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Morning Update: Taxing Energy Issue

by campaign2008 Wednesday, April 30, 2008

In a speech in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) again attacked proposals for a gas tax holiday. Obama said he, like Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), favors a windfall profits tax on oil companies, and that he would “invest that money in clean, affordable, renewable sources of energy like wind power, and solar power, and biofuels, so that we’re not here talking about high gas prices next summer, and the summer after that, and five summers after that.”

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Morning Update: Energy Questions

by campaign2008 Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) on Monday released a plan to combat record high gas prices. According to the plan, Clinton would file a complaint with the World Trade Organization against OPEC countries to pressure them to up oil production. She would also stop new additions to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and be ready to “release oil to counter market spikes and reduce volatility.”

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Morning Update: Clinton’’s GI Plan

by campaign2008 Friday, April 25, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) outlined her plan to strengthen the U.S. military in a press release Thursday. Her agenda includes ending the stop-loss policy that obliges soldiers to stay in the military for multiple tours of duty. She also intends to create a “GI Bill for the 21st Century” that would offer expanded benefits to veterans, as well as a program that would provide veterans with “no-collateral, low-interest microloans of up to $100,000 for entrepreneurial ventures.”

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Morning Update: Petraeus and the Presidency

by Robert McMahon, Editor Thursday, April 24, 2008

TIME takes a look at the promotion of the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, and the intersection with the presidential campaign. To begin with, Democratic candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), who have called for a major troop withdrawal from Iraq, will need to vote in the coming weeks on Petraeus’ promotion to head Centcom, the U.S. strategic command for the Middle East region. His presence will also raise questions about the long-term prospects for the surge strategy in Iraq as well as counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan.

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Morning Update: Economic Battle Deepens

by Robert McMahon, Editor Wednesday, April 23, 2008

In Pennsylvania’s Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, won by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), exit polls showed voters overwhelmingly see the country as in recession and view the economy as their top concern. Both Clinton and rival Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) in their campaigning were critical of the impact of free trade agreements, especially the North American Free Trade Agreement. Those exit polled gave Clinton the edge as most capable of repairing the economy (CNN). Obama still retains the edge in delegate counting and the contest will continue with May 6 primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.

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Morning Update: Showdown in Pennsylvania

by Robert McMahon, Editor Tuesday, April 22, 2008

U.S. Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) head into a much-awaited Pennsylvania primary today. The Washington Post looks at the candidates’ final pitches ahead of the vote, with Clinton hoping for a wide-margin win, and Obama, who leads in the delegate count, hoping to keep things close or pull off a surprise victory. RealClearPolitics surveys the most recent polls in the state.

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Morning Update: Pennsylvania and Steel

by Robert McMahon, Editor Monday, April 21, 2008

In campaigning for the Democratic Party’s Pennsylvania presidential primary, now just a day away, trade and globalization’s impact on manufacturing America has become a central issue. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on how Chinese competition in steel production reflects on this debate.

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