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Change is in the airwaves for Clinton and Obama

Continuing her fall campaign push, Hillary Clinton will air her first TV ad in New Hampshire starting today.

The 30-second spot uses footage from Sunday rallies in Concord and Portsmouth to reinforce Clinton's argument that she has the experience and record to bring the change that Democratic voters want on healthcare, the war in Iraq, and other issues.

"If we're ready for change, she's ready to lead," the narrator says at the end of the ad, titled "Change," which will also air in Iowa.

Illinois Senator Barack Obama is countering with a new ad, not-so-coincidentally called "Change." It will run in Iowa and touts his work on ethics reforms in Illinois and requiring more transparency in the federal government.

"We are going to take back our government; we are going to make a change," says Obama, who has been sparring with Clinton over who can deliver change.

FOON RHEE AND SCOTT HELMAN

Fund-raiser back in trouble
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Disgraced Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu was a wanted man again after he didn't show up for court yesterday and a judge issued a new warrant for his arrest.

Hsu, whose criminal past has embarrassed the campaigns of presidential candidates including Hillary Clinton, was scheduled to ask a judge to cut in half the $2 million bail he posted last week when he turned himself in after spending 15 years on the lam from a felony theft conviction.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Edwards lobbies Congress
John Edwards said yesterday that Congress, instead of arguing with the White House over progress benchmarks in Iraq, should set troop withdrawals in war funding bills.

"It's time for the Congress to stand its ground," he said during a conference call with reporters. "If there's no timetable, there should be no funding." The Democratic presidential contender is calling for the immediate withdrawal of 40,000 to 50,000 US troops and the redeployment of the rest over about nine months.

FOON RHEE

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