March 21st, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, March 21, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: Michigan Ends Revote Bid
The effort to schedule a June revote for the Michigan Democratic primary collapsed yesterday, dealing a potentially serious blow to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid for the White House.

CNN: Bill Richardson To Endorse Obama
Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico plans to endorse Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic race for president Friday, an Obama campaign spokesperson told CNN.

NY Times: Obama Campaign Says Clinton Misrepresented Her Support for Nafta
Senator Barack Obama’s campaign on Thursday accused Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of purposely distorting her position on the North American Free Trade Agreement, pointing to newly released White House schedules that show Mrs. Clinton attended several meetings on the trade pact while first lady.

Washington Post: Court Disbars Cheney Ex-Aide
Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was barred yesterday from practicing law in the District of Columbia because of his convictions last year for perjury and obstructing justice in a White House leak investigation.

Washington Post: Clinton's Experience Is Debated
While Hillary Clinton's advertisements have boasted that she is best prepared for a 3 a.m. crisis phone call, her recently released first lady schedules contain no evidence that Clinton was at the table during major national security decisions. They do not list her as attending National Security Council meetings or joining briefings in the Situation Room. She did not have a national security clearance. And the documents make clear that at moments of major crisis, Clinton was often busy with her own agenda.

Washington Post: Rep. Reynolds Will Not Seek Reelection
Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.) announced yesterday that he will not seek another term in office, becoming the latest member of the former GOP leadership team to step down in the past two years.

NY Times: Obama Links Effects of War Costs to Fragility in the Economy
Senator Barack Obama on Thursday blamed the fragile economy on “careless and incompetent execution” of the Iraq war, imploring voters in this swing state to consider the trickle-down economic consequences of the war as they choose a successor to President Bush.

LA Times: Presidential Candidates Pull In $790 Million
Led by Barack Obama, Democratic and Republican presidential contenders - including the remaining candidates and those who dropped out - have raised $790 million since the campaign began 14 months ago, campaign finance reports filed Thursday show.

NY Times: McCain Turns His Attention to Raising Cash for Race
Mr. McCain, whose ability to raise money has risen and fallen with his political fortunes, has embarked on a nearly daily schedule of fund-raising since March 4. But, in February, as he racked up one primary win after another, his attention focused more on gaining delegates than dollars. The $11 million he raised that month was less than the $11.7 million raised in January. At the same time, his campaign maintained the same amount of bank debt as before, slightly under $5 million.

LA Times: Clinton, Obama Are Wall Street Darlings
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, who are running for president as economic populists, are benefiting handsomely from Wall Street donations, easily surpassing Republican John McCain in campaign contributions from the troubled financial services sector.

WSJ: Small Donors Take Big Role in Election
The recent flood of Internet donations that has helped pump 2008 presidential campaign coffers to highs also is accomplishing what Watergate-era campaign-finance regulations set out to do: dilute the influence of special interests and wealthy donors.

LA Times: Denver Short On Funds For Democratic National Convention
The long and winding fight for the Democratic presidential nomination is giving a fundraising migraine to the Mile High City. As the host city, Denver must raise $40.6 million by June 16 for the party's Aug. 25-28 convention. This week, the host committee missed its second fundraising deadline, and Mayor John W. Hickenlooper said he believed the drawn-out battle between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois had distracted potential donors.


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