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Making News Today…
* The day after unveiling her strategy to provide universal health care, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, appears on CNN’s “American Morning” to promote the plan and tonight hosts a Web cast to discuss it further.
Clinton's proposal calls for mandatory coverage for all Americans, but allows people who are satisfied with their current coverage to keep it. The New York Democrat said she would stress cutting waste, improving quality and broadening access while promising to "do no harm to the parts of the system that are working."
* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, delivers a major speech about his plan to provide tax relief for the middle-class and promises to simplify the tax code to eventually reduce taxes for working Americans. The speech takes place mid-morning at the Embassy Row Hilton in Washington, D.C.
On Monday, Obama provided a glimpse of the tone of today’s speech. "For far too long, our tax code has been so riddled with special-interest loopholes and giveaways that it's shifted the tax burden to small businesses and middle-class Americans," Obama said. "At a time when most Americans are facing stagnant wages and rising costs, that's not fair and it doesn't benefit our economy."
He added, "My plan will give a break to middle-class Americans, seniors, and the homeowners who are feeling today's anxiety and uncertainty, because I believe that we all have a stake in restoring their confidence and investing in their prosperity.”
Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)
AG CONFIRMATION IN EXCHANGE FOR DOCUMENTS: Two Senate Democrats warned Monday that the Judiciary Committee would delay confirmation of President Bush’s choice for attorney general unless the White House turned over documents that the panel was seeking for several investigations. New York Times: Democrats Use Confirmation to Press Bush
BUSH TO CHALLENGE CONGRESS ON NEW SPENDING: The White House in recent days told nearly a dozen Cabinet secretaries to send letters to Capitol Hill rejecting Democrats' proposed new funds for their agencies, escalating a confrontation between lawmakers and President Bush over domestic spending priorities. Washington Post: Bush Enlists Cabinet Officials in Fight Against Spending
DEMS STALLING ON OCT DEADLINE FOR IRAQ SPENDING BILL: Democrats are not expected to take up President Bush's war spending request until November, giving them time to calculate their next move and see if Republican support for his policies deteriorates.
AP via USA Today: Dems Expect to Delay Debate on Iraq Spending Unitl November
GEN. PACE: “ONE OF THE MISTAKES I MADE IN MY ASSUMPTIONS GOING IN WAS THAT THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND THE IRAQI ARMY WOULD WELCOME LIBERATION": The number of top generals willing to admit mistakes in planning for post-Saddam Hussein Iraq is increasing. DC Examiner: More Generals Confess to Mistakes
AUTHORITY TO BAN BLACKWATER IN QUESTION: Blackwater USA, an American contractor that provides security to some of the top American officials in Iraq, has been banned from working in the country by the Iraqi government after a shooting that left eight Iraqis dead and involved an American diplomatic convoy. New York Times: U.S. Contractor Banned by Iraq Over Shootings
MURTHA: “AS SOON AS THE PRIMARIES ARE OVER, YOU’LL SEE REPUBLICANS START JUMPING SHIP”: Republicans will start abandoning President Bush’s Iraq policies early next year, once the GOP has settled on its presidential contender, House Appropriations Defense subcommittee Chairman John Murtha (D-Pa.) said Monday. The Hill: Murtha: GOPers to Abandon Bush on Iraq After Primaries
"HALL OF SHAME INDUCTIONS" HANDED OUT ON CAPITOL HILL: After Saturday's raucous antiwar rally near the U.S. Capitol led to the arrests of 192 demonstrators, police at the Rayburn House Office Building yesterday braced for a confrontation with protesters who showed up to deliver written rebukes to members of Congress who support President Bush's Iraq policy. Washington Post: In Hill Offices, Protest Takes a Subtler Form
MORE LAWMAKERS TAKE ON "FOOD STAMP CHALLENGE": Congressional ethics reforms has everyone on watch — cocktail wieners on a toothpick, OK; pasta with a fork, bad. But this week, three more Members of Congress will be partaking in the Food Stamp Challenge and abstaining from pilfering Congressional receptions for free food. Roll Call Heard on the Hill: Food Frenzy
MORAN SAYS JEWISH LOBBY IS PUSHING FOR IRAQ WAR: A recent book, "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," claims the pro-Israel lobby played a strong role promoting the war in Iraq. So contentious do some find the claim that Barack Obama's campaign pulled an Internet ad when it wound up on the book's page at Amazon.com. Now U.S. Rep James P. Moran, D-VA, has come under fire for saying much the same thing. Richmond Times-Dispatch: Moran Now Blames Only Some Jews
"WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP PEOPLE WHO THE LAW SAYS CAN'T BUY A GUN FROM BUYING ONE,": Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration has quietly issued a new gun purchase regulation that requires prospective buyers to sign a waiver releasing their mental health records to the Maryland State Police. Washington Post: MD Mental Records to Be Checked In Gun Buys
CASINOS HIT THE JACKPOT IN MASS: Governor Deval Patrick, ending months of private study and public speculation, invited the casino industry to come to Massachusetts yesterday in a watershed proposal that he said will create 20,000 jobs and generate $2 billion in economic activity from three resort-style casinos in various regions of the state. Boston Globe: Patrick Invites Casinos to Come to Mass
BOXER GOES HOLLYWOOD: Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., took a guest turn on Sunday night’s episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Larry David’s often lewd, always discomfiting comedy series on HBO. DC Examiner's Yeas and Nays: Boxer Curbs Her Enthusiam
LIBERAL GROUP GIVES A HELPING HAND TO CRAIG: Conservative Sen. Larry Craig got support from an unexpected source on Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a brief in court saying the lawmaker's bathroom bust was likely unconstitutional. CNN.com: Sen Craig Gets Support From ACLU
CROWDS FLOCKING TO CRAIG BATHROOM: "Where's the bathroom?" That's the question camera-toting tourists in Minneapolis are asking as they visit the men's room where U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, was arrested in a sex-solicitation sting. USA Today: Sen Craig's Airport Stall Now a Tourist Stop
GOP SENDING SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES?: Are members of Congress trying to tell us something with the “hold” music they use before conference calls with reporters? You be the judge. Last Wednesday, as callers waited for a conference call to begin from Iraq with Republican Reps. John Boehner, Peter Hoekstra and Peter King, they heard “Nobody Does It Better” by Carly Simon. DC Examiner's Yeas and nays: On Hold, On Message?
VEGAS VACATION ON HSU'S TAB: Members of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign staff got a nice payoff last year for their work to get her re-elected – a trip to Las Vegas funded by her fugitive former fund-raiser. New York Post: Hill Bill Footed by Hsu
OBAMA EYEING NEW TACTIC TO RAISE FUNDS IN IOWA: The campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is using the Iowa caucuses in a new fundraising pitch, as the Sept. 30 deadline for the third quarter rapidly approaches. Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Obama Campaign: 12 Bucks Buys 10 Lawn Signs
POLLSTERS SAY '08 RACE FLUID IN MD: Maryland voters strongly favor the nationwide presidential frontrunners, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, but about a third of likely primary voters of both parties remain undecided, according to a recent statewide phone survey. Baltimore Sun: Clinton, Guiliani Top MD Poll
KERRY EVENT GETS OUT OF HAND: A University of Florida student was tasered and arrested Monday when he attempted to speak at a forum with U.S. Sen. John Kerry during a question and answer session, university officials said. USA Today: Student Arrested, Tasered at Kerry Event
On the Political Radar:
* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, announces his plan to provide tax relief for the middle class in Washington, D.C. Later in the afternoon, the Democratic presidential candidate holds a "Countdown to Change" fundraiser.
* New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson addresses the Laborers' International Union of North America conference this morning in Chicago.
* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds an online "Ask Mitt Anything" town hall meeting at Thrasher-Horne Conference Center in Orange Park, Florida.
* The day after unveiling her universal health care plan, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, talks about it on CNN's “American Morning” and later in a Web cast on her campaign's web site.
* Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson meets with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in Tallahassee.
* Former President Bill Clinton headlines a Hollywood fundraiser at the home of talent agency executive David O'Connor and his movie producer wife, Lona Williams, in Brentwood, California.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook