March 17th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, March 17, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: White Male Vote Especially Critical
In the fierce campaign between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, a battle dominated by questions of race and gender, white men have emerged as perhaps the single critical swing constituency.

Boston Globe: Many Voting For Clinton To Boost GOP
For a party that loves to hate the Clintons, Republican voters have cast an awful lot of ballots lately for Senator Hillary Clinton: About 100,000 GOP loyalists voted for her in Ohio, 119,000 in Texas, and about 38,000 in Mississippi, exit polls show. A sudden change of heart? Hardly.

Washington Post: McCain Arrives in Iraq, Plans to Meet Maliki
Sen. John McCain visited Iraq on Sunday as part of a congressional delegation on an international tour, a chance for the likely Republican presidential nominee to emphasize his support of the U.S. military effort in Iraq and his foreign policy experience.

AP: Iran Big Focus Of Cheney's Mideast Trip
High gasoline prices and prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal headline Vice President Dick Cheney's trip to the Mideast, but fears about Iran's rising influence will be a key topic of his private talks at each stop.

NY Times: As Campaign Drags On, Aides Put Lives on Hold
There is the abandoned $1,000-a-month temporary apartment in Des Moines, littered with dirty T-shirts and a deflated air mattress. The campaign aide whose 105-degree fever sent her to the hospital. The neglected fiancée in New York who handed down an ultimatum: Take a weekend off — or else. The campaign of 2008 has sustained more than a few casualties.

NY Times: Behind Closed Doors, Democrats Seek Answers
The public phase of the Democratic presidential race will now pause, briefly, for a back-to-the-future experiment in back-room deal-making. It’s an unusual turn for the self-styled party of the people, which four decades ago began to throw open the doors of its nomination process to rank-and-file voters. But Democrats have never faced a problem quite like the one that Michigan and Florida present for the race between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

WSJ: Obama Under Fire As Personal Ties Stir Controversy
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is entering a new phase of scrutiny as he grapples with the fallout from statements by his longtime spiritual adviser and the indictment of a former political patron.

NY Times: Pastor Defends His Predecessor at Obama’s Chicago Church
The new pastor of Senator Barack Obama’s longtime church in Chicago took it upon himself to issue a statement Sunday to defend the record of his predecessor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose incendiary sermons have been played on cable television and the Internet in recent days.

WSJ: Candidates Court Catholics
Sen. Hillary Clinton often evokes her Methodist faith on the campaign trail. But it is Catholics who make up one of her most reliable groups of supporters and could help her defeat Sen. Barack Obama in the Pennsylvania primary.


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