In Today’s Observer

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Jason Horowitz takes a look at Pete King, a wartime congressman who, unlike most of his Republican colleagues and fellow candidates, isn’t scared of talking about the war. “I am what I am,” he said. He’s a hawk, but will that hurt him in November?

Choire Sicha hits the roads of Hillaryland, where the onetime “cutie” stares daggers into John Spencer at the debate in Rochester. He also observes the sophisticated mechanics of the Hillary news cycle: reporters want to know about 08, so Hillary talks about 08, and then reporters write about Hillary talking about 08.

John Koblin has the goods on Bill Clinton’s three-day 60th birthday bash. He tells us who’s going (Burkle!) how much guests are paying (60 – 500 grand) the entertainment (The Rolling Stones, golfing) and who’s tired of Bill’s endless fund-raising carnivals (much of New York.)

Steve Kornacki follows the ripples of Barack Obama’s announcement that he is “considering” a presidential run all the way into the House. Sure, the country’s lone black Senator is generating great excitement, but what about guys, like, Charlie Rangel, who have helped run the country for decades? Why hasn’t anybody ever been excited about any of them?

And Joe Conason is evermore depressed by the Republican leadership and the spiraling situation in Iraq.