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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, April 7, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: The Next Campaign Stop: Iraq Hearings
When Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker travel to Capitol Hill tomorrow, they might be the ones before the microphones, but the cameras will be trained on three of their inquisitors: Sens. John McCain, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Mobilizing Voters Key To Pa. Primary
The remarkable thing about the last three-plus weeks in the Democratic presidential race is how much has happened – and how little impact any of it has had on the direction of the contest.

LA Times: The Presidential Race Might Come Down To Issues - Or Not
Voters want government to do more to fix the economy. They also want U.S. troops out of Iraq. The presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, sides with a distinct minority on both counts. But on less tangible questions of leadership, strength and trustworthiness, polls show McCain beating Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, the Democratic candidates.

WSJ: Obama May Not Have Fully Contained Damage From Ex-Pastor
Sen. Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech on race relations last month seemed to put the controversial remarks of his former pastor behind him. But three weeks later, there is evidence of lingering damage.

NY Times: In Superdelegate Count, Tough Math for Clinton
The hill that Hillary Rodham Clinton must climb to beat Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination will grow a little steeper on Monday, as it has most days lately.

USA Today: States See Leap In Voter Registration
Nominating a Democratic presidential candidate has become a marathon, but primary voters are going the distance: Voter registration is surging in six of the eight states with upcoming Democratic primaries — a sign that turnout could continue to break records.

WSJ: McCain, in Populist Turn, Slams Executives' Pay
The likely Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, displayed a strong populist streak over the housing crisis this weekend, blasting what he called the "outrageous" and "unconscionable" compensation of Bear Stearns and Countrywide executives and their "co-conspirators."

Washington Post: Most of Clintons' Charitable Donations Went to Family Foundation
After earning more than $109 million over eight years, the Clintons took tax write-offs for $10.2 million in charitable contributions. In most of those years, that money was donated to the Clinton Family Foundation, and a portion was distributed to charitable causes.

Washington Times: Self-Effacing McCain Gets Frank With Voters
The striking thing about Sen. John McCain's series of speeches this week was how often he apologized for or explained youthful indiscretions, his temper or his bad congressional votes.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: In Primary, It's Not Easy Being Green
There's been a lot of discussion as this primary season unwinds about which Democratic presidential candidate has more red state appeal or more blue state appeal, but little chatter about their very real "green" credentials.

NY Times: Crossing Paths, Candidates Face the Same Audiences
Because the last few primary states matter much more than anyone could have anticipated when the Democratic presidential race began many months ago, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama spent the weekend chasing each other across the vast northern expanses of the Great Plains and the Rockies. So it was instructive to see how each spoke when addressing the same audiences at party conventions on Friday evening in Grand Forks, N.D., and on Saturday night in Butte, Mont.


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