- Newsmaker: Sharon Dissolves Knesset, Calls for Early Election
Israel-s Ariel Sharon has called for elections on January 28, in the midst of power struggles in both the Likud and the Labor Parties. Joel Greenberg, who reports from Jerusalem for the New York Times, says that internal party politics and a shaky economy left the Prime Minister no other alternative than to call the early elections, which will pit him against former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Reporter-s Notebook: McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Law Takes Effect
In preparation for the McCain-Feingold -soft money- ban, which takes effect tomorrow, both parties have raised more than three times as much as they did before the last midterm election, and are setting up new mechanisms well into the future, too. Steve Weiss, communications director for the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political contributions, considers the challenge posed by campaign finance reform.
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