Tonight’s debate ought to be fun… McCain and Romney are headed toward a smackdown on Immigration. The latest McLaughlin poll shows Fred Thompson is gaining strength, surging into 2nd place behind Rudy Giuliani. With 26% of likely Republican voters still undecided, and 12 GOP candidates declared – it is still safe to say the door is wide open.

The Republican field is torn between two lovers. The Future and George W. Bush. I’ll do a little live-blogging of the debate in CNN tonight… and then I’ll cover the Fox News exclusive interview of Fred Thompson on Hannity & Colmes.

— Media Lizzy

TODAY’S NEWS:
CNN: Libby gets 30 months in CIA leak case
Fox News: Republican ’08 Hopefuls Prep for Debate
Real Clear Politics: CA: Thompson Surges
Cincinnati Post: China is the Key to Darfur (By Donna Brazile – MUST READ)
Wall Street Journal: Democrats Should Listen to Their ‘Experts’ (by GOP Hottie & Super-Smart Guy Dan Senor)
New Yorker: History Boys: George W. Bush’s Legacy
Washington Post: Mr. Jefferson Indicted