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Romney fires landscaping firm over illegal immigrants
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign said Tuesday that the former Massachusetts governor had fired a landscaping company working on his property because it employed illegal immigrants. Full Story
Bush Heading to the Mideast in January
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush is heading to the Mideast early next year to try and seal a peace deal during his final year in office, White House officials confirmed Tuesday night. "The President will go to the Mideast region in early January,” said National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe, though he would not elaborate on any details of the itinerary. Full Story
Romney calls for investigation into Huckabee push polls
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - One day after a pro-Mike Huckabee group's 'push polling' efforts were brought to light here in Iowa, fellow Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling for an investigation into their tactics. Full Story
Clinton: Edwards' Iran charge goes 'way too far'
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's recent vote to label the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization drew a fresh round of fire Tuesday from her presidential rivals during a debate in Iowa. Full Story
Huckabee won't give thoughts on Mormonism
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Mike Huckabee has evangelicals to thank for helping him surge in the Iowa polls. In Iowa, Mitt Romney is his chief rival for those votes. Full Story
Chief of staff to former Rep. Weldon charged in corruption probe
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The one-time chief of staff to then-Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., has been charged in a criminal conspiracy for failing to disclose income his wife made for doing "little work" at a firm with connections to Weldon's family. Full Story
Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)
Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau
Washington Post: Poll Shows Romney With Wide Lead in New Hampshire
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney holds a wide lead over his Republican rivals in New Hampshire, where he is seen as the strongest leader and most electable presidential candidate in the field, but the GOP race there remains unsettled a month before the nation's first primary, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
LA Times: Huckabee Inches Toward Giuliani
Mike Huckabee, the ascendant Republican presidential candidate in Iowa, is enjoying a surge of support across the country - and Rudolph W. Giuliani seems to be paying the biggest price, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.
Chicago Tribune: Huckabee Says He's Unfamiliar With Intel Report
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Tuesday he was unfamiliar with the National Intelligence Estimate that reported that Iran had not had a program to develop nuclear weapons since 2003, and he questioned the intelligence work behind it.
Roll Call: Hill Support For Huckabee Lags
Republican Mike Huckabee’s surging presidential campaign in Iowa has yet to translate into key support in Washington, D.C…
New York Times: Immigration, a Relentless Issue, Confronts Democrats in an Iowa Debate
If there is one issue that has challenged presidential candidates of both parties in Iowa this year, it is immigration, and the Democratic contenders were confronted with it again Tuesday, in a provocative way. Should American citizens, they were asked, turn in someone they know to be an illegal immigrant?
Boston Globe: More Immigrant Woes For Romney
Standing on stage at a Republican debate on the Gulf Coast of Florida last week, Mitt Romney repeatedly lashed out at rival Rudy Giuliani for providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants in New York City. Yet, the next morning, on Thursday, at least two illegal immigrants stepped out of a hulking maroon pickup truck in the driveway of Romney's Belmont house...
Boston Globe: Candidate Provides New Fodder For Rivals
Mitt Romney's Republican rivals wasted little time last night ridiculing him for his second go-round over illegal immigrants working at his home.
Washington Post: Clinton Rivals Hammer Her Iran Vote During Iowa Radio Debate
One day after a new U.S. intelligence report said that Iran had halted work on its nuclear program, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) faced repeated criticism in a debate here Tuesday for supporting a Senate resolution that her rivals said encouraged saber-rattling rhetoric from President Bush toward the Middle Eastern nation.
AP: Clinton's Endorsement List Debatable
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's support from South Carolina's black religious leaders may not be quite as extensive as her campaign suggests.
LA Times: Clinton Says His Iraq War Remarks Were Misconstrued
A week after causing his wife's presidential campaign a headache by saying he had opposed the Iraq war from the start, former President Clinton accused the news media on Tuesday of misrepresenting his remarks.
Chicago Tribune: Clinton Made An Elementary Error On Obama
It's one thing in politics to cite an opponent's record when criticizing him. But it’s quite another to cite his Permanent Record—the legendary, indelible and largely mythical account of all that we do as schoolchildren.
The Times of London: Hillary Clinton Gets Personal As Barack Obama Inches Ahead
Hillary Clinton has been forced to take the biggest gamble of her presidential campaign by launching personal attacks on her main rival, Barack Obama, in Iowa, a state famous for its dislike of negative tactics.
Des Moines Register: Clinton Calls On Agency To Reveal Names Of Homes
Sen. Hillary Clinton is urging the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to immediately publish its list of all the poor-performing nursing homes in Iowa and other states.
LA Times: It's About Voters' Faith In Romney
With a massive marketing effort, Mitt Romney has tried to introduce himself as a family man with a solid marriage, five wholesome sons and the moral values desired by the Republican Party's most conservative voters. But now that voters have met him, many are ready to offer an opinion: They still do not know who he is.
Politico: As The Speech Looms...
Just as Mitt prepares to make The Speech, three profs have quantified what many have long assumed: bias against Mormons is "signficantly more intense" than prejudice against women or African-Americans.
Des Moines Register: Tancredo's TV Ad Links Immigrants To Violence
The latest television ad from U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo's presidential campaign draws a link between illegal immigration and Central and South American gang violence that has come to the United States.
Washington Post: Nonprofits Become A Force in Primaries
Nonprofit groups created to educate the public and lobby on issues have started inserting themselves into the presidential primaries, adding an unexpected wild card to wide-open elections in both parties.
New York Times: Comedian Says Minnesota Run Is a Serious One
Even as Al Franken stretches out his big doughy hand to another potential voter inside Nina’s Coffee Cafe on a recent morning, it is easy to forget that Mr. Franken, the former “Saturday Night Live” star, the satirist and author, the liberal radio host, is trying to be elected to the United States Senate.
USA Today: Domestic concerns rise in poll
Growing anxiety over the economy, health care and immigration rival Iraq as the central issues in the presidential campaign, shifting an election landscape once dominated by the war.
The Hill: GOP Is Split On The President's Spending Fight
Congressional Republican leaders are split over how much backing they will give to President Bush in his fiscal fight with the Democrats.
Roll Call: Parties Focus on Specials
The seats in Ohio’s 5th district and Virginia’s 1st, which became open when Republican Members died earlier this year, should be slam dunks for the GOP.
AP: Transgender Ga. Politician Loses Runoff
A transgender city council member lost a re-election bid in a runoff Tuesday after a lawsuit that claimed she tried to fool voters by running as a woman.
The Hill: ‘Wicked Witch’ Targeted Over A Dinner In Waikiki
Jack Abramoff called her the Wicked Witch of the West. “WWW” for short in his e-mails. And he wanted to burn her.
New York Times: New Data, New Methods, New Conclusion
How could American intelligence agencies have overstated Iran’s intentions in 2005 so soon after being reprimanded for making similar errors involving Iraq?
On the Trail:
Compiled by Lauren Kornreich and Katy Byron
CNN Washington Bureau
* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, will deliver what is being billed as a major economic policy speech at the NASDAQ marketsite in New York City.
* Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, will hold town hall meetings at Boone Community College in Boone, Central College in Pella, and William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, will hold a town hall meeting with Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Manchester, New Hampshire. McCain will take questions from reporters after the event.
* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, will give a speech at Cornell College's Small Multi-Sport Center in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Obama will then hold a rally at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. At the end the day, Obama will hold an "Engaging the Students: First in the Nation" town hall meeting at Wartburg College in Waverly.
* Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, will make campaign stops in Jackson, North Conway, Conway, Madison, Ossipee, Center Sandwich, Moultonboro, and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
* New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will hold a breakfast event at the Hearing Room in Washington, D.C.
* Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tennessee, will make meet & greet stops at Garren's Restaurant in Pickens, Grady's Great Outdoors and Mama Penn's Restaurant in Anderson, and Flight Deck Restaurant in Lexington, South Carolina.
* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook
* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook