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"Constitutional Crisis"

Sounding the alarm: California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley tells the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a delay in the recall would cause a
Sounding the alarm: California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley tells the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a delay in the recall would cause a "constitutional crisis."

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.

California recall

• 'Constitutional crisis': California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley yesterday told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals -- which has put the October 7 recall on hold -- that a delay would cause a "constitutional crisis." A delayed recall, Shelley argued, would violate the state's constitutional requirement that a vote take place no longer than 80 days after enough signatures have been collected, and wreak havoc for the 2 million voters whose absentee ballots are already in the mail.

The Sacramento Bee: Recall proponents ask appeals court to reinstate October 7 electionexternal link

• The sound of one person debating: At the Schwarzenegger-less debate, Democrat Cruz Bustamante suggested to the other participants -- Tom McClintock, Arianna Huffington and Green Peter Camejo -- that they skip next week's forum in Sacramento that Schwarzenegger will attend. Bustamante said the candidates should "leave Arnold in there with his movie-script answers and have the rest of us go outside" and hold a debate with spontaneous give-and-take.

The Los Angeles Times: Candidates gang up on absent Schwarzeneggerexternal link

• Stern weighs in: Arnold Schwarzenegger skipped another debate among the California recall candidates yesterday to accept an on-air endorsement from radio shock jock Howard Stern and to take questions on CNN from Larry King. (Transcript) Conservatives are unhappy that Schwarzenegger appeared on Stern's frequently raunchy talk show while the San Francisco Chronicle complains that the interview with Larry King "broke no new ground," the GOP bodybuilder being "pressed for few details."

The San Francisco Chronicle: Credibility questioned as actor sticks to talk showsexternal link

• You wouldn't like me when I'm angry: The recall is good news for Democrats nationally, fueling liberal rage and firing up Democratic activists going into the presidential nominating contest.

The San Jose Mercury News: Recall energizes Dems nationallyexternal link

• Through thick and thin: Democratic White House hopeful John Kerry was with the embattled Gray Davis yesterday at a Los Angeles veterans' center, where he said that despite his opposition to the recall, his 30-year friendship with Schwarzenegger has endured.

The Boston Globe: Schwarzenegger still a friend, says Kerryexternal link

White House 2004

• And then there were 10: In his Little Rock announcement speech yesterday, retired Gen. Wesley Clark was short on specifics but long on challenges to President Bush on everything from the economy to national security and the war in Iraq.

The Arkansas News Bureau: Clark makes it official, running for presidentexternal link

• Collateral damage: Clark is looking for his base -- and until he finds it, nearly all his rivals for the Democratic nomination have ground to lose.

The Washington Post: For general's rivals, varying cause to worryexternal link

• Say it ain't so, Joe: Lieberman is actually the one with the most to lose from Clark's candidacy, according to the Hartford Courant. The paper reports that Lieberman's "signature line" -- that he can match Bush on defense matters and beat him on social issues -- doesn't ring so loudly with Clark in the race.

Hartford Courant: Clark hurts Lieberman bidexternal link

• The sofa pulls out into a bed: Clark told the Des Moines Register in an interview that he wants to sit in the living rooms of as many Iowans as possible, but he declined to say whether he plans to hire campaign staffers in the state.

The Des Moines Register: Clark makes his run official, stays mum on Iowa strategyexternal link

• It's the president, stupid: In campaign stops in New Hampshire yesterday, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and North Carolina Sen. John Edwards focused their rhetorical barbs at President Bush. Edwards called Clark a "a nice man" and Dean focused on civil liberties.

The Manchester Union Leader: Edwards, Dean focus criticism on Bush, GOPexternal link

Compiled by Mark H. Rodeffer, CNN political researcher.

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