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Democrats spar in heated debate
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton fought back at criticism from some of her presidential rivals Thursday night, decrying what she termed mud-slinging and defending her record against the charge that she avoids taking firm positions on controversial issues. Full Story
Analysis: Clinton makes a recovery in Las Vegas debate
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton stepped into the ring Thursday in this city known for prize fights, successfully beating back an onslaught of punches thrown from the left and right as her opponents sought to rattle the front-runner seven weeks before the Iowa caucuses.
Seven Democratic presidential hopefuls gather for their debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Clinton, who entered this Democratic debate vulnerable following a lackluster performance two weeks ago, came out fighting in the first round.
For the New York Democrat, a good defense was a strong offense, and she sought to silence her critics who stood just feet away.
"I don't mind taking hits on my record, on issues," she said. "But when somebody starts throwing mud, at least we can hope that it's both accurate and not right out of the Republican playbook."
Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards each tried to set the tone early when asked to explain their criticisms of Clinton, such as their charges that she is unwilling to answer difficult questions. Full Story
-CNN political Editor Mark Preston
The CNN Political Team live blogged the debate last night. Check out the highlights at The Political Ticker
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New York Times: Clinton’s in Thick of Barbed Democratic Debate
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton shifted to a much more assertive tone in a debate Thursday night by going directly after her opponents, issuing a stern warning that Democrats should stop “throwing mud” and adopting tactics “right out of the Republican playbook.”
Washington Post: Democratic Contenders Step Up Attacks in Debate
Sen. Barack Obama, stepping up his criticism of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, directly accused her of being duplicitous in one of several testy exchanges that marked the Democratic debate here Thursday night as one of the most heated of the presidential campaign.
USA Today: Rivals Come Out Firing Against Clinton At Debate
Democratic rivals again went after front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday, though she fired back at both Barack Obama and John Edwards.
Las Vegas Sun: Asbestos-Clad Clinton Douses Opponents’ Fire
While the leading candidates’ thrusts and parries dominated the early portions of the debates, the seven contenders on stage at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas’ Cox Pavilion also addressed a broad range of other issues such as the war in Iraq, universal health care, illegal immigration and the growing tensions in Pakistan.
Reno Gazette-Journal: Local Audience Finds No Clear Cut Winner
Northern Nevadans who watched the Democratic presidential debate today differed on which candidate fared the best, but most agreed there were less personal attacks and more focus on issues than in previous debates.
New York Times: It Was Clinton vs. Obama on Health Care
So whom is an uninsured voter to believe? In one of the liveliest exchanges of the Democratic debate last night, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said that Senator Barack Obama’s health care plan “would leave 15 million Americans out.”
LA Times: Democratic Hopefuls Play Difference Cards In Vegas
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped down from her front-runner's pedestal and hit back at her Democratic rivals Thursday night in a feisty debate that drew out differences over immigration, foreign policy and the proper tone of an increasingly harsh campaign.
Des Moines Register: Yepsen's Analysis: That's Why The Lady Is A Champ
Give Thursday's debate to Hillary Clinton. After two bad weeks in the 2008 Democratic presidential campaign, she recovered her footing and pushed back sharply at her opponents in a debate Thursday night.
Las Vegas Review Journal: Candidate Plans To Answer Debate Queries Via Internet
"Give 'em hell, Mike Gravel." It is the earthy message that rhyming bloggers are delivering via the Internet to the presidential candidate who has been excluded from tonight's CNN debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, because of lackluster fundraising.
Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Obama Wins UAW Endorsement That Includes Iowa
Just ahead of a presidential debate here, Sen. Barack Obama has won the backing of United Auto Workers in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Politico: Clinton Campaign: Hillary Would Win In A Landslide If The Election Were Tomorrow
Mark Penn, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) chief strategist, said Thursday that the Democratic front-runner would get 360 electoral votes if the election were held tomorrow and she faced former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R).
New York Times: McCain Finds Sympathy on Torture Issue
On a bitterly cold morning last week, diners at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Boone, Iowa, were just sitting down for their morning coffee when Senator John McCain entered. Within minutes, Mr. McCain turned to a hot-button topic for which he literally serves as the living embodiment: the subject of torture.
New York Times: A Campaign Hopes a Slur Will Lead to Donations
Senator John McCain of Arizona has sent out a fund-raising appeal based on an episode this week in which a voter referred to Senator Hillary Clinton using a slur.
LA Times' Top of the Ticket: Mccain Campaign 'Sabotaged'
Moments after a news conference in Sacramento today where he urged California to return Arizona’s water (good luck with that), Sen. John McCain left a downtown building to enter a waiting SUV for the trip to a fund-raiser in San Francisco. Oops!. The SUV's hood was up. The vehicle wouldn't start.
Quad City Times: Romney Assails Giuliani on Immigration
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Thursday that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is partly responsible for the vast number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. today.
NY Daily News: Fred Thompson Treads Lightly On Fellow GOP Candidates
Laid-back "Law & Order" star Fred Thompson breezed through town Thursday without making much of a ripple and left it to Al D'Amato to do the political street-fighting.
Des Moines Register: Iowa GOP Cancels Dec. 4 Debate
The Iowa Republican Party has canceled a presidential debate that was scheduled to be televised on the FOX News Channel on Dec. 4.
Politico: Anti-Romney, Anti-Mormon Calls Being Made In Iowa
In an apparent push poll, a research firm has called Iowa Republicans this week praising John McCain and criticizing Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith.
Washington Post's The Trail: Rising in Iowa Polls, Huckabee Now In Crosshairs
Mike Huckabee is discovering the flip side of a surge. Now that he's moved up to second place in Iowa, according to two recent polls, the former Arkansas governor is learning what it's like to be asked about something other than his guitar playing (which is quite good).
New Hampshire Union-Leader: Michigan Court Hears Primary Election Appeal
State officials hoping to save the Jan. 15 presidential primary argued their case yesterday before the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Don't Talk Too Long In Las Vegas
Being an early primary or caucus state is new to Nevada, but the folks here could teach the veterans in Iowa a few tricks.
Quad City Times: Bill Sweats It Out for Hil in New Web Ad
Get that man an Actors' Equity card. Bill Clinton is developing a side line as top performer on his wife's comic Web videos.
AP: Tancredo To Get $400 Haircut For Charity
Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo is getting his hair clipped for a cause while poking fun at a Democratic rival's high-dollar haircuts.
Politico: Newsweek Hires Karl Rove
Newsweek editor Jon Meacham wasted little time finding out the post-White House plans of Karl Rove, who was announced Thursday as the magazine’s newest contributor.
The Hill: Dem $11B Splits Difference
Democrats are drafting an omnibus appropriations bill to “split the difference” between the spending plans offered by the White House and Congress in an attempt to resolve the increasingly contentious budget standoff on Capitol Hill, Senate leaders said Thursday.
Roll Call: Hastert Gives Final Floor Speech, but Not Resignation Date
Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) delivered his final speech on the House floor Thursday afternoon, signaling that the wrestling coach-turned-legislator plans to leave office before the end of the year.
AP: Gore, Schwarzenegger To Plan Presidential Climate Forum
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former vice president Al Gore are planning a bipartisan presidential forum on energy and climate change in New Hampshire in December, the governor's office confirmed Thursday.
On the Trail:
Compiled by Lauren Kornreich and Katy Byron
CNN Washington Bureau
* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, heads back to Washington for a Senate vote.
* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will speak at the National Federalist Society conference in Washington, D.C.
* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, will hold a press conference in Denver before heading back to east to meet with voters in Errol and Dixville, New Hampshire.
* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will attend the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Economic Roundtable in Las Vegas.
* Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson will attend a rally at Plaza De Luna in Pensacola, Florida. Afterwards, Thompson will speak at the Florida Family Policy Council Dinner at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida.
* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards tours St. Rose Hospital with SEIU nurses in Henderson, Nevada. Edwards then joins striking Writers Guild members on the picket line in front of NBC Universal Studios in Burbank, California.
* Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, campaigns in New Hampshire. To poke fun at former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Tancredo gets a $400 haircut and donates the proceeds to the Autism Society of America in Concord.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
I know that Wayne and Tiffany were one of you, now. The first time when he was on that thing when he said hi to me I really thought he had a nice voice, but after that you made him start with all the nonsense, to get me made at him. I don't even think he hunts and Scott was in on this to. Also, I think Bruce and Sol are in on it too. Even the man who cleans the floor in the PO. My God, the whole town is. I want you to stop this now! STOP, bothering my computer to!!!!The idiot I live with thinks all of this is real!!!Dorothy isn't real either. That's why that hitchicker had a bandage on her hand because Dr. Gupta does. Does Sharon from Petfare really have cancer? The pizza man too. The man with the horses and the pom. Sue and her husband. Eilleen, Ann, Linda, Chris, Annie and the whole county!!!!
Perhaps this has been asked, but if not, I would love to hear how candidates from both parties view "earmarks"? Would they move to abolish them if elected?
No one has any idea what you are talking about. That is why none of us get along!!! You always have to say things that are like a Rubiks cube. This is not funny at all!!!
I know that you have taken over Glen's Stewarts with all thoses people. I saw that idiot in that hugh truck last night, the same one that was at Stewarts the other day. I also know that you are in this computer and made it small and took away the music so fine, you can have the computer because I can't stand it. I also know that Vinnie from Heritage is involved with Nina's records and so was that rude man on the phone. Nothing that has happened in 9years and two months is not real. You are a religious cult that is trying to make me believe in God. Well, I do so you can stop now. Also Dave, don't think that you are so wonderful that everyone is falling head over heals for you. Eileen is looking for a husband, so why don't you go date her or perhaps Sherry. I also know that Bart isn't real. I don't know what the purpose of this is, but it had better stop. Do you understand me? PLEASE FIX MY COMPUTER SINCE YOU SCREWED IT UP AGAIN!!!
Hey, was that Wayne playing the guitar with Wynonna Judd? How did you know I liked the Judds. Do you think that I never heard that song before, well I have it by the Chambers Brothers which you probably know. Well, thankyou for at least giving me music videos, I do like them. CONTROL FREAKS
Let's put it like this. You are the people who came after me, remember. I went over there and "she" was home. Instead the "man" came out. Do you think I am going to go up to the door so that you can do it again. I think not. Come stand in front and yell, I'll go. I am not afraid to talk to you face to face, you are the ones that are into secret agent men. Their giving you a number and taking way your name..
Okay, in front of Dora's house whoever you are at 7:30.. tonight take it or leave it. That's my final offer!!!
I was there so I guess you don't want to talk to me fine. I'm done talking to you because you aren't even real.
I am no longer coming on the computer, why, because I think that something is definitely wrong around here and if you want to act like your acting, fine, but I do not want to get involved so please go "help" someone else because by "helping" me you are making me to nervous. Thank you once again for your help. But I still do not understand how this is helping or if you have any idea of what you are doing. I just don't get it. I have never seen such characters in my life.
First of all let me tell you something. I do not like this house. I always wanted a mobile home since I was 7 because this lady upstate had one and I loved it. He wanted a dumb house because they don't depreciate like a car. So now I'm on my third house and I don't like this one either. I told him I wanted a mobile home on a little piece of land because I won't live in a trailer park with noisy people. I want everything on one floor. He is the one who wanted to stop living in apartments which I liked much better and now I have all these pets so I have to get another house. His family is are most dysfunctional people I have ever met. Actually, I only met a few because they all hate each other, his mother even hates his father. Why I get involved with people like this is beyond me. If there is trouble I always seem to get myself involved in it. If you think that I am weak think again because I have learned to fight back to survive. END OF STORY.
Oh my God, now you even have Adam and Hillary involved in this. I knew that he didn't have an Italian name. This is ridiculous. Now if I tell him this he will say that I am really crazy. You are smart to have stopped Sabrina because if she hit me one more time I was going to deck her! Now, I can't go to the dump anymore, I hope that you are happy. Hank and the dry wall people and the doors, steps, everything was unreal. Well, it is just as well because fixing everything didn't make me like this house any better. Is there anyone in Ulster who isn't in on this. Now everyone thinks that I am crazy. This is a nightmare. I don't know if he is in on it too. If he is then this is all a trick to try and put me away. That is why he keeps saying he will get Dr. Foster to commit me. Well, I am not going there anymore. I am perfectly healthy. I was fine until I got on that ticker and all of you pretended to be real people. You disqust me!!!
He is in on it and so is CNN. I hate everyone of you!
One more thing. "Dave", I have eyes and ears and I think that you are gay. I don't have anything against gay people, but if that is the way you are then you should be open. Also, I think that I only liked you because you reminded me kind of,of Levon Helms. Do you really think that I believe all that newspaper stuff about him, well I don't. I feel very bad that he had throat cancer and I really pray that he will be alright because when he was young he was a great singer, talented not to mention nice looking and I loved his accent. So, you can go sneaking around all you want now, I will just ignore you just like I ignore all the "names".
Well, let me tell you something. Vinnie said that anyone on the internet can bother anyone they want because there are no laws. Also, CNN is letting you do this because I am a nuisance. Well, you can write your ticker comments all you want because I'm not writing anymore. If he is wrong and you are good people then I will agree to take that bi-polar medicine at home. If I get any bad side effects I will stop. I don't think he is in on this because he is very angry. Also, I will be moving as soon as the market is good because everyone knows my business now and you can find another town idiot.
Well, you probably do know that awhile back I did call Wynnona's mother about diabetes. I can't think of her name now. I really don't understand this anymore. He still thinks I'm nuts.
Look, I really want you to stop. I can't go to the dump, groomers, etc. because you got everyone involved. I know that Thursday is Thanksgiving, but I really don't care. Futhermore, whatever you are thinking I really don't want to see my relatives, may all my animals die in a fire if I am lying. I just want to be left alone. Leave me alone.