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New Hampshire sets January 8 primary date
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The New Hampshire presidential primary will be held January 8, 2008, New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner announced Wednesday. Political Ticker
–- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
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(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)
Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau
LA Times: Nominations May Be Decided In One Quick Blitz
After months of suspense, New Hampshire on Wednesday scheduled its presidential primary for Jan. 8 - the state's earliest date ever - in a move that promises one of the swiftest nominating fights in campaign history.
Washington Post: Candidates Hope Not to Wear Out Holiday Welcome in Iowa
The calendar crunch means that candidates are facing tough decisions - both personal and political - about what to do on and around Dec. 25, when voters will still be making up their minds but will presumably want a break from the current campaign bombardment.
New Hampshire Union-Leader: Many Candidates Set For Jan. 8 Strategies
Now that Secretary of State William Gardner has set a primary election date, the campaigns of 16 mainstream Republican and Democratic candidates can launch their end-game strategies for New Hampshire.
AP: S.E.C. Investigates Company Founded by Clinton Donor
The Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation into spending by a database marketer in Omaha that already faces a lawsuit contending that the company misspent millions, some of it on Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
LA Times: In A Strategy Shift, Clinton Begins Counterpunching
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who for months seemed on a turbulence-free course at the front of the presidential pack, has kicked into a new phase of more-aggressive campaigning designed to address emerging weaknesses and to engage her Democratic rivals more directly.
AP: Play of the Day: Romney's Explanation
Mitt Romney has a message for Iowa voters: The corn joke wasn't me.
Washington Times: Word Of Mouth Boosts 'Huck' In Iowa Polls
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has gone from near zero to a statistical tie for first in polls of Iowa Republicans, not because of a superior organization or from spending money, but because of a tactic few candidates can copy: Religious word-of-mouth.
Politico: Huckabee Rivals Unearth Ethics Complaints
As Mike Huckabee gains ground on his rivals for the Republican nomination, opponents have quietly begun highlighting the slew of ethics issues the social conservative faced during his political career in Arkansas.
The State: Bill who?
You might think that Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) - a five-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, a New Mexico Congressman for 14 years, ambassador to the United Nations, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention and chairman of the Democratic Governors Association - would be the front-runner among Democratic candidates for president.
NY Daily News: Republicans Use Evidence Of Progress In Iraq Against Dems In Campaigns
Republicans are pouncing on new evidence of progress in Iraq to turn the tables on Democrats who believe the unpopular war remains their signature issue for 2008.
New York Times: Publicity-Shy Giuliani Backer Is Thrust Into Spotlight
Paul E. Singer is the founding partner of one of the oldest hedge funds around. And while he has become a major donor to Republican and conservative causes in recent years, he has largely managed to stay out of the limelight, even avoiding having his picture appear in newspapers…
USA Today: Giuliani Focuses On Mayoral Record In New Ad
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani focuses on the economic improvements he made in New York and the drop in the city's crime rate in a new television ad that began airing in New Hampshire
DC Examiner: Dour Thompson Says I'm "Just Fred'
Fred Thompson says his often-dour demeanor simply reflects his seriousness about the issues facing the country. "I'm just Fred," he says, and the image that's served him through a successful political career won't be changing.
Quad City Times: New Romney Ad Features Endorsement From Gregg
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney launched a new radio ad in New Hampshire yesterday, featuring an endorsement from New Hampshire's Sen. Judd Gregg.
The Times of London: Snarls, Smears And Innuendo As Attack Dogs Get Ready For The Fray
Welcome to South Carolina, the foulest swamp of electoral dirty tricks in America. This state’s primary race has already become the sleaziest leg of the 2008 presidential campaign.
LA Times' Top of the Ticket: The Name Game Continues In California
Backers of a California initiative that could significantly aid the next Republican presidential nominee said today they're still collecting signatures to qualify it for the state's ballot in June, terming as premature reports that they have wrapped up the process.
Quad City Times: Calif. Lawmaker Finds Tepid GOP Support
Rep. John Doolittle is garnering tepid public support from his California GOP colleagues in the latest sign of his slumping political fortunes as he aims for re-election while under criminal investigation.
Washington Post: Immigrant Paperwork Backs Up At DHS
The Department of Homeland Security failed to prepare for a massive influx of applications for U.S. citizenship and other immigration benefits this summer, prompting complaints from Hispanic leaders and voter-mobilization groups that several hundred thousand people likely will not be granted citizenship in time to cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election.
The Hill: Reid To Lead Delegation To Latin America
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will lead a bipartisan delegation to Latin America next week, his office announced Wednesday.
Boston Globe: Poll Finds The Mood In US Growing Darker
Americans enter the holiday season in a dark mood, with economic worries, security fears, and a lack of confidence in government fueling growing pessimism, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released yesterday.
On the Trail:
Compiled by Lauren Kornreich and Katy Byron
CNN Washington Bureau
* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and his family volunteer at Machine Shed Restaurant in Urbandale, Iowa.
* Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, celebrates Thanksgiving in Monticello, Iowa.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook