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Political Panorama: Wednesday

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Opportunity Knocks: Helena Andrews of The Politico says that “Hollywood has nothing on Capitol Hill” when it comes to demanding and downright mean bosses. Among those cited are Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.)and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). Of the latter, Andrews reports, “One former high-placed aide to another senator described Mikulski as growling ‘on a good day.'” There are a few horror stories in there, but we’ve heard worse here…

Latest Polling: Barack Obama has closed in on Hillary Clinton, who still leads in a Washington Post-ABC News Poll. He;s picked up support among African American voters. Rudy Giuliani is surging against John McCain, holding a 2 to 1 advantage. This early, polls are very tricky, but donors and campaigns are surely paying attention to them.

Sutherland Speech: The U.S. Army has invited “24” star Kiefer Sutherland to speak to cadets about why it is wrong to torture prisoners. Several news sources say that he has accepted. The series came under fire from Brig. Gen. Patrick Finnegan, who visited the set recently to try to urge the show’s makers to cut down on torture scenes because he was concerned it was influencing new recruits. The show’s depiction of torture was a recent subject of a New Yorker profile, but Sutherland declined to be interviewed.

Bono and Barack: Rock star Bono visited rock star candidate Barack Obama at the Senator’s Capitol Hill office on Tuesday, where they chatted for about a half hour about AIDS and global poverty. Bono is promoting a non-profit organization called ONE to combat disease and hunger in impoverished areas of the world. ABC News’s Mark Halperin reports that Bono is trying to meet with all of the candidates, in his own kind of primary.

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