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(CNN) – Tom Steyer is a hedge fund billionaire bursting onto the political scene on behalf of environmental causes.
"There is a guy right here whose name is Tom Steyer. S-T-E-Y-E-R," said Sen. Jim Inhoke, R-Oklahoma, brandishing a Politico article at a recent Senate hearing on environmental protection. "He is a multi-billionaire. He is going to put $100 million into the legislative process to try to resurrect global warming as an issue."
"I don't know Tom Steyer from a bar of soap," said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, at the same hearing.
Steyer is focusing on at least seven states that could decide which party controls the Senate, and key statehouses after November.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he's prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to "assess how we can best train, advise and support Iraqi security forces."
Obama added that "American forces will not be returning to combat" but will help Iraqis "take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region and American interests as well."