In The Star:
- Julius A. Karash and Jason Gertzen have the divided reactions to the KU Med Center's alliance with KC hospitals.
- Matt Stearns was at the National Prayer Breakfast led by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.
- Kit Wagar examines proposals to make utilities pay if they repeatedly leave customers in the dark.
- Diane Carroll and Finn Bullers file a full report on the judge's decision that JoCo D.A. does not have to participate in grievance hearings for fired staffers.
Elsewhere: Top pickings from The Hotline's "Wake-Up Call," ABC's The Note and others.
- The Note says Robert Pear's Medicare/Medicaid story in The New York Times is the latest proof that next week's Bush budget will be deader on arrival than, say, a vintage 1980s Reagan budget.
- Four years after Howard Dean ignited his presidential campaign by forcefully identifying himself as representing "the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party," ABC News' Teddy Davis looks at the ways in which the 2008 presidential campaigns of Clinton, Obama, and Edwards have each, in their own way, paid homage to Dean's anti-Iraq war, pro-universal health care, and Internet friendly campaign. "The American people have granted us power for two years," Dean told ABC News. "This is an audition period."
- Sen. Tim Johnson is now reading, The Caucus reports. One of his doctors described his progress "as miraculous."
- Donna Brazile "strongly implied" Al Gore could "be waiting to make a dramatic" WH '08 entrance, noting: "Wait till Oscar night." Allentown Morning Call reports.
Posted by Keith Chrostowski