March 10th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, March 10, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

WSJ: Obama Favored Over Clinton in Mississippi
Sen. Barack Obama is favored to win tomorrow's Mississippi primary, where more than one third of the state's electorate is African-American. The primary is also open to Republicans and independents, who have favored Sen. Obama but who polls show may favor Sen. Clinton in the state.

USA Today: Mississippi Relishes Chance To Play Part In Nomination
Mississippi gets a rare turn in the presidential campaign spotlight Tuesday, with a primary that — for Democrats anyway — has a national impact seldom seen in the Magnolia State.

NY Sun: Lawsuit Eyed by Sharpton Over Florida
Laying the groundwork for a court battle that could divide the Democratic Party, the Reverend Al Sharpton is threatening to sue the Democratic National Committee if it counts Florida's primary results in the official presidential delegates tally.

NY Times: McCain Uses Breathing Room to Focus on Coffers
Sewing up the Republican presidential nomination while the Democratic candidates continue to battle each other has given Senator John McCain a valuable commodity: time he can use to unite a fractured Republican Party, ramp up his lackluster fund-raising and transform his shoestring primary operation into a general election machine.

Washington Post: Bush Endorses McCain: Cue Attack Ad
It took the Democrats all of about a minute and a half to turn President Bush's endorsement of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) last week into an attack ad. The Democratic National Committee posted a 49-second online video that shows Bush playfully tap-dancing for reporters as he waited for McCain to arrive at the White House, then flashes some pointed captions

Washington Post: Obama Accuses Clinton of Deception
Eager to shift the narrative after a difficult week, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign sharply criticized the tactics of his rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, charging her campaign with attempting "to deceive the American people just so that they can win this election."

AP: Money, Spotlight Top McCain's Agenda
John McCain sees one downside to having already clinched the Republican presidential nomination: There's less attention focused on him than on the volatile contest between Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

Washington Post: While McCain Sees Pork, Scientists See Success
In Sen. John McCain's stump speech, he rails against the federal government, declaring with horror and astonishment that three million dollars was spent to study grizzly bear DNA. But field biologist Katherine Kendall, mastermind of the Northern Divide Grizzly Bear Project, argues it was a scientific and logistical triumph.

USA Today: Super Delegates' Choice May Hinge On Electability
Barack Obama says he's won more states, Hillary Rodham Clinton says she's won bigger states, and both say their primary-season performance makes them the more electable Democratic presidential nominee.  The relative strength of their arguments could influence decisions made by hundreds of super delegates, the party leaders and elected officials likely to determine who tops the Democratic ticket.

NY Times: Democrats Down the Ticket Worry About an Impasse
Suddenly the Democratic presidential race is teetering on the edge — not just between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, but between boost or burden for the party’s hopes in the fall.

WSJ: Obama Pastors' Sermons May Violate Tax Laws
Barack Obama's pastor has been promoting him - and criticizing Hillary Clinton - from the pulpit. Sermons promoting the church's famous parishioner may run afoul of federal tax law, which says churches can endanger their tax-exempt status by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.

Washington Times: Family Ties Offer Boost To Clinton In Pennsylvania
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton likes to call any outpost of support "Clinton country," but in Pennsylvania — where she's got a long family history and strong political ties — the campaign boast actually rings true.

Washington Times: Primary Infighting Threatens To Divide Democratic Party
The Democrats once again are fighting over their presidential nominating procedures — from Florida and Michigan to superdelegates — in an escalating war that some leaders say threatens to divide the party and has prompted calls for rule changes.

NY Times: Sniping by Her Aides Hurt Clinton’s Image as Manager
Even as Mrs. Clinton revived her fortunes last week with victories in Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas, the questions lingered about how she managed her campaign, with the internal sniping and second-guessing undermining her image as a steady-at-the-wheel chief surrounded by a phalanx of loyal and efficient aides.

NY Sun: Catholic Voters Viewed as Key in Pennsylvania
One key to Senator Obama's chances of defeating Senator Clinton in the crucial Pennsylvania primary next month will be his courtship of Catholic voters, a sizable bloc that has loyally supported the former first lady throughout the primary season.


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