Barack Obama, John Edwards and others have harshly criticized Clinton for her support last month of a Senate resolution urging the administration to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. They argue that her vote only serves to provide the administration a rationale for taking military action against Iran. The new sanctions will indeed designate the military force as a profilerator of weapons of mass destruction, reports the Washington Post.
The newly-announced sanctions will also bring a renewed focus on the Republican candidates, particularly Rudy Giuliani. As we pointed out earlier this week, Giuliani's advisors include some of the most hawkish when it comes to Iran, including Norman Podhoretz, who has openly called for military strikes against Iran. While Republicans have been adamant about the need to deny Iran a nuclear weapon, they are also quick to say it is the last option. "The use of the military option against Iran would be very dangerous, and it should only be taken if every other possibility is exhausted," said Giuliani.
Thompson's Immigration Push: Fred Thompson will discuss immigration today, an issue that remains potent for many Republican primary voters. It's also one which has exposed most of the top-tier candidates to some extent. John McCain infuriated a large segment of his own party with his high-profile support for an immigration reform bill which would have allowed many illegal immigrants an eventual path toward citizenship. Rudy Giuliani has been criticized for his policies as mayor of New York City. Both he and Romney have been criticized for presiding over "sanctuary" cities and states.
It's fertile ground for Thompson, whose proposal will include a policy to take federal funds from cities which do not report illegal immigrants and will oppose any kind of amnesty for the millions of immigrants already in the United States. The plan will also call for stricter laws for employers to verify the status of those they hire and better methods to keep track of those coming in and out of the country. The Boston Globe has a preview.
Clinton Keeps Eye On Women: Clinton yesterday said that the government should step in to help working mother get more time off, partly through an expansion of the family medical leave act. Clinton noted that high-income workers typically have more flexibility for women to take time off after having children or to care for family members, something that lower-income workers don't have. "Even if it's just like one day a week, or a half a day, you get some time to be able to better manage all of these new
Responsibilities," she said. Clinton said women "want to have a chance to have a family if that's their choice and they want to be able to continue working and make a contribution to the family income as well as to their own satisfaction. I think we make it about as hard as we possibly can for young women."
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*CORRECTION: CBS News initially incorrectly identified Dr. John Willke, founder of the National Right to Life Committee, as having retracted his endorsement of Romney. He has not. We regret the error.