(CNN) - The Illinois Senate is conducting the impeachment trial of the state's governor, Rod Blagojevich.
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WASHINGTON (CNN)– The opening gavel came down on President-elect Barack Obama's cabinet confirmation hearings Thursday morning as Health and Human Services secretary nominee Tom Daschle appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Daschle, a national co-chair of Obama's presidential campaign, represented South Dakota in the Senate from 1987 to 2005. He served as the Senate Majority Leader from 2001 to 2003.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is chaired by Sen. Ted Kennedy.
In a bipartisan gesture, Daschle was formally introduced to the committee by another South Dakota Democrat - Sen. Tim Johnson - and former Republican Senate leader and 1996 presidential nominee Bob Dole.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (CNN) - After warning an audience Monday in Missouri that a government run by Democrats would “gut” defense spending, Palin asked the crowd: “Do they think that terrorists have all of a sudden become the good guys?”
“So what do they think?,” Palin mused, referring to Democrats. “Do they think that terrorists have all of a sudden become the good guys? And changed their minds? No, the terrorists still seek to destroy America and her allies and all that it is that we stand for: freedom, tolerance, equality. The terrorists have not changed their minds.”
Her question was new, but Palin was pushing an argument she has made frequently in the closing week of the campaign - that Democrats in Congress, led by Rep. Barney Frank, favor a cutting the defense budget by a fourth.
“This is not the time to gut the defense budget, and this is not the time to entrust the powers of the federal government to the one party rule of Obama, Pelosi and Reid,” Palin said.
Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has said he would favor a 25 percent cut in defense spending, but Obama has said he would actually increase military spending.
(CNN) - John McCain held a campaign rally on the Tennessee/Virginia border earlier Monday, during which he highlighted comments Barack Obama has made on coal.
"You know we found out yesterday what Sen. Obama really thinks about coal." he told the crowd. "In a new video talking about his policies on coal, he said... 'if somebody wants build a coal powered plant they can. It is just that it will bankrupt them.' How out of touch is that?...I am not going to let our coal industry go bankrupt."
(CNN) - Barack Obama held a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida earlier Monday.
It was his last stop in the crucial battleground state before the election.
“This is gonna be close here in Florida – this is gonna be close across the country,” he said.
CNN Political Producer Mike Roselli also reports Obama appeared to forget where he was at one point - confusing Ohio with the Sunshine State. He corrected himself and moved on with his well rehearsed closing argument speech – one he has given for a week with just slight variations.
(CNN) - Joe Biden held a campaign rally in Lee's summit Missouri earlier Monday, the first of the Democratic VP candidate's last four rallies.
Introducing Biden, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill took a shot at Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin.
"Barack Obama chose the very best person in the country that could be president of the United States. And well, let's just say John McCain didn't," she said.
Biden also has stops in Ohio and Pennsylvania Monday.
(CNN) - John McCain is holding a town hall event in Peterborough, New Hampshire this hour.
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