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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Daily Democratic Wire 8-9-2009

George Wenschhof

Today, President Barack Obama is in Mexico for a two day summit - he is meeting in Guadalajara with Mexico President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They will be discussing immigration, drug cartels, clean energy and trade. The Chicago Tribune has more here.


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Angola today - as part of her tour of Africa. The U.S. obviously has interests in the vast oil reserves in Angola and doesn't want China to be their only trade partner. Clinton will be pushing the need for the country to increase it's efforts in agriculture to help feed an impoverished country.


Virginia Governor race remains close - something the Democrat Creigh Deeds knows a little about. A state Representative from a rural district, he came form behind, with the help of the Washington Post endorsement, to beat heavily funded Terry McAuliffe in the primary. He is now facing Republican Robert McDonnell in an neck and neck contest. An interesting statistic he will have to beat is for the last eight Virginia Governor elections, the winner has been in the opposing party of who sat in the White House. CQPolitics has more here.


Senate confirms first 5 U.S. Attorneys nominated by President Obama - the Senate vote took place prior to the recess. In addition, Republican Governor Jon Huntsman was confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to China. has more here.


Senators Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) cleared of ethics complaint - recently, the Senate Ethics Committee ruled there was no evidence found that either violated Senate rules in regard to favorable mortgages they had received from Countrywide. While this ruling helps, expect Dodd to face some competition as a result of this issue, in his reelection bid. has more here.


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