May 1st, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, May 1, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: Obama Catches Up In Support From Hill
With endorsements coming in from California, Iowa and Indiana, Sen. Barack Obama yesterday pulled even with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the race for support on Capitol Hill, as Democratic lawmakers shrugged off his recent struggles.

NY Times: Senate Says McCain Is Qualified
The Senate on Wednesday delivered its judgment on a constitutional question involving one of its own and formally declared that Senator John McCain is eligible to be president — at least from a citizenship perspective.

LA Times: Clinton Supporters Fund Anti-Obama Ads In Indiana
With Sen. Barack Obama's campaign stumbling in recent days, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's backers have poured $1 million into an independent ad campaign in Indiana critical of Obama's economic recovery program.

Politico: GOP Gives Clinton The Silent Treatment
Hillary Clinton’s decisive Pennsylvania primary win last week may have reinvigorated her campaign, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to the Republican party.

Washington Post: Clinton Gas-Tax Proposal Criticized
A growing chorus - including a top congressional Democrat - labeled Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's proposal for suspending the federal gasoline tax ineffective and shortsighted yesterday, even as she continued to paint Sen. Barack Obama as insensitive to drivers' woes for not endorsing the plan.

NY Times: A Strained Wright-Obama Bond Finally Snaps
Late Monday night, in the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C., Barack Obama’s long, slow fuse burned to an end. Earlier that day he had thumbed through his BlackBerry, reading accounts of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.’s latest explosive comments on race and America. But his remarks to the press this day had amounted to a shrug of frustration.

WSJ: Obama Strikes Chord Urging Parents to Be More Responsible
Sen. Barack Obama has cast himself as a "truth-talker" on the campaign trail, with the refrain that government can't solve people's problems and that one of the biggest problems facing the country is "parents who don't parent."

NY Times: McCain Health Plan Could Mean Higher Tax
Though Senator John McCain has promised to not raise taxes, his campaign acknowledged Wednesday that the health plan he outlined this week would have the effect of increasing tax payments for some workers, primarily those with high incomes and expensive health plans.

Washington Times: Clinton Sheds Tough Image
Meet the softer side of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Gone is the tough and all-business presidential candidate who regularly blared at rival Sen. Barack Obama, who lately is instead battling self-inflicted wounds. In her place is what most people who know her well say was there all along — a warm and engaging woman willing to laugh at herself.

AP: Former Democratic Leader Switches To Obama
A leader of the Democratic Party under Bill Clinton has switched his allegiance to Barack Obama and is encouraging fellow Democrats to "heal the rift in our party" and unite behind the Illinois senator.

WSJ: Support for Republicans Falls, But Race for President Is Tight
Only 27% of voters have positive views of the Republican Party, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the lowest level for either party in the survey's nearly two-decade history. Yet the party's probable presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, continues to run nearly even with Democratic rivals Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton.

NY Times: While Clinton Focuses, Obama Is Distracted
Pumped up and focused, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is putting in 16-hour days in Indiana this week as if she — and not her embattled rival, Senator Barack Obama — needs a campaign-changing moment in Tuesday’s primary here.

LA Times: John McCain Takes Aim At Spending
John McCain on Wednesday cast Pennsylvania as a key presidential swing state where he needs to reenergize a party disillusioned with out-of-control spending in Washington.

NY Times: Primary Loss and Furor Over Ex-Pastor Hurt Obama in Poll
Senator Barack Obama’s aura of inevitability in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination has diminished after his loss in the Pennsylvania primary and amid the furor over his former pastor, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

Washington Post: Doan Ends Her Stormy Tenure as GSA Chief
General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan has resigned as head of the government's premier contracting agency at the request of the White House, ending a tumultuous tenure in which she was accused of trying to award work to a friend and misusing her authority for political ends.

The Hill: McCain Reaches Out To GOP Senators With Weekly Meetings
Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) campaign manager met with 14 Senate Republicans Tuesday as part of a new attempt to improve communication between the GOP presidential campaign and the party’s senators.


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