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Steel wars and tariff troubles

Bush's decision to lift steel tariffs is politically sensitive because of support for the tariffs in key presidential battleground states.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.

• STEEL POLITICS: President Bush yesterday revoked the steep tariffs he had imposed on imported steel, averting a potential trade war with Europe and Asia but risking a political backlash in steel-producing states that could be key to his reelection.

The Washington Post: Bush rescinds tariffs on steelexternal link

• President Bush had little choice Thursday when he reversed himself and lifted the tariffs on imported steel that he imposed last year.

The New York Times: Backing down on steel tariffs, U.S. strengthens trade groupexternal link

• The Democratic candidates vying to unseat President Bush next year quickly seized on his decision Thursday to lift tariffs on steel imports, seeing it as an issue that will give them a political edge in key steel-producing states.

The Los Angeles Times: Democratic candidates see a political opening in decisionexternal link

• COMEBACK KERRY? John Kerry got some more bad news in New Hampshire yesterday: two polls show he continues to trail Howard Dean by wide margins and, now, Wesley Clark is battling him for second place. What can Kerry do to reverse this potentially fatal slide?

The Washington Post: 'Job One' for Kerry: Rebound in NHexternal link

• CAMPAIGN LUNACY? President Bush's aides are considering a new lunar exploration program and other unifying national goals, including a campaign to promote longevity or fight childhood illness or hunger, as they sift ideas for a fresh agenda for the final year of his term, administration officials said yesterday.

The Washington Post: Return to the moon may be on the agendaexternal link

• DJ AL: In the world of politics, Al Sharpton sees himself as a sort of D.J., working alone behind a console, grabbing old hits and spinning them into a contemporary beat. But while performers are busy mixing James Brown into their music, Sharpton is sampling a bit of Martin Luther King Jr. and a touch of P. Diddy. "The question," Mr. Sharpton asks, "is can I bring it to the pop charts?"

The New York Times: Sharpton is campaigning for presidency and influenceexternal link

• FOUR OF A KIND? The Club for Growth unveils a 30-second ad comparing Howard Dean to Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis and George McGovern. The group is spending $100,000 to run the spot in Iowa and New Hampshire.

The Manchester Union Leader: New political ad hammers Deanexternal link

• QUID PRO QUO? NO: Dean supporters raise more than $50,000 for Iowa congressman Leonard Boswell. But Boswell says he'll stay neutral in the '04 Democratic battle, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

The Des Moines Register: Dean's campaign pledges thousands to Boswellexternal link

• IN SICKNESS...: "Speaking by telephone from his hospital bed in Springfield, Illinois, where he awaits open-heart surgery, former Sen. Paul Simon of Illinois endorsed Howard Dean's presidential campaign Thursday."

The Chicago Tribune: Awaiting surgery, Simon endorses Deanexternal link

Compiled by Claire Brinberg


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