November 9th, 2007
05:39 AM ET
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Making News Today…

Michael Mukasey confirmed as attorney general

(CNN) - After weeks of controversy over Michael Mukasey's views on waterboarding, the Senate late Thursday approved the former judge's nomination for attorney general by a 53-40 vote.

Waterboarding threatened to derail the approval of President Bush's nominee to lead the Justice Department.

President Bush nominated Mukasey to replace longtime ally Alberto Gonzales, who resigned in September.

Mukasey's confirmation was all but assured last week when two key Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee - Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Chuck Schumer of New York - said they would vote in favor of Mukasey despite the controversy.  Full Story

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Public to Congress: Shape up, or ship out!

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A record number of Americans say that most members of Congress do not deserve to be re-elected, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Friday morning.

According to the poll, if the elections were held today, Democratic congressional candidates would get 53 percent of the vote to 42 percent for Republican candidates.

Party affiliation aside, 2008 may be a rocky year for incumbents.

Fifty-three percent of people surveyed said that most members of Congress do not deserve re-election, the highest figure since the question was first asked in 1991.

Americans think more highly of the member of Congress representing them. However, 39 percent say their own member of Congress does not deserve re-election - also a record high since polling began on that question in 1991.

Broken down by party, GOP members of Congress received less support for re-election from the public than Democrats. Just 38 percent of those polled believe that most Republican members of Congress deserve re-election; 50 percent say that most Democrats in Congress deserve to be re-elected.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation telephone poll of 1,024 American adults was carried out over the weekend. The sampling error for the full sample was plus-or-minus 3 percentage points; some questions were asked of a half sample of approximately 500 respondents and carry a sampling error of plus-or-minus 4.5 percentage points.

- CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron

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RNC punishes five states for early primaries

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican Party will penalize five states for holding presidential primary elections before February 5, 2008, Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan announced Thursday.   Full Story

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S.C. Watch: In the Palmetto State, Mitt Romney is methodical  VIDEO

(CNN) - Chief National Correspondent John King takes a look at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's
 methodical campaign to win over Republican primary voters in conservative South Carolina.

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(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)

Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau

New Hampshire Union-Leader: NH Takes A Big Hit From GOP Over Primary
New Hampshire is among five states formally sanctioned by the Republican National Committee yesterday for planning to hold its presidential primary before Feb. 5, 2008, the earliest date allowed by an RNC rule.

Baltimore Sun: DNC Bypasses City Over Labor Clash
Because a union plans to picket a downtown hotel, the Democratic National Committee is moving its fall meeting from Baltimore to Virginia, disappointing local and state leaders who had anticipated the spotlight of a presidential campaign landing briefly on the city.

New York Times: From Back of G.O.P. Pack, Huckabee Is Stirring
Mike Huckabee’s field staff had expected a modest crowd for a campaign event at a tiny rural community college [in Iowa] on Wednesday. But as people began to cram into the shoe-box-size room, campaign organizers scurried to roll back a dividing wall and set up extra chairs.

New York Times: Clinton Gets an Instant Chance to Wield a New Weapon
It used to be that when a campaign had an argument with a news report, it put out a mass e-mail message disputing the offending item. That was a huge technological leap from the fax machine.

The Tennessean: Poll Of Tennesseans Finds Clinton Nearly Even With Thompson
So much for the home field advantage. A newly released poll of Tennessee voters shows Republican Fred Thompson with only a narrow lead over Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton in a hypothetical presidential match-up.

Washington Post: On Campaign Bus, Obama Opens Up About Challengers
Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) took on his two principal rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, arguing that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) cannot appeal to independents and Republicans as effectively as he can and asserting that former senator John Edwards's populist message does not square with his record.

Des Moines Register: Voters Grill Obama On Electability
Democratic presidential Barack Obama faced questions from several voters today in southern Iowa about whether he could beat presidential party frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani.

Boston Globe: Politics Of Doubt Gnaw At Black Voters In S.C.
History whispers to black voters here in South Carolina not to get their hopes up when Senator Barack Obama comes to town and says he can win the presidency.

New York Times: Kerik’s Corruption Case Dogs Giuliani
The scene outside the old Victorian-style courthouse in Dubuque on Thursday morning showed that the indictment of Bernard B. Kerik is at the very least a big distraction for Rudolph W. Giuliani’s presidential campaign.

LA Times: If It Is The Economy, GOP May Be In Trouble
Republican strategists are beginning to fear that a deteriorating economy will pose serious obstacles for their party's presidential candidates, who may ultimately have to answer for rising gas prices and a slumping housing market.

New Hampshire Union-Leader: Biden, Richardson Call For 'Soft', 'Smart' Diplomacy
U.S. Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Bill Richardson called for more foreign aid and more diplomacy at a major forum on foreign policy at St. Anselm College yesterday.

AP: Protesters Arrested in Giuliani's Office
Eighteen anti-war activists were arrested Thursday in campaign offices for Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Rodham Clinton after they demanded that both presidential candidates promise to withdraw all troops from Iraq if elected.

Quad City Times: Giuliani 2nd Pick of Many Conservatives
Rudy Giuliani is doing so well among conservatives that even those who don't back his presidential bid turn to him in strong numbers when asked to name their second choice, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll showed Thursday.

USA Today: Christian Coalition To Lay Low For White House Primaries
As Republican White House hopefuls tout endorsements from faith leaders, the once-powerful Christian Coalition of America will bypass the presidential primary contests entirely, the head of the South Carolina-based group said Thursday.

LA Times: On Second Thought, Conservatives Give Huckabee An Amen
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a longtime Southern Baptist pastor, didn't think to pray over the pepperoni when he pitched his candidacy for the Republican nomination to a fired-up crowd at Doughy Joey's. But otherwise, he hit all the right notes for Samuel - and for scores of other conservative Christians who packed his campaign events in Iowa this week…

Des Moines Register: Giuliani Faults Bill Clinton's Military Spending
Republican Rudy Giuliani, campaigning in Iowa the same day that Bill Clinton was in the Hawkeye State, charged today that the former president had weakened the American military and intelligence services through spending cuts during his administration.

Chicago Tribune's Clout Street: GOP Presidential Hopeful Thompson Establishes Illinois Leadership Team
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination said today it has established a leadership team to cover each of Illinois' congressional districts, tapping heavily into connections established by its state chairman, state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington. 

Quad City Times: Thompson's Facts on Immigration Bill
Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson said this week that he opposed a comprehensive Senate immigration reform bill, while his top rivals supported it. Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney forcefully opposed the legislation.

Politico: Bill Bogs Down Where Hillary Strides Ahead
Bill Clinton has spent the last two weeks as an unlikely victim of a manic media environment that his wife has largely mastered.

The Hill: Short Of Cash, NRCC Seeks Millionaires
Faced with lingering debt and a losing fundraising battle, House Republicans are recruiting a slew of self-funding candidates to run in many of their top races this election cycle.

New York Times' The Caucus: A Timely Clinton Web Initiative
In another new example of how the Web is empowering campaigns to get their word out, Team Clinton used the story on a new Web site that it says it will use to defend against reports, or, for that matter, opponents’ charges, that it views as being off base.
They are calling it “The Fact Hub: The straight scoop on Election ’08 from The Hillary Clinton Campaign.”

The Times of London: Is She Or Isn’t She? Hillary Clinton Caught On The Defensive As Voter Doubts Multiply
After striding surefooted through the foothills of the Democratic presidential contest, Hillary Clinton’s frontrunning campaign has spent the past week tripping itself up.

The Hill: Clinton Tops 2008 Rivals, Gets $530M In Earmarks
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) has won tens of millions of dollars more in federal earmarks this year than her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, even though two of them have significantly more Senate seniority.

The Hill: Iraq Withdrawal Redux
The House is expected to rejoin the Iraq debate Friday with a quickly called vote on withdrawing troops from Iraq that caught some Democrats by surprise and was ridiculed by Republicans.
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Roll Call: Capitol Police Send Out E-mail Looking for Information on Senate Fires
Capitol Police have issued another e-mailed request to Senate staff asking for any details that could help them find out who is responsible for setting seven fires in two Senate office buildings since late September.

Washington Times: Reagan21 Caucus Formed To Focus On Spending, Ethics
Capitol Hill Republicans are invoking former President Ronald Reagan in their latest effort to strengthen their party's conservative credentials, forming a new caucus whose members must pledge to support limited government and to restore ethics in Washington.

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On the Trail:

Compiled by Lauren Kornreich and Katy Byron
CNN Washington Bureau

* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will visit with local residents at Crazy Pita outside Las Vegas, in Henderson, Nevada.

* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, holds a roundtable discussion with working women at the East Side Library in Des Moines, Iowa. Later, Obama holds a town hall meeting in Sioux City.

* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, will hold a press conference at the State House Legislative Office Building in Concord, New Hampshire. McCain will hold a meet and greet later in the day at Village Perk Coffee Shop in Meredith. McCain will end his day on the trail in the Granite State with a house party in Moultonborough.

* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards makes a campaign announcement in Des Moines, Iowa. Later, Edwards holds town hall meetings in Sioux City, Carroll and Jefferson.

* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will meet with local area voters at Freshwater Farms in Atkinson, New Hampshire. The GOP candidate will then hold a "Ask Mitt Anything" town hall event at Nottingham West Elementary School in Hudson.

* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is on the trail in New Hampshire today with a speech at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

* Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tennessee, will reveal his "Save Social Security and Protect Seniors" plan in Washington, DC in the afternoon.

* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, attend a fundraiser at the Dancing Lion in Oelwein, Iowa.

* Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, holds an Iowa Democratic Party Veterans Caucus press conference at the State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa.

* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook

* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook


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November 8th, 2007
05:44 AM ET
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Poll: Iraq war opposition at record high

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Opposition to the war in Iraq has reached an all-time high, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Thursday morning.

Support for the war in Iraq has dropped to 31 percent and the 68 percent who oppose the war is a new record.

Despite the drop in violence in Iraq, only one quarter of Americans believes the U.S. is winning the war. There has been virtually no change in the past month in the number of Americans who believe that things are going badly for the U.S. in the war in Iraq.

The public also opposes U.S. military action against Iran. Sixty-three percent oppose air strikes on Iran, while 73 percent oppose using ground troops as well as air strikes in that country.

Overall, 56 percent, of Americans are dissatisfied with progress in the war on terrorism.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation telephone poll of 1,024 American adults was carried out over the weekend. The sampling error for the full sample was plus-or-minus 3 percentage points; some questions were asked of a half sample of approximately 500 respondents and carry a sampling error of plus-or-minus 4.5 percentage points.

- CNN Political Desk Assignment Editor Katy Byron

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McCain visits the birthplace of the GOP… again

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John McCain is covering all of his bases.

Last month, the Arizona Republican visited Crawfordsville, a small Iowa town that claims to be the birthplace of the GOP. On Thursday, McCain stops in Jackson, a Michigan town that just so happens disputes Crawfordsville’s claim. Why? Because, Jackson claims the same historical distinction.

So, what town is the true place of the Republican Party? Well, maybe neither because yet another town has also staked a claim.

"Ripon, Wisconsin is considered by most scholars to be the real birthplace of the Republican Party," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The real birthplace is one of those things that’s been lost in the midst of history and there will never be a definitive answer."

According to the Republican National Committee, the first informal GOP meeting took place in Ripon. But on July 6th, 1854, the first official Republican meeting happened in Jackson.

As for McCain, a spokesman for the presidential hopeful said he is a history buff.

“John McCain loves history and enjoys visiting these important landmarks in the founding of the Republican Party,” the spokesman said.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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Compiled by Lindsey Pope
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New York Times: Superdelegates for Clinton (Undecided’s No. 1)
In an early indication of where Democratic Party leaders are leaning, a survey of the party’s superdelegates — elected officials and other leaders who vote at the party’s convention but are not selected in primaries — found they are favoring Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.  

USA Today: Poll: Clinton Lagging In Quest For Male Voters
More than eight in 10 Republicans and more than half the married men in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll say they definitely wouldn't vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

New York Times: Rubin Is Reported Set to Back Clinton
Robert E. Rubin, Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration and new chairman of Citigroup, has overcome early misgivings about Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential candidacy and will support her publicly in the fight for the Democratic nomination, people close to both of them said yesterday.

Wall Street Journal: Poll Suggests Clinton Is Vulnerable
Democrats enter the 2008 election campaign with powerful political advantages but face a tough and unpredictable battle because of the vulnerabilities of front-runner Hillary Clinton and the Democratic-controlled Congress.

New York Times: In a Surprise, Pat Robertson Backs Giuliani
They could compete for strangest bedfellows of 2008. But there they were Wednesday morning, Mr. Robertson endorsing Mr. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, as “an acceptable” Republican “who can win the general election.”

Quad City Times: NH Could Turn GOP Race Upside Down
New Hampshire is known for turning Republican presidential primaries upside down. It could happen again this year.

LA Times: Giuliani Embraces Tough Love
Next to a crackling fire in a picturesque mountain lodge, in the wooded and lightly populated north country, Rudolph W. Giuliani met some of the people who might help him become the next president. What he gave them was a dose of New York.

Boston Globe: Skills At Ready When Crisis Struck
For many of those with Giuliani, the long march six years ago that transformed Giuliani into an iconic figure began years earlier.

Washington Post: For Candidates, Web Is Power And Poison
Candidates use the Internet to generate buzz, draw grass-roots support and raise record amounts of money. But in the intense, round-the-clock world of online presidential campaigning, the good comes with the bad.

Chicago Tribune: Obama Promising "Change" 24/7
As Sen. Barack Obama kicked off his "Change You Can Believe In" bus tour here, he wasn't kidding. The Illinois Democrat used "change" or some version of the word at least 21 times during a speech today that lasted only about 28 minutes.

Quad City Times: Obama Irritated by Internet Photo
Barack Obama complained on Wednesday about an Internet photo that claims the Democratic presidential candidate didn't hold his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Washington Times: Halting Hillary brings together '08 Democrats
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend" may be the new campaign motto for the two Democratic presidential hopefuls simultaneously working to topple Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Politico: Edwards Immigration Stand Muddled As HRC's
Former Senator John Edwards (N.C.) has been accusing his rival Sen. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) of double-talk for a week, since she refused to say clearly whether illegal immigrants should get driver's licenses – but his own position on the issue is also incoherent, experts say.

New York Times: On Campaign Stump, Romney Preaches the Importance of Optimism
Each of the leading Republican contenders has sought to channel in some way the shiny optimism that helped make Ronald Reagan, who famously campaigned on the slogan that it was “morning again in America,” so popular. But it is Mr. Romney who has most thoroughly incorporated such sunbeamy phrases and anecdotes into his repertory on the stump.

The State: Endorsements Don't Discourage Romney
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he was not discouraged that two leading social conservatives announced they were endorsing rival candidates for president today.

Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Clinton Tunes Out Of 'Today' Appearance?
It looks like Hillary Clinton is backing out of a sit-down on NBC's "Today" this week, according to sources (not with the Clinton campaign) who claim knowledge.

New Hampshire Union-Leader: Ruling Stymies Michigan Primary Date
The law that pushed Michigan's presidential primary to Jan. 15 was ruled unconstitutional by a court yesterday, at least temporarily jeopardizing the state's plan to leap to the front of the 2008 nomination contests.

AP: Thompson's Diet: Skip the Grits, Goodies
When Republican White House hopeful Fred Thompson heard he was going to a country-style restaurant in South Carolina, he said his eyes lit up, knowing a good Southern breakfast awaited. "But doggone, they brought me in a fruit plate," Thompson said to laughs at Tommy's Country Ham House.

New Hampshire Union-Leader: John Distaso's Granite Status: Presidential Campaigns Had Trial Run In City
Manchester mayoral election gave presidential campaigns a trial run at the most important part of New Hampshire elections: getting out the vote.

Washington Post: Democrats Confident Despite Low Approval
One year out from the election, congressional Democrats are increasingly confident they can tighten their hold on the House and Senate.

Roll Call: New Ethics Plan Already Under Fire
More than six months past their deadline, leaders of a special task force established to overhaul the House ethics process remain coy about the group’s work, even as reform advocates consider attacking a forthcoming proposal as too weak.

New York Times: Tax Proposal From Rangel Could Benefit His Donors
The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has proposed legislation that would effectively halt some current tax audits of people who get a tax break for living and operating a business in the United States Virgin Islands.

The Hill: Issa’s Letter Cites Racism
In an unusual plea for campaign funds, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) recently evoked images of racism against Arab- Americans, criticized a congressional colleague by name, and reminded potential donors of a 2001 bomb threat to his office.

Roll Call: Leaders Become Targets
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is playing defense against Democrats looking to knock him off in 2008…Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is facing a challenge from the left…Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) is similarly losing ground with Nevadans…And even the electorally safe House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) isn’t winning any popularity contests nationally.

LA Times: Reagan Library Can't Fully Account For 80,000 Artifacts
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is unable to find or account for tens of thousands of valuable mementos of Reagan's White House years because a "near universal" security breakdown left the artifacts vulnerable to pilfering by insiders, an audit by the National Archives inspector general has concluded.

Roll Call's Heard on the Hill: French Kisses
The days of “freedom fries” and pouring champagne into the gutter are long over, as witnessed by the amour shown on Wednesday to visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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On the Trail:

Compiled by Lauren Kornreich and Katy Byron
CNN Washington Bureau

* Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson deliver major foreign policy speeches at the Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has coffee with local residents in Fairfield and Chariton, Iowa. Obama holds town hall meetings in Ottumwa and Knoxville.

* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will take questions from reporters at the Dubuque County Courthouse in Dubuque, Iowa to start the day. The Republican candidate will then hold town hall meetings at the Cedar Falls campus of the University of Northern Iowa and the Ames campus of Iowa State University. Giuliani will then fly to Las Vegas to deliver remarks at the Keystone Corporation Annual Dinner at the Venetian Resort.

* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, attends a roundtable on energy and the environment with undecided voters and holds an "Organizing for Change" event in North Conway, New Hampshire. Later, she holds a campaign event at Flanagan Community Center in Somersworth.

* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will meet with local supporters at the Crowne Plaza in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Huckabee will then head to Owosso, Michigan for a private fundraiser at Steve's Place in the Comstock Hotel.

*Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, will hold a town hall event under the Oak Tree in Jackson, Michigan, a town that claims to be the birthplace of the Republican Party. Afterwards, McCain will take questions from the press.

* Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, holds a "Results Matter for Veterans" forum in Coralville, Iowa.

* New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson holds a meet and greet in Manchester, New Hampshire. Later, he signs copies of his new book, “Leading by Example,” in Concord and participates in an energy forum in Portsmouth.

* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook

* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook


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November 7th, 2007
07:44 AM ET
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Clinton on debate: 'I wasn't my best'

NEWTON, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton said Tuesday her performance may have been lacking at last week's presidential debate, but brushed aside criticisms she has not been clear on where she stands on the issues.  Full Story

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- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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Americans have economy on the brain

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The state of the economy is the number-one issue on the minds of Americans as the presidential election approaches, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday morning.

Eighty-two percent of Americans said the economy will be extremely or very important to their vote for president. Economic conditions edged out Iraq by two points, with 80 percent of those surveyed saying that the war is 'extremely or very important' to their vote.

Also, among the top five issues on the public's mind when contemplating their next vote for president are health care (76 percent), terrorism (76 percent), and Iran (73 percent).

The state of the overall economy weighed more heavily on the minds of voters than specific economic issues such as gas prices (67 percent), poverty (65 percent), taxes (63 percent) and immigration (61 percent).

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation telephone poll of 1,024 American adults was conducted over the weekend and had a sampling error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.

- CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron

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Ky. governor loses bid for 2nd term

(CNN) - Republican Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher lost his bid for a second term Tuesday.   Full Story

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Washington Post: Democrats Capture Control of Virginia Senate
Democrats wrested control of the states' Senate from the Republicans in yesterday's legislative elections, picking up the four seats they needed to give them a majority of at least 21 to 19 and end a decade of GOP dominance in the chamber.

Wall Street Journal: Democrats Gain in State Elections
Two red states turned slightly blue in off-year elections as Kentucky's Republican governor lost, and Democrats picked up at least three seats in Virginia's state Senate.

New York Times: Bill Clinton and 2 Democrats Spar Over Comment on Debate
Bill Clinton’s suggestion that his wife faced a Republican-style “Swift boat” attack during and after the last Democratic debate drew a rebuke yesterday from Senator Barack Obama, who said, “I was pretty stunned by that statement.”

Washington Post: The Rules for a Fair Fight
Okay, folks, we've been here before. Not in this exact spot, but the trees sure look familiar. Is a woman candidate primarily a woman or a candidate? (Can't separate the two? Right! Advance to the next question.) We're going to tell you what The Rules are. (And why are there always more rules for the women?)

USA Today: Giuliani, Clinton Maintain Leads In Double Digits
Eight weeks before the opening Iowa caucuses, Rudy Giuliani is holding on to significant support among social conservatives and a double-digit lead in the Republican presidential field, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.

Wall Street Journal: Qatar Contract Offers Glimpse Into Giuliani Firm
But since he became a candidate for president, the Republican front-runner has rebuffed all calls to disclose details about the clients and dealings of Giuliani Partners, the consulting firm he founded in 2002.

Des Moines Register: Obama: Clinton Flip-Flops On Energy
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Tuesday that rival Hillary Clinton's record shows she's weak on clean energy policy, despite what she asserts.

Des Moines Register: Mccain Would Do More About Global Warming
Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Tuesday in Ames that the Bush administration has not done enough to address the reality of climate change and if elected president, he would do more to address the issue.

Quad City Times: Analysis: How Do Foes Stop Romney Money?
Riddle me this: How do you stop an ultra-wealthy presidential candidate who leads in early voting states, already has dumped $17.5 million of his own money into his bid and could spend boatloads more to rack up wins in a squeezed primary schedule?

New Hampshire Union-Leader: Michigan: Votes There For Jan. 15 Primary
Michigan Democrats who support a Jan. 15 presidential primary say they've got the votes on the party's executive committee to defeat any efforts to switch the date or hold a caucus instead.

LA Times: Electoral Vote Initiative Backers Revealed
Backers of a proposed initiative that would change the way California's electoral votes are awarded disclosed Tuesday that they had received $538,000 from a list of donors who have contributed to a variety of presidential candidates.

Washington Post: Thompson Campaign May Be Shifting Gears
After a series of leisurely weeks, Thompson's campaign announced yesterday that it plans to air its first television commercial since the former senator from Tennessee launched his White House bid just after Labor Day.

New Hampshire Union Leader: SEA Board May Back Huckabee In GOP Primary
The State Employees Association executive board plans to meet with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee Friday, with an eye toward endorsing him in the GOP primary.

Quad City Times: Obama Opens Iowa Campaign Swing
Democrat Barack Obama portrayed himself as an impatient problem-solver Tuesday as he launched a five-day campaign swing through vote-rich areas of Iowa.

New York Times: Your Ad Here: Web Surprise Hits ’08 Race
At least 32,000 times over those two days, users clicking on [Gay.com] got a Romney ad like one saying “Mitt Romney for President — Join Team Mitt!” and a link to the candidate’s Web site… Gay.com was not exactly what Mr. Romney’s campaign had in mind when it set out this summer to blanket the Web with messages about the candidate.

Washington Post: Dodd on Trail, Committee on Hold
Christopher J. Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, spent yesterday afternoon in Iowa running for president. His counterpart in the House, Barney Frank of the Financial Services Committee, spent yesterday running a meeting on bills to help those hurt by the subprime mortgage crisis.

New York Times: Mrs. Giuliani, in Rare Solo Appearance, Campaigns Again
Judith Giuliani returned to the campaign spotlight Tuesday to make a speech, one of the few without her husband at her side. At a breast cancer forum here, she pledged that a Giuliani administration would provide resources and support for people with cancer.

Boston Globe: Cate Edwards Makes Her Case
She juggles her classes, court appearances for the Legal Aid Bureau, and work on a website start-up. It is a full schedule for any Harvard Law student, but Cate Edwards is also trying to help her father get elected president.

NY Daily News: John Mccain Unamused With Rudy Giuliani's 'Deprivation'
Memo to Rudy Giuliani: Jokes about torture are not funny or wise, especially when one of your presidential rivals was a victim of torture himself.

AP via USA Today: LA Official Proposes Ban On 'N-Word'
A [LA] city councilman and former police chief on Tuesday introduced a symbolic resolution calling on residents of the nation's second-largest city not to use a common racial slur.

DC Examiner: A Republican Speaks About The GOP’s ‘Low Morale’
These are tough days for the GOP, and we got an insight into the unvarnished state of Republican morale Tuesday when a leading conservative member of the House of Representatives, speaking on the condition of anonymity, opened up about the current political climate.

Roll Call: Gingrich Briefs Top Democrats
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) came to Capitol Hill last week armed with recent polling data on a laundry list of pressing issues and showed them to an unlikely audience — two high-ranking Democrats.

The Hill: Door Is Left Open For N.Y. ‘Hippie Museum’ Cash
Funding for a controversial “Hippie museum,” co-sponsored by presidential front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), may still find a lifeline even though its earmark was stricken from a Senate appropriations bill earlier this year.

DC Examiner: Moore: GOP Bears Number Of The Beast
The GOP isn’t just misguided, according to controversial liberal filmmaker Michael Moore — it’s downright satanic.
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On the Trail:

Compiled by Lauren Kornreich
CNN Washington Bureau

* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, holds a campaign event in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Later, she attends an "Organizing for Change" event in Nashua.

* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani makes an endorsement announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Then, Giuliani heads to South Carolina to visit his campaign headquarters in West Columbia.

* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards speaks at the “Politics and Eggs” breakfast in Bedford, New Hampshire. After that, Edwards holds a town hall meeting in Amherst.

* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, holds a town hall meeting at the American Legion in Livonia, Michigan and meets up with the press at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

* Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson stops by Tommy's Ham House in Greenville, South Carolina. Later, he attends the Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.

* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers remarks at EdVenture Children's Museum in Columbia, South Carolina. Later, Romney stops by Stack's Restaurant on Hilton Head Island.

* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, delivers major policy speech at Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in Bettendorf, Iowa. Later, Obama holds town hall meetings in Muscatine and Burlington and meets with local residents in Ft. Madison.

* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tours Iowa Metal Spinners in Cedar Falls, Iowa and meets with local residents at Doughy Joey's Peetza Joynt in Waterloo. Later, Huckabee delivers a speech at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and attends an event in Vinton.

* Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, holds "Results Matter for Veterans" events in Des Moines, Knoxville, Burlington and Bettendorf, Iowa.

* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook

* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook


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November 6th, 2007
06:49 AM ET
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Obama supporters pressed Democratic Party officials to keep Colbert off ballot

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Two prominent supporters of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in South Carolina called state Democratic Party officials urging them to oppose putting comedian Stephen Colbert's name on the primary ballot, according to party officials and Obama supporters with knowledge of the calls.  Full Story

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A year from Election Day, Clinton remains person to beat

WASHINGTON (CNN) - With the election of the next president a year away, Sen. Hillary Clinton remains the person to beat, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday suggests.   Full Story 

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Poll: Most oppose waterboarding

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Although President Bush's nominee for attorney general refused to say whether waterboarding is a form of torture, most Americans do have an opinion about the procedure, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll.

In waterboarding, interrogators produce the sensation of drowning by dunking the prisoner in water or pouring water over the face. According to the poll, 69 percent of people consider the procedure torture, and 58 percent oppose it as a way to get information from suspected terrorists.

Judge Michael Mukasey said in a hearing last week that he couldn't make a legal judgment on the procedure and that "hypotheticals are different from real life." His response caused backlash from Democrats.

The Senate Judiciary Committee meets Tuesday to vote on his nomination.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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Record campaign spending in Pennsylvania high court race

(CNN) — He's a self-described "regular guy from a very humble background," talking up a crowd of Democrats in a Somerset County, Pa., ward meeting, just days before Tuesday's hotly contested election race. Seamus McCaffery wants their votes, and he has the political and people skills to get it done, along with healthy infusion of campaign cash.

He tells them he is an Irish immigrant, and former Philadelphia beat cop. The bald, burly candidate has a ready smile and he swaps stories with the crowd.

The post McCaffery seeks is on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the nation's oldest appellate body. The idea of judges running for elected office may seem like a strange and unseemly concept, but it is the law in 21 states that have some sort of contested system for top judges. Thirty states — along with the federal system — appoint their judges, often with a merit selection system in which the governor gets the final say.   Full Story

– CNN Senior Producer Bill Mears

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USA Today: Political Storms: Katrina Helps Tilt Miss. Race
Voters in off-year elections Tuesday decide whether to keep Republican governors in Mississippi and Kentucky, elect four big-city mayors and consider ballot issues including a Utah proposal to pay state tuition aid for students in private schools.

Washington Post: San Francisco Mayor's Race Offers Drama, but No Suspense
Less than a year after admitting to an affair with his appointments secretary, a woman married to the campaign manager who was also his close friend, Gavin Newsom stands before the electorate of San Francisco on Tuesday, all but certain of winning a second term as mayor.

San Francisco Chronicle: Big Drop In S.F. Voters May Lead To Record-Low Election Turnout
Tuesday's mayoral election may draw a record-low turnout because there are fewer voters out there to draw from.

Quad City Times: Candidates Protest ‘Dirty Campaigning’
A fed-up Jennifer Olsen led an election eve charge Monday against an unidentified group or groups that have dished last-minute dirt against several candidates in the Davenport city elections.

New York Times: In Iowa Field, Edwards Sees Only Senator Clinton
Seldom do presidential hopefuls suggest the time for a revolution is dawning, but John Edwards is exhibiting a fresh ferocity in his second run at the White House. With 59 days until Iowa opens the nominating contest, Edwards is intensifying his criticism of Democrats, Republicans and a government he calls corrupt.

Washington Post: Climate Is a Risky Issue for Democrats
All of the leading Democratic contenders for the presidency are committed to a set of cuts in greenhouse gas emissions that would change the way Americans light their homes, fuel their automobiles and do their jobs, costing billions of dollars in the short term but potentially, the candidates say, saving even more in the decades to follow.

New York Times: Clinton Energy Plan Includes Push for Higher Gas Mileage
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday released her plan to combat climate change and to increase energy efficiency, which includes raising fuel standards to 55 miles per gallon by 2030 and creating five million jobs through renewable energy advancements.

Boston Globe: Edwards Takes Another Slap, Or Two, At Clinton
John Edwards just couldn't resist one more needle of Hillary Clinton for what he calls double-talk on questions.

Des Moines Register: Richardson Presents Purple Heart
Relatives of an Iowa soldier who died in the Korean War finally received his Purple Heart medal in a ceremony today in Des Moines, more than five decades after the U.S. Army approved the award.

New York Times: Romney Gets Major Backer on the Right
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign announced yesterday an endorsement from the man whom some consider the father of the religious right, Paul M. Weyrich, chairman of the Free Congress Foundation and a founder of the Moral Majority.

AP via San Francisco Chronicle: Romney Mailer Hits 'Sanctuary Cities'
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is drawing contrasts with rival Rudy Giuliani on the issue of immigration in a new mailing being sent to Iowa Republican activists.

New Hampshire Union-Leader: Giuliani Points To His Record
Republican Rudy Giuliani yesterday said social conservatives could accomplish most of their goals if they elect him president, despite his pro-choice position.

Boston Globe: Clinton Leads Giuliani in New York Battle
In emphasizing electability, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani contends that if he is the Republican presidential nominee, he will make the party competitive in states that Democrats traditionally dominate.

Des Moines Register: Bill Clinton To Campaign In Western Iowa
Former President Bill Clinton plans to campaign in western Iowa on Thursday on behalf of his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

AP via Chicago Tribune: Thompson's First 2 Months in Race Mixed
The returns are mixed on Fred Thompson's first two months in the presidential race.

New Hampshire Union-Leader: Thompson Says It's About Strength
Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson yesterday said America should not be a global policeman, but it must remain the world's leader.

NY Sun: Thompson Wouldn't Seek Abortion Ban Amendment
Breaking with his party on a key social issue, Fred Thompson says he will not run on a plank of the 2004 Republican platform calling for a constitutional amendment banning abortion.

AP: Giuliani Praises Kerik's Crime Results
Rudy Giuliani said Monday that if his achievements as president are as good as the crime-reduction results of his New York police commissioner, a man now under criminal investigation himself, "this country will be in great shape."

The State: Giuliani A Surprise Hit In S.C.
But with less than three months to go before South Carolina’s Republican primary, fresh polling shows Giuliani is in a statistical tie for first place with fellow GOP front-runners, former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

NY Sun: Giuliani's Wife To Headline Breast Cancer Event
Judith Giuliani will headline a breast cancer awareness event at the prestigious Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center today. Her speech — to be delivered at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Leadership Summit on Breast Cancer — will mark Mrs. Giuliani's highest-profile solo appearance in the Granite State.

LA Times: Paul's One-Day Haul: More Than $4.2 Million
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, aided by an extraordinary outpouring of Internet support Monday, hauled in more than $4.2 million in nearly 24 hours.

USA Today: Libertarian Party-Switchers Eye Paul
"The fact Ron Paul has been able to get himself into the Republican Party enough that he has a chance of winning, is very exciting for everyone in the libertarian movement,"

Washington Post: Bush Vote Divided in GOP Race
George P. Bush had just finished telling his father, the former governor of Florida, that he had decided to endorse former senator Fred D. Thompson of Tennessee for president. Jeb Bush assured his eldest son that all the Republican candidates are "great" and that whatever he did would be okay with him and the family.

NY Daily News: Campaign Takeout
Bill Clinton may be his good golfing buddy, but Papa Bush says he's not voting for Hillary.

New York Times: Spending Trumps Social Issues on Ballots This Time
When it comes to the state and local ballot measures before voters across the country on Tuesday, it is mostly about the money.

Quad City Times: NH Independents Moving to Democrats
"Undeclareds," as independents are called in New Hampshire, are congregating around the Democratic race. Four out of 10 say they plan to vote in the Democratic primary, and about the same number say they aren't sure which ballot they will pick up on primary day.

Roll Call: DCCC: SCHIP Hurts GOP
In another sign that House Democrats view the SCHIP stalemate as beneficial to their 2008 political fortunes, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) told his colleagues on Monday that DCCC polling proves the issue is weakening the re-election prospects of incumbent Republicans.

LA Times' Top of the Ticket: Ex-POW Mccain Denounces Torture As U.S. Policy
Judge Michael Mukasey seems to be well along the path to Senate confirmation as attorney general despite his refusal to declare waterboarding a form of torture…But, campaigning in Iowa today, former POW John McCain says he intends to continue talking about the procedure, which involves placing a prisoner on his back, head down on an inverted board, covering his face with a wet towel and pouring water on him.

New York Times: A Vote for Justice by Charles Schumer
I am voting today to support Michael B. Mukasey for attorney general for one critical reason: the Department of Justice — once the crown jewel among our government institutions — is a shambles and is in desperate need of a strong leader, committed to depoliticizing the agency’s operations.

Roll Call: Contempt Citations Still Pending
As Senate Democrats today prepare to take up the controversial nomination of Michael Mukasey for attorney general, House Democrats are moving forward with their efforts to pass a contempt resolution in the U.S. attorney firings probe that Mukasey would be charged with enforcing.

The Hill: Terrorists Are ‘Running Out Of People To Kill,’ Says Obey
If violence is decreasing in Iraq, it may be because insurgents “are running out of people to kill,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) said Monday.

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On the Trail:

Compiled by Katy Byron
CNN Washington Bureau

* New York Sen. Hillary Clinton will deliver a policy address at the Renewable Energy Group in Newton, Iowa and then attend an "Organizing for Change" event at the Festhalle Barn in the Amana Colonies in Amana, Iowa.

* Arizona Sen. John McCain will deliver remarks at the Renewable Energy Group in Ames, Iowa. The Republican candidate will hold a meet and greet event at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Boone and then head to Decorah for a town hall event and press availability at the Luther College's Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. McCain will also take additional questions from reporters at Landmark Aviation in Cedar Rapids.

* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards will hold town hall events in Newmarket, Portsmouth and Durham, New Hampshire.

* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will tour the Carolina Hope Adoption Agency and take questions from the press in Greenville, South Carolina to start the day. Afterwards, Romney will make a campaign stop at the Main Street Deli nearby the local Chili festival in Anderson.

* Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will hold a town hall meeting at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

* Former Sen. Fred Thompson will hold an event in Columbia, South Carolina to announce his campaign's "Vets for Fred" coalition. The Republican candidate will then hold "Meet Fred Thompson" campaign events - one at Beef O'Brady's in Fort Mill and the other at the Beacon Drive-in in Spartanburg.

* Delaware Sen. Joe Biden continues his campaign swing through Iowa with a tour at the Alcoa aluminum plant used to make MRAP vehicles located in Riverdale and then wraps up the day with a meet and greet event at The Chef's Hat in Davenport.

* Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd will participate in a discussion on the rule of law in U.S. national security and foreign policy. The event will be hosted by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council in Iowa City, Iowa.

* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook

* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook


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November 5th, 2007
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Blitzer: All eyes on Iowa this week

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The presidential candidates are trying to put their time and energy where it counts most this week — one year before Election Day — and less than two months before the first primary season contest.   Full Story

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Clinton 'broadly supports' states' efforts to license illegals

CLINTON, Iowa (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, Sunday sought to further clarify her position on New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer’s controversial plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, a position which she said she’s already made clear on “a number of occasions.”  Full Story

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Thompson responds to reports of adviser's criminal past

(CNN)– A Republican presidential hopeful stood by a campaign adviser Sunday after it was revealed that person had a past drug conviction.   Full Story

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Quad City Times: Clinton: Bush Policies Spur Pakistan Crackdown
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Sunday that she’s disappointed Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has imposed emergency rule, but she saved her harshest criticism for President Bush whom she accused of incoherence toward Pakistan. .txt

Washington Post: Republican Nomination Most Open in Decades
For the first time in nearly 30 years, there is no breakaway front-runner for the Republican nomination as the first votes of Campaign 2008 loom, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll underscores how open the GOP race remains.

New York Times: Different Rules When a Rival Is a Woman?
A critical question in this campaign — how to run against a female presidential candidate, or as one — has burst into the foreground in the aftermath of a Democratic debate last week at which Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was repeatedly challenged by her rivals and the event’s questioners.

Politico: Feminists Split On HRC Sexism Defense
After jeers from her Democratic rivals and many commentators, Hillary Rodham Clinton has backed off her suggestion last week that her opponents were ganging up on her because she is a woman.

NY Daily News: Hillary Clinton Runs A Risk Playing Word Game
After taking some sharp shots from her rivals in last week's Democratic debate, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) told reporters in New Hampshire she'd stick to her convictions even under attack, though "sometimes it may not be as artfully presented as I would wish."

New York Times: Edwards Raises Criticism of Clinton Over Iraq Plan
As Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton collected the endorsement today from former Vice President Walter Mondale, one of her Democratic rivals intensified his criticism of her candidacy, saying she had not been forthcoming with voters who will open the nominating contest here in less than two months.

USA Today: Presidential Primer: 2008 Election Now A Year Away
On Nov. 4, 2008, U.S. voters go to the polls to elect the next president, who might be the first president to be: a woman, black, a Mormon, Hispanic, an Italian American, a Vietnam veteran.  Or they might pick someone else.

LA Times: No Quick Exit For Thompson Advisor
Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson said Sunday that a friend with a criminal record for cocaine and marijuana sales would remain a top fundraiser for his campaign while he evaluates the situation.

Washington Times: Giuliani Expected To Boost GOP In Northeast Races
House Republicans see a 2008 ticket topped by former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani making congressional races in Democratic strongholds of the Northeast more competitive, improving the party's odds for picking up the 16 seats to win back the majority.

Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Old Drug Lords Respect Rudy But Pick Clinton
With the release of the movie "American Gangster" on Friday, the dramatized tale of the very real Frank Lucas, the one-time Harlem drug kingpin, there's renewed interest in Lucas and another big-time narcotics dealer from the 1970s, Nicky Barnes.

USA Today: Huckabee Builds Evangelical Support
As the 2008 presidential race heads toward the first nominating contests, Mike Huckabee is getting more news coverage, moving up in polls, and even drawing some attacks from other Republicans. 

Quad City Times: Edwards Calls For Teacher Incentives At Education Forum
Kyle Graves felt his knees shake as he stepped up to the microphone to ask Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards a question. 

Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Barack Obama Q&A
Barack Obama said in an interview Saturday with the Tribune that a ticket led by Sen. Hillary Clinton would be destined to largely repeat the disappointing Democratic performances of 2000 and 2004 and could hope only to "barely" eke out a victory.

New York Times: Obama Plays Convincing Obama in a Skit Mocking Clinton
“Saturday Night Live” has relentlessly mocked Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and this weekend allowed Senator Barack Obama, a chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, to join in the skewering.

Roll Call: Dodd’s Moral Victories
Although Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) isn’t getting any traction with voters in his long-shot bid for the White House, he does appear to be holding some sway in the Senate as he increasingly bests his 2008 rivals when it comes to taking hard stances on issues before the chamber.

Washington Times: Change called crucial for '08
Democratic strategists are warning their party and its presidential contenders that they have failed to connect with the voters' demands for change.

Quad City Times: Former President to Give Clinton No Pass
Former President George H.W. Bush says the post-White House friendship he has nurtured with the man who turned him out of office won't make him go any easier on his successor's wife, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

LA Times: Where Candidates Go, These Activists Follow
Natalie Sugira usually reserves Friday nights for family. But recently, she abandoned her husband and three children for the evening and drove 120 miles to spend less than two minutes with presidential hopeful John Edwards. She wanted to discuss world hunger and Africa and its miseries…

Roll Call: Polls Favor Democrats
One year before Election Day 2008, Democrats appear poised to make significant gains in the Senate, according to new polls conducted exclusively for Roll Call.

Washington Post: Polls and Power in Sight, Parties Try to Rally Voters
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine went door-to-door looking for votes for Democratic candidates Sunday as top Republicans gathered for a hoedown during the final push of the most expensive campaign in history for control of the Virginia General Assembly.

Washington Post: Evangelical Democrat Stirs the Pot in Mississippi
A wealthy evangelical Christian, John Arthur Eaves Jr., is running a campaign for governor that is rife with what Jesus might do.

NY Daily News: George Pataki Wasted $3M In Tax Dollars For Pet Project Former Gov. George Pataki wasted nearly $3 million in taxpayer money on a plan to build a women's museum that today is just an empty lot in lower Manhattan, a Daily News investigation has found.

The Hill: BIDEN: White House Has Put the Country in a Tough Spot on Pakistan
Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, on Sunday criticized the Bush administration’s Pakistan policy after Gen. Pervez Musharraf suspended his country’s constitution and began a crackdown on opposition leaders.

New York Times: Uncle Sam on the Line by John Ashcroft
FOR almost two years, the country has debated whether the Bush administration acted properly and lawfully in undertaking emergency surveillance operations… There are many complex and difficult issues associated with these debates, but whether to terminate the huge lawsuits that have been filed against the nation’s major telecommunications carriers is not one of them.

Washington Post: Capitol to Buy Offsets in Bid to Go Green
Daniel Beard, the House's chief administrative officer, will cut a taxpayer-funded check today for $89,000 to buy credits that will offset the impact of 30,000 tons of carbon belched into the atmosphere by the U.S. Capitol's antiquated, coal-burning power plant every year.
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On the Trail:

Compiled by Katy Byron
CNN Washington Bureau

* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, will deliver a speech at Clipper Turbine Works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa launching her campaign's climate and energy plan titled, "Powering America's Future: New Energy, New Jobs." Clinton will take questions from the press and then travel to Oelwein, Waverly and Mason City for "Organizing for Change" campaign events.

* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will hold a town hall meeting and take questions from members of the press at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Giuliani will then hold a campaign event in Manchester at Caesario's Pizza with Manchester Mayor Frank Giunta.

*Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will address the Nova Southeastern University Federalist Society Forum in a town hall-like format at Wayne Huizenga Business School in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida.

* Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson will start the day with the time-held tradition for presidential candidates, the "Politics and Eggs" breakfast in Bedford, New Hampshire. Thompson will continue his campaign swing through the Granite State with a tour of the Thompson Arms Center in Rochester and then a meet and greet event at the Orchard Street Chop House in Dover.

* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and several Democratic candidates - former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich - will participate in the Biobased Industry Outlook Conference presidential forum at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa to discuss the growth of the bio-economy.

*McCain begins his day in Iowa with meet and greet and town hall meetings in Allison and Iowa Falls before heading to the bio-energy conference. After the conference is completed, McCain will take a moment to answer questions from reporters.

*Edwards will deliver a foreign policy speech at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City and then hold community meetings in Ottumwa and Oskaloosa before speaking at the bio-economy forum.

*Before the bio-energy conference, Biden will make multiple campaign stops in Iowa. Biden will start the day by first stopping at 11 a.m. ET at the Iowa Valley Continuing Education Conference Center in Marshalltown for a discussion on the need for rural access to high speed internet as part of guaranteeing a 21st century education for all Americans. Biden will then host a lunch with Iowa veterans at Lucullan's Italian Grill in Ames. Later, Biden will hold a meet and greet event with Rep. Lisa Heddens, D-Iowa, at a private residence in Ames prior to the bio-energy conference.

* New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will hold a "Keeping our Promise" event at the American Legion Hispanic Post 731 with veterans and military families in Des Moines, Iowa. Later the Democratic candidate will take questions at one of his campaign's "Presidential Job Interview" events at Grinnell College in Grinnell. Richardson will then hold a "Conversation on Iraq" event at the Senior Citizens Center in Marshalltown.

* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook

* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook


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October 26th, 2007
06:09 AM ET
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For Edwards: 98 down, one to go

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards prepares to campaign through the last of the 99 counties in Iowa, the Democratic presidential candidate delivers a major speech in Des Moines calling for a "social compact" between businesses, government and families.

On his tour through Iowa, Edwards has preached his vision of "One America" by talking about universal health care, reforming tax laws and better education. In his speech today, he'll discuss retirement benefits that stay with workers even if they change jobs.

"In America today, we need action measured by conviction, not just words," Edwards is expected to say. "In this election, you face a choice between honest leadership and say anything politics, between conviction and calculation, between strength and compromise. Let me tell you something: it takes strength to say no to the lobbyists and special interests – it's much easier to just go along to get along. But I will never compromise my principles for the sake of politics."

Edwards has already campaigned in 98 counties and he'll hit the 99th on Saturday.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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McCain: 40th anniversary of capture by North Vietnamese

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Forty years ago, John McCain, then a Lt. Commander in the Navy, was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese. Today, he commemorates the occasion as a Republican presidential candidate in Iowa with Col. Bud Day, a man credited with saving his life.

McCain's five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" has come up throughout his campaign, notably in his staunch anti-torture stance. But it didn't stop his from taking that experience and mocking Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, in a new campaign ad.

"A few days ago, Sen. Clinton tried to spend one million dollars on the Woodstock concert museum," McCain said. "Now my friends, I wasn't there. I'm sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. I was, I was tied up at the time."

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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HUCKABEE, MCCAIN ONLY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AT IOWA AARP FORUM: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Thursday night that he regrets the fact that he and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, were the only two Republican presidential candidates to show up at the AARP-sponsored 'Divided We Fail' forum held in Iowa. CNN.com: Huckabee and McCain ask 'Where's everybody else?'

NH STEERING AWAY FROM DECEMBER PRIMARY: Secretary of State William Gardner said yesterday that key developments in Iowa and Michigan this week could clear the way for New Hampshire to hold its first-in-the-nation presidential primary in early January, rather than December. New Hampshire Union-Leader: NH primary: Room to breathe?

"THE DIRTY SECRET IN AMERICA TODAY IS THAT MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY ARE GOING BROKE.": Two Republican presidential candidates had some tough talk Thursday about Social Security's future at a forum sponsored by the nation's largest group for seniors. USA Today: McCain, Huckabee talk tough on social security

"SECOND TIER" REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES GAINING STRENGTH: A new Field Poll out today finds that Rudy Giuliani has lost a sizable chunk of his lead over other Republicans in the race for California's primary voters, while so-called second-tier candidates like Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo show an increased combined strength. LA Times' Top of the Ticket: New California poll finds Rudy's support falls 10 points

CLINTON: "ORGANIZED", "METHODICAL", AND "DISCIPLINED": Hillary Rodham Clinton needs her rest. She shuns the nocturnal habits of her husband — the 2 a.m. staff calls, the all-hours games of hearts. “It doesn’t suit my body rhythms,” said Mrs. Clinton, who typically sleeps six or seven hours, sometimes beside the briefing book she had been reading. New York Times: A No-Nonsense Style Honed as Advocate

MCCAIN RIPS GIULIANI AS "INEXPERIENCED": Rudolph W. Giuliani’s statement on Wednesday that he was uncertain whether waterboarding, a simulated drowning technique, was torture drew a sharp rebuke yesterday from Senator John McCain, who said that his failure to call it torture reflected his inexperience. New York Times: McCain Rebukes Giuliani on Waterboarding Remark

UNLIKE CHIEF RIVALS, ROMNEY NOT INTERESTED IN PERSONALLY EXECUTING OSAMA BIN LADEN: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Thursday that, unlike Republican rivals Rudy Giuliani and John McCain, he will not take part in the execution of Osama bin Laden if the terrorist leader is caught. DC Examiner: Romney says he won’t take part in execution of Osama bin Laden

UNDERDOG CANDIDATE, RON PAUL PREPARES FOR MEDIA BLITZ: If media muscle is any measure of a candidate, Republican Representative Ron Paul of Texas is getting ready to flex his. New York Times: Flush With New Millions, Underdog Vies to Compete

ADVISOR BRINGS GIULIANI, STEVE FORBES TOGETHER: A decade earlier, when Forbes made the flat tax part of the policy discussion, Giuliani dismissed it out of hand. Now, Giuliani was amenable. "The flat tax," he said, "would make a lot of sense." Washington Post: Giuliani's Policy Professor

SOME GOP CANDIDATES DECLARE SOLIDARITY: One thing seemed clear Thursday night at the AARP-sponsored 'Divided We Fail' candidate forum–Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee like each other. CNN.com: GOP candidates give praise…to each other

EDWARDS ATTACKS INSURANCE COMPANIES: Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards targeted big insurance companies Thursday as he continued to advance his plans for universal health care. USA Today: Edwards targets big insurance companies

SOME FORMER ADVISORS OF BILL CLINTON CROSSING OVER TO OBAMA CAMP: When Deval Patrick called on a sea of nearly 10,000 people to support Barack Obama for president, he became only the latest in a series of high-profile officials from Bill Clinton's administration endorsing, advising, or working for Obama, Hillary Clinton's rival for the Democratic nomination. Boston Globe: Obama luring ex-Bill Clinton aides

OBAMA USES FIREY LANGUAGE IN LA HEADQUARTERS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS SOME IN CALIFORNIA STEAMING: The presidential campaign of Barack Obama is gearing up for the big official opening of its Los Angeles campaign headquarters Sunday… LA Times' Top of the Ticket: Obama plans L.A. HQ opening - with unfortunate words

ANALYSIS: '08 RACE HAS BECOME ABOUT HILLARY: Memo to the Democratic presidential candidates: You can still beat Hillary Rodham Clinton, but you better act fast. Quad City Times: Analysis: It's Clinton's Race to Lose...

CANDIDATES STILL RAISING CAMPAIGN CASH DESPITE CALIFORNIA BLAZES: While California burns, top presidential candidates apparently think the Golden State is still golden – at least for campaign events and fundraising. San Francisco Chronicle: Fires provide no break from GOP fundraisers

ROMNEY TAKES HIS BUSINESS SAVY TO THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Mitt Romney built a fortune by taking over troubled companies and making the tough business decisions and shrewd financial adjustments to turn them into winning investments for himself and investors in his firm, Bain Capital. Politico: Minding business pays off for Romney

OBAMA ADDING SOME SOUL TO HIS '08 RUN: Barack Obama's presidential campaign on Friday begins a tour of gospel singers around this Bible Belt state to praise the Lord and offer testimonials on behalf of the candidate, a modern twist on a style of old-time politicking right out of the film "O Brother Where Art Thou." Chicago Tribune: Obama hopes gospel tour will help chances with black voters

BLOGS TRANSFORMING '08 DISCUSSION: Last spring, two hours after he used his Des Moines Register blog to ridicule a suggestion by a Hillary Clinton aide that she skip the Iowa caucuses, David Yepsen's phone rang. It was the former first lady. Washington Post: Mainstream Blogs Open Floodgates for Political Coverage

"ROCK THE CAUCUS" EYES FIRST TIME VOTERS: A nonpartisan effort to encourage young voters to take part in the Iowa caucuses will seek to secure pledges from high school seniors and college students. Des Moines Register: Youths told: Give pledge on caucus

STUDENT SPEAKS OUT AGAINST PROFESSOR: A politically conservative student armed with a video camera and a Web site is trying to force a Democratic congressional candidate out of his teaching job at Central Michigan University. AP: Student hounds prof running for Congress

“OUR MESSAGE SOUNDS LIKE AN AUDIT REPORT ON DEFENSE LOGISTICS,”: Democrats are losing the battle for voters’ hearts because the party’s message lacks emotional appeal, according to a widely circulated critique of House Democratic communications strategy. The Hill: Internal Dem memo faults party message

IS THERE ENOUGH ROOM IN WASHINGTON FOR BOTH NANCY AND HILLARY?: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Nancy Pelosi are the two most prominent women in American politics today — powerfully united by intense disdain for George Bush’s policies in Iraq and elsewhere around the world. Politico: The Clinton/Pelosi fault line

CANDIDATES PICK UP CAMPAIGN CASH FROM AMERICA'S PASTTIME: As the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies play for baseball's championship, a different kind of World Series is going on in the race for the White House. USA Today: Baseball bosses play on political field

EX GOVERNORS MAY FACE OFF IN VIRGINIA SENATE RACE: A matchup between two former governors appears likely after 11th District Rep. Thomas M. Davis III withdrew his name yesterday from the 2008 U.S. Senate race. Richmond Times Dispatch: Warner, Gilmore likely to face off

NEW MEXICO MAYOR TO ANNOUNCE SUPPORT FOR DOMENICI'S SENATE SEAT: Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, a leading Democratic candidate to replace retiring Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), is set Thursday to unveil a cadre of supporters, which suggests that both Gov. Bill Richardson (D) and Lt. Gov. Diane Denish (D) will take a pass on the 2008 Senate race in New Mexico. Roll Call: Chavez Consolidating Democratic Establishment Support in New Mexico

RANGEL UNVEILS TAX RELIEF PLAN: The Democrats' top tax-writer yesterday introduced a massive plan to give tax relief to 90 million working families, a long-anticipated tax-code overhaul that Republicans criticized as the largest proposed tax increase in U.S. history. Washington Times: Rangel pitches tax 'relief'

CONGRESS TO SPEND THE HOLIDAYS ON THE HILL?: House members hoping to spend quality time with their families during the holiday season got some bad news this week: they may be in Washington days before both Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Hill: Votes deep into December

STATE DEPARTMENT: "GIVE [THE LOS ANGELES TIMES] WHAT WE CAN AND THEN DUMP THE REST ON BLACKWATER…WE CAN'T WIN THIS ONE.": Even as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended her department's oversight of private security contractors, new evidence surfaced Thursday that the U.S. sought to conceal details of Blackwater shootings of Iraqi civilians more than two years ago. LA Times: Officials balked on '05 Blackwater inquiry

CIA, THE TERRORBUSTERS: The CIA, where secret agents are sometimes known as “spooks” and which uses “ghost prisons” overseas for enhanced interrogations, now appears to be taking a lead from a supernatural comedy film. The Times of London: Who you gonna call? Terrorbusters 

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On the Trail:

Compiled by Lauren Kornreich
CNN Washington Bureau

* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, commemorates the 40th anniversary of the day he was shot down over Hanoi and captured with a rally with Col. Bud Day at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Later, he holds a meet and greet at the Pizza Ranch in Sheldon and hosts a town hall meeting at Alpha Omega Publications in Rock Rapids.

* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, holds a "Countdown to Change" fundraiser at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds an "Ask Mitt Anything" town hall breakfast at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel and is a guest on Iowa Press on Iowa Public Television in Johnston. Later, Romney holds "Ask Mitt Anything" town hall meetings in Mt. Pleasant and Fort Madison.

* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, participates in the AARP "Divided We Fail" forum at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. Later, he keynotes the Salem Democrats' fall gala at the Brookstone Event Center in Derry.

* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards holds a discussion with STAR*PAC at First Christian Church and delivers a major speech at the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines, Iowa. Later, Edwards holds town hall meetings in Boone, Iowa Falls and Forest City.

* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee attends the "Red Ribbon Week" Rally at Woodbury Central High School in Moville, Iowa. Later, he plays bass guitar with his band, Capitol Offense, and special guest star Barry Boudreau at "Rockin' in the Caucuses: 2007-2008 Road to the White House" at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake.

* Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel address a conference hosted by the Arab American Institute in Dearborn, Michigan.

* Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, files his candidacy papers to participate in the New Hampshire primary at the State House in Concord.

* Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, also visits Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

* Elizabeth Edwards campaigns in New Hampshire with stops in Brentwood, Concord and Milton.

* Michelle Obama meets with local Democrats in Iowa. She stops in Hampton, Eagle Grove, Algona and Mason City.

* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook

* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook


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Happy birthday, Hillary

WASHINGTON (CNN) - On the eve of her 60th birthday, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, attends a star-studded birthday bash in New York City.

At an event hosted by former President Bill Clinton and Billy Crystal at the Beacon Theatre, the Democratic presidential frontrunner will listen to music by Elvis Costello and The Wallflowers. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, are also scheduled to join in the festivities.

Clinton's birthday is on Friday.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)

Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau

CLINTON HOLDS STEADY IN NEW POLL: A new poll conducted by SRBI Research of New York City for the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College shows New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton holding a commanding 21-point lead in the state’s Democratic primary and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with a smaller, but still considerable, 10-point lead in the GOP race. The Rothenberg Political Report: It's Still Clinton and Romney in New Saint Anselm Report

IRAN SHAPING UP TO BE MAJOR FOREIGN POLICY HURDLE FOR 2008: In the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, Iran has become the new Iraq. Iran is now the front line in a foreign policy debate that has found Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) defending a vote that her rivals said could embolden President Bush to once again launch unilateral military action against a Middle Eastern nation. Washington Post: Iran Becomes an Issue In Democratic Contest

RUDY REACHES OUT TO THE NEOCONS: Rudolph W. Giuliani’s approach to foreign policy shares with other Republican presidential candidates an aggressive posture toward terrorism, a commitment to strengthening the military and disdain for the United Nations. New York Times: Mideast Hawks Help to Develop Giuliani Policy

GIULIANI, FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA: Rudy Giuliani, once discounted as an improbable presidential nominee for the GOP, is trying to boost his case with an unlikely ally: Hillary Rodham Clinton. USA Today: Giuliani says he's a 'coast-to-coast candidate'

RICHARDSON LASHES OUT AT BUSH'S LATIN AMERICAN DIPLOMACY: Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson on Wednesday called for a mix of diplomacy and economic intervention to try to improve relations with Latin American nations "alienated" by current Bush administration policies. LA Times: Richardson pitches Latin American plan

HILLARY ATTACKED BY UNLIKELY SOURCE: A newly formed political action committee is aiming to stop Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary by calling into question her progressive credentials. Politico: Stopping Hillary from the left

“IT’S ARTIFICIAL FOR SOMEONE TO SAY THAT THEY DON’T TAKE MONEY FROM LOBBYISTS OR PACS, BUT TAKE UP MONEY FROM THE INDIVIDUALS WHO EMPLOY THE LOBBYISTS AND SET UP THE PACS”: Hillary Clinton defended her choice to accept campaign money from lobbyists and political action committees, answering a question Wednesday from a college student who apologized for “coming across as negative.” Des Moines Register: Clinton defends taking money from lobbyists

“ELIZABETH WANTS TO SAY SOMETHING,”: At a recent campaign stop in Iowa, John Edwards spoke about the need for a political solution in Iraq and a withdrawal of American troops. Then he turned the microphone over to his wife, who was sitting in the audience. New York Times: Almost Stealing the Show but Selling Her Husband

THOMPSON STAFFER DEFECTS TO MCCAIN CAMP: Republican Fred Thompson played down a staff member's departure and a New Hampshire supporter's defection Wednesday, saying it's not up to him to know what's going on at every level of his presidential campaign. USA Today: Thompson downplays staff departure

BROWNBACK TO SUPPORT RUDY?: Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) is considering endorsing Rudy Giuliani for the GOP presidential nomination and will meet with him Thursday in Washington to hear his views on abortion. The Hill: Brownback to meet Rudy

FOR A "SECOND-TIER" CANDIDATE, HUCKABEE GAINING GROUND: Outrunning one's companions has long been the challenge for the second-tier presidential candidates in this large Republican field. It's a challenge Huckabee has steadily met. Boston Globe: Huckabee outrunning his GOP companions

“UNITED STATES OF COLBERTICA”: Once Stephen Colbert threw his hat in the ring last week, it was only a matter of time before America got served up a steaming hot slice of Colbert Girl. The Stranger: Colbert Girl

MCCAIN'S NEW AD TARGETS HILLARY'S WOODSTOCK EARMARK: Sen. John McCain got a funny attack line off at the recent Republican presidential debate in which he mocked Sen. Hillary Clinton's support of an earmark of $1.2 million in taxpayer money for an upstate New York museum to tell the story of the 1969 Woodstock concert. Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: McCain turns debate dig at Clinton into TV ad

MCCAIN: "THE FIRST GOAL MUST BE TO CREATE A NEW REGIONAL BALANCE OF POWER TO ADDRESS THE RISE OF IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY, HEGEMONIC CHALLENGE": Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Wednesday that isolating Iran and strengthening Arab allies are keys to stabilizing the Middle East. Quad City Times: McCain Suggests Boosting Arab Ties

AFTER BACKLASH, OBAMA INVITES GAY MINISTER TO EVENT: Senator Barack Obama is trying to tamp down a growing uproar over his plans to include a controversial gospel singer at a campaign concert this weekend in South Carolina and says he will feature an openly gay minister before the concert. New York Times: Obama Adds Openly Gay Minister to Concert

GIULIANI WINS OVER CROWD IN DAVENPORT: Joyce Williamson of Davenport went to see former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani more at the behest of her husband, David. Quad City Times: Visit to Davenport: Giuliani pleases crowd with his views on Iraq, taxes, health care

RUDY THE TARGET OF THE MAFIA: The heads of New York's five Mafia families debated whacking Rudy Giuliani at a 1986 sitdown, according to bombshell testimony Wednesday at the trial of a disgraced FBI agent. NY Daily News: Court told mob bosses voted on whacking Giuliani in '86

HILLARY TELLS PAPER SHE HAS GROWN MORE PATIENT WITH AGE: Hillary Clinton knows who she won't get a 60th birthday gift from – her arch-nemesis Rudy Giuliani. NY Sun: Hillary Clinton: My life at 60

GOP CANDIDATES BASH CONGRESS' ROLE IN SCHIAVO CASE: Two and a half years after Terri Schiavo became a celebrated cause among Republican leaders, the party's leading presidential candidates have expressed opposition to the way Congress intervened in the case, a sharp departure from past Republican strategy. Boston Globe: Candidates rap Congress on Schiavo

"WE HAVE TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THEY HAVE SOMEONE WATCHING THEM AFTER SIX YEARS WITH NO OVERSIGHT AT ALL,": For months, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, chairman of the House oversight committee, has been threatening, subpoenaing and just plain badgering Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to come before his panel to answer questions about the run-up to the Iraq war, corruption and State Department contracting. Washington Post: White House Feels Waxman's Oversight Gaze

WHITE HOUSE INTENSIFIES STANDOFF WITH IRAN: The Bush administration plans to roll out an unprecedented package of unilateral sanctions against Iran today, including the long-awaited designations of its Revolutionary Guard Corps as a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction and of the elite Quds Force as a supporter of terrorism, according to senior administration officials. Washington Post: U.S. to Impose New Sanctions Targeting Iran's Military

AMERICANS THINK DEMS ON TRACK WITH HEALTH CARE, ACCORDING TO NEW POLL: Democratic ideas for fixing the healthcare system to cover the uninsured enjoy more support among Americans than proposals coming from Republicans, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll shows. LA Times: Voters favor Democratic ideas to mend healthcare

MCCAIN NOT PRESENT FOR DREAM ACT VOTE: The latest legislative attempt to give illegal immigrants a path to American citizenship is foundering, its fate symbolized by the fact that Senator McCain, whose name was once synonymous with such immigration legislation, skipped a vote on the bill. NY Sun: McCain Skips a Key Vote on Immigration

TRANSGENDERED PEOPLE LEFT OUT OF GAY RIGHTS PROPOSAL: Democrats delayed moving forward with landmark gay rights legislation on Wednesday amid a continuing dispute within their Caucus over the exclusion of workplace protections for transgendered people. Roll Call: Gay Rights Bill Stalls in House http://www.rollcall.com/issues/53_49/news/20682-1.html

110TH RECORDS IT'S 1,000TH VOTE: The 110th Congress under Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been called lots of things: Historic, do-nothing, ethical, overbearing and much more, based on one's political views. But now Pelosi can add one more moniker to the list: record-setting. Washington Post: 110th Congress Eclipses Voting Pace

THE ACTION HERO COMES OUT IN ARNOLD: Crisscrossing the region on foot and by air to handle the most overwhelming challenge of his administration, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week has been the optimistic and omnipresent face of the wildfire response: consoler to the evacuees, debriefer to the media, cheerleader to the firefighters and personal liaison to the federal government. LA Times: Fire crisis plays to the governor's strengths

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On the Trail:

Compiled by Lauren Kornreich
CNN Washington Bureau

* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, celebrates her birthday with her husband and a few special guests at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Arizona Sen. John McCain participate in an AARP "Divided We Fail" town hall forum at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa.

* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses a health care town hall at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. Later, he holds "Ask Mitt Anything" events in Hooksett and Exeter.

* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards holds town hall meetings in Corning, Bedford and Indianola, Iowa.

* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, holds a town hall meeting at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Later, he meets with local residents at J & J Cafe in Le Mars.

* New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson holds a Road Runner Rally at the IBEW Union Hall in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, participates in a presidential health care forum at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C.

* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook

* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook


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06:08 AM ET
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Richardson to deliver foreign policy speech in California

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As California battles raging wildfires, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson heads to Los Angeles today to unveil his plans on how to improve America's diplomatic relations with Latin America.

Saying that the fires have "ravaged the national consciousness," Richardson will discuss fair trade and immigration from Latin American countries. He also will criticize President Bush for his "short-sighted, clumsy diplomacy" and say his experience will help him deal with rogue leaders like Hugo Chavez.

"He seems to think that Latin goodwill towards the United States is something we can take for granted," Richardson will say, according to prepared remarks. "He seems to think that the fact of our geography guarantees the fitness of our relationship. And he continues to believe that region will somehow follow a nation that refuses to lead. They will not. In the absence of principled leadership from us, they will turn elsewhere, anywhere, to whoever steps up."

Richardson announced Tuesday he will donate $10,000 from his campaign's war chest to the Red Cross and send firefighters from his home state to help fight the California wildfires.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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Day Job Pulls Senators off the Campaign Trail

WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain had been scheduled to be in New Hampshire Wednesday morning, campaigning for president, but a crucial vote back in Washington is keeping the Republican senator from Arizona off the campaign trail and on Capitol Hill.

The Senate is expected to vote on the confirmation of a controversial judicial nominee. The person in the spotlight is Leslie Southwick.

He was nominated by President Bush to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. 5TH Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The seat has been vacant for nearly three years, and Southwick is the third person tapped to fill it. If confirmed, the 57-year-old former state judge would be based in Mississippi.

Race has played a role in the president's controversial efforts to fill this particular seat. Each of the three nominees, including Southwick, are white, and each has been accused of racist views or insensitivity to civil rights.

No African-American has ever been nominated from Mississippi, despite the state's 37 percent black population, highest OF all states.

Currently five women, three Hispanics, one African-American and five white males make up the 14 active judges on the New Orleans-based court.

The Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly approved Southwick's nomination in August, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, providing the deciding vote.

Political and legal analysts said McCain could be seeking to score points with Southern conservative voters by leaving a crucial early primary state to voice his support for the judge. McCain is scheduled to get back on the campaign trail Wednesday evening in Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential primary season.

With Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas dropping out of the race for the White House, McCain is the only remaining Republican from the Senate still in the hunt.

The Democratic presidential front runner, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, also cancelled an early campaign event in Iowa Wednesday due to Senate votes. But Clinton plans to make it out to Iowa later in the day.

Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was scheduled to campaign all day Wednesday in New Hampshire. He's changed his plans as well due to Senate votes and now will not make it up to the Granite State until later in the day.

Joe Biden of Delaware and Chris Dodd of Connecticut were not scheduled on the campaign trial Wednesday.

- CNN’s Bill Mears and Paul Steinhauser

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Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)

Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau

CLINTON ON BUSH ADMIN: “THERE WERE A LOT OF ACTIONS WHICH THEY TOOK THAT WERE CLEARLY BEYOND ANY POWER THE CONGRESS WOULD HAVE GRANTED, OR THAT IN MY VIEW THAT WAS INHERENT IN THE CONSTITUTION,”: Senator Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the Bush-Cheney administration had engaged in a “power grab” and that she would consider relinquishing some of that executive power if she followed it into the White House. New York Times: Clinton Plans to Consider Giving Up Some Powers

TANCREDO WANTS SENATOR'S EVENT RAIDED: Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado, a Republican presidential candidate whose fierce opposition to illegal immigration is the center of his campaign, contacted the immigration service yesterday demanding that agents raid a senator’s news conference. New York Times: Candidate Calls for Raid on Immigration Bill Event

THOMPSON: "TAXPAYER MONEY SHOULD NOT BE PROVIDED TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS,": Fred Thompson yesterday became the first major presidential candidate to embrace attrition as the solution to illegal entry, saying the government should deny illegal aliens a hiding place by cracking down on the businesses and sanctuary cities that shield them. Washington Times: A call to end illegals' refuges

NO AMNESTY FOR FRED: Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson yesterday staked out one of the toughest plans on the campaign trail to curb illegal immigration, trying to reignite the issue among the GOP faithful who rose up in revolt against a more moderate approach in Congress earlier this year. Boston Globe: Thompson stirs rivals with immigration plan

RNC TAKES FLACK FOR THREATENING TO PUNISH THE GRANITE STATE: Sen. Judd Gregg has pulled out as a host of a fund-raiser tonight for the Republican State Committee because the featured guest, national GOP chairman Mike Duncan, has agreed that New Hampshire should be punished for holding its first-in-the-nation primary earlier than party rules allow. New Hampshire Union-Leader: Gregg rips national GOP chairman

UNIVERSITY THAT REGARDS MORMONISM AS A CULT, OFFERS SUPPORT TO MITT: Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has been embraced in a most unlikely place: at Bob Jones University, the influential Christian college that teaches that his Mormon church is a cult. Quad City Times: Mormon Romney Finds Christian Support

CLINTON'S WHITE HOUSE YEARS FARE WELL WITH VOTERS: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has neutralized the political fallout from some of the most difficult moments of her eight years as first lady, with Democratic voters looking favorably on her failed effort to revamp healthcare and either supporting or having no opinion of her decision to remain loyal to an unfaithful husband, a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll shows. LA Times: Clinton's White House years become a boon

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PUT MORE INTO IOWA THAN GOP COUNTERPARTS: Democratic candidates for president have wagered vastly more on Iowa than their Republican counterparts, a sign the state's caucuses are seen as more pivotal to the Democrat nomination. USA Today: Democrats invest heavily in Iowa

BIDEN TOUTS UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IN IOWA: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden unveiled at a campaign stop in Des Moines today the details of his plan to move the nation toward universal health care. Des Moines Register: Biden unveils health plan in Iowa

JESSE JACKSON JR. ON OBAMA: “ONCE, SOUTH CAROLINA VOTED FOR MY FATHER, AND SENT A STRONG MESSAGE TO THE NATION…NEXT YEAR, YOU CAN SEND MORE THAN A MESSAGE. YOU CAN LAUNCH A PRESIDENT.”: Barack Obama began airing radio ads in South Carolina today featuring Chicago Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., son of the prominent civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Jesse Jackson Jr. cuts ad for Barack Obama

“IF IT DOES COME DOWN TO HILLARY VERSUS RUDY, IT IS AT ONE LEVEL A SHOWDOWN BETWEEN THE ICONOGRAPHY OF MATRIARCHAL WOMANHOOD AND THE COWBOY RIDING TO THE RESCUE”: On its current trajectory, the race for president in 2008 may turn voters into children of divorce — forced to choose between Mom and Dad. Politico: Voters' choice in 2008: Mom versus Dad

NEW POLL SHOWS CLINTON "SOLIDIFIES" FRONT-RUNNER STATUS: Two New Yorkers dominate the 2008 presidential race: Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani. Bloomberg News: Clinton, Giuliani Overshadow Field for 2008 Race, Poll Shows

"UNDERAGE GIVERS" FILLING CANDIDATES WALLETS: Elrick Williams's toddler niece Carlyn may be one of the youngest contributors to this year's presidential campaign. The 2-year-old gave $2,300 to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). So did her sister and brother, Imara, 13, and Ishmael, 9, and her cousins Chan and Alexis, both 13. Washington Post: As Campaigns Chafe at Limits, Donors Might Be in Diapers

EDWARDS: "I WANT TO BE THE PRESIDENT WHO IS THE MOST AGGRESSIVE ABOUT ENFORCING OUR LAWS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN,": Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards told high school students yesterday that the United States has a moral and legal obligation to treat women as equals to men. AP via New Hampshire Union-Leader: Edwards promotes women's rights in Merrimack visit

"I'M THE ONLY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE [FOR PRESIDENT] WHO'S BEEN GIVEN AN `A' RATING BY THE NRA": Lauding the National Rifle Association is not usually an applause line for a Democratic presidential candidate, but New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson - knowing his audience - was cheered when he brought the issue up in gun-friendly Nevada. Boston Globe: Richardson touts his NRA credentials

GOSPEL SINGER REACTS TO ANTI-GAY ACCUSATIONS: Gospel music superstar Donnie McClurkin says he was surprised to wake up Tuesday morning to a media firestorm. Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: 'No crusade' to cure gays, says Obama's gospel star

CANDIDATES' SPOUSES SPEAK ABOUT LIFE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Fifteen years after Hillary Clinton made her then-controversial comment about being a career woman and not staying home to bake cookies, the wives of five contenders for the White House gathered in California Tuesday to discuss their involvement in their husband’s presidential campaigns. CNN.com: '08 wives talk candidly about their roles

COLBERT POLLS BETTER THAN RICHARDSON: He's been "in" the race for less than a week, and already faux-pundit Stephen Colbert has surged ahead of longtime candidate Gov. Bill Richardson in one national poll gauging the race for the Democratic nod for president. And watch out Joe Biden! Editor and Publisher: Stephen Colbert Moves Ahead of Richardson, Closes in on Biden, in National Poll!

REP. DAVIS MAY ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT: Veteran Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), who has been seen as a leading candidate to replace retiring Sen. John Warner (R) in 2008, may now be just a day away from announcing his own retirement from Congress. Roll Call: Davis May Opt for ’08 Retirement

REPUBLICAN ACCUSES DOJ OF TARGETING DEMOCRATS: Richard L. Thornburgh, attorney general in the Reagan and first Bush administrations, charged Tuesday that political reasons motivated the Justice Department to open corruption investigations against Democrats in Mr. Thornburgh’s home state, Pennsylvania. New York Times: Democrats Were Targets in Inquiries, Panel Is Told

REPUBLICANS FEEL SECURE ABOUT SOUTHWICK CONFIRMATION: A hands-off posture by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and promises from key Republicans to help smooth the way for deals on outstanding appropriations bills appear to be the right recipe for the Senate confirmation this week of controversial appellate court nominee Leslie Southwick. LA Times: Deal Struck on Southwick Vote

TRAVEL UP FOR CONGRESS DESPITE NEW "RULES": Despite new House travel restrictions, lawmakers accepted free trips worth nearly $1.9 million during the first eight months of this year — more than in all of 2006, records show. USA Today: Limits don't slow trip perks for U.S. lawmakers

COBURN'S TIGHT-FISTED EARMARK BATTLE: Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn has established himself as the chamber’s earmark sheriff — breaking with the traditional comity in the Senate by criticizing and trying to kill the extraneous spending carved out of appropriations bills for the pet projects of individual lawmakers. DC Examiner: Oklahoma senator goes hunting for earmarks

DEMS TO "PATCH" ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX: The Bush administration and Republicans on Capitol Hill are warning that the Democratic leadership's failure to confront the alternative minimum tax could affect nearly 50 million tax filers, causing a potential "filing fiasco" and holding up as much as $75 billion in refunds next year. NY Sun: Democrats Slowing Action on Tax Issue, GOP Warns

DNC DONATES HSU CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (N.Y.) not the only one playing hot potato with campaign donations from Democratic fundraiser-turned-political pariah Norman Hsu. Roll Call's Heard on the Hill: Dirty Sexy Money

WILDFIRES IN LAWMAKERS' BACK YARD: Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) woke up at 2:30 on Tuesday morning to see the hillside behind his house glowing with fire and flames shooting as high as 50 feet in the air. He then watched as the fire ran to the top of the ridge of the hill and raced back down the other side. The Hill: Wildfires get personal for lawmakers

VIRGINIA GOP: “THE PRESIDENT MAKES OUR JOB HARDER, BUT WE’RE USED TO HARD WORK.”: Virginia Republican legislative candidates admit George W. Bush’s poor popularity ratings harm their campaigns but downplay the president’s impact and believe they can overcome the disadvantage with strong get-out-the-vote efforts. DC Examiner: Va. GOP candidates devise strategies to deal with unpopular president

AFTER DEFEAT, JINDAL GETS LOUISIANA'S HIGHEST JOB: When Bobby Jindal lost his first Louisiana governor's race four years ago, some experts told him that white people here were not ready to elect a dark-skinned son of Indian immigrants. LA Times: Ethnicity is no bar to Jindal's dream

LA ATTORNEY GENERAL LOOSES PRIMARY: Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti doggedly pursued high-profile prosecutions against people involved in two of Hurricane Katrina's most heartbreaking tragedies.  Now he's out of a job. USA Today: Katrina cases' backlash hurts La. AG 

KUCINICH'S UFO ENCOUNTER: Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has seen a UFO, writes Shirley MacLaine in her new book, "Sage-Ing While Age-Ing." Cleveland.com: Kucinich sees UFO, new book claims

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On the Trail:

* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, gives a lecture at the Carrie Chatman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

* Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson has breakfast with supporters at Alex's Restaurant in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Later, Thompson heads to Bluffton for a meet and greet at the Sippin Cow Cafe and at Sun City Retirement Community.

* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards kicks off a four-day tour through Iowa with town hall meetings in Glenwood, Sidney, Shenandoah and Red Oak.

* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani holds a town hall meeting at the Mississippi Valley Fair Grounds in Davenport, Iowa.

* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, delivers a speech at the International Relations Forum 6 in Des Moines, Iowa.

* Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, meets with local residents at the McConnell Center in Dover, New Hampshire.

* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with local residents at the Donut Man in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Later, Romney hold a press conference at Philadelphia International Airport.

* Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, holds a reception with American University students in Washington, D.C.

* New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson delivers a speech on his Latin American policy at UCLA Campus in Los Angeles, California.

* Elizabeth Edwards delivers the keynote address at the Girl Scouts Patriots' Trail Council's annual Leading Women Awards in Boston, Massachusetts.

* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook

* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook


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October 23rd, 2007
05:52 AM ET
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Massachusetts governor to endorse Obama

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It may be a bit overshadowed by World Series fever, but Tuesday evening at the Boston Common in the heart of Beantown, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will officially endorse Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for president.

Patrick says Obama has the best chance to inspire Americans to take a greater role in government, and their civic duties. His endorsement could come in handy in neighboring New Hampshire, the first state that will hold a presidential primary. Obama trails Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, by double digits in the most recent Granite State polls.

Patrick is the state’s first black governor, and only the second African-American in the U.S. ever elected governor. Obama is trying to become the country’s first black president.

The Massachusetts governor’s endorsement may also help Obama in the battle for black voters, a crucial voting bloc in the Democratic Party. So far, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said he is endorsing Obama, while Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis, who marched along Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, recently endorsed Clinton.

The New York senator has the brand name on her side and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was once honored by the Congressional Black Caucus as “the nation’s first black President.”

In the most recent CNN-Opinion Research Corporation Poll of national voters, Clinton led Obama by 24 points among African-Americans. That’s up from 17 points back in April.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

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Giuliani and McCain to make it official in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain make it official in New Hampshire Tuesday, when the two Republican presidential rivals file the necessary paperwork to be on the Granite State’s primary ballot.

New Hampshire holds the first-in-the-nation primary, and filing the paperwork in person at Secretary of State William Gardner’s office is a time honored tradition.

Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee have already signed up to participate in New Hampshire’s Republican primary.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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House Democrats to tout accomplishments

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are launching a new communications effort to mark the one year anniversary of their party taking control of the House of Representatives.

Pelosi and her top lieutenants circulated a letter to all Democratic offices on Friday telling them that "The 110th Congress has a great story to tell." And the Democratic leadership is calling on rank-and file Democrats to tout the majority party’s accomplishments over the upcoming holiday recess.

“We need your help telling this story,” the California Democrat and the other party leaders wrote. “At a time when many of us and many Americans feel our country has been moving in the wrong direction, it is critical that we help Americans learn where we stand and what we have accomplished.”   Full Story

- CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh

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Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)

Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau

REPUBLICANS THINK DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES ARE ADRESSING ISSUES MORE THAN GOP CANDIDATES: Democratic voters are considerably more satisfied than their Republican counterparts that their party’s candidates are addressing the issues they most care about, according to the latest CBS News poll. New York Times: Democrats Like What’s Being Said

MCCAIN CAMPAIGN MANAGER FIGHTS THROUGH TOUGH SUMMER TO LAND TOP JOB: When Rick Davis won a brutal struggle within the McCain campaign this summer, his reward was what would be one of the toughest jobs in politics: the organization’s campaign manager. New York Times: Savior or Machiavelli, McCain’s Top Aide Carries On

RNC TO PUNISH STATES FOR EARLY PRIMARIES: Republican Party leaders on Monday recommended punishing five states for shifting their nomination contests earlier, moving to strip New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Wyoming of half their delegates to the Republican Convention. AP via USA Today: 5 states may lose half of GOP delegates

NEW HAMPSHIRE NOT FAZED BY RNC THREAT: State Republican Chairman Fergus Cullen yesterday shrugged off a national GOP panel's decision to withhold half the state party's delegates to the Republican national convention next summer. New Hampshire Union-Leader

THE ROLE OF FIRST RUNNING MATE CAN BE A SLIPPERY SLOPE: During the 1992 presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped out as the unabashed career-driven wife - and paid a high price for it. This all leaves the current crop of feisty spouses teetering between dutiful mate and accomplished professional as they try to adapt an archaic stereotype to fit contemporary times. Washington Post: Running Mates

THOMPSON DISCUSSES PERSONAL TRAGEDY WHEN ASKED ABOUT SCHIAVO CASE: In his public life, former Senator Fred D. Thompson has long refrained from speaking about the death of his daughter from an accidental drug overdose in 2002, an episode that friends and colleagues say played into his decision not to seek re-election to the Senate in 2002. New York Times: Thompson Finds Reason to Discuss Schiavo Case

DOES FRED REALLY WANT TO BE PRESIDENT?: After a bumbling entrance as a White House hopeful and a month in which he has barely bothered to shake a voter’s hand, Fred Thompson ambled back onto the campaign trail yesterday with one question hanging over him: does he really want to be President? The Times of London: Senator turned actor strolls back onto campaign stage

DEAN STRATEGIST STEERS EDWARDS CAMPAIGN IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton may have a widening lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, but John Edwards is not about to give her a free ride. Washington Post: With Trippi's Rise, Some See a New John Edwards

EDWARDS TRIES TO FIND HIS PLACE IN A CAMPAIGN OF FIRSTS: For many Democrats, the 2008 presidential campaign is a celebration of those who once only dreamed of gaining power, with "you go, girl" cheers for Hillary Rodham Clinton and black pride in Barack Obama. LA Times: Edwards says he's most electable, but…

OBAMA STILL TAKING HEAT FOR SAYING HE WILL MEET WITH LEADERS OF ROGUE STATES: Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is continuing to make a virtue out of necessity following what many still view as a gaffe he committed during July’s YouTube debate when he said that as president that he’d meet without preconditions, with leaders of rogue states hostile to the U.S. Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Obama still tries to put best light on perceived gaffe

OBAMA: "PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF A GOVERNMENT THAT ISN'T LISTENING... THAT DOESN'T THINK THAT THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO GIVE PEOPLE A LITTLE HELP": Sen. Barack Obama told cheering supporters at a State House rally yesterday that he is the candidate of real change, ready to stand up to special interests. New Hampshire Union-Leader Sen. Obama says he is the candidate of real change

LOOKS REALLY DO MATTER SAYS NEW POLL: Candidates campaign on the issues, but new research shows some people are swayed by looks alone. USA Today: Do voters take politicians at 'face' value?

TRAILING CANDIDATES HOPE IOWA CAN BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO STRUGGLING CAMPAIGNS: Far ahead in national polls and with more ready cash than any rival, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton would appear a prohibitive favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination next year. But a far different race comes first, in Iowa, where many candidates hope Byzantine caucus rules and arcane traditions level the playing field. Wall Street Journal: Dark Horses Run Hard in Iowa

"IT'S A CLEAR SIGN THAT WE ARE SUCCEEDING IN IRAQ BECAUSE PEOPLE GOT VERY TIRED OF AL-QAIDA TAKING THEIR YOUNG WOMEN, KILLING THEIR YOUNG WOMEN, KILLING THEIR PEOPLE, AND ACTING IN THE MOST BRUTAL FASHION THAT THEY ARE.": Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said Monday that a new message from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in which he scolds his followers in Iraq proves that U.S. efforts there are succeeding. Quad City Times: McCain: Bin Laden Reveals U.S. Success

PARTIES GEAR UP FOR 2011 REAPPORTIONMENT: According to census estimates for 2010 tabulated by Polidata, a firm that provides analysis of political data, New York and Ohio are slated to lose two Congressional seats each, while Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Missouri, Iowa, Louisiana and Illinois are each poised to lose one. Roll Call: Parties Recruit for Endangered Jobs

GOP USES IMMIGRATION TO CHALLEGE DEMOCRATS: When Republican Jim Ogonowski launched his long-shot bid for Congress, he prepared for an upbeat campaign in his Democratic, working-class district of Massachusetts, based on a winning résumé: affable hay farmer, former Air Force lieutenant colonel, and brother of an American Airlines pilot whose hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Washington Post: GOP Finds Hot Button in Illegal Immigration

CLASSROOMS BENEFIT FROM COLBERT'S CAMPAIGN: Stephen Colbert’s fake run for the presidency — in South Carolina — is producing real results for the Palmetto State’s schools. The State: Colbert making big bucks for schools

CALIFORNIA BALLOT INITIATIVE REVIVED BY GOP: Veteran Republican consultants said Monday that they were relaunching a drive to change the way California allocates its electoral college votes, aimed at helping the 2008 GOP presidential nominee capture the White House. LA Times: GOP retools drive to change electoral votes

CRAIG PAYS LAWYER WITH CAMPAIGN CASH: Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has used $23,000 in campaign funds to pay the top Washington ethics lawyer, Stan Brand, who is fighting his case before the Senate ethics committee, according to Craig’s latest filing with the Federal Election Commission. Politico: Larry Craig uses campaign funds for legal fees

ROCKEFELLER RECIPIENT OF PHONE COMPANY DONATIONS: Executives at the two biggest phone companies contributed more than $42,000 in political donations to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV this year while seeking his support for legal immunity for businesses participating in National Security Agency eavesdropping. NY Times: Companies Seeking Immunity Donate to Senator

DEMS TO FIGHT POOR RATING WITH MEDIA BLITZ: Nearly one year after recapturing control of Congress, House Democratic leaders will embark on a publicity blitz starting in November to combat a dismal 25 percent approval rating. The Hill: Pelosi to launch PR blitz to beat ’08 media frenzy

FORMER PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR URGES LAWMAKERS TO GO AGAINST THE ADMINISTRATION: Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton is urging GOP lawmakers to oppose the Bush administration’s recent agreement with North Korea to end its nuclear programs, according to House Republican sources. The Hill: Bolton lobbies on N.K. deal

STATE DEPARTMENT THE VICTIM OF INTERNAL REPORT ON IRAQ SECURITY CONTRACTORS: A pair of new reports have delivered sharply critical judgments about the State Department’s performance in overseeing work done by the private companies that the government relies on increasingly in Iraq and Afghanistan to carry out delicate security work and other missions. New York Times: Audit Assails State Dept. Role on Iraq Security

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On the Trail:

Compiled by Lauren Kornreich
CNN Washington Bureau

* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, holds a rally at the Lawrence Street Mall in Denver, Colorado.

* Former New York City Rudy Giuliani starts his day in Boston, Massachusetts, with a press conference at Umbria Ristorante. Later, he heads to Concord, New Hampshire to file paperwork to participate in the Granite State's primary election. After, Giuliani holds town hall meetings at Lincoln Financial Group in Concord and at Lebanon High School in Lebanon.

* Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announces he's officially backing Sen. Barack Obama's, D-Illinois, presidential bid at a rally in Boston.

* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, files paperwork to participate in New Hampshire's presidential primary. Later, he meets with local residents in Concord and tours Thompson Center Arms in Rochester. In the evening, McCain holds a town hall meeting at Hampton Academy Middle School in Hampton.

* Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney heads to South Carolina and delivers speeches in Greenwood and Greenville. Later, he holds "Ask Mitt Anything" town halls in Columbia and Summerville.

* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, holds a press conference in Iowa City, Iowa.

* California First Lady Maria Shriver moderates a first-ever joint discussion with the spouses of most of the leading presidential candidates from each party in Long Beach, California. Elizabeth Edwards, Michelle Obama, Cindy McCain, Ann Romney and Jeri Thompson plan to address the conference.

* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook

* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook


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GOP rivals defend their conservative credentials at debate

ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) – The leading Republican presidential candidates intensified their fight over who has the true conservative credentials in sometimes contentious debate Sunday night.

Fred Thompson, more aggressive than he's been in some recent appearances, compared Rudy Giuliani’s social positions with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, and implied Mitt Romney once held more liberal stands than Senator Ted Kennedy.

Asked if Romney and Giuliani have convinced him they were consistent conservatives, the former Tennessee Senator said, “Well, we've got an hour and a half. Maybe they can work on it.”

Giuliani tried to turn the tables on Thompson, saying, “you know, Fred has his problems, too. I mean, Fred was the single biggest obstacle to tort reform in the United States Senate. He stood with Democrats over and over again. …Fred Thompson, along with very few Republicans, blocked tort reform over and over and over again. That is not a conservative position.”  Full Story

– CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

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Brownback ties record

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Not a single vote for president has been cast, but the path to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is already littered with a record tying number of casualties.

On Friday, Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, became the fifth declared Presidential hopeful to abandon his White House bid. Brownback’s decision to drop out of the race tied the record set in 2000, when five candidates bowed out before the Iowa caucuses, traditionally the first test of candidate strength.

Of course, this doesn’t take into account candidates who toyed with the idea of running, but never filed papers with the Federal Election Commission.

So, who has dropped out so far? Brownback; Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh; former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore; former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson; and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack.

In 2000, you may remember, the early casualties included former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander; former Cabinet Secretary Elizabeth Dole; then-Ohio Rep. John Kasich, former Vice President Dan Quayle; and then-New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith.

- CNN Polling Director Keating Holland

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Romney wins straw poll at Values Voters Summit

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney narrowly won a straw poll of mostly Christian conservative voters at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit held this weekend in the nation's capital. The former Massachusetts governor won almost 28 percent of the 5,776 votes cast, edging out former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who finished 30 votes behind him.

The totals included ballots cast online by people who paid $1 to vote. Voters in the convention hall who had actually heard the candidates’ speeches chose Huckabee over Romney by a margin of better than four-to-one.  Full Story

- CNN’s Paul Steinhauser and Xuan Thai

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Thompson stumps through the Sunshine State

WASHINGTON (CNN) – After participating in his second Republican debate last night, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson tries to build support for his presidential bid with a two-day campaign swing through Florida.

Thompson, a well known actor who starred in the NBC drama “Law & Order, came in a distant fourth place in a straw poll conducted by the Family Research Council this past weekend. He makes stops in Kissimmee, Tampa and Lakeland.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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Political Hot Topics
(Today's top political stories from news organizations across the country)

Compiled by Lindsey Pope
CNN Washington Bureau

GOP CANDIDATES TURN UP THE HEAT IN FLORIDA DEBATE: The Republican presidential candidates sharply escalated their attacks on each other last night, clashing over who is the most conservative, most experienced and most electable in a debate one of them likened to a “demolition derby.” New York Times: At Debate, GOP Race Becomes More Personal

CLINTON, AGAIN IN SPOTLIGHT AT GOP DEBATE: Arguments over who is the most conservative candidate took center stage last night, as the Republican presidential candidates sparred in their ninth and perhaps testiest forum so far. Wall Street Journal: Clinton is Focus of Debate

REPUBLICAN DEBATE TURNS PERSONAL: The leading Republican presidential candidates staged their most contentious and personal debate of the long campaign season here Sunday night, clashing sharply over abortion, immigration, tort reform and their readiness to challenge Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in a general election. Washington Post: Attacks Sharpen Among Party's Principal Rivals

WHO'S THE REAL CONSERVATIVE?: Republican presidential candidates seeking support in the pivotal state of Florida clashed Sunday over one of their party's most basic questions: Who is the most conservative? USA Today: Republican Hopefuls Spar Over Who's the Real Conservative

FRED'S SHORT SPEECH LEAVES MUCH TO BE DESIRED AT FLORIDA GALA: Rudy fired up the crowd. John had them chuckling. Mitt spun family yarns. And Fred left them wanting more. Miami Herald: GOP hopefuls get fired up

RANGEL BASHES GIULIANI AS "CHEATING GOD**** HUSBAND": Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., the dean of the New York congressional delegation, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, longtime political booster of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and a member of the steering committee for "Veterans and Military Retirees For Hillary" has joined another co-chair of the Clinton campaign, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, in attacking the personal life of Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. ABC: Key Clinton Backer Rips Giuliani's Personal Life

SOUTH CAROLINA COULD BE GIULIANI'S BIGGEST CHALLEGE OVER SOCIAL ISSUES: At a recent Republican Party barbecue, Dennis Jones and state Rep. Garry Smith greeted each other like old friends. They chatted about dessert recipes. They joked about being Smith and Jones. They lamented Washington's big-spending ways. But when the conversation turned to Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, Messrs. Smith and Jones were more like Messrs. Hatfield and McCoy. Wall Street Journal: Social Issues Dog Giuliani

ROMNEY SAYS HE ISN'T THE ONLY FLIP-FLOPPER: Faced with increasing criticism over his shifts in position on core Republican issues, Mitt Romney is trying to turn the tables on his opponents. NY Sun: Romney, McCain Lock Horns Over Shift in Position

BIDEN RIPPS GOP CANDIDATES, EXCEPT MCCAIN, FOR LACK OF FOREIGN RELATIONS EXPERIENCE: Sen. Joseph Biden (Del.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said the Republican White House contenders, with the exception of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), “know virtually nothing about foreign policy. The Hill: Biden: GOP Candidates, Except McCain, Know "Virtually Nothing" About Foreign Policy

OPRAH TESTING" POLITCAL WATERS WITH OBAMA ENDORSEMENT: Oprah Winfrey can get people to read Tolstoy, sell millions of magazines and turn a mail-order canvas bag into a hot item just by naming it one of her favorite things.
To get Americans to vote for her favorite presidential candidate, Democrat Barack Obama, though, she'll have to twice prove conventional wisdom wrong… USA Today: Oprah Becomes Test of What an Endorsement Means

BARACK BATTLES IMMIGRATION IN PUSH TO ATTRACT LATINOS: Barack Obama dived into California's most contentious policy debates Saturday at an East Los Angeles appearance where he defended immigration reform and affirmative action and criticized Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's veto of a measure to extend college scholarships to students in the country illegally. LA Times: Obama Courts Latino Voters in L.A.

CLINTON RIVALS QUESTION HER ELECTABILITY: Steve Valdez, a retired high school history teacher, is keeping an eye on the presidential campaign and wondering about Sen. Hillary Clinton's chances. Chicago Tribune: can Hillary Clinton Win?

CANDIDATES SPEND CAMPAIGN CASH AS SOON AS THEY GET IT: If campaign spending is any measure of political activity, then Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are all in a race to see whose wallet is open the widest. New York Times: As Coffers Expand and Contract, Strategies Emerge

GORGETOWN RESIDENTS GENEROUS WITH POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS: The well-heeled residents of the 20007 Zip code, which encompasses Georgetown and the surrounding neighborhoods, have contributed more to political candidates than any other local Zip code. DC Examiner: G'town tops when it comes to political purchasing power

'08ERS RAISE MORE THAN $1 MILLION ABROAD: London has become a cash cow for US presidential candidates seeking to fund their 2008 White House bids, with almost half of all overseas donations coming from the capital. The Times of London: London Swells War Chests for US Presidential Rivals

OBAMA'S BUNDLE GROWING: A list quietly posted late Saturday or early Sunday shows Sen. Barack Obama's network of big-money fundraisers continues to expand and more than 300 people have now each raised at least $50,000 on his behalf. Chicago Tribune's The Swamp: Obama now has 300-plus bundlers

RICHARDSON CHALLENGES CONGRESS TO BIPARTISAN COOPERATION ON IRAQ, SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE DEFICIT: Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson wants to link congressional and presidential pay raises to deficit reduction, though he acknowledged Sunday that the idea would never see the light of day. Quad City Times: Richardson Campaigns in New Hampshire

COLBERT: "I DON'T WANT TO BE PRESIDENT. I WANT TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT. THERE'S A DIFFERENCE": Comedian Stephen Colbert insisted on Sunday that his announcement that he's running for president was no joke - then joked he would consider disgraced Republican Sen. Larry Craig as a vice presidential running mate. Reuters: Colbert says his U.S. presidential run is no joke

CLINTON FEELS THE PRESURE IN IOWA: Hillary Clinton, during a three-town swing through Iowa on Saturday, said her strategy is to reach as many Iowa voters as possible in an effort to shatter negative perceptions about her. Des Moines Register: Clinton tries to curb negative perceptions

HILLARY ON IRAN VOTE: "AFTER THE PROBLEMATIC LANGUAGE WAS REMOVED, IT WAS CLEARLY A VOTE FOR STEPPED-UP DIPLOMACY, NOT MILITARY ACTION": With the President and vice president ratcheting up the rhetoric against Iran, a defensive Sen. Hillary Clinton is trying to convince Iowa voters her recent vote on Iran doesn't mean she is backing the administration. NY Daily News: Embattled Hillary defends her vote on Iran

CLINTON MAKES FRIEND OF AN OLD FOE: As Senator Barack Obama prepared to give a major speech on Iraq one morning a few weeks ago, a flashing red-siren alert went up on the Drudge Report Web site. It read, “Queen of the Quarter: Hillary Crushes Obama in Surprise Fund-Raising Surge,” and, “$27 Million, Sources Tell Drudge Report.” New York Times: Clinton Finds Way to Play Along With Drudge

SOCKS DUMPED BY THE CLINTONS: AS THE “first pet” of the Clinton era, Socks, the White House cat, allowed “chilly” Hillary Clinton to show a caring, maternal side as well as bringing joy to her daughter Chelsea. So where is Socks today? The Times of London: Ouch! Hillary Clinton's softer image is clawed over dumped cat

"BODY LIKE OBAMA…": Those of you who remember the 1980s and 1990s R&B group Salt-n-Pepa probably recall its hit “Whatta Man.” Now, the duo has a reality show on VH1 that documents its efforts to reunite. In last week’s episode, the two (Cheryl Wray and Sandra Denton) went over the lyrics to “Whatta Man” and tried to bring them more up to speed. DC Examiner: Salt-n-Pepa update lyric for Obama

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES TAKE LESSON FROM DEAN DOWNFALL: There has never been a Democratic national chairman with as much firsthand knowledge about running for president as Howard Dean. Boston Globe: A Cautious Howard Dean Emerges From the Political Ashes of 2004

VALUE VOTERS NANCY'S, HARRY'S AND HILLARY'S "WORST NIGHTMARE": To travel down the escalators of the Hilton Washington this weekend was to enter a secure sanctuary, a world protected from interlopers and would-be haters, from those who would destroy America's Christian culture. Washington Post: Looking For a Candidate to Call Their Own

RICHARDSON, MCCAIN ONLY CANDIDATES TO NOT REFUSE IMUS INVITATION: Only two major presidential hopefuls said Sunday they would go on the air with radio cowboy Don Imus if he returns to the airwaves in December. NY Daily News: McCain, Richardson would go on Imus after his radio return

MICHELLE OBAMA REACHES OUT TO PARENTS: Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, said yesterday life is becoming more difficult for families in America. New Hampshire Union-Leader: Michelle Obama speaks to parents

FIRST LADY OF CALIFORNIA DISHES ADVICE FOR CANDIDATES' SPOUSES: California first lady Maria Shriver is all too familiar with the often terrifying high-wire act that comes with being a political spouse. San Francisco Chronicle: Shriver Gathers Presidential Hopefuls' Spouses for Conference Talk

JINDAL, FIRST INDIAN-AMERICAN GOVERNOR: The first words from Bobby Jindal to his supporters after he won the Louisiana governor’s race on Saturday night were not about his victory, but L.S.U.’s triumph over Auburn the same day. The message could not have been clearer: I’m one of you, a normal, red-blooded football-loving Louisiana guy. New York Times: In a Southern State, Immigrants' Son takes Over

HOEKSTRA: TELECOM COMPANIES DESERVE IMMUNITY: America has not been attacked since 9/11, not because al-Qaeda has not tried, but because we have prevented al-Qaeda from succeeding. Immediately after 9/11, the president prevailed upon people to do everything necessary and legal to keep America safe. USA Today: Opposing View: Shield The Phone Companies By Peter Hoekstra

PLAME DETAILS HER SIDE OF THE STORY: Mothers who are spies, it turns out, face the same juggling act as other working moms. Washington post: Valerie Plame, Telling the (Edited) Inside Story 

DEMS SPENDING BILL AIMED AT "AVERAGE AMERICANS": House and Senate Democrats finally have a strategy for dealing with the president’s threats to veto spending bills, and they hope it will serve as an extension of their successful public relations campaign on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Roll Call: Democrats Set Approps Plan

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On the Trail:

Compiled by Lauren Kornreich
CNN Washington Bureau

* Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson starts a two-day swing through Florida with a roundtable with women that own small businesses at Water Town Florist in Kissimmee. Later, he tours the Port of Tampa and holds a private fundraiser in Lakeland.

* Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, campaigns through Iowa with stops at the public library in Leon and the Junction Cafe in Bedford. Later, Biden meets with local residents at the Depot Deli and Lounge and attends a house party in Shenandoah.

* Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, attends a rally in Fresno, California. In the evening, Clinton addresses the Washington State Democrats' 14th annual Warren G. Magnuson awards ceremony and auction in Seattle, Washington.

* Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, meets with local residents at Hillside Country Store and Deli in Pelham, New Hampshire.

* Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, are guests on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook

* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook


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