(CNN) - The economy and the Iraq war - the top issues on the minds of voters as the 2008 presidential election approaches - took center stage Thursday in Washington, D.C.
In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, Ed Henry reports on President Bush's address to the nation about his next steps in Iraq.
Sen. John McCain, the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee, was in New York City courting the female vote. Dana Bash reports on McCain's appearance on a popular talk show.
Pennsylvania is the next battleground in the Democratic presidential nomination race. Sen. Barack Obama is getting some help from a prominent union leader. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at Obama's effort to win over blue-collar voters in Pennsylvania.
Finally, on Capitol Hill, efforts are underway to provide some relief from the mortgage crisis that has rocked the nation's financial system. Kate Bolduan explains what lawmakers are considering to calm down the troubled housing market.
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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart