February 14th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, February 14, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Times: McCain Refuses To Pander
John McCain's campaign manager yesterday said the candidate will not pander for conservative support, even as his surrogates have made a second overture to see why chief competitor Mike Huckabee has not dropped out of the Republican presidential race.

Dallas Morning News: Clinton Campaign Says Texas Is One Big Reason The Race Isn't Over
Hillary Rodham Clinton sharpened the contrast she's drawing with Barack Obama as she campaigned Wednesday in South Texas, while Mr. Obama's campaign manager said she was too far behind for it to matter.

Washington Post: Obama's Economic Plan Is A Pitch to the Working Class
Sen. Barack Obama offered a detailed prescription for the ailing U.S. economy Wednesday, answering skeptics who contend he has not matched his inspirational talk with a mastery of policy and targeting voters in crucial primaries in Wisconsin, Ohio and Texas.

WSJ: Democrats' Complex Delegate Rules Cloud Issue of Who Leads
The Democratic party's delegate-allocation process is contributing to confusion over a basic aspect of the race: identifying a front-runner.

Washington Post: Clinton Scrambles to Try to Reverse Obama's Momentum
After Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's big losses in Tuesday's Potomac Primary, Democratic strategists say she must fix her message and strategy if she hopes to defeat Obama in Ohio and Texas on March 4.

NY Times: Michelle Obama Takes to the Trail
Outspoken, strong-willed, funny, gutsy and sometimes sarcastic, Michelle Obama is playing a pivotal role in her husband’s campaign as it builds on a series of successes, including a sweep on Tuesday of contests in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Washington Post: Candidates' Earmarks Worth Millions
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure more than $340 million worth of home-state projects in last year's spending bills, placing her among the top 10 Senate recipients of what are commonly known as earmarks, according to a new study by a nonpartisan budget watchdog group.

WSJ: Obama Economic Plan Aimed at Those Under Strain
Looking to establish his position as the Democratic presidential front-runner, Sen. Barack Obama released an economic plan aimed at Americans who are worried about their jobs, disappointed in their wages, troubled by their medical bills and panicked by the falling values of their homes.

Washington Post: House GOP Leadership Endorses McCain
A day after winning the Potomac Primary, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) was handed another victory yesterday when he was unexpectedly endorsed by the entire House Republican leadership.

NY Times: Clinton and McCain Jab at Obama, Who Offers Details of His Jobs Program
As Senators John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Senator Barack Obama of using rhetoric that lacks specifics or fails to yield results, Mr. Obama countered on Wednesday by offering a detailed plan to spend $210 billion to create jobs in construction and environmentally friendly fields.

WSJ: Clinton Team Seeks to Calm Turmoil
Hillary Clinton is getting tougher on Obama and spreading a more populist message as her new manager seeks to reshape a campaign that lost eight primaries in a week.

NY Times: McCain and Obama Take Their Senatorial Rivalry Into the Presidential Race
Their tempest began well before their bids for a presidential nomination. When Senator John McCain claimed victory for a round of primaries on Tuesday, it was little surprise that he skipped over criticism of Senator Barack Obama’s policies. There will be plenty of time for that.

Washington Post: Obama Sailed Behind Galvanized Voters and Broadened Support
Sen. Barack Obama's surprising 28-point win in Tuesday's Virginia primary, in which he piled up a larger share of the votes than in Maryland, showed his campaign's success in turning out voters and broadening his formidable coalition of supporters in the week since Super Tuesday.


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