CLINTON: So is Clinton about to get Edwards' support this week? She's doing a poverty tour. "Today, in the town of Hanging Rock, in the state's southeast, Sen. Clinton will for the first time devote an entire campaign event to poverty."
The Times looks at the increased role Harold Ickes is taking on the campaign. "Ickes's battles have often been as much inside the campaign as outside it. He and Mr. Penn have a long history of enmity — they did not talk when both worked for Mr. Clinton when he was in the White House. In a campaign that often exhibits a decidedly corporate and somewhat antiseptic air — personified by Mr. Penn — Mr. Ickes is intense, emotional and, his friends say, idealistic. He barely tries to hide his view of Mr. Penn. 'Many pollsters, many pundits — including our chief strategists, dare I say — didn't think we were going to win New Hampshire,' he said pointedly at his breakfast with journalists."
The New York Times' Gail Collins writes, "If Hillary Clinton were a state, she'd be Ohio. This is a no-frills kind of place, suspicious of glamour. Barack Obama's promise to make politics cool again doesn't necessarily resonate here. Eight presidents came from Ohio, and the coolest was William McKinley."
Bloomberg's Margaret Carlson says of Clinton: "She was wrong about getting the first question being unfair and the pillow being funny. It's life that's often unfair and sometimes funny. She's had Bill using up all the oxygen in the room for most of her adult life and now comes Obama, if anything a smarter, better, scandal-free version of her husband. That's not fair. If women in Ohio and Texas see it that way, maybe she still has a chance."
The Politico picks up on the debate answer Clinton gave about her records. "The White House said Wednesday that the Clinton family is holding up the release of schedules from the first lady years of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). She said in Tuesday's debate that she wants them out 'as quick as possible.' Her campaign says it may take two more weeks for Bruce Lindsey, chief executive officer of the William J. Clinton Foundation, to decide what to put out and then to request release of the papers from the White House."
"A Clinton aide said Lindsey 'is reviewing as expeditiously as possible.' But the aide pointed out that the Clintons have 45 days for review after a Jan. 31 decision by the National Archives approving more than 11,000 pages of documents for release."
The AP: "A day after lecturing her presidential rival for not rejecting a controversial minister's support, Hillary Rodham Clinton declined Wednesday to reject one of her Texas backers who commented on Barack Obama's race. During a series of satellite television interviews, Clinton was questioned by Dallas station KTVT about comments by Adelfa Callejo, a local activist who supports Clinton candidacy. The interviewer quoted Callejo as saying "Obama's problem is he happens to be black" and asked Clinton to respond. "Well obviously I want all of us judged on our merits," Clinton said. "I believe strongly that the fact we have an African American and a woman running for the Democratic nomination is historical and I'm very, very proud of that."
Per NBC/NJ's Athena Jones, A local reporter asked Hillary Clinton about comments made by Adelfa Callejo, whom the reporter described as one of the more prominent members of the Hispanic community in North Texas, and a "big supporter" of Clinton. Clinton agreed when she was prompted, "You know her well."
The reporter of Callejo to Clinton: "She recently told us that African-Americans never help Hispanics when they gain power and influence and that she would never vote for Sen. Obama, and now quoting here she said 'Obama's problem is that he happens to be black.' How do you react to those comments?"
Clinton: "Well obviously I want us judged on our merits. I believe strongly that the fact that we have an African American and a woman running for the Democratic nomination is historical and I'm very very proud of that. I want people thought to look beyond, look beyond race and gender, look at our records, look what we stand for, look what we've done and I think that's what most voters are looking for."
Then the reporter asked (paraphrase), Is this something you reject and denounce?
Clinton: "People have every reason to express their opinions. I just don't agree with that. I think that we should be looking at the individuals who are running."
Reporter: Do you still want her support, though?
Clinton laughed and said, "You know This is a free country. People get to express their opinions. A lot of folks have said really unpleasant things about me over the course of this campaign. You can' take any of that as anything other than an individual opinion. I would urge all of my supporters and Sen. Obama's supporters to stay focused on the two of us. Don't vote on race don't vote on gender, vote on the qualifications each of us present for the presidency."
Reporter: But you criticized Obama for not rejecting the support form Farrakhan.
"I don't see any comparison at all with what you're referring to and I don't know the facts of what you're telling me over the TV. So I'm just going to repeat that I want people to judge us on the merits."
OBAMA: Civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis switched his superdelegate endorsement from Clinton to Obama. The Boston Globe: "Lewis came under intense pressure to get behind Obama after his constituents supported the Illinois senator roughly 3-to-1 in Georgia's Feb. 5 primary, and about 90 percent of black voters statewide voted for Obama, according to exit polls."
More: "His change of heart follows a similar move by Rep. David Scott, a black Democrat who represents a neighboring district. It also comes a week after the Rev. Markel Hutchins, a young Atlanta minister, announced he would challenge Lewis in the Democratic congressional primary this summer."
Obama taped an interview to air today with Ellen DeGeneres yesterday from Duncanville High School in Texas, per NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan. He talked about dancing, quitting smoking and what his first day in office would be like if he were to be elected.
Channeling First Read, the Los Angeles Times looks at the "I'm sorry" phenomenon regarding Obama. "As the possibility grows that voters may bestow the nation's highest public office on an African American, serial public apologies -- largely by Democrats -- show just how sensitive race remains. What is less clear is how race could help or hinder Obama, who has struggled to keep it in the background."
The Washington Post looks at Obama's attempt to reassure Jewish Democrats about his views on Israel.
In case you wanted to follow along, the Chicago Sun-Times appears to be doing daily updates previewing the Rezko trial, which starts soon.