March 20th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

NY Times: Clinton Facing Narrower Path to Nomination
Winning the Democratic presidential nomination has seemed something of a long shot for Hillary Rodham Clinton since February, but that shot now seems to have grown a little longer.

LA Times: Obama Says Iraq War Has Hurt U.S. Security
Presidential hopeful Barack Obama traveled Wednesday to a community college near Ft. Bragg, home of the 82nd Airborne Division and the Army Special Operations Command, to argue that the Iraq war had opened a "security gap" for the United States.

Washington Times: Voters, McCain Differ On Quick Economic Fix
As the economy sours, voters are increasingly demanding immediate government relief — a boost for Democrats who propose just that sort of quick fix, but a problem for Republican Sen. John McCain, whose focus has been on longer-term solutions such as tax and spending cuts and free trade.

Washington Post: Clinton Presses Obama on Efforts For Revotes in Florida and Michigan
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) shifted her schedule to make a last-minute visit in Detroit, Michigan Wednesday, demanding that the state's Democratic Party hold another primary vote or count the results of the earlier disqualified balloting, and she challenged Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to live up to his claim that he cares about making sure people's votes count.

Washington Post: In Hillary Clinton's Datebook, A Shift
The release of 11,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's daily schedules as first lady yesterday opened a window into the shifting patterns of her eight years in the White House and provided fresh fodder for the debate over the scope of her experience. And yet they give little sense of her role in some of the most consequential moments of her husband's presidency, from the use of military force to the scandal that almost cost him his job.

USA Today: Revote Donors Linked To Clinton
Ten wealthy Democrats have offered to pay for a new presidential primary in Michigan — all with ties to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who showed up in the state Wednesday seeking a revote.

NY Times: Groups Respond to Obama’s Call for National Discussion About Race
The speech Senator Barack Obama delivered Tuesday morning has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on YouTube and is being widely e-mailed. While commentators and politicians debated its political success Wednesday, some around the country were responding to Mr. Obama’s call for a national conversation about race.

WSJ: Superdelegates Wait and See
Amid all the attention to Barack Obama's race-relations speech this week, one group in particular is monitoring the fallout for the senator from his longtime pastor's inflammatory sermons: the uncommitted superdelegates who could decide the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.

USA Today: Obama Works To Preserve, Expand Bid
Wednesday was the second day in a row that Democrat Barack Obama stood at a lectern surrounded by American flags and delivered a serious speech about a pressing issue. The subliminal message: "Picture this man as your commander in chief." As a controversy over his former pastor threatened his status as front-runner in the Democratic nomination race, Obama needed to do something. The upshot was ceremonial settings and three speeches in a week.

NY Times: Obama Works to Shift Campaign Back to Domestic Issues
Senator Barack Obama on Wednesday tried to steer his campaign from a focus on race that had threatened to envelop his candidacy and back to the economy, war and a host of other concerns.


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