If Democrats regain their majority, Republicans warn about high taxes, weak defense and social liberalism. But the Democrats have recruited candidates who promise to take their party back to the right. Would conservative newcomers put liberal veterans in check? Would grassroots liberals have to be satisfied with the lesser of two evils? Plus, thousands of weapons are unaccounted for in Iraq, and an update on local violence and national politics in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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The picturesque town center of Oaxaca, Mexico has been occupied by angry demonstrators. The tourist sector has lost more than $400 million and a million school children have lost more than 3 months of classes. Friday--after a 5 month standoff and at least 6 killings--federal police were sent in to restore order. What does it all have to do with national politics?
John Lyons, Correspondent, Wall Street Journal
A county sheriff in Indiana, a retired Army colonel in Kentucky, a former pro quarterback and evangelical Christian in North Carolina: they're pro-business and opposed to abortion, gay marriage and gun control--and they're all running as Democrats in next week's elections for Congress. Potential Speaker Nancy Pelosi promises President Bush would be safe from impeachment, but could conservative newcomers put liberal veterans in check if the Democrats took back the House? Where would that leave the base of the party that's been out of power on Capitol Hill for the past 12 years?
Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal (@hookjan)
Jim Cooper, Congressman (D-TN)
Henry Waxman, Waxman Strategies (@WaxmanClimate)
Jonathan Collegio, American Crossroads
Bob Tuke, Communications Director for the Tennessee Democratic Party
Jane Hamsher, Founder-Editor of FireDogLake.com
One hundred American service people have now died in Iraq this October, which was already the fourth worst month for US casualties since the invasion. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley is in Baghdad for talks with President al-Maliki. Meantime, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction says hundreds of thousands of weapons are unaccounted for.
James Glanz, New York Times
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