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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, April 24, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

WSJ: Indiana Poses Challenge for Each of the Democrats
After six weeks of trading jabs in Pennsylvania, the Democratic presidential candidates turned to Indiana and the lower-income white voters seen as a test of who is most electable in November.

Washington Post: With New Cash, Clinton Moves to A New Venue
Coming off a convincing win in Pennsylvania, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton recorded her best fundraising day of the campaign, and she will need the money for what is being framed as a do-or-die contest in Indiana two weeks from now.

Washington Post: For McCain: Different Place, Same Message
Sen. John McCain stood before a small crowd in this tiny Appalachian town with the same mission he has had all week: convincing what he calls "forgotten" voters who are traditionally hostile to his party that he is a different kind of Republican.

NY Times: For Indiana Voters, Talk of Change May Fall Flat
With all the talk among the Democratic presidential hopefuls about change, they may wish to consider this as they wander Indiana: People here practically revolted a few years ago when their governor, Mitch Daniels, pushed to change to daylight saving time like most of the country.

LA Times: McCain Denounces TV Ad Calling Obama 'Too Extreme'
Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, on Wednesday urged GOP officials in North Carolina to remove a new television ad that brands Democratic candidate Barack Obama as "too extreme for North Carolina."

Washington Post: Continuing Battle Divides Democrats
Democratic leaders resigned themselves yesterday to a prolonged and potentially damaging battle between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama for their party's presidential nomination, but said they will push for a quick conclusion to the warfare once the primaries end in early June.

NY Times: For Democrats, Questions Over Race and Electability
It is the question that has hung over Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and it loomed large on Tuesday night after his loss to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pennsylvania: Why has he been unable to win over enough working-class and white voters to wrap up the Democratic nomination?

Indianapolis Star: Longtime Republicans Are Getting In On The Action
Many in the GOP view it as nothing more than public relations nonsense, but the Obama campaign says "Obamacans" are a growing political breed, much in the same way Reagan Democrats shaped elections in the 1980s.

AP: North Carolina Excited To Choose Between Clinton And Obama
Not since 1988 has North Carolina had much of a voice in choosing a presidential nominee. Back then, it joined several Southern states to help pick Al Gore, a neighbor from Tennessee.

LA Times: Barack Obama Still Takes In Oil Money
Sen. Barack Obama continued accepting donations from oil company executives and employees last month even as he aired ads in which he stated he took no oil company money, his campaign finance reports show.

WSJ: Clinton Win Stirs Doubts on Obama
Sen. Hillary Clinton's primary win in Pennsylvania is stoking concerns about Sen. Barack Obama's appeal in a general election, even as party leaders - including Clinton supporters - admit he remains the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination.

WSJ: Obama, Clinton Split Over McCain Plan For Gas-Tax Holiday
In a new policy split in the presidential campaign, Barack Obama opposed a federal gas-tax holiday supported by John McCain, the likely Republican nominee. Hillary Clinton said she would be open to the tax break.

NY Times: McCain Says Government Isn’t Poverty’s Sole Solution
Senator John McCain walked in the literal footsteps of President Lyndon B. Johnson on Wednesday as he stood near the now-abandoned Appalachian front porch where Johnson declared a war on poverty. Forty-four years later, Mr. McCain said, “We have a lot to do.”

WSJ: Clinton Gains on Obama's Tally
Sen. Hillary Clinton apparently netted 200,000 popular votes and a dozen or so delegate votes in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary - enough to narrow her gap with Sen. Barack Obama but not nearly enough to close it.

Washington Times: McCain Retools His Image On Domestic Front Lines
With a broadside last week against "greedy" corporate CEOs and his current campaign tour of places Republican candidates usually miss, Sen. John McCain is in the middle of a political rebranding effort to show the war hero can also master poverty and economic pain.

Washington Post: Defending a 'Wide Stance' Requires a Thick Wallet
Add this to the list of indignities Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has suffered since getting busted in an airport restroom last June: He now has to pay his legal dream team out of his own pocket.


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