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Campaign 2008

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Immigration: Dilemma Deferred

by Robert McMahon, Editor Friday, June 29, 2007

The immigration debate has generated feelings of anger and frustration that are not likely to abate despite the Senate’s defeat of the latest reform measure. The perusal of almost any blog or discussion board on the matter will come up with comments like “Why should I press ‘1’ for English. This is America?” Other debates tap into the deep concern about lives lived on the margin by illegal immigrants.

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Engaging Iran on the Campaign Trail

by Robert McMahon, Editor Thursday, June 28, 2007

After Iraq, Iran is widely seen as the biggest foreign policy challenge facing the next U.S. president. But other than what-if scenarios about military action posed at debates, there has been little detail emerging from the campaigns on Iran policy. Sound bites from the Democratic slate tend to stress engaging Iran and working through international levers to get Tehran to end its uranium enrichment program. From the Republicans come tough warnings emphasizing sanctions and also working through the international community to isolate Iran. In other words, both sides provide variations on the Bush administration’s policy as it has currently evolved.

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Morning Update: Hispanic Voter Shift

by campaign2008 Thursday, June 28, 2007

A new poll indicates that Hispanic voters now consider themselves Democrats three-to-one. Of those, 59 percent say they will vote for Hillary Clinton. This shift since Bush received 40 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004 can likely be attributed to Republican anti-immigrant rhetoric (USA Today).

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The Global Credibility Gap

by Robert McMahon, Editor Wednesday, June 27, 2007

It doesn’t compare to the normal domestic polling that campaigns live by, yet U.S. presidential candidates are likely to closely pick through the findings of the latest Pew Global Attitudes survey. This one, involving forty-five thousand interviews in forty-seven countries, is the biggest yet and comes up with the not-unexpected finding that the United States remains deeply unpopular, especially in the Muslim world.

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Morning Update: Giuliani Urges Hamas Isolation

by campaign2008 Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Rudy Giuliani said the situation in Gaza will be “a microcosm (AP) of what’s going to happen in Baghdad ” if the United States pulls out of Iraq . He said the United States should continue to up its support for Fatah and isolate Hamas in Gaza.

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Online Debate: Green’s response

by Michael Moran Tuesday, June 26, 2007

June 25, 2007

Kenneth P. Green

Policymakers wishing to restrain greenhouse gas emissions have a broad range of potential instruments available. They can criminalize emitting activities, they can regulate emissions via technology requirements or emission standards, or they can put a price on the activity via a tax or trading scheme.

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Online Debate: Regulating American Greenhouse Gases

by Michael Moran Tuesday, June 26, 2007 has been holding regular Online Debates on important issues for more than a year but as the presidential campaign approaches, many of the policy debates we feature invariably become more tangled in presidential politics. So it is with this week’s question: How Should the United States Regulate Greenhouse Emissions?

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