May 30th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: May 30, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Obama expects general election campaign to start next week
Sen. Barack Obama said that Democrats will know their presidential nominee after the final two primary states vote next week - and that in his view, the general election campaign officially will begin.

CNN: DNC faces big challenge Saturday
With just three contests left in the Democratic primary season, Sen. Hillary Clinton is making a big push for votes. But her presidential hopes may now hinge on a meeting of a Democratic Party panel.

Washington Post: Campaign Jousting Returns to Iraq War
After a strong push from Sen. John McCain's allies, the war in Iraq has moved back to center stage in the presidential election, with McCain attacking Sen. Barack Obama for making up his mind about the war without visiting the war zone and Obama charging that McCain has yet to learn the lessons of President Bush's mistakes.

Washington Post: McClellan's New Talking Points
Bush loyalists watching Scott McClellan kick off his media tour yesterday must have felt a revulsion akin to Dr. Frankenstein's.

Washington Post: For Future White House Aides, Required Reading
The people who should sit down and read Scott McClellan's blockbuster new book are the people least likely to take the time to do so right now. They are the aides to Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton - and perhaps the candidates themselves.

NY Times: High Spirits for a Battler Who Is Low on Delegates
She might be lacking in delegates, money and avenues to the Democratic nomination, but if nothing else, Hillary Rodham Clinton has clearly solidified her front-running position as the presidential candidate to have cocktails with.

Washington Times: Texans say McClellan's turn started at home with mom
Bush defenders and impartial observers point in particular to Mr. McClellan's mother, Carole Keeton Strayhorn, as having set a precedent for turning on former allies, while others say that his family tree had strong liberal leanings.

AP: Obama distances himself from another clergyman
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Thursday that he was "deeply disappointed" by a supporter's sermon at his church that mocked Hillary Rodham Clinton.

LA Times: McCain's Web gap is showing
The candidate is taking a serious drubbing on the most popular video-sharing service on the Internet - and the virtual town square for millions of young voters.

Washington Post: U.S. Cites Big Gains Against Al-Qaeda; Group Is Facing Setbacks Globally, CIA Chief Says
Less than a year after his agency warned of new threats from a resurgent al-Qaeda, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden now portrays the terrorist movement as essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and on the defensive throughout much of the rest of the world, including in its presumed haven along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

LA Times: Clinton faces new pressure on 2 fronts
Top party officials want her to bow out soon, and campaign insiders are losing faith in her strategy.

USA Today: McClellan says he's 'intrigued by Sen. Obama'
"I have a lot of respect and admiration for Sen. McCain," former White House press secretary Scott McClellan said in a telephone interview with USA TODAY's David Jackson this afternoon. "I'm also intrigued by Sen. Obama," McClellan added.

USA Today: Clinton backers to protest outside rules meeting
The Democratic presidential race is heading into a fractious end game as supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton mobilize for a protest Saturday to demand that the party count two outlawed primaries that favored her.

NY Times: How Governor Set His Stance on Gay Rights
When David A. Paterson was growing up and his parents would go out of town, he and his little brother would stay in Harlem with family friends they called Uncle Stanley and Uncle Ronald.

Washington Times: McCain's military service a shield and weapon
"The place I lived longest in my life was Hanoi." It was simple, brutally effective and set the groundwork for what Sen. Barack Obama found out last week – Mr. McCain's 22-year military career, and particularly his 5 1/2 years as a North Vietnamese prisoner of war, is a potent political weapon the senator has not been shy about using throughout his career.

Washington Times: Biden's strength in foreign policy recruited by Obama
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. yesterday said his one-time presidential rival Sen. Barack Obama has asked him to "play a more prominent" and "deeply involved" role in his campaign, a signal the likely Democratic nominee is looking to burnish his foreign-policy credentials that Republicans are attacking.

NY Times: Under Pressure, White House Issues Climate Change Report
The Bush administration, bowing to a court order, has released a fresh summary of federal and independent research pointing to large, and mainly harmful, impact of human-caused global warming in the United States.

Washington Post: The Steadfast Wind In the Senator's Sails
She wanted the wind at his back. He just wanted to get in the boat. When Ted Kennedy was released from the hospital after doctors diagnosed a malignant brain tumor, he was determined to keep a date racing his beloved 50-foot schooner in Cape Cod's annual Figawi competition Memorial Day weekend. He sadly told reporters his participation was unlikely; his wife, Victoria, walking beside him on the dock, good-naturedly chastised them for even asking.

NY Times: Rule Change Would Permit Weapons in National Parks
The federal government is considering a proposal to allow visitors to carry loaded, concealed weapons in some national parks, wildlife refuges and monuments. The National Rifle Association favors the proposed rule, arguing that it would help keep crime down and protect visitors from potentially dangerous wildlife.

Washington Post: FBI Raids Home of Maryland State Senator
FBI agents raided the Prince George's County home of one of Maryland's most powerful senators yesterday, as well as the Lanham headquarters of the grocery company that operates Shoppers Food Warehouse.


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