Decisions Delayed


On Wednesday, Petraeus and Crocker hold a press conference followed by network interviews. (Barack Obama, who visits Clinton, Iowa, on Wednesday, is planning to give a "major response" to the Petraeus report that day, per the Quad City Times).

On Thursday, President Bush is expected to address the nation on Iraq.

On Friday, the White House will likely send its Iraq report to the Hill. (ABC News' Jonathan Karl reminds us that there is no "Petraeus report," just his testimony before Congress. The "report" is the White House's assessment of what has been done -- and not done -- to meet the 18 benchmarks defined in the war funding bill passed earlier this year.  That benchmark report is due on Saturday, Sept. 15, but White House officials say it will likely be sent a day earlier).

Also today: Creating yet another Democratic pick-up opportunity, Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel announced at the Omaha Press Club this morning that he will not seek a third term in the United States Senate. Among those Democrats looking at the race are New School President Bob Kerrey, the former Nebraska governor and senator who ran for president in 1992.

Univision debate: At Sunday's Univision debate, Bill Richardson sought to distinguish himself from his Democratic rivals by criticizing their support for a border fence between the U.S. and Mexico.

"None of the 9/11 terrorists entered the U.S. through the Mexican border," said Univision's Maria Elena Salinas. "Why bother to build a wall in the name of national security on the Mexican border, and not on the border with Canada?"

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Chris Dodd all defended their votes in favor of building the wall, saying they support comprehensive immigration reform. 

But Bill Richardson, the only Latino on the stage, called the wall a "horrendous example of Washington misguided policy," per ABC News' Eloise Harper and Jonathan Greenberger.

The Miami Herald called the forum a "cost-free" opportunity for Richardson to telegraph to Hispanic viewers that he is "one of them" even though his name "doesn't give away his Mexican background."

In other news: The steady drip of foreclosure stories continued over the weekend for John Edwards. The State's Aaron Gould Sheinin reported Sunday that a subprime lender with ties to Edwards has "moved to foreclose on more than 130 homes in South Carolina since the S.C. native went to work for its parent company."

"Edwards' ties to the company are disquieting to some supporters of the North Carolinian. On the campaign trail, Edwards has insisted he is the champion of lower-income families."

"I hate to hear that," Sue Berkowitz, an Edwards supporter, said of his relationship to Green Tree. "I just hate to hear that.

"They're horrible, disgusting, slimy," Berkowitz said of Green Tree, which says it is the nation's largest lender for manufactured housing purchases. Over to you Team Edwards.

Hillary Clinton finds herself on the cover of Newsweek under a "What Kind of Decider Would She Be?" header.

While Bill Clinton hedged on the Gulf War during his 1992 race (''I guess I would have voted with the majority if it was a close vote. But I agree with the arguments the minority made"), Sen. Clinton tells Newsweek's Jonathan Darman: "I supported the first gulf war, not that anybody really cared about my opinion."

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