April 8th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, April 8, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

NY Times: With War in Senate Spotlight, Presidential Campaigns Converge in Washington
Three presidential candidates and two very different views of Iraq will be on full display on Tuesday as Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Baghdad, testifies before the Senate in a marathon session of war and White House ambitions.

Washington Post: Aide's New Role Looks to Some Like the Old One
The question for some staff members of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign yesterday was why it had taken her so long to remove Mark J. Penn as its chief strategist.

WSJ: Next Hot Topic In U.S. Campaign: The Iran Question
Iran might end up sharing center stage when Gen. David Petraeus and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, testify Tuesday before Senate panels featuring the three presidential candidates.

NY Times: Obama’s Young Backers Twist Parents’ Arms
As the race for the Democratic presidential nomination continues, youthful volunteers for each candidate have been campaigning with bright-eyed brio, not only door-to-door but also at home. But the young supporters of Mr. Obama, who has captured a majority of under-30 primary voters, seem to be leading in the pestering sweepstakes. They send their parents the latest Obama YouTube videos, blog exhortations and “Tell Your Mama/Vote for Obama!” bumper stickers.

NY Times: Obama Gets Help in Pennsylvania
Senator Barack Obama is receiving significant help in Pennsylvania from the Service Employees International Union and an affiliated health care local, pumping $976,000 into the state in door-to-door canvassing for him.

Washington Post: Bill Clinton Visits Puerto Rico, Rich in Culture and Delegates
Puerto Ricans want to inject themselves into the national conversation - a process that started with Bill Clinton traveling Monday to five events across the island. He never came here as president - no U.S. president has visited in 45 years - but he spoke Monday as though he may be back soon.

NY Times: Shift at Top May Mean Shift in Tone for Clinton
The question is whether Geoff Garin, in succeeding Mark Penn, his Harvard classmate, can make life different for a Hillary Clinton with dwindling opportunities to overtake Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination before the August convention. By all accounts, from outsiders as well as Clinton loyalists, it is a long shot.

AP: Voter Rolls Swelling in Pa.
Democratic Party enrollment surged past the 4 million mark Monday, setting a state record on the last day Pennsylvanians had to register to vote in next month's presidential primary.

NY Times: For McCain, Little Talk of a Controversial Endorsement
When Senator John McCain won the endorsement of the Rev. John C. Hagee in February, his campaign hoped it would shore up his conservative credentials among evangelicals and build enthusiasm among a voting bloc that would be critical for him in November. News But since then, Mr. Hagee has been on the defensive over some of his views about Catholics and Jews, and he and Mr. McCain’s campaign have been silent about his endorsement.

NY Times: Ouster Opens Opportunity for Obama
The resignation of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief strategist, who came under fire for advising Colombia on a free trade pact, gives Senator Barack Obama an opportunity he has awaited since Mrs. Clinton walloped him on trade issues in Ohio.


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