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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, April 21, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

NY Times: Trailing in Pennsylvania, Obama Sharpens Tone
Senator Barack Obama sharpened his tone against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday as the six-week Pennsylvania primary contest raced to a close, with the rivals marshaling extensive resources in a battle for undecided voters and delegates that could determine whether the Democratic nominating fight carries on.

AP: McCain Reports His Best Fundraising Month
Sen. John McCain latest financial reports show him in the best financial condition of his presidential drive with $11.6 million in the bank at the end of March.

WSJ: Party Chiefs Plan Push To Avoid Long Fight
Some party leaders are quietly planning to try to end the clash between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, said people familiar with the matter. After the primaries end in June, these influential Democrats - led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - plan to push the last uncommitted party leaders to endorse a candidate, in hopes of preventing a fight at the August presidential convention, party insiders say.

Washington Post: Justices to Hear Challenge of Law That Affects Self-Funded Candidates
Wealthy, self-financed congressional candidate Jack Davis says the McCain-Feingold Act's "Millionaire's Amendment," which raises the contribution limits for opponents of wealthy, self-financed candidates, is not only unfair but also unconstitutional, and his lawyers will try to persuade the Supreme Court of that tomorrow.

LA Times: McCain's War Chest Is Far From Full
The numbers are stark: Sen. John McCain has raised a third of Sen. Barack Obama's $240 million for the presidential campaign, and less than half of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's haul. Renowned for his dislike of fundraising galas, McCain has yet to tap some of the Republican Party's deepest pockets. The Arizona senator is also struggling to lure low-dollar donors who use the Internet to fill Democratic coffers. Obama has raised more in small donations than McCain has raised in his entire campaign.

NY Times: In Democrats’ Fight, the Numbers Count
More than any presidential nomination race in memory, Senator Barack Obama’s battle with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has been reduced to numbers: delegates, dollars, votes, polls.

LA Times: McCain Eases Proposal For Alternative To U.N.
Only weeks after laying out his full foreign policy agenda, Sen. John McCain has begun scaling back a key proposal that had been greeted with alarm by some Republican supporters and wariness by important U.S. allies.

Washington Post: Leading GOP Donors Push To Catch Up to Liberal Groups
With Sen. John McCain facing the prospect of being dramatically outspent in the race for the White House, a collection of major Republican donors and party leaders that includes former Bush strategist Karl Rove is scrambling to catch up with the efforts of liberal groups aiming to influence the outcome in November.

Philadelphia Inquirer: For Women Voters In Pa., A Shifting Landscape
In the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, women voters, who are expected to turn out in stronger numbers than men, might prove to be far less predictable than they have been in other races.

NY Times: List of McCain Fund-Raisers Includes Prominent Lobbyists
Senator John McCain has staked his campaign for the presidency in large part on his reputation as a reformer intent on curbing the influence of money in politics. But an examination by The New York Times of a list of 106 elite fund-raisers who have brought in more than $100,000 each for Mr. McCain found that about a sixth of them were lobbyists.


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