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MATT MARTINEZ: Thank you very much, Mike. The House has approved a bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan into next year. It includes 162 billion dollars, plus a number of add-ons. It goes to the Senate now. The president favors the legislation.
Republican presidential hopeful, John McCain, says he's disappointed that his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, has decided to opt out of public financing for his campaign. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
SCOTT HORSLEY: John McCain is accusing Barack Obama of going back on his word. At a town-hall meeting in Minnesota, McCain read from a questionnaire in which Obama said last year he would accept public financing for the general election, and the spending limits that come with it, provided his Republican opponent did the same. McCain, who does plan to take public financing, says Obama is the first presidential candidate since Watergate to turn it down.
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Senator JOHN MCCAIN (Republican, Arizona; 2008 Presumptive Presidential Nominee): Obviously I'm very disappointed, because whenever you go back on your word to the American people, it erodes the trust that they have in all of us.
HORSLEY: Obama has already raised more than two and a half times as much money as McCain, much of it from small donors. He says that reflects his campaign's grassroots values.
MARTINEZ: NPR's Scott Horsley reporting. Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan is on the Hill today. He's talking to the House Judicial Committee about his book, but unlike his appearances on "The Today Show" and cable news outlets, he'll be under oath. The committee is expected to focus on Vice President Cheney's role in the Valerie Plame/CIA leak case.
The Mississippi River will likely crest north of St. Louis, Missouri, today. Emergency officials that don't expect levees to hold. The high waters are expected to put pressure on a series of inland barriers protecting the towns of Winfield and Elsberry.
Iran's state radio says the country's president has accused the U.S. and its allies of plotting to assassinate him. He claims the attempt came during his visit to neighboring Iraq in March. Roxanna Saberi reports from Tehran.
ROXANNA SABERI: The radio quoted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying that based on what he called reliable intelligence, our enemies had plans to kidnap and kill your servant. He was referring to himself. Ahmadinejad said as a result, he and his team eventually made last-minute changes to their schedule. The president did not identify the U.S. by name, but his use of the term "enemies" usually refers to Washington. During the first visit by an Iranian leader to Iraq since the two countries fought an eight-year war in the 1980s, Ahmadinejad cancelled a scheduled visit to two holy cities in southern Iraq. At the time, the presidential office said that part of the trip was cancelled for security reasons.
MARTINEZ: Roxanna Saberi reporting from Tehran. That's the news for new. It's online all the time at npr.org.
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