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The seven Democratic presidential candidates are in Las Vegas tonight for the CNN/Nevada Democratic Party Presidential Debate. This is the first event in the West to be sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee. Tune into CNN and keep checking back to CNN Politics and the CNN Political Ticker throughout the day and night for the latest on this historic event.
Showdown in Vegas: Dems prepare for Nevada debate
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - The real action in Las Vegas Thursday night won't be at the high-dollar tables along the Strip.
The real action will be at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. That's where CNN and the Nevada Democratic Party will host a presidential debate at 5 p.m. (8 p.m. ET). So why Nevada? When it comes to the race for the White House, the Silver State isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Candidates trudging through the snow in Iowa and New Hampshire are the most obvious images. Full Story
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
The Nevada caucuses: a crap shoot
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - Campaign staffers, pols, and political junkies are all trying to game out the importance of the Democratic caucuses here in Nevada.
If one candidate (read Hillary Clinton) scoops up wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, will Nevada simply rubberstamp her march to victory? Or if Iowa and New Hampshire spit out different winners could the 11 days (sorry Michigan) between the presumed first-in-the-nation primary and the Silver State caucuses determine who wins the nomination before the race turns back East to South Carolina? Full Story
- CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson
Giuliani, Clinton tied in Nevada
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Nevada has been a swing state in past presidential elections, and it looks like that might happen again in 2008. A new CNN/Opinion Research Poll released Thursday shows that if the general election were held today, a match-up between New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the Silver State would be too close to call.
Giuliani would receive 47 percent, compared to 46 percent for Clinton – a statistical dead heat given the poll’s 2.5 percent margin of error. Giuliani is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, while Clinton is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. But Clinton would fare much better if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney wins the GOP nomination, according to the poll. Clinton receives 51 percent, to Romney’s 42 percent.
The poll of 1,675 registered voters in Nevada was taken over the weekend.
- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
Hastert to announce resignation
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to announce Thursday on the House floor that he is retiring from Congress, a senior aide to the congressman told CNN Wednesday.
The aide said that Hastert will announce his plans to retire tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in an address on the House floor. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office provided the floor time to the former speaker to address his colleagues.
"His plan is to make his farewell address tomorrow on the House floor," the aide said. "He is then going to decide at some point this year when he will step down." Full Story
- CNN’s Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh
Las Vegas mayor visits the Situation Room
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - While out in Las Vegas in preparation for CNN's Democratic presidential debate on Thursday, Wolf Blitzer took the opportunity to sit down with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.
Watch Goodman discuss the Democratic and Republican presidential contenders, the political issues that are important to Las Vegas voters, and how Sin City handles illegal immigration when a third of its population is Latino, according to Goodman. VIDEO
Crowley: A look at Nevada voters
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley reports from Las Vegas. She provides a look at who Nevada voters are and how they're stepping up to the plate now that the Silver State is one of a handful of early primary states sanctioned by both national parties. Crowley also reports on how Nevada may be up for grabs in the 2008 presidential election. VIDEO
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New York Times: In Las Vegas, Chance for Clinton to Undo Damage
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton heads into tonight’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas with an opportunity: to try to erase the unflattering image that her chief rivals, and her own mistakes, have helped create.
Washington Post: The Silver State's Golden Opportunity
The Democratic debate in Las Vegas tonight will provide a rare moment in the spotlight for Nevada, a state that entered the election cycle expecting to enjoy a boost in stature but has struggled to draw attention from both presidential candidates and potential caucus-goers.
USA Today: Latino Votes Will Be On Debaters' Minds In Vegas
Democratic presidential candidates converge Thursday night in this gambling capital as they try to strike it rich with Hispanic voters.
Las Vegas Sun: How The Debate Will Work: Secret 100 Will Get A Shot At Quizzing Candidates
Call them the Silver State's Secret 100, the unknown faces of Nevada at Thursday's national Democratic presidential debate.
Financial Times: Clinton In Fight To Hold Off Obama
Thursday’s Democratic gathering in Las Vegas, Nevada, is attracting much more attention than previous presidential debates, given the growing perception that Hillary Clinton is no longer cruising to victory.
LA Times: Nevada Not Feeling The Campaign Love
With the Nevada caucuses just over two months away, Mom's Diner would seem to be the perfect spot for a presidential candidate to stop and mingle for the TV cameras.
Des Moines Register: Candidates Commit To Register Debates
Six Democratic presidential candidates and at least seven Republican candidates will be taking part in The Des Moines Register’s presidential debates next month.
Washington Post: The Icebergs Ahead For the Democrats
As the Democratic presidential race finally gets down to brass tacks, two issues are becoming paramount. But only one of them is clearly on the table.
Washington Post: Clinton's Rivals Adopt More Partisan Approach
Sen. Barack Obama began his campaign with calls for a less divisive kind of politics, but now he sounds a more partisan tone. John Edwards, after building a campaign in part around ending poverty, has begun to lacerate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as the perpetuator of a corrupt status quo in Washington.
Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Lining Up In Las Vegas: Clinton Owns The House
Odds are favoring Hillary Clinton in Nevada, on the eve of a Democratic candidates' debate in the January caucus state.
New Hampshire Union-Leader: John Distaso's Granite Status: NH Still Waiting On Michigan
SLOWLY, events in Michigan are clearing, but not yet to the point that Secretary of State Bill Gardner can set a date for the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary.
San Francisco Chronicle: Obama Pitches Youth, Technology At Google Gathering
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, buoyed by new polls and what his campaign sees as growing momentum, highlighted his claim as the generational "change candidate" of the 2008 presidential race on Wednesday by telling a youthful crowd at Google Inc. that " if I waited 10 years (to run), I'd still be younger than most of the other candidates."
NY Sun: Obama: Clinton Health Plan Doomed by Secrecy
Senator Clinton's failed effort to reform health care was doomed not by the substance of what she proposed, but by the decision she and President Clinton made to develop the plan in secret, Senator Obama of Illinois is arguing.
New York Times: In ’60s, Romney, Searching and Earnest, Set His Path
In December 1968, Mitt Romney returned home from a Mormon mission in France to find a changed country. While assassinations, race riots, sit-ins and marches transformed his generation, Mr. Romney spent more than two years cloistered in a strict regimen of prayer and proselytizing.
Quad City Times: Rivals Chide Romney on Health Care Plan
Mitt Romney's top rivals are reminding voters that Massachusetts residents have until Thursday to sign up for health insurance or face possible penalties _ a requirement that Romney signed into law when he was governor.
Washington Post: Inside a Kingdom of Allegiances
Tony Carbonetti's persona swallows a room, not unlike the man he has worked for his entire adult life. He is Rudy Giuliani's closest adviser, the archetypal alter ego - a stocky, cards-on-the-table New Yorker who conveys absolute authority in his main area of expertise: Rudy.
The Times of London: Rudy Giuliani Turns On The TV At Last – But Has He Left It Too Late?
Rudy Giuliani’s first television advertisement hits screens across New Hampshire today, amid warnings that he has miscalculated by focusing too hard on the big states holding presidential primary elections later next year.
NY Daily News: Rudy Giuliani Acknowledges Flaws In First TV Ad
Okay, so I'm not perfect. But I get results. That's the soft-selling pitch of Rudy Giuliani's first presidential TV ad, which will begin airing in New Hampshire Thursday, weeks after some of his Republican rivals hit Granite State airwaves.
Quad City Times: Ottumwa Lawmaker Endorses Biden
Democrat Joe Biden racked up the support of another Iowa lawmaker Wednesday, his 13th so far.
Boston Globe: A Dark Diagnosis Reaffirmed A Commitment
On the cold Boston afternoon following the 2004 election, vice presidential candidate John Edwards took center stage at Faneuil Hall. With his wife, Elizabeth, by his side, the man who had become the flag-bearer of Democratic optimism spoke of the heartache and disappointment over losing the electoral battle.
LA Times: Evangelical Flocks On Their Own At The Polls
A fundamental shift is transforming the religious right, long a force in presidential politics, as aging evangelical leaders split on the 2008 race and a new generation of pastors turns away from politics altogether.
New York Times: Catholic Bishops Offer Voting Guide, Allowing Some Flexibility on Issue of Abortion
The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops approved principles Wednesday intended to guide Catholics in choosing whom to vote for but leaving the door open for them to back candidates who support abortion rights.
Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Away In A Manger, There's Clinton And Rudy
Dogs in the manger, yes, but never have I heard of presidential candidates in the manger until now. Or to be more accurate, carvings of the candidates.
Politico: A Good Day For Obama Online
The sort of people who are deeply involved in the Web are, if they're not Ron Paul supporters, more or less Obama's demographic - highly educated, youngish men. But Obama's message of partisan peace is so out of step with much of the high-profile Netroots that he hasn't been really seen as a candidate of the Web.
AP: Obama Says He Has No Illinois Records
Barack Obama, who's been scolding Hillary Rodham Clinton for not hastening the release of records from her time as first lady, says he can't step up and produce his own records from his days in the Illinois state Senate. He says he hasn't got any.
Politico: What Would Buy Your Vote?
Twenty percent of students polled by their peers at New York University said they’d exchange their vote in the next presidential election for an iPod touch. Sixty-six percent would exchange it for free tuition. And fifty percent said they'd lose the right forever for $1 million.
New Hampshire Union-Leader: MTV To Tape Manchester Central Seniors About Politics
Central High will be rockin' to a political beat this morning, when an MTV crew infiltrates the library to film a segment on young people and voting for President.
NY Sun: Democrats Are Pushed To Raise $154 Million for Party
Rep. Niki Tsongas has been in the House for less than a month, winning a special election for a vacant Massachusetts seat, and already she has marching orders to find $104,000 to help other Democrats.
LA Times' Top of the Ticket: Was That A Sigh From Down South?
Mississippi's 69-year-old Thad Cochran, a Republican who's been in Congress since his House election in 1972 and in the Senate since 1979, announced he would seek a sixth term next year.
New York Times: With Eye on ’08, House Takes on Mortgage Rules
Facing the increasing prospect of a Congressional election season colored by economic uncertainty, lawmakers are moving to ease their political exposure on the home-loan crisis.
New York Times: 8 Democrats Pose Hurdle for Children’s Health Bill
Congressional efforts to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program have run into a new roadblock. Eight Democratic senators say they cannot support any compromise that limits their states’ ability to cover parents along with children.
Roll Call: Reid Mulls Pro Forma Sessions
With just two days to go until the Thanksgiving recess, Democratic leaders once again are considering holding the Senate in a series of pro forma sessions to stop President Bush from using the break to install any of his outstanding executive branch nominees.
The Hill: Hollywood on the Hill
Top Hollywood union officials traveled to Washington this week to lobby lawmakers amid a high-profile writers’ strike against the big studios. ===============================================================
On the Trail:
Compiled by Lauren Kornreich and Katy Byron
CNN Washington Bureau
* Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. John Edwards, Sen. Chris Dodd, Sen. Joe Biden, Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Rep. Dennis Kucinich square off at the CNN/Nevada Democratic Party presidential debate tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
* After the debate ends, the Democratic candidates attend the Clark County Jefferson Jackson Dinner at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds an "Ask Mitt Anything" town hall meeting focusing on the economy in Burbank, California.
* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani holds a campaign event in Tampa, Florida, and then attends a rally in The Villages.
* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee campaigns in Washington where he will attend a fundraiser and hold a press conference in Bellevue.
* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, holds a press conference in Sacramento, California.
* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, attends an event at his campaign headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada.
* Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, addresses the Republican Chief of Staff Association in Washington, D.C.
* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards visits Harrie's Bagelmania in Las Vegas, Nevada.
* Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson holds a town hall meeting at JP Morgan Chase in New York City. Later, Thompson heads to Darien, Connecticut for a reception.
* Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, attends a reception in Manchester, New Hampshire and a house party in Nashua.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook