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Poll: Florida Republicans oppose making abortion illegal, gay marriage legal
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Likely Republican primary voters in Florida oppose making same-sex marriage legal but say abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday evening. Full Story
Against the odds, Bush moves peace process forward
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Mere minutes before President Bush delivered his speech to the Mideast peace conference here Tuesday, it appeared any hopes of getting a written agreement signed by Israeli and Palestinian leaders had slipped away. Full Story
Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)
Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau
WSJ: YouTube Debate Raises Stakes
With six weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses, the stakes in the CNN YouTube debate are higher… The eight men haven't debated in a month.
Des Moines Register: Giuliani Joins Lineup For Register Debate
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani's campaign said today the former New York mayor has decided to participate in The Des Moines Register's debate next month.
New York Times: Senate Race That Fizzled Honed Skills for ’08 Stage
The 2000 New York senate race was a year in which both Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton gained many of the political skills the nation is seeing now as they campaign for president.
The Hill: Rudy Giuliani Striking Gold On Gold Coast
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has dominated his chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in fundraising along Florida’s Gold Coast, an affluent strip of beach extending 80 miles north of Miami that is home to tens of thousands of New York and New Jersey natives.
New York Times: A Battle-Scarred Edwards, Emerging a Fighter
He has beat his Diet Coke addiction — “too much caffeine.” He no longer shrinks from foreign policy talk and salts his speeches with lines like, “I saw a piece recently in the Guardian newspaper, a British newspaper.” And where he once meandered from topic to topic, the John Edwards of today tries to keep it concise.
LA Times: No Buildup In Support For Mccain
More than any other candidate for president, John McCain has tied his fortunes to support for sending more U.S. troops into the unpopular war. Now that violence in Iraq has waned after a troop buildup, McCain wants some credit.
USA Today: Hatch: Romney Should Say He's His Own Man
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney probably should give a speech to declare he's not a captive of the Mormon church, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said Tuesday.
Boston Globe: New Romney Brochure Rips Rivals' Stance On Marriage
The colorful brochure from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign looks like many of the political fliers flooding Iowa mailboxes this time of year.
ABC News: Gingrich Predicts Obama in Iowa
Newt Gingrich predicts Barack Obama will win the hotly contested vote in Iowa, saying the junior Senator from Illinois will motivate more energized supported than the former First Lady.
Washington Post: Her Heart's in the Race
Michelle Obama might be standing in a back yard in Waterloo or on a stage in Harlem, but as she carries the audience along from phrase to well-turned phrase, she makes clear that "this running for president thing," as she calls it, has become nearly as much her quest as her husband's.
Washington Post's The Trail: Obama 'The Man for the Moment'
Amid stepped-up attacks by Hillary Clinton claiming that Barack Obama lacks the experience to face a dangerous world, the Obama camp turned loose a half dozen of the foreign policy experts in his fold to show the world the kind of high-caliber minds that are advising the first-term senator…
Chicago Tribune: Clinton Stands By Tough Campaigning
Sen. Hillary Clinton defended her increasingly aggressive approach on the campaign trail Tuesday and stepped up her criticism of Sen. Barack Obama, taking him to task by pointing to an Illinois health-care initiative he backed as a state lawmaker.
Politico: Clinton Tops Obama Among African-Americans
Six weeks out from the first round of presidential voting, Hillary Rodham Clinton gets better reviews than Barack Obama among African-American voters, a crucial voting bloc in Democratic politics, a new poll shows.
USA Today: Deceased Still Lining Political Coffers, To Tune Of Half-Million
Harold Schooler died in 2003, but his political activism lives on.
The former piano salesman and musician is among more than 160 dead people who have given more than $540,000 to political committees and candidates for the White House and Congress over the past eight years, an analysis of political donations shows.
Chicago Tribune: Clinton Interview: Not First To Throw Stones
Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York defended her increasingly aggressive approach on the campaign trail, declaring in a Tribune interview today that she was not the first to throw a stone in the Democratic presidential race.
Des Moines Register: Bill Clinton: Hillary Has Best Vision For America
If I had to go into a blizzard of adversaries, all alone without a chance in a thousand — but I thought I was doing the right thing and I could only ask one person I’ve ever met in my entire life to go with me, one person I knew who would stay until the last dog died, never wilt, never break, never quit — I would ask her [Hillary],” Bill Clinton said, speaking in his soft drawl, his voice hushed as the crowd of about 600 at a YMCA in Muscatine, Iowa listened intently.
New York Times: In New Hampshire, Some Fret About Too Little, Too Early
At the Merrimack Restaurant on Elm Street, where a mural of past presidential candidates adorns the red brick facade, Maria Saitas is worried. Not only will New Hampshire’s primary be over earlier than ever next year, but the window between the Iowa and New Hampshire contests — a mere five days in early January — will be wincingly brief.
New York Times: In Iowa, Mormon Issue Is Benefiting Huckabee
The religious divide over Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith that his supporters had long feared would occur is emerging in Iowa as he is being challenged in state polls by Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor who has played up his faith in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Boston Globe: As GOP Hopefuls Duel, Fact-Checkers Work Overtime
In the wide-open race for the GOP presidential nomination, with five-plus weeks until the first nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, the campaigns of the top candidates are scattering accusations and snippets of "opposition research" like birdshot in the hopes of winging an opponent. Facts are sometimes among the casualties.
DC Examiner: Huckabee Tries to Gloss Over Ark. Record
Mike Huckabee's presidential rivals are pointing to chinks in his record as Arkansas' governor – from ethics complaints to tax increases to illegal immigration and his support for releasing a rapist who was later convicted of killing a Missouri woman.
LA Times' Top of the Ticket: Coming soon: a Ron Paul office near you?
Ron Paul opened a campaign office this afternoon in Charleston, S.C. - his third in a state that traditionally has been crucial to deciding who Republicans nominate for president.
Wall Street Journal: Head of Rove Inquiry in Hot Seat Himself
The head of the federal agency investigating Karl Rove's White House political operation is facing allegations that he improperly deleted computer files during another probe, using a private computer-help company, Geeks on Call.
Politico: Actors Not Buying Into Actor's Campaign
GOP presidential aspirant Fred Thompson has acted in nearly 40 film and TV projects, from a major part in “Die Hard 2” to an episode of “Roseanne” and a recurring role on “Law & Order.”
New York Times: When Fuel and Politics Mix
As oil prices flirt with record highs, hovering around $95 a barrel on Tuesday, the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are offering few quick fixes but profoundly different long-term approaches to energy policy.
New York Times: Bill Clinton Flatly Asserts He Opposed War at Start
During a campaign swing for his wife, former President Bill Clinton said flatly yesterday that he opposed the war in Iraq “from the beginning” — a statement that is more absolute than his comments before the invasion in March 2003.
NY Sun: On Iraq, Clinton Tries a New Tack
Responding to news that negotiations with the Iraq government will start in January on the withdrawal of American combat troops from Iraq, Senator Clinton is trying to distance herself from the White House position on whether America should leave behind a permanent military presence.
The Hill: Sen. Kyl has No. 2 slot in the bag, it seems
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) is poised to become minority whip as other senators scramble for position in lower-tier leadership races.
Roll Call: GOP Leadership Elections Scheduled for Dec. 6
Republican Senators will gather in a special Conference meeting to conduct their leadership elections on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 9:30 a.m., according to an e-mail sent to members Tuesday night.
The Hill: Democrats Switch Tack, Seize On Economic Woes
Congressional Democrats will focus on the economy next week in an effort to win political advantage from public fears about an approaching recession.
DC Examiner: Kaine: Anti-Illegal Immigrant Rhetoric May Send Local Businesses Elsewhere
The aggressive push by some politicians to make Virginia inhospitable to illegal immigrants has the potential to hurt the state’s economy, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said Tuesday.
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Compiled by Lauren Kornreich and Katy Byron
CNN Washington Bureau
* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, California Rep. Duncan Hunter, Arizona Sen. John McCain, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson participate in the CNN/YouTube/Republican Party of Florida Presidential Debate in St. Petersburg, Florida.
* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, discusses health care issues at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa.
* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, address the Iowa Association of Counties in Des Moines, Iowa.
* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, holds a town hall meeting at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Later, he attends a party with supporters at The Parkshore Grill in St. Petersburg, Florida.
* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, speak at College Convention 2008 at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester, New Hampshire.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook