April 29th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

WSJ: Obama Heads for Superdelegate Edge
Despite his loss in Pennsylvania and other campaign bumps, Barack Obama is heavily favored to win what will be the final and decisive contest for the Democratic presidential nomination - the "invisible primary" for the convention votes of party leaders.

LA Times: Wright's Re-Emergence Does Obama No Favors
At a moment when Barack Obama is struggling to win over white voters worried about the economy, a series of public appearances by his former pastor is threatening to revive a tempest over race, patriotism and religion that the Democratic presidential front-runner hoped he had quashed.

USA Today: McCain Would 'Put Families In Charge' Of Health Care
John McCain spent much of last week emphasizing how he's a different kind of Republican. This week, he focuses on his plans for health care, which are more aligned with President Bush and other Republicans.

Indianapolis Star: Female Factor: White Women Could Be Swing Vote May 6
If Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton wins Indiana's May 6 Democratic primary, the votes of white women may be a huge reason why.

NY Times: Its Candidates Otherwise Engaged, Democratic Party Goes After McCain
With no end in sight to the nominating contest between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, the Democratic Party has begun its first sustained advertising campaign against Senator John McCain, introducing a new commercial this week criticizing his recent comments that he could envision a United States presence in Iraq for 100 years.

NY Times: Political Theories Abound in North Carolina, but Don’t Ask John Edwards for His
What will the Edwardses do? As the Democratic presidential candidates and their surrogates traipse through North Carolina in the final days before the state’s primary, some people here are wondering, why so quiet in Chapel Hill?

WSJ: Clinton Could Ease Racial Tensions
Maybe it's time for another speech on race relations in America - this time by Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Washington Times: Barbour Touts Moderate McCain
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour yesterday said that he is too conservative to be John McCain's running mate but that the Arizona senator's maverick reputation will help him in an election in which moderates and independents will be more important than in recent years.

NY Times: Decision Is Likely to Spur Voter ID Laws in More States
Far from settling the debate over voter identification, the Supreme Court ruling on Monday upholding Indiana’s voter ID law is likely to lead to more laws and litigation, voting experts said.

Charlotte Observer: Clinton Stresses Readiness To Lead
On the day her campaign announced an endorsement from N.C. Gov. Mike Easley, Sen. Hillary Clinton told voters in Charlotte to treat Tuesday's primary as a hiring decision.

Politico: Obama Dread Turns To Glee For The GOP
For months, GOP operatives spoke with dread of the prospects of running against Barack Obama in the fall. But after weeks of controversies over his former pastor, his views of blue-collar voters and even the sincerity of his patriotism, Republicans now are ready to place a $500,000 bet that Obama will be a heavy burden on down-ballot Democrats.

NY Times: Vexing Issue for the Clinton Campaign: What to Make of Bill?
At the end of a week in which Bill Clinton’s stumping for his wife was again overshadowed by a “distraction,” many Democrats were asking: Is this method, or madness?

The Hill: Clinton: $2.3B In Earmarks
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has requested nearly $2.3 billion in federal earmarks for 2009, almost three times the largest amount received by a single senator this year.


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