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The general: Same at it ever was…

Washington Post's Balz notes how similar this campaign is so far with previous ones. "A campaign between Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain once offered enormous possibilities for something new. Instead, the two presumptive nominees have opened their campaigns for the White House with what looks and sounds like a repeat of the kind of politics both have promised to leave behind. Since Obama (D-Ill.) wrapped up the Democratic nomination a few weeks ago, he and McCain (R-Ariz.) have served up a series of indignant exchanges over foreign policy, terrorism, the economy, energy and campaign money. Their aides have gone further, with snarling put-downs in conference calls and taunting e-mails that flow constantly out of the Chicago and Crystal City headquarters."

VIDEO: Barack Obama and John McCain are in a war of words over debates, campaign finance and remarks by advisors. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports on the latest in the presidential campaign.

More: "Gone in the early stages of this campaign is any sense of the uniqueness of the nominees. McCain is certainly no garden-variety Republican, and the historic possibilities of Obama's candidacy cannot be overstated. But those realities have been submerged beneath a tactical shouting match that feeds the cable culture of contemporary politics."

The New York Daily News covers Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's presentation in DC yesterday. "'We simply aren't going to wake up on Nov. 4 with our campaign worried about one state,' David Plouffe declared, reeling off possible Democratic pickups from Alaska to Florida. 'We are going to have a lot of states in play,' the campaign manager told reporters, boldly predicting Obama won't wind up a state short of victory like Al Gore or John Kerry. Plouffe promised his campaign was going to 'play hard' everywhere, targeting states President Bush won in 2004. 'Just as important, maybe more so, is our ability to have a persuasion army out there,' Plouffe said."

"Eight political watchdog groups on Wednesday asked Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama to disclose more about the fundraising for their presidential campaigns, including new details about those fundraisers who "bundle" tens of thousands of dollars," the AP says. "The groups making the request are the Campaign Finance Institute, the Center for Responsive Politics, Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters of the United States, Public Citizen, the Sunlight Foundation and U.S. PIRG."

The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at how Latinos are seen as a potentially competitive demographic.