Washington (CNN) - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has a blunt message for labor union members: Get to the polls next week, because "as bad as things are, they can get a whole lot worse."
As part of a massive get-out-the-vote operation, the labor federation is sending out 10 million personalized letters from Trumka as a final mailing to its membership Monday. Enclosed with each letter is a detailed "slate card" tailored to each member. It lists all of the state-wide candidates endorsed by labor, as well as the candidates for the House of Representatives and the state legislature. The card includes the person's polling place and information about what kind of identification they may need to bring.
(CNN) - House Republican leader John Boehner on Friday will start to lay out a "prebuttal" to President Barack Obama's upcoming speech on Iraq.
Obama is expected to deliver a major address on Iraq from the Oval Office on Tuesday night.
A senior aide to Boehner said that they are releasing a Web video and an op-ed Friday that argue that the surge of troops in Iraq succeeded despite opposition to Obama and other leading Democrats.