(CNN) - If you graze the Web, it certainly seems like America's 20-somethings have a loud and powerful voice when it comes to pushing presidential candidates.
Perhaps none are as loud as Republican Ron Paul's young fans. They have been creatively effective online, parlaying their passion into cold hard cash for Paul's campaign and raising his profile.
But, Ron Paul aside, the Democrats boast that they have youth on their side in droves.
Former Virginia Gov. Gilmore participating in a Republican presidential debate prior to dropping his White House bid.
WASHINGTON – (CNN) Jim Gilmore officially jumped into the race for the Senate Monday.
The former Republican Governor of Virginia announced in an e-mail and on the Internet that he’s a candidate for the seat of retiring Senator John Warner, a long time Republican Senator from Virginia who announced earlier this year that he’ll retire at the end of his term rather than run for re-election next year.
"America has a lot of work to do and doesn't have the right leaders to do it," says Gilmore in his announcement, adding that "I'm running for the United State Senate from Virginia because I want to be one of those leaders who call on the spirit that is common in all of us, and use it to restore our country for the benefit of our people and in the eyes of the world."
Gilmore’s announcement sets up an expected high profile contest between two former Virginia governors. Democrat Mark Warner, who succeeded Gilmore at the State House in Richmond, jumped into the race for the senate seat earlier this year. Warner is not related to the retiring senator.
Besides being former Virginia governors, Mark Warner and John Gilmore have something else in common: White House aspirations.
Mark Warner contemplated a presidential bid last year before deciding against it. Gilmore jumped into the race for the White House late last year before dropping out in July.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
The Thanksgiving visit will be McCain's seventh trip to Iraq.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Chief National Correspondent John King reports Republican presidential candidate John McCain will go to Iraq to have Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. troops. A McCain adviser said the Arizona Senator would be part of a small Congressional delegation. No details of the visit are being disclosed for security reasons.
This would be his seventh trip to Iraq. He last visited troops over the 4th of July holiday.
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to thwart recess appointments by the President.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senators have left town for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the Senate will technically stay in session - a move that keeps President Bush from making appointments while lawmakers are in recess.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said he would schedule "pro forma" sessions during the two-week break, even though lawmakers will be absent and no business will be conducted.
The Constitution gives a president the power to fill vacancies without the Senate's confirmation when the legislative body is in recess. Such appointees can serve without confirmation through the rest of the current session of Congress, which ends in January 2009.
Bush has used the power before to install nominees whose confirmation Senate Democrats had blocked. The most notable instance came in August 2005 when he angered Democrats by naming John Bolton as U.N. ambassador.
"My hope is that this will prompt the president to see that it is in our mutual interests for the nominations process to get back on track," Reid said in a statement.
President Bush comforted Rove as the two men announced his resignation in mid-August.
(CNN) - In an interview Monday, Chief Political Columnist for Slate.com, John Dickerson weighed in on Karl Rove’s Op-Ed piece in Newsweek magazine – calling the former top Bush aide a “mischief-maker.”
The article, “Hillary can be beaten in the 2008 election,” gives advice to the Republican candidates on how to move forward with their campaigns assuming New York Sen. Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination.
Rove who is often referred to as the ‘brains’ behind the Bush administration said, “The American people want their president to be authentic. And against a Democrat who calculates almost everything including her accent and laugh, being seen as someone who says what he believes in a direct way will help.”
Dickerson says Rove has a lot of “smarts whether you like him or not,” but adds the column shows how Rove continues to play the role of “mischief-maker.” He says the column repeatedly takes aim at Clinton. Rove also refers to the way she was characterized by a questioner at a John McCain event last week, while calling that description ‘tasteless.’
“The advice to be authentic, to talk about the future that’s […] the advice you learn to give candidates in political spin 101 but, his role as a mischief-maker came back in that ad,” Dickerson said.
The article is Karl Rove’s first column as a contributing opinion writer to Newsweek magazine.
Related video: Watch Dickerson discuss Rove
Related: Rove: Obama missing opportunities to knock Clinton
–CNN’s Emily Sherman
New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean plans to endorse John McCain.
(CNN) - CNN has learned that former New Jersey governor Tom Kean, who also served as co-chairman of the 9/11 commission, plans to endorse John McCain for president.
Two Republican sources with knowledge of the decision spoke with CNN on condition of anonymity. The event is planned for Monday in Boston. The campaign scheduled what it would only describe as a major national security related endorsement.
Kean along with former Democratic congressman Lee Hamilton led the bipartisan investigation into the government preparedness for, and response to, the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The former Republican governor was viewed as a moderate during his days in state politics – a supporter of abortion rights who also made education and environmental protection his priorities.
For McCain, the endorsement is an opportunity to highlight his campaign theme of being, in his view, the candidate best prepared to inherit the war on terror from the Bush administration.
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– Chief National Correspondent John King
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Here's a quick look at what's making political news in South Carolina this Monday morning:
Where are all the candidates? Most of them will focus on Iowa this holiday week. Michelle Obama will campaign in Orangeburg and Columbia on Tuesday, while Mike Huckabee will hold a tailgate at the Clemson vs. South Carolina game on Saturday.
In Charleston, Ron Paul supporters operate out of "a former lube and oil shop."
Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee went at each other on different Sunday shows yesterday.
Also, in case you missed it, Huckabee is "Chuck Norris approved."
The body of former South Carolina governor Robert McNair, who died over the weekend, will lie in repose at Firt Baptist Church in Columbia today.
South Carolina is one of the top five hungriest states in the country.
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
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New York Times: McCain Takes On Clinton, With an Eye to Civility
Senator John McCain tried Sunday night to make the case that he was best positioned to defeat Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in a general election, outlining a series of contrasts with her on issues including national security and health care.
Washington Post: Giuliani Hoping NASCAR Fans May Provide an Edge in the Race
Now, Rudolph W. Giuliani says, he "really" is a NASCAR fan. The Republican presidential candidate is better known as a New Yorker, of course, one who as the city's mayor pursued quintessentially New York passions - for attending the Metropolitan Opera, for instance, and pulling unambiguously for the Yankees.
The Hill: SMART Union Endorses Clinton
The Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) union announced Saturday that it would back the presidential campaign of Democratic frontrunner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).
USA Today: Huckabee: Abortion Not States' Call
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee rejects letting states decide whether to allow abortions, claiming the right to life is a moral issue not subject to multiple interpretations.
The Hill: Mccain Attacks Dems In New Hampshire
Presidential hopeful Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) berated Democrats for espousing what he believes is a defeatist mindset on the war in Iraq this weekend as he swung through this pivotal battleground state.
New Hampshire Union-Leader: Mccain Would Allow Canadian Drugs Into U.S.
Senator John McCain on Saturday said he won't follow his rivals' lead in taking personal shots at Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, and that voters seeking candidate who will do that should look elsewhere.
Roll Call: McCain Leads in Missed Votes
Though most of them flew cross-country last week to cast key votes on Iraq, the Senators doubling as White House hopefuls haven’t spent much time in Congress lately — and the chamber is poised to be an even less familiar place to them come December.
New Hampshire Union-Leader: McCain: Not Shying From Fight
Making people mad is a good thing, presidential hopeful John McCain said yesterday in a speech aimed at playing up the Arizona senator's outsider reputation.
LA Times: Obama's Campaign Has A New Wrinkle
Barack Obama may be the darling of the college set, but the Medicare crowd is another story. While young Democratic voters have gravitated to his presidential campaign, seniors have stampeded to Hillary Rodham Clinton's.
San Francisco Chronicle: Obama Accuses Clinton Campaign Of Mud-Slinging With Novak Column
The Democratic presidential race burst into its angriest brawl yet Saturday when Barack Obama charged Hillary Rodham Clinton with mud-slinging "swift boat" politics and intimidation – an accusation the New York senator sharply denied and said dramatized Obama's unreadiness for the nation's top office.
Boston Globe: Edwards, Thompson Offer Different Fixes For Social Security
Presidential candidates John Edwards and Fred Thompson said that the United States is facing a potential crisis in the Social Security system, but they disagreed on whether raising taxes will be necessary to head it off.
AP: Edwards Criticizes Clinton Over Iraq
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards criticized Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton over her unwillingness to set a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, saying her position is tantamount to "continuing the war."
NY Sun: Sikhs Seethe Over a Snub by Clintons
The Clinton campaign's abrupt cancellation of scheduled appearances here is leaving members of the Sikh community dismayed and demanding an explanation.
Des Moines Register: Candidates Sign On For Forum Aimed At Minority Concerns
The Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum planned for Dec. 1 will press for answers from Democratic presidential candidates on issues important to the black and Latino communities, organizers said Thursday in announcing details of the event.
Wall Street Journal: Immigration Is the Question
Barack Obama had just ended his stump speech before a friendly audience in this tiny southern Iowa town when Stephen Scott's hand shot up with a question. Would Mr. Obama, as president, have signed last summer's failed "amnesty bill" for illegal immigrants, Mr. Scott, a local landscape painter, asked testily.
Des Moines Register: Women For Biden Kickoff Draws 100 People
Today’s campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was about women, for women. But somehow, a man managed to steal the show. And it wasn’t the Delaware senator.
Reuters: White House Hopefuls Get Creative In Donation Pitches
U.S. presidential candidates are trying to come up with new ways to raise money now to get them through the New Hampshire and Iowa nominating contests.
Des Moines Register: Once-Optimistic GOP Moderates Now Feel Slighted
Moderate Republicans in Iowa, eclipsed for years by the party's social conservatives, were looking forward to the 2008 caucuses. After all, they had a candidate — Rudy Giuliani — who said early in his campaign that he could win in Iowa…So far, it hasn't worked out that way, according to once-loyal Republicans who have felt pushed aside by the party's right wing.
NY Daily News: Rudy Giuliani Jets To Campaign Stops Using Casino Kingpin's Plane
Rudy Giuliani is jetting around the country wooing Bible-thumping conservatives, but his plane is often provided by a king of Sin City.
USA Today: Kucinich Protests Fort Benning School
Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich said Sunday the thinking that went into producing an Army school blamed for human rights abuses in Latin America was the same that led the U.S. to war in Iraq and could cause it to raid Iran.
DC Examiner's Yeas and Nays: Flynt Gets Behind Dennis Kucinich
While porn mogul Larry Flynt says he's still about to blow the lid off a couple of more sex scandals involving Republicans, he's lined up behind one of the Democrats in the race for President. .
Boston Globe: New Concerns Crack Unity Of Religious Right
On Main Street of this Civil War-vintage city, known in recent years as the birthplace of the religious right, the only political sign bears the name of Ron Paul, the antiwar libertarian who is running for the Republican nomination.
LA Times: Still Time For N.H. To Set Primary Date
With Michigan's plan for a Jan. 15 presidential primary in limbo, New Hampshire's secretary of state says he still has plenty of time to set a date that en-sures his state maintains its first-in-the-nation primary tradition.
New York Times: Democrats Say They Won’t Back Down on War
Democrats in Congress failed once again Friday to shift President Bush’s war strategy in Iraq, but insisted that they would not let up. Their explanation for their latest foiled effort seemed to boil down to a simple question: “What else are we supposed to do?”
Roll Call: FBI Probes Continuing
The FBI this summer examined the personal financial records of two House Republican appropriators in ongoing probes into their earmarking activities.
AP: Congressman Is Accused in New Claim of Bribery
Prosecutors have accused Representative William J. Jefferson, Democrat of Louisiana, of soliciting bribes in two suspected schemes that are separate from the bribery charges he already faces, according to a published report.
USA Today: States To Workers: Eat, Drink And Be Back To Work
For the first time in at least three decades, New Jersey will be one of 18 states open for business on the Friday after Thanksgiving, while state workers in Louisiana are under executive order to take a four-day weekend.
On the Trail:
Compiled by Katy Byron and Lauren Kornreich
CNN Washington Bureau
* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, will attend a house party in Iowa City, Iowa.
* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, will deliver a speech in Knoxville, Iowa in the morning. The New York senator will then attend a “School House to the White House” initiative event at Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence in Waterloo. Clinton will make stops for Organizing for Change events at Tilford Elementary School in Vinton and the Bluegrass Café in Tama.
* Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, will be the featured guest at the Cookies and Conversation with the Candidate event at Drake University, which is co-sponsored by IowaPolitics.com and Drake University.
* Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, will hold community meetings with special performances by Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne at campaign stops at schools in Davenport, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will hold a press conference in McAllen, Texas in the morning.
* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, will hold a press conference announcing his endorsement by 9/11 Commission co-chairman Tom Kean in Boston in the afternoon after addressing the Nashua Rotary Club in Nashua, New Hampshire in the morning. From Boston, McCain will travel to Philadelphia for an event at Esperanza Academy Charter High School. McCain will take a moment to talk with reporters there, before heading to a town hall event held by the UPenn College Republicans at the University of Pennsylvania.
* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, will hold a meet the candidate event at Clarion-Goldfield Elementary School in Clarion, Iowa. Obama will then hold a town hall meeting at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge to end the day.
* Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, will visit with local Republicans at Bob Rudd Community Center in Pahrump, Nevada. The event will be hosted by the Nye County Republican Central Committee and the Pahrump Valley Republican Women.
* New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will make campaign stops in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
*Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will attend fundraisers in Boise, Idaho and Seattle, Washington. Romney will take questions from the press in both cities between the fundraising events.
* Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson begins his day in Kenner, Louisiana where he will attend a rally for his campaign at the Hilton New Orleans Airport. The Republican running for president will then make a Mississippi state leadership announcement in Jackson. Thompson will then attend the Mississippi Republican Elected Officials tribute dinner at Hilton Jackson Hotel, also in Jackson.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook