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RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Thanks, Alison. Indeed, all eyes will be on Ohio tonight, and Columbus, Ohio, to be precise. That's where the two Democratic contenders will debate, their last one-on-one face-off before the next batch of Democratic primary contests March 4th in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont. Here's NPR's Mara Liasson.

MARA LIASSON, reporting:

Tonight's debate, sponsored by MSNBC, gives Hillary Clinton one last chance to stop Barack Obama's momentum. Even her husband, Bill Clinton, has said she must win both the big primaries next week, Ohio and Texas, in order to stay in the race for the Democratic nomination. And although she's ahead in the polls in both states, Obama has been making inroads with key voting groups Clinton used to own: less-affluent white Democrats, Hispanics and union members.

Tonight, Clinton might repeat some of the attacks she made in a foreign policy speech yesterday, when she went after Obama in the area her campaign considers his greatest weakness. Without mentioning his name, she suggested he was not ready to be commander in chief because his approach to foreign policy was reckless and naive.

MARTIN: That's NPR's Mara Liasson reporting. And to correct myself earlier, the debate tonight is in Cleveland, not Columbus, Ohio.

And the Iraq War will no doubt come up tonight in that debate. Meanwhile today though, the full senate will take up the war for the first time in more than two months. Votes are planned there on two war-related amendments sponsored by Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold. More from NPR's David Welna now.

DAVID WELNA, reporting:

For more than two months, there's been no real senate debate on the Iraq War, and as the U.S. death toll there nears 4,000, Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold says it's time to take another look at the war. Feingold and majority leader Harry Reid are co-sponsoring a bill cutting off most funding for the Iraq War 120 days after enactment. Similar measures they offered four times last year were all defeated. The same fate likely awaits this bill.

Another bill sponsored by the same two Democrats is also up for a vote. It would require that President Bush send Congress a report within 60 days, outlining the United States' global strategy to defeat al-Qaida and its affiliates. With the Iraq War reaching its fifth anniversary next month, Feingold says the real threat to the U.S. is not in Iraq, but rather in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.

MARTIN: NPR's David Welna reporting. Troubles continue to mount for baseball star pitcher Roger Clemens. According to the New York Times, a congressional committee is starting a criminal investigation into whether Clemens committed perjury during his testimony earlier this month about performance-enhancing drug use.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a draft letter to the U.S. Justice Department asking for a probe. During a February 13 hearing, personal trainer Brian McNamee repeated allegations that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, allegations that Clemens repeatedly has denied.

Visa announced yesterday it will move forward with what would be the largest initial public stock offering in U.S. history. The IPO is expected to raise up to nearly $19 billion. We'll get more on that story coming up.

Both Visa and MasterCard have done well in the past few years, as consumers increasingly opt for plastic in the wake of the credit crunch. According to a new public policy institute study by Demos, consumers have racked up more than one trillion dollars in purchases and cash advances on credit cards in just the last year. The overall credit card debt grew up by 315 percent from 1989 to 2006.

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