In The Star:
- David Klepper examines the Kansas plan requiring that girls get a vaccine for a disease that causes cervical cancer.
- John Shultz and Brad Cooper look at KC's problem with broken water mains.
- Kit Wagar reports on a meeting of the Missouri House Special Committee on Tax Reform considering tax cuts on various forms of retirement income.
- Lynn Horsley and Dave Helling find KC mayoral candidates trading accusations over the delayed release of a TIF audit.
- Horsley also has more on Clay Chastain warning of legal action if the city sidetracks his light rail plan.
- Tim Hoover reports on a Missouri proposal that would increase child-care subsidies.
- Matt Stearns reports that several U.S. senators are demanding that the Food and Drug Administration suspend plans to close several regional laboratories.
Elsewhere: Top pickings from The Hotline's "Wake-Up Call," ABC's The Note and others.
- The Note calls attention to an interview by the New York Observer's Jason Horowitz with Sen. Joe Biden, who's officially announcing his presidential run today. Biden didn't mince words about Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, and John Edwards. On Clinton, Biden calls the likely results of her position on Iraq, "nothing but disaster." (Biden favors partition.) Biden goes on in inimitable fashion to talk about Clinton's political standing: "Are they going to turn to Hillary Clinton?" he asked, lowering his voice to a hush to explain why Mrs. Clinton won't win the election. "Everyone in the world knows her. Her husband has used every single legitimate tool in his behalf to lock people in, shut people down. Legitimate. And she can't break out of 30 percent for a choice for Democrats? Where do you want to be? Do you want to be in a place where 100 percent of the Democrats know you? They've looked at you for the last three years. And four out of 10 is the max you can get?"
- The Washington Post reports that after initially aiming to rally around a single Iraq resolution that would allow the GOP senators to express doubts about the plan without stating their outright opposition, Republicans appear to be "balkinizing," with at least five Republican drafts now in play and more GOPers stating their reservations.
- The Post also reports that for the first time, Obama proposed setting a deadline for withdrawing troops from Iraq: "Obama's legislation . . . would remove all combat brigades from Iraq by March 31, 2008."
- In Iowa yesterday, Sen. Sam Brownback told the Des Moines Register he wants to focus on issues like human trafficking, climate change and poverty that are consensus builders. When asked how he will overcome his current dark horse status, he invoked Obama: "Did you know who Barack Obama was at this time a year ago? I think I will be in that spot once the voter contact is made."
- Brownback is in Michigan today where he plans to deliver a speech entitled "The Proper Role of the Judiciary."
- Alaska GOP Sen. Ted Stevens is pushing a bill that aims to make online porn harder to "stumble upon," the Anchorage Daily News reports.
- Ex-Donald Trump wife Marla Maples has sent a mass e-mail in support of Hillary Clinton.
Posted by Keith Chrostowski