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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, May 8, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

NY Times: Support for Clinton Wanes as Obama Sees Finish Line
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton struck a publicly defiant posture on Wednesday about continuing her presidential bid despite waning support from Democratic officials and donors. Some of her advisers acknowledged privately that they remained unsure about the future of her candidacy.

WSJ: Campaigns Throw Out Traditional Political Map
This year, both sides are setting their sights on distant targets. The result may be a scrambled battleground map that mixes traditional swing states with those long thought to be in one camp or the other long before November.

Boston Globe: Key Superdelegates Keeping Preferences Strictly Under Wraps
A lot of superdelegates have been working on their secret-keeping skills. Scores of officially uncommitted superdelegates have voted in the Democratic presidential race, including such subjects of ongoing speculation as Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi. While some say that additional factors will affect how they vote at the party's convention, others are just staying silent about their preference. For them, what happens in the voting booth will stay in the voting booth – for now, at least.

Washington Post: Did Rush Limbaugh Tilt Result In Indiana?
Even as Barack Obama's campaign celebrated Tuesday's primary results, aides charged yesterday that they would have had an even stronger showing were it not for meddling by an unlikely booster of Hillary Rodham Clinton: the popular conservative radio host and longtime Clinton family nemesis Rush Limbaugh.

LA Times: Hillary Clinton's Strategy Of Last Resort
Unable to revive her presidential campaign at the polls, Hillary Rodham Clinton now envisions a road to the nomination built on disputes over Democratic Party rules and fights over delegate selections. But on Wednesday even that route looked unattainable, with some key party officials warning that they would not cooperate with Clinton's strategy.

NY Times: Republicans Focus on Obama as Fall Opponent
At least one political party is acting like it knows who the Democratic nominee will be: the Republicans, who have greatly stepped up their criticisms of Senator Barack Obama in recent weeks while practically ignoring Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

USA Today: Clinton Makes Case For Wide Appeal
Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Wednesday to continue her quest for the Democratic nomination, arguing she would be the stronger nominee because she appeals to a wider coalition of voters — including whites who have not supported Barack Obama in recent contests.

WSJ: Fund Race: Obama Outflanks 'Hillraisers'
A key component in the Democratic presidential race is all but decided: In fund raising, victory belongs to Sen. Barack Obama.

LA Times: Democrats Seek Graceful Exit For Hillary Clinton
Dogged by defections and signs of financial trouble, Hillary Rodham Clinton faced a significant shift Wednesday even among supporters as talk turned from how she might win to how she can end her presidential campaign gracefully.

WSJ: Clinton Losing Grip On Catholic Voters
In a primary season where demographics have often been destiny, one of the biggest stories out of Tuesday's voting in North Carolina and Indiana is that Sen. Hillary Clinton's solid grip on Catholic voters appeared to slip.

NY Times: McCain Pushes Priorities That Resonate on the Right
Senator John McCain appealed to religious conservatives on Wednesday with pledges to prosecute sex traffickers, fight Internet child pornography and make religious freedom a priority in American diplomacy.

WSJ: Democrats Look to Life After Clinton
All the feisty talk from Sen. Hillary Clinton and her campaign advisers Wednesday couldn't dispel the growing perception among Democrats that the party's presidential race is nearly over, and that Sen. Barack Obama is going to be the winner.

LA Times: Indiana Election Results Held Up By Outdated Procedures
Election day shenanigans are nothing new here in Lake County, where absentee ballots have been found stuffed in a car trunk, voters have been offered new sidewalks in exchange for allegiance and vote fraud investigations evoke thoughts of nearby Chicago. But after a snafu temporarily held up the results of the tight presidential primary between Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, county officials were scrambling Wednesday to reassure the public that slow counting, not vote manipulation, was to blame.

LA Times: Obama's Got A Confident New Strategy
Barack Obama hasn't managed after months of political combat to force Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the presidential race, so he's about to try another approach: ignoring her.

WSJ: Obama's Showing Reshapes Dispute Over Delegates
Tuesday's primaries may not have settled the Democratic nomination, but they may have settled the problem of whether to seat delegates from Michigan and Florida at this summer's convention.


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