May 28th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Ex-Bush spokesman: President used 'propaganda' to push war
The spokesman who defended President Bush's policies through Hurricane Katrina and the early years of the Iraq war is now blasting his former employers, saying the Bush administration became mired in propaganda and political spin and at times played loose with the truth.

CNN: Presidential candidates sign joint statement on Darfur
The three major candidates for president issued a rare joint statement Wednesday, accusing the Sudanese government of "atrocities against civilians in Darfur."

NY Times: McCain Urges New Arms Pact With Moscow
Senator John McCain distanced himself from the Bush administration on Tuesday by vowing to work more closely with Russia on nuclear disarmament and to move toward the elimination of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.

Washington Post: Late in the Term, an Exodus of Senior Officials
With eight months left in President Bush's term, scores of senior officials already are heading for the exits, leaving nearly half the administration's top political positions vacant or filled by temporary appointees, federal statistics show.

Politico: Breathless speculation marks veepstakes
The Democratic race isn’t even formally done, but the politico-media establishment has already moved on to the next stage.

NY Times: Democrats Miss Marks to Finance Convention
The Democratic Party is struggling to raise money for its convention in Denver on Aug. 25-28, with fund-raising by the host committee falling far short of the party’s goals and lagging behind the Republicans’ efforts for their convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Washington Post: Obama Heads To Michigan Next Week
Sen. Barack Obama will make a stop in Michigan next Monday, less than 48 hours after an expected ruling by the Democratic National Committee about the fate of the Wolverine State's delegation to the party convention in August.

Roll Call: McCain: No Special Interest; GOP Contenders Get Indirect McCain Aid
Republicans nationwide are expecting Arizona Sen. John McCain to save their party and bring hope to the entire ballot this fall. But he hardly lifted a finger in three recent special elections where his party lost seats.

NY Times: Stark Contrasts Between McCain and Obama in Judicial Wars
The presidential election, lawyers and scholars agree, will offer voters a choice between two sharply different visions for the ideological shape of the nation’s federal courts.

LA Times: Obama, Clinton campaigning in different races
Barack Obama criticized Republican rival John McCain on two tracks Tuesday, linking him to the policies of the Bush administration and deriding his economic proposals as proof that he is "out of touch with the struggles of working people." As Obama campaigned against McCain here, Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared in Montana, where Democrats will vote next Tuesday in one of the nation's last primaries.

WSJ: Foreclosure Bill Puts a Governor on Hot Seat
The Minnesota legislature's passage of a housing bill has created a dilemma for the man who could veto it: Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican seen as a potential running mate for John McCain.

LA Times: Child health care varies widely among states
Only 46% of kids visit the doctor and dentist at least once a year in Idaho, but 75% of Massachusetts children do. Infant mortality rates are 2.5 times higher in the District of Columbia than in Maine. And South Carolina kids are 5.7 times as likely to wind up in the hospital for asthma as those in Vermont.

Politico: Straight Talk Express stalls in Hollywood
Warren Beatty considers Sen. John McCain a pal. The presidential candidate has appeared in “The Wedding Crashers” as well as on TV’s “24.” And the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer raised over $100,000 for his campaign. Yet the presumptive Republican nominee doesn’t carry anywhere near the level of Hollywood support Democratic Sen. Barack Obama enjoys, and fundraising among showbiz types will be negligible, say most industry experts.

NY Times: With Bold Steps, Fed Chief Quiets Some Criticism
Over a frantic weekend in mid-March, Ben S. Bernanke rewrote the rule book as chairman of the Federal Reserve. Like a military commander applying overwhelming force, he took steps then and over the next two months that some at the central bank are now calling the Bernanke Doctrine.

Washington Post: Justices Uphold Retaliation Lawsuits
The Supreme Court said yesterday that workers who claim that they faced retaliation for complaining about racial or age discrimination may sue in federal court, and made clear that federal employees have the same protection as their counterparts in the private sector.

CNN: China, Russia, U.S. focus of human rights report
Human rights and freedom of the press in China, the detention of terrorist suspects by the United States and Russia's treatment of political dissent are the focus of scrutiny in Amnesty International's annual report, released Wednesday, which looks at the state of human rights around the world.

Washington Post: Van Hollen Warns Against 'Irrational Exuberance'
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen has begun a concerted effort to warn his House Democratic colleagues to "beware of irrational exuberance" despite a growing evidence that the party is positioned to pick up more seats in November.


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