June 4th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, June 2, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Obama: I will be the Democratic nominee
In what he called a "defining moment for our nation," Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday became the first African-American to head the ticket of a major political party.

CNN: Clinton won't make campaign decision yet
Sen. Hillary Clinton said Tuesday night she would make no immediate decision on her next steps after winning the South Dakota primary but failing to pick up enough delegates to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

CNN: Preston: Top Clinton supporters ready to help Obama
Over the next several days, one of the main questions will be how much help Hillary Clinton will offer Barack Obama in his effort to win back the White House, which has been under Republican control ever since her husband Bill Clinton left office in January 2001.

Washington Post: McCain Mounts Immediate Attack on Obama's Record
Republican Sen. John McCain wasted no time Tuesday night in launching his first general-election broadside against Sen. Barack Obama, casting the Democrat as an out-of-touch liberal who offers a false promise of change.

CNN: McCain, Obama take to Lifetime to court military vote
John McCain and Barack Obama will make indirect pitches to women voters Wednesday, with both presumptive presidential nominees appearing in “salutes” to military families on the Lifetime Network.

Politico: New flick based on McClellan exposé?
Imagine this scene: “Quiet on the set!” shouts the assistant director as doughy actor Jonah Hill tugs uncomfortably on the Brooks Brothers suit he’s wearing to portray Scott McClellan. It’s the first day of shooting on “What Happened,” a big-screen adaptation of the former Bush press secretary’s best-selling exposé, and Hill is being directed by Judd Apatow, who turned the tell-all into a raunchy White House coming-of-age story co-starring Seth Rogan as Vice President Cheney and Michael Cera as President Bush. OK, so maybe that’s not going to happen. But buzz is already beginning to build about a possible docudrama based on the controversial book.

CNN: A flood of superdelegates for Obama
Moments after the polls closed, Barack Obama’s campaign announced the support of 26.5 superdelegates.

Washington Post: Two Words With a Ring Of Possibility
Black president. Two words profound and yet contradictory. Once thought of as an oxymoron, impossible to be placed together in the same sentence, context, country - unless followed by a question mark.

NY Times: Clinton Donor Base Is Obama’s Next Prize
As Senator Barack Obama claims the Democratic presidential nomination, his campaign is gearing up to recruit many of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s top fund-raisers, a move that could provide him with a huge infusion of cash if the two camps can get past the rancor of the primary season.

WSJ: McCain Sets Sights on Voter Blocs Favoring Clinton
As Hillary Clinton's primary campaign winds down, Barack Obama will be waiting with open arms for the support of her ardent backers. So will John McCain.

WSJ: South Dakota Symbolizes Obama's Lingering Woes
Some worrying signs for Barack Obama emerged Tuesday from the final two primaries of the long Democratic presidential-nominating race.

CNN: Schneider: Voters say Clinton is more caring
Hillary Clinton has made her vast experience a central theme of her campaign – and among those voters who said that was the top quality they were looking for in a presidential candidate, she was the undisputed choice in tonight’s exit polls: they chose her over Barack Obama by 93 to 7 percent in South Dakota, and 94 to 4 percent in Montana.

NY Times: Calm in the Swirl of History
He gives the appearance of a strikingly laid-back victor, this presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

WSJ: Democratic Poll Predicts Big Wave in GOP Districts
Democratic pollsters released a survey showing the possibility of a Democratic wave in Republican congressional districts this fall. The poll of 1,600 voters in 45 Republican congressional districts showed on average a 33% approval rating for President Bush, a 38% approval rating for the incumbent Republican and a strong desire for change.

WSJ: Downhill Traverse: Traveling With the Clinton Camp
Last November, when I joined Hillary Clinton's traveling press corps, the campaign possessed an air of inevitability. With name recognition and seemingly bottomless fund-raising coffers, Sen. Clinton operated almost like an incumbent.

Washington Post: On the Fence and in the Spotlight
The first time Hillary Clinton called, Heather Mizeur didn't pick up. Listening to the message, she heard Clinton's voice and assumed it was a campaign robo-call. But then the New York senator and Democratic presidential candidate asked Mizeur to call back - and left her personal cellphone number.

Washington Post: For Clinton, A Following Of 'Marshans'
Blogger Michelle Marshall has a confession to make. She's one die-hard Clintonite who has already moved on. She's ready to vote for Sen. Barack Obama. But don't tell that to the legions of Hillary Clinton fans who have made Marshall their de facto leader.

LA Times: Unity is now key for Democrats
Obama is scarred from the primary battle, but it may have left him more prepared for the clashes to come against McCain.

WSJ: Obama's Boon: Givers Who Keep On Giving
Many of Sen. Barack Obama's small-dollar donors turn out to have big pockets, and data suggest he will have little trouble raising the minimum $200 million political analysts say he will need to fund a general-election campaign in the fall.

Times of London: The Sixties and the presidential race
When David Ifshin died at the age of 47 he had already lived more than one life. And if you want to understand the forthcoming US presidential election and how it can be won, you could do worse than listen to his story.

Politico: Warming bill: Super Bowl for lobbyists
Not interested in the global warming bill? Count yourself among a lucky few in Washington. The climate change legislation being debated now in the Senate is the Super Bowl for lobbyists, roping in everyone from Alaskan Inupiaqs to venture capitalists.

NY Times: Senator Warns of a ‘Crisis’ in Pentagon Cost Overruns
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday declared that cost overruns for Defense Department weapons had “reached crisis proportions,” after government auditors reported that the projected final cost of the Pentagon’s major programs had ballooned $295 billion over initial budget estimates.

NY Times: Bloomberg Said to Explore Third Term or Albany Bid
As the end of his term nears, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his senior advisers have been exploring strategies that would allow him to remain in political life, including undertaking a campaign to overturn the city’s term limits law or making a bid for governor, according to two people who have been briefed on the deliberations.

AP: Woman to plead guilty in N.Y. governor call girl scandal
A woman who helped run the prostitution ring in the scandal that brought down former Gov. Eliot Spitzer pleaded guilty to a pair of federal conspiracy charges Tuesday and called her former business "disgusting."


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  1. c

    john mccain is deaf to the people of america when it come to whether or not americans have a say in the war even though he says he answers to the people not the press,..and also.the press is a important part of the community..its people reporting to people whats going on in their world..john mccain measure the success in in iraq by combative strength not by political independence..

    June 4, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Widgeon

    The media who most of them are so biased with Hillary from the very start of the campaign does not get it. Obama will never win if they only admit that there is this BIG silent majority who simply won't vote for a black president. Not to metion the Hispanic and Asian members of the society, no matter what they do to bring them out for Obama, it's just not going to work , it's in the blood. Sorry for being pessimistic about his chances but that is the REALITY even if he brings Hillary in to the ticket.

    I am just one of the millions of Dem just turned Rep.

    June 4, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Deb n Texas

    Hillary's only decision is to go back to New York or go back to the Senate. She isn't running a thing anymore – her campaign is over. She doesn't run anything in the Democratic Party or in Obama's campaign, so I don't know what other decisions she needs to make other than which city she wants the airplane to drop her.

    June 4, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Abby

    FYI, It's june 4th today, not 2nd 🙂

    June 4, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Gayle

    "Obama don't let people like Bob Johnson tell you what to do. He is not a good man and you should think twice about anything he says after the remark Mr Johnson made than try and lie to cover it up. Who is he to tell you what to do

    June 4, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. PhillyinAtl

    Two Questions: At this poing, John Mccain has been the presumptive nomiee for months. Yet, his campaing has less than $8 Million in on-hand funds (according to cnn.com). Obama has over six time that amount on hand (again, according to cnn.com). What has McCain's camp been doing during this time of unchallenged campaining? Second, will the gap in funds keep Mccain from being able to run effectively?

    June 4, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Valerie

    Last night was the last night that I will pay any attention to Senator Clinton. She had her chance to concede and to congratulate Obama. It is too late now. We have moved on. She has shown herself to be attention-craving and rude. Take the cameras off her, and put them where they belong - Barack Obama - the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party.

    At this point I have to brush her off my shoulders like an annoying flea or gnat, as Obama humorously did weeks ago.

    She is the past. He is the future. Move on. OBAMA '08

    June 4, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Marie Everett

    The liberal who is now running for president can bring big change: look out for a new euthanasia health care package so he and the democrats can get rid of the older people who oppose this trash.

    June 4, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. j kothary, Blaine, WA

    the destroyer had a big kill in sending Clinton packing...McCain knows
    he is next.....just sit back and watch it happen over the next 5 months..
    Obama is on track to repeat what he did to so called "sure bet "..

    June 4, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Truth comes out

    the change has already happened. McBush is a little too late.

    June 4, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Independent-Cuban-American-woman-voter-for-Obama

    I see that Hillary supporters are still bitter and angry. You all complain that the Obama supporters are 'mean'........ but have you read your own posts?

    For quite some time I have suspected that many so-called-Hillary supporters are 'Rush-the-vote-dittoheads' doing their best to create chaos among the Democrats.

    I believe that TRUE Democrats, TRUE Independents, will support the nominee, Sen. Obama. We are ALL sick and tired of Republican lies!

    HERE'S SOME TRUTH A VOTE FOR MCCAIN IS A VOTE......

    FOR MORE DEBT, $10 TRILLION AND COUNTING!

    FOR MORE WAR DEAD, MAIMED AND THOSE POOR SOLDIERS WHO COMMIT SUICIDE BY THE 100'S EACH MONTH!

    FOR MORE CHAOS IN OUR NATION, MORE DIVISION, MORE UNEMPLOYMENT......MORE PROFITS FOR THE BIG CORPORATIONS.......

    FOR MORE PEOPLE DECLARING BANKRUPTCY BECAUSE OF MEDICAL DEBT

    FOR MORE CHILDREN WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE!

    SO GO AHEAD YOU DITTO-HEADS, HILLARY/MCCAIN....... GO AHEAD AND VOTE FOR MCCAIN....... VOTE FOR DESTRUCTION OF OUR NATION.......VOTE FOR A BLEAK FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN. GOOD FOR YOU.

    June 4, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Jeff

    Marie Everett said...
    "The liberal who is now running for president can bring big change: look out for a new euthanasia health care package so he and the democrats can get rid of the older people who oppose this trash."

    Uh, Marie, can you please repeat that one more time, but in English?

    June 4, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Russ C, Seattle, Wa

    Our household has been split 50/50 Clinton/Obama for all these months of the campaign. We are voting for Obama because he is our parties’ choice. We sat in aw as we listened to Hillary's speech and wondered aloud what she's up too.

    We also listened to McCain's sneering remarks and resolved to do all we can to make sure there is a Democrat in the White House in January.

    June 4, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Educated Black Female

    Comment for Wedgeon:

    People like you make the world a horrible place. Fortunately, the world is making progress no thanks to you!!

    When you vote republican and your kids and/or grands are sent to Iraq to fight a meaningless war, they will have you to thank.

    June 4, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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