Wednesday August 8, 2012 Happening Now

President Obama heads for Colorado later today for campaign events. He'll make a big speech in the 3pm hour.

Governor Mitt Romney is campaigning today in Des Moines, IA before heading back East for fundraising. He kicks off that multi-state bus tour in just 3 days.

0925EDT -- Mitt Romney holds rally at the Central Campus High School's Auditorium, Des Moines, IA. LIVE

I'm hoping Mister Romney will speak to the growing controversy over welfare to work. Jim Angle is reporting the WH wants to issue waivers to reduce the work requirements in the welfare reform law passed by fmr President Bill Clinton. Both Mister Clinton and President Obama are attacking the reports as inaccurate. There's a new ad on the topic from the Obama campaign, and Bill Clinton issued a statement on it. Let's make sure we get both sides.

New polling by ABC News/Washington Post suggests neither President Obama nor Gov Romney has had much movement. President Obama holds a slight edge.

New battleground polls by Quinnipiac of CO, VA and WI show some interesting results.. including Mister Romney leading in Colorado.. and Pres Obama ahead in VA and WI. Good stuff for Karl Rove.

Rep Todd Akin won a big GOP primary last night in Missouri. He'll face Senator Claire McCaskill who polls show is in deep trouble in November.

Rick Leventhal is covering the latest developments in the Sikh Temple shooting live from Oak Creek, WI.

Adam Housley has a follow-up to the Loughner guilty plea yesterday evening. Hopefully after today, we don't have to hear any more about the madman.

New York Times today has a fascinating look at the growing power of the Chinese military. It comes along with an expansion of Chinese naval capabilities and a growing aggressiveness in territorial disputes.

Clint Henderson is the Executive Producer for “Happening Now” and an avid traveler. Follow his adventures on Twitter, ClintPHenderson, and Instagram, clintpage1.