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Cheney treated for irregular heartbeat
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Dick Cheney is expected back at work Tuesday after doctors used an electrical current to correct an irregular heartbeat they discovered Monday morning, the White House reported.
Doctors described the procedure - intended to shock the heart back into normal rhythm - as routine, and Cheney left George Washington University Hospital after about two and a half hours. The 66-year-old vice president has had a history of heart ailments - including four heart attacks dating back to 1978 - and was briefly hospitalized in January 2006 after suffering shortness of breath.
Cheney saw a doctor Monday morning after complaining of a lingering cough from a cold, his office reported. During the appointment, doctors diagnosed him with atrial fibrillation - an irregular beating of the heart's upper chambers that has been linked to an increased risk of stroke. His limousine arrived at the hospital shortly after 5 p.m., a few minutes behind his wife, Lynne. He left about 7:30 p.m.
– CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry
YouTube effect felt beyond debates
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CNN) - It was one of the most talked about moments in last year's congressional campaign.
"Let's give a welcome to Macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia." Full Story
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
Awkward? Bush meets Gore at White House
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore's visit back to the Oval Office Monday could have been an awkward one. Gore and the White House’s current occupant, President Bush, had fought a bitter presidential contest in 2000 from the ballot box to the courthouse. Full Story
– CNN's Tom Foreman and Alexander Mooney
Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)
Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau
Washington Post: Web Videos Aim Questions At GOP Field
Among the thousands of videos uploaded on YouTube for tomorrow's GOP debate in St. Petersburg, Fla., a question lasting no more than three seconds may prove to be one of the toughest: "What does the word 'Republican' mean to you?"
USA Today: Students Join GOP Debate Via Youtube
When eight Republican presidential candidates meet Wednesday to answer questions coming from citizen videos, the audience will include political activists, local VIPS and Ray Keller, a Nebraska teacher.
New York Times: In Elderly Women, Clinton Sees an Electoral Edge
The many elderly women who turn out for Clinton campaign events have become welcome set pieces, visibly demonstrating the candidate’s effort to highlight her sex and her overtures to female voters, whom the campaign is counting on to propel her to the Democratic presidential nomination.
San Francisco Chronicle: No Rings, 53 Million Strong: Unmarried Women Could Change Election
The "unmarried" bloc is emerging as this year's trendy political moniker… A quarter of all eligible voters – 53 million – are unmarried women, according to an October study by the influential liberal polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, but 20 million did not vote in the most recent presidential election.
New Hampshire Union-Leader: Gov. Lynch's Wife Endorses Clinton Run
Dr. Susan Lynch, pediatrician and wife of New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, yesterday endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for president.
New York Times: Clinton to Offer an AIDS Policy, Joining Her Main Rivals
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will propose steps today to strengthen the government’s strategy to battle H.I.V. and AIDS in the United States and the rest of the world, becoming the latest Democratic presidential candidate to commit to a significant expansion of federal efforts to combat the epidemic.
Des Moines Register: Richardson Pledges A Bipartisan Cabinet
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson promised today to provide a new style at the White House with a positive, bipartisan administration closely linked with common people.
Washington Times: Political Pinata
Six weeks out from the Iowa caucuses, the presidential race looks more uncertain than ever.
USA Today: Rivals Switch Roles In Iowa
In a reversal of fortune, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is barnstorming Iowa with a front-runner's swagger while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., scrambles like an underdog.
Boston Globe: Iowans Bring A Special-Interest Agenda To Caucuses
New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner's decision last week to schedule the state's primary for Jan. 8, five days after the Iowa caucuses but well before the primaries of Michigan and Florida, signaled that New Hampshire and Iowa have succeeded in maintaining their special roles in choosing presidential nominees for yet another election cycle.
Quad City Times: Focusing on Who Can Vote in Iowa, N.H.
In yet another quirk of Iowa's caucus system, all citizens can participate as long as they sign a statement attesting to residency in the precinct and show that they'll be 18 in time for the general election.
Des Moines Register: Biden And Dodd Face Long Odds Together
Obviously, this is a little awkward, says presidential candidate Chris Dodd. He’s talking about the fact he’s competing against one of his friends, Joe Biden, for the Democratic nomination for president.
Washington Post: Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton Bring Star Power to Iowa
Both are legendary communicators, perhaps the two greatest in their generation. Both helped build an ethic of empathy, turning the public confession into a rite of passage. Both are world-renowned - one for being a former president, the other for a TV show usually identified just by her first name. And now, Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey are set to square off, in Iowa, campaigning for their favorite candidates.
LA Times: Clinton The Organized
She always came prepared. From the first planning sessions for her husband's victorious 1992 presidential run through the final 1994 White House meetings she chaired as the Clinton administration's ill-fated healthcare initiative collapsed, Hillary Rodham Clinton was a force to be reckoned with as a decision-maker.
Chicago Tribune: Obama to Clinton: You're no Albright
Barack Obama has often questioned Hillary Clinton's use of her husband's presidency to assert to policy experience.
DC Examiner: Giuliani: Promote Benefits of Democracy
Republican Rudy Giuliani said Monday the reputation of the United States has suffered globally not so much because of arrogant actions but for lack of salesmanship about benefits of democracy.
New Hampshire Union-Leader: Invading Iraq Gets A Nod, But Illegal Aliens Are Out
Rudy Giuliani said yesterday he "never had any doubt" that if he were president four years ago, he would have invaded Iraq. He said he is now "even more certain" that it was the correct national security move.
NY Daily News: Mitt Romney Criticizes Rudy Giuliani For Attacking Personnel Appointments
Rudy Giuliani should be the last guy to talk about appointing a screwup to public office, rival Mitt Romney sniped Sunday as the Republicans continued to attack each other during a weekend of campaigning in New Hampshire.
NY Sun: Giuliani, Huckabee Emerge as Strange GOP Bedfellows
As the Republican presidential race devolves into a five-man free-for-all of sustained attacks and sharp rejoinders, one pair of candidates, Mayor Giuliani and Michael Huckabee, has avoided direct conflict, exchanging more compliments than criticism.
Politico: Politics Still Playing On Big Screen In '08
Dismal returns for politically themed films in 2007 won’t stop the genre from continuing well into next year. Expect to see (or not see, as the case may be) more flicks about the Middle East, more Nixon-era biopics and more spy thrillers ripped from today’s headlines.
New York Times: Seeking a Mideast Path, Bush Offers a Nudge
It might seem, after nearly seven years of deliberate detachment from Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, that President Bush has plunged into Middle Eastern diplomacy with Clintonesque energy.
San Francisco Chronicle: President Has Democrats Crying Uncle In Budget Showdown
President Bush seems to have House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a full nelson.
Washington Post: Politics Creates Odd Pair: Sanchez and Democrats
It may be among the strangest of political alliances: a former commanding general in Iraq, blocked from a fourth star and forced into retirement partly for his role in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, and the speaker of the House, desperate to end a war that the general helped start.
Washington Post: GOP Comeback Climb Is Increasingly Steep
Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott's resignation announcement on Monday was the latest in a wave of retirements to hit congressional Republicans, making an already difficult 2008 electoral landscape even more complicated for the minority party.
The Hill: Mississippi Dems Threaten Battle Over Special Election Date
The timing of Sen. Trent Lott’s (R-Miss.) resignation has opened legal questions about the date of the ensuing special election, and state Democrats might fight for a date earlier than what the Republican governor is proposing.
Roll Call: Alexander to Run for Conference Chair, Clearing Whip Race for Kyl
Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) announced Monday evening that he would seek the Republican Conference chairmanship and support Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.) in his bid to become the next Minority Whip, a move that all but cements Kyl’s ascent into the No. 2 Republican leadership post.
USA Today: Iraq War Veteran Announces Bid For Congress
Kieran Michael Lalor says he wants to send Rep. John Hall "back to Woodstock" come 2008.
New York Times: Kennedy Memoirs Said to Fetch $8 Million
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the most prominent surviving member of the Kennedy family, has agreed to sell his memoirs for an advance of more than $8 million, people with knowledge of the negotiations say.
AP: Filner Enters Plea in Airport Incident
Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., has entered a plea days before he was set for trial on assault and battery charges over allegations he pushed a United Airlines baggage employee at Dulles International Airport. As part of the deal he will write a letter of apology to the baggage worker.
On the Trail:
Compiled by Lauren Kornreich and Katy Byron
CNN Washington Bureau
* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, participates in a foreign policy summit in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a health care forum at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, receives an endorsement in Spartanburg, South Carolina and attends an "Organizing for Change" event in Aiken. Later, she visits with teachers and parents and hosts a discussion on education at Bennettsville Middle School in Bennettsville.
* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, attends an event to honor war veterans and first responders at Chick Fil-A Restaurant in Seneca, South Carolina. Later, McCain holds a town hall meeting in Anderson.
* New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talks about "A New Direction for American Agriculture" at a farm in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
* Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, participates in a presidential lecture series at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards speaks at a rally in support of striking Writers Guild of America and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees workers in Washington Square Park in New York City.
* Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, holds town hall meetings in Plymouth, New Hampton and Exeter, New Hampshire. He also attends a Carbon/Nuclear Free Symposium in Concord.
* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee meets with the press in Orlando, Florida.
* Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, hosts a discussion at the College of Charleston, and attends the grand opening of his campaign headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina. Later, Paul holds a rally at the Omar Shrine Convention Center in Mt. Pleasant.
* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, campaigns in Allison and Butler, Iowa. Biden also participates in the University of Northern Iowa's Presidential Forum "Back to School: Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities in American Education" in Cedar Falls.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook