddenly transformed himself into the candidate he was in December 2003. "In his second bid for the Democratic nomination for president, Mr. Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, has used his carefully honed populist passion, attacking lobbyists, oil companies, drug companies and what he calls the corporate-minded Washington establishment."

"More notably, he has been showing flashes of anger and intensity as a campaigner, sharply criticizing Mrs. Clinton in debates and on the trail. But not this week. On a six-day swing through Iowa a month before the caucuses on Jan. 3, Mr. Edwards lightened up and reprised the role of the upbeat optimist he had in 2004, when he ran a close second in the caucuses."

OBAMA: Per advanced excerpts of his speech on national service, Obama will say: "America is a great nation precisely because Americans have been willing to stand up when it was hard; to serve on stages both great and small; to rise above moments of great challenge and terrible trial. One of those moments took place on September 11, 2001. Whether you lived in Manhattan or here in Mount Vernon, you felt the pain and loss of that day not just as an individual, but as an American… We were ready to answer a new call for our country. But the call never came. Instead, we were asked to go shopping, and to prove our patriotism by supporting a war in Iraq that should never have been authorized, and never been waged."

"I have not served the cause of America for over two decades to stay on the sidelines at a time when that cause is being challenged at home and abroad. If we don't rise up to seize this moment, then we may not get another. I have no doubt that in the face of impossible odds people who love their country can change it. But I hold no illusions that one man or woman can do this alone. That's why my campaign has called nearly 400,000 Americans to a common purpose. That's why I'm reaching out to Democrats, and also to independents and Republicans. And that is why I won't just ask for your vote as a candidate; I will ask for your service and your active citizenship when I am President of the United States. This will not be a call issued in one speech or program; this will be a cause of my presidency." 

Obama's not backing down from his push to get out-of-state college students to participate in the Iowa caucuses. "Obama, D-Ill., doesn't understand why he has received recent criticism for encouraging out-of-state Iowa students to come back to caucus Jan. 3, he told The Daily Iowan after a rally late Tuesday night. 'It just doesn't make sense to me,' he said. 'We're talking about Iowa students caucusing in the Iowa caucuses. As residents of Iowa, we should be encouraging them to caucus, and if they are away for the holidays, we should be encouraging to them to come back.'"

RICHARDSON: In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Richardson denied being interested in a VP spot. "No, I am not running for vice president," he said. "I am not interested in it. I am very happy with my life."