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Making News Today…
* On the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, fewer than one in three Americans believe we are winning the war on terrorism, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll conducted in September. The survey showed that 31 percent of Americans believe the U.S. is winning the war on terrorism, while 49 percent think that neither side is winning. Nineteen percent say the terrorists have the upper hand.
* In another just released CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll - this survey conducted in August - most Americans are not satisfied with the way things are going in the war on terrorism. In this poll, 61 percent of Americans said they're not satisfied with the country's progress in the war on terrorism, while 39 percent expressed content. Full story
* Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker are scheduled to appear before two Senate committees today to discuss the situation in Iraq.
* Taking a break from the presidential campaign trail, Democratic Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois, Joe Biden of Delaware and Chris Dodd of Connecticut - all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - get their chance to question Petraeus and Crocker in the morning. In the afternoon two other White House hopefuls, Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona get their turn at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)
PETRAEUS PLAN TO ROTATE TROOPS OUT OF ANBAR BY NEXT MONTH: Army Gen. David H. Petraeus told Congress yesterday that the deployment of 30,000 more troops to Iraq has made enough progress that the additional combat forces can be pulled out by next summer, but he cautioned against "rushing to failure" with a larger and speedier withdrawal. Washington Post: Petraeus Backs Initial Pullout
BIDEN: PETRAEUS USING SELECTIVE STATISTICS: "There is some accuracy to" so-called "cooking-the-books" charges being leveled against Petraeus, [Senator Joe] Biden, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said yesterday in a telephone interview from Washington. New Hampshire Union Leader: Democrats cool to latest from Petraeus
WH CONTENDERS PAYING CLOSEST ATTENTION TO PETRAEUS: Few audiences listened more attentively to Monday's testimony by Army Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker than the 2008 presidential field. And few audiences had more riding on what the two men said. The Politico: Iraq progress could be major '08 factor
OPEN MIC CATCHES CURSING LAWMAKERS: Heated exchanges, outbursts, and even a bit of profanity among lawmakers magnified the pressure Monday amid crucial testimony from the Iraq Commanding General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker on the future of the war. CNN.com: Lawmakers Caught Losing Their Cool at Iraq Hearing
NEW BIN LADEN TAPE PRAISES 9/11 HIJACKER: A new video purportedly featuring an introduction from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was released Tuesday - the sixth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. CNN.com: New bin Laden Video Surfaces
SIX YEARS LATER, AND STILL NO CONTINUITY PLAN FOR CONGRESS: Six years ago today, terrorists failed in their attempt to fly an airplane into the Capitol. Despite that scare, lawmakers have yet to fully plan for the legislative branch's survival in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophic attack on their Membership. Roll Call: Continuity Plan Still Incomplete
FOR '08 DEMS, 'WAR ON TERROR' A REPUBLICAN TALKING POINT: Six years after the September 11 attacks, the Democrats running for president have drastically different ways of addressing terrorism, with one calling the war on terror a "bumper-sticker slogan." Washington Times: Democratic Hopefuls Shun 'War On Terror' Label
NEW LAW UNCOVERS GERMAN TERROR PLOT: The government's ability to eavesdrop on terrorism suspects overseas allowed the United States to obtain information that helped lead to the arrests last week of three Islamic militants accused of planning bomb attacks in Germany, Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, told senators on Monday. New York Times: New U.S. Law Credited in Arrests Abroad
PRIVATE PLANES TO UNDERGO INCREASED SCREENING: The Homeland Security Department today will announce new aviation-security rules aimed at preventing terrorists from using private airplanes to sneak into the USA. USA Today: Homeland Security Ramps Up Private Planes Screening:
CITING "STATE OF FEAR," CRAIG SEEKS TO WITHDRAW GUILTY PLEA: U.S. Sen. Larry Craig moved to undo his guilty plea to a sex-related charge by telling a court Monday that he was in a "state of fear" and worried about "unnecessary publicity" this summer when he signed it. Idaho Statesman: Craig tells court 'fear' led to his guilty plea
DOJ QUESTIONED AGAIN ABOUT POLITICAL MOTIVES: House leaders are beginning an investigation this week of the prosecution of Don Siegelman, the former Democratic governor of Alabama who was imprisoned in June on federal corruption charges. New York Times: Democrats Question Prosecution of a Governor
BRIDGES GET $1B FOR REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE: The Senate approved $1 billion on Monday to speed repair and replacement of America's crumbling network of bridges, six weeks after the Interstate 35W span collapsed in Minneapolis. Chicago Tribune: Senate OKs $1B to Repair US Bridges
A NEW CONFEDERATE FLAG FOR VIRGINIA'S CAPITOL: A flap over a Confederate flag is breaking out at the Virginia Capitol.The dispute isn't over whether to display a Confederate flag - it's over which Confederate flag to display. Richmond Times-Dispatch: A New Confederate Flag Fight
HAGEL RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT BEGINS “POLITICAL DANCE” IN NEBRASKA: His decision means Nebraska will have an open Senate seat, a race that could take on national importance with Republicans defending more Senate seats than the Democrats in 2008. Omaha World-Herald: Retiring Hagel says he won't ease up in Senate
NY GOV CALLS REPORTED TOP-SECRET RENDEZVOUS “TOO RIDICULOUS” TO COMMENT: Gov. Spitzer insisted yesterday that he didn't know anything about late-night "black car" meetings held by senior aides to prevent the creation of records that could be subpoenaed in the state dirty-tricks political scandal. New York Post: Spitzer Denies Mystery Meets
HRC TO RETURN $850K IN HSU CONTRIBUTIONS: [Sen. Hillary Clinton] will send the money back to approximately 260 donors, a senior campaign official said in a statement Monday evening. CNN.com: Clinton to Return $850,000 in Donations
HOW A CONCERNED AMTRAK PASSENGER HELPED NAB HSU: Fugitive fundraiser Norman Hsu might still be on the run if not for the eagle eye of retired school bus driver Joanne Segale. New York Daily News: Retiree found Norman Hsu in distress on train trip
IN BOCA, CLINTON SAYS HEALTH CARE RX COMING NEXT WEEK: In what could be her last campaign appearance in Florida for several months, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton told an audience of seniors this afternoon that she wants to push for universal health care as president despite her failed attempt at reform during her husband's administration… She also said that she will lay out a plan next week "to provide quality, affordable health care to everyone." Clinton said she expects her plan to encounter opposition. Palm Beach Post: Clinton: Health plan coming next week
ROMNEY HEADQUARTERS BURGLARIZED: A television and eight laptop computers were stolen from Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign headquarters, according to a Boston Police official. CNN.com: Presidential Candidate's Headquarters Burglarized
POLL: RUDY TO GAIN BY RUNNING AS 'MOST ELECTABLE CANDIDATE': Republican voters say Rudolph W. Giuliani has strong leadership qualities, and they associate him closely with his handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but those impressions have not translated into a substantial advantage over his party's other presidential candidates when it comes to who can best fight terrorism, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. New York Times: Guiliani Still Faces Hurdles With G.O.P.
FRED'S NEW "CORPORATE" MACHINE: Fred Thompson has put the finishing touches on a six-week staff sweep that has transformed his campaign from a guerrilla-tactics style insurgency into more of a "corporate" machine that will follow a traditional playbook. The Hill: Fred Completes Overhaul, Campaign Goes 'Corporate'
THOMPSON HEADS SOUTH, SAYS ALL THE RIGHT THINGS FOR CONSERVATIVES: In his first visit to South Carolina as a Republican presidential candidate, Fred Thompson said all the things conservatives like to hear. Pro-life. Second Amendment. Market economy. Lower taxes. "This is not my campaign," he told the crowd of about 350. "I want this to be our campaign." Savannah Morning News: Thompson woos with conservative message
NEWT'S "BIZARRO" WORLD: In a 24-page, nearly hour-long speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Gingrich presented an "Alternative History of the War Since 9/11," about what should have happened beginning immediately on Sept. 12, 2001 (he's got a soft spot for the exercise — many of his historical novels are alternate histories). DC Examiner: Gingrich asks 'What If?' about 9/11
THE PERFECT GIVE FOR A CHRISTMAS PRIMARY: The New Hampshire Historical Society is selling a bobblehead likeness of Neil Tillotson, the Dixville Notch businessman who for 40 years held the honor of casting the first vote in the New Hampshire Primary. New Hampshire Union Leader: Bobblehead depicts Dixville voter =================================================================
On the Political Radar:
* It's the Senate's turn to hear from Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker on progress in Iraq. They testify before the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees.
* John McCain kicks off his weeklong "No Surrender" bus tour through the early primary states with a rally in Sioux City, IA.
* Mitt Romney attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Boston Public Garden to commemorate 9/11 victims.
* Rudy Giuliani speaks at a commemorative ceremony for 9/11 victims in New York City.
* Ron Paul discusses his foreign policy beliefs at John's Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
* Tom Tancredo and other congressmen hold a briefing with members of the Iraqi, European Union and U.K. parliaments to discuss options for Iraq on Capitol Hill.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook: http://www.senate.gov/galleries/radiotv/list.htm
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook: http://radiotv.house.gov/news-events.aspx