MORNING READ

Conservative bloggers have jumped all over a story alleging Saddam Hussein paid for three House Democrats to visit Iraq during the run-up to war. Hot Air blogger Ed Morrissey simply states, "let's just say that the optics on this story will not help Democrats." Power Line blogger Paul is calling it the "oil-for-stooges deal."

Liberal blogs have yet to mount a defense to the story as they are spending their time going after each other.

Obama supporters have come out in force against the letter sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi from Clinton fundraisers. Huffington Post blogger Oliver Willis calls the letter "symptomatic" of the "negative that came along with the all the good President Clinton did." Mathew Yglesias writes the letter "reenforces the case that he Clintons and their close allies are selfish people willing and ready to destroy the party in order to maintain control over it."

FROM THE BLOGS:
Nice Congress You Got Here - Pejman Yousefzadeh, RedState
Poll Shows Obama Weathering Controversy - Taegan Goddard
Who Do Clinton Donors Think They Are? - Oliver Willis, Huffington Post
Mayor Bloomberg to Introduce Obama - John McCormick, The Swamp
It's Not Rocket Science - Rep. Danny Davis - The Hill's Congress Blog
Saddam Paid for Congressional Junket - Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
Threats - Mathew Yglesias
A 500K Day For HRC - Athena Jones, Hotline On Call

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Democrats Are Tied in New Poll - Jackie Calmes, Wall Street Journal
McCain Hits Obama - Sam Youngman, The Hill
Saddam Paid For Lawmakers' Trip - Matt Apuzzo, AP