The Boston Globe examines how the prospect of 2010 elections is starting to become a bigger concern for the Obama White House.
CALIFORNIA GOV: One of the deans of the California press corps, the L.A. Times' Skelton, isn't impressed with ex-EBAY CEO Meg Whitman.
CONNECTICUT SENATE: Linda McMahon, wife of WWE founder Vince McMahon, is making quite the first impression to Republicans in both Connecticut and in DC and this New York Times piece should only add to the buzz.
BOBBY JINDAL: The Louisiana governor has a new Washington Post op-ed on health care praising Congressional GOP leaders for trying to kill Obama's health care plan but also encouraging them to start unveiling their own ideas more clearly; He then offers 10 suggestions.
JOHN THUNE: Last week the South Dakota Senator was writing memos on nuclear arms talks with Russia. This week, it's about a TARP exit strategy. Did someone advising Thune tell him he needed to start stepping up his profile?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is finishing up a weekend tour of 2010 battleground states, heading to New York today to "hold political meetings, tape an appearance on the "Charlie Rose Show" and attend the Americans for the Arts Annual Awards, a spokesman said." She stumped in Cleveland, Michigan and St. Louis, speaking on behalf of the latter state's Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO). "Carnahan challenger Ed Martin, a Republican [countered] the event with a "Pelosi Pork and Beans" party at his campaign headquarters."
New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg received the endorsement of the Hotel and Motel Trades Council, "a key city union with a voter-turnout arm powerful enough to affect elections" that last year "fought to block the term limits extension that enabled the billionaire mayor to run." In backing Bloomberg, the Trades Council has split for the first time this election season from its ally, the labor-backed Working Families Party. The WFP endorsed [Bloomberg's opponent William] Thompson by a four-vote margin in July, handing Bloomberg his biggest loss of the campaign to date.