April 17th, 2008
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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: Obama Pressed in Pa. Debate
Sen. Barack Obama repeatedly found himself on the defensive here Wednesday night as he sought to bat away criticism of his remarks about small-town values, questions about his patriotism and the incendiary sermons of his former pastor in a potentially pivotal debate six days before Pennsylvania's presidential primary.

Washington Post: McCain Seen as Key to Troop-Benefit Bills
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is basing his bid for the White House on his credentials as a decorated veteran and leader on defense policy, has become the target of veterans groups pushing hard for more aid and relief for troops returning from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Bill Clinton Happily Trooping Through Hinterland
Former president Bill Clinton has been New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's biggest weapon in the towns between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, making almost 70 public appearances in spots around what's called the Pennsylvania "T" since early March.

Politico: Some Too 'Obsessed' With What We Say
Wednesday night, in a debate here, Barack Obama complained a number of times about the presidential campaign process and how some people spend way too much time “obsessing” about some of the things that he and others have actually said.

WSJ: Obama Meets With Jewish Leaders
After defending himself over remarks he made about small-town America, Sen. Barack Obama explained himself to another demographic that he has struggled to win over: Jewish voters.

LA Times: Democratic Voters Warm To Government Bailouts
Democratic voters in key primary states don't oppose the Bush administration's action to save investment firm Bear Stearns Cos. from bankruptcy, but most also think the government should bail out homeowners caught between rising mortgage payments and falling home values, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.


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