The Rest Of The Stories, 9/18

Mitt Romney launched a 60-second radio ad in Iowa touting his committment to the federal marriage amendment. Two weeks ago, a judge overturned the state's gay marriage ban.

Rudy Giuliani's skipping a Palmetto State straw poll of minor import. MoveOn upped its anti-Rudy ad buy to "national cable."

Would Fred Thompson drill for oil in the Florida Everglades? Maybe, er, no, no, NO! Speaking of Thompson: his campaign website now includes an issues page.

In a fundraising e-mail, Edwards campaign strategist Joe Trippi zings Hillary Clinton for attending a fundraiser with homeland security lobbyists. "Today's Clinton fundraising event is a "poster child" for what is wrong with Washington and what should never happen again with a candidate running for the highest office in the land." Meanwhile, John Edwards raised money from trial lawyers in Texas.

Commanding leads for Hillary Clinton and Romney in the latest poll out of New Hampshire. Bill Richardson is inching up among Democrats.

On the National Journal Political Stock Exchange, Fred Thompson is trading particularly, if not artificially high today on the general election board. njpse.bmp John McCain saw his nomination standing jump by 7 tenths of a point; frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani both saw percentage point increases in heavy trading. What does this all mean? I have no idea.