The Skinny is
Vice President Dick Cheney's trip to Pakistan to meet with President Musharraf was "shrouded in secrecy," but it was all over the papers by Monday morning. The message was clear: the White House has waited around long enough for Pakistan to get aggressive toward Al Qaeda operatives in the country. So Cheney told Musharraf to get cracking on that.
Where The Cash Grows On Palm Trees
Tuesday's headlines were filled with 2008 talk, with the Los Angeles Times taking a closer look at why all the 2008 candidates are making the trek to the land of the Governator.
Yes, you guessed it, that's where a whole lot of the cash is. The Center for Responsive Politics revealed that Californians have spent $502 million on federal campaigns in the last four years – 24 percent more than New York and 13 percent more than national funding.
Pepto In Bulk
Wall Street grabbed front page real-estateby midweek after the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 416 points on Tuesday, requiring a record number of crates of Pepto-Bismol to be delivered to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Top Ten Reasons Why The 2008 Campaign Is Boring
By the next day, however, the papers were back in 2008 mode, taking note of this week's most recent redundant non-news event of the 2008 campaign season: John McCain is a run for the presidency.
He made the non-announcement on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman," noting that it was "the announcement preceding the formal announcement." He added, "You know you drag this out as long as you can."
California Is For Dollars…And Delegates
Friday brought more news of why California is a popular place for presidential candidates to visit – the state is not just rife with dollars, but delegates. So, The New York Times explained, candidates go to both pluck cash from the states palm trees, but also to woo those people for their votes.
Of course, the cash is still a big part of the game, which is why the Wall Street Journal explains that candidates also spend an awful amount of time in New York City – where the bankers are. And the financial industry is the largest single source of cash for campaigns," followed by lawyers and lobbyists.