May 26th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, May 26, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

NY Times: A Glimpse of Weekend at McCain’s
The comings and goings of Mr. McCain and his guests offered only a few clues. On Saturday a convoy of vehicles left the ranch heading for the nearby town of Jerome, where Mr. McCain and a group that included Mr. Jindal and Mr. Romney had lunch. At other times, Mr. Romney and his wife, Ann, were seen driving a white Ford Mustang with black racing stripes. The gathering appeared to wrap up on Sunday afternoon when Mr. McCain and his motorcade left for Phoenix.

NY Times: Clinton Could Face Uneasy Return to Senate
When Hillary Rodham Clinton made a rare stop in the Senate last week, she spoke from a lonely outpost at the end of the Armed Services Committee dais, eight empty chairs emphasizing the gulf between her and real Senate power at the chairman’s spot.

Politco: Obama, Clinton cash flow stymies analysis
The record-shattering fundraising by Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has reshaped the financing of presidential elections and generated breathless coverage and analysis of the otherwise arcane area of campaign finance. Yet it’s had another consequence that has gone all but unnoticed.

LA Times: Would-be reformers McCain and Obama challenged by lobbyist culture
As John McCain and Barack Obama intensify their battle for the White House, they are competing for the mantle of reform, with each claiming that he has done the most to shield his campaign from the taint of lobbyists. But the strategists behind those efforts are senior aides with a more-than-passing resemblance to - what else? - lobbyists.

Washington Post: Clinton speaks of faith in face of adversity
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday offered a spiritual defense for continuing her presidential campaign, as she sought to put to rest the uproar over her comments about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

NY Daily News: Hillary Clinton honchos say Obama's campaign fans flames of RFK gaffe
Hillary Clinton's campaign brass blamed their counterparts on Barack Obama's team Sunday for fanning the firestorm over her gaffe about Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's assassination.

Politico: Media hype: How small stories become big news
The signature defect of modern political journalism is that it has shredded the ideal of proportionality. Important stories, sometimes the product of months of serious reporting, that in an earlier era would have captured the attention of the entire political-media community and even redirected the course of a presidential campaign, these days can disappear with barely a whisper.

LA Times: Karl Rove denies meddling in Siegelman investigation
Bush's former advisor says he didn't even know that the Justice Department had been pursuing the former Alabama governor, a Democrat since convicted for bribery, until he read of it in the paper.

Washington Post: Hill Mid-Level Official Steered U.S. Shift On North Korea
Early in President Bush's second term, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice convened a series of strategy sessions on how to persuade North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons programs. One key official, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill, remained largely silent, four participants said, except to pipe up periodically with the same refrain.

NY Times: The White Working Class: Forgotten Voters No More
Ruy Teixeira, a Democratic analyst of voting trends, wrote the book on the core issue in the endgame of the party’s nomination fight. Its title is “America’s Forgotten Majority: Why the White Working Class Still Matters.” One might conclude that Mr. Teixeira is troubled by Senator Barack Obama’s performance in recent primaries against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton among the voters known by nicknames like Joe Sixpack or Nascar Dad or Waitress Mom. Actually, he is not.

NY Daily News: Air delays cost NYC 3B: Chuck Schumer
Flight delays aren't just giving travelers agita, they're also giving the city a financial headache, causing more than $3 billion in losses to the local economy, according to a new report.


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