POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, September 2, 2010 « – Blogs from CNN.com

CNN: Israeli-Palestinian conflict takes center stage in Washington
Ahead of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians on Thursday, President Barack Obama said Wednesday night that he was “hopeful – cautiously hopeful” that the talks could achieve a two-state solution to the long running Mideast conflict.

CNN: Egypt might host second round of Mideast peace talks
If this week’s Mideast peace talks brokered by the Obama administration go well, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is offering to host a second round of talks later this month in his country, according to two officials close to the talks.

CNN: Three-way race to become two-way contest in Florida
Bud Chiles is giving up his independent bid for Florida governor and will endorse the Democratic candidate in the race. Wednesday Chiles’ campaign put out a statement “Lawton “Bud” Chiles will hold a news conference tomorrow with Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee for governor, to announce the end of his independent gubernatorial bid and to endorse Sink.”

CQ Politics: Some Democrats See Competitive Opportunity in Alaska
With Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceding the Alaska GOP primary Tuesday night to lawyer Joe Miller, some Democrats now believe they have a chance to pick up a seat in a state no one thought could be in play in a cycle where Democrats are facing a significant loss of seats.

Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski defeat costs state seniority in US Senate
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s defeat in last week’s Republican primary ends a 30-year-reign of Murkowskis in Alaska politics, and political experts say it will weaken Alaska’s political clout in Washington, D.C.

CNN: Miller questions GOP ‘courage and leadership’
A day after his opponent conceded the Republican primary for Senate in Alaska, Joe Miller took on both President Obama and the Republican political establishment Wednesday, warning that the nation is headed towards socialism and facing a dire fiscal crisis.

CNN: Clinton returns to Arkansas for Lincoln, Causey
Former President Bill Clinton heads back to his home state of Arkansas next week to campaign for two Democratic candidates. Clinton is scheduled to appear at events for incumbent Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln and congressional candidate Chad Causey on September 8.

San Jose Mecury: Boxer, Fiorina clash in hard-hitting debate
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina clashed Wednesday night in a hard-hitting debate that highlighted their sharp ideological differences over a range of fiscal and social issues – from jobs and the environment to abortion and gun rights.

Arizona Republic: Brewer, Goddard spar over immigration, state budget
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and Democratic challenger Terry Goddard attacked each other’s views on the economy and illegal immigration during a televised debate Wednesday night that will likely be the gubernatorial candidates’ only face-to-face matchup before the election.

Charleston Post and Courier: Graham, Tea Party square off
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham began his meeting with the Charleston Tea Party by asking members of the news media to leave. “We had an understanding that this would be a private meeting,” Graham, R-S.C., told the crowd of more than 100 people Wednesday night in North Charleston City Hall. To the departing media, he said, “You can see me outside.”

Miami Herald: Candidates for Congress can’t escape Cuba factor
The campaign websites and stump speeches of congressional hopefuls David Rivera and Joe Garcia don’t mention the defining issue of their careers: Cuba.

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