June 5th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, June 5, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Clinton to suspend campaign, bucking for VP bid?
Sen. Hillary Clinton on Saturday will officially suspend her campaign for the presidency and "express her support for Senator Obama and party unity," her campaign said Wednesday.

Washington Post: For Obama, No Time to Stop and Savor Victory
To the victor go the headaches. There were no champagne toasts for Barack Obama after he clinched the Democratic nomination Tuesday night.

WSJ: Clinton Unlikely as No. 2
Supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton suggested she would like to be Sen. Barack Obama's running mate, but close advisers to Sen. Obama are signaling that an Obama-Clinton ticket is highly unlikely.

WSJ: Election Won't Lift Economic Clouds
John McCain and Barack Obama, understandably, are focusing mainly on how to win the White House in November. But it's none too soon for the candidates and their economic advisers to contemplate the economy that the next president will inherit in January 2009.

CNN: Some Clinton HQ staffers told jobs end this week
Less than a day after Barack Obama effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, CNN has confirmed that some of the staffers at Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters have been told that Friday is their last day of work.

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Three Va. figures probably long shots
These days Virginia looks like the mother of vice presidents. But it could be a long shot for one to surpass such prospects as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Washington Post: 'She Could Accept Losing. She Could Not Accept Quitting.'
In a campaign of near-deaths and premature obituaries, the night of May 6 will be remembered inside Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign as the moment it really ended.

Washington Post: Overseas, Excitement Over Obama
For much of the world, Sen. Barack Obama's victory in the Democratic primaries was a moment to admire the United States at a time when the nation's image abroad has been seriously damaged.

WSJ: Democrats Hoping For 'Obama Effect'
Whatever happens in the race for the White House, Democratic strategists expect Barack Obama will boost the party's fortunes in House and Senate campaigns this fall.

WSJ: Rove: Lincoln's Rule: Organization Matters
Abraham Lincoln was a great president, but he was also a very practical politician. And Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama would be wise to take his advice. In a close election, organization matters a lot.

Washington Post: Road Plus Rally Equals Snarls; Obama Event at Pavilion Promises Epic Backups
Not even Republicans could have planned a worse combination of time and place for a rally in support of Sen. Barack Obama than today's planned 6 p.m. event at Nissan Pavilion.

WSJ: Close Finish May Inspire Other Women To Pursue Higher Office
She isn't going to be commander in chief. But Hillary Clinton's close second-place finish in the Democratic Party primaries is likely to embolden other women to seek the highest jobs in politics, and it could help propel their advance.

Washington Post: As Obama Severs Ties, County Pastors Voice Dismay
The decision by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to leave Trinity United Church of Christ after more than 15 years is not sitting well with some African American pastors and scholars in Prince George's County.

NY Times: For Clinton, a Key Group Didn’t Hold
By mid-March, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign knew it had a problem with what it had once assumed was a reliable firewall — its support among superdelegates.

LA Times: Obama vs. McCain, by the map
In many states that President Bush captured in the 2004 election, Barack Obama has swelled the ranks of Democrats by the thousands, drawing record numbers of young people and African Americans to the polls. But will this enthusiasm - which propelled his victory Tuesday in the race for the Democratic nomination - deliver enough of these states to Obama to win the presidency?

LA Times: Obama has cash advantage over McCain
A powerhouse fundraiser, the presumptive Democratic nominee has raised three times more money than his Republican rival and is expected to eschew federal matching funds - and their limitations.

Washington Post: Elation Is Tinged With Incredulity
They watched on television as Barack Obama basked in a standing ovation and read off his thank-you list. They listened to him claim the Democratic nomination for president. They sat glued to the news for hours, as if repetition might make the scene more real.

AP: Michelle Obama to be guest host on 'The View'
Michelle Obama will be a guest host on "The View" on June 18. The popular ABC daytime talk show had invited her to be a guest this month, but she sent back word that she would like to be a host like Cindy McCain did in April, said Bill Geddie, the show's executive producer.

CNN: Oprah 'doing the happy dance' over Obama win
Oprah Winfrey is ecstatic over Barack Obama’s apparent victory in this year’s Democratic presidential race.

LA Times: Medicare drug coverage is costing most seniors more
As if escalating prices for food and gas weren't enough of a worry, most seniors in Medicare's prescription-drug program are paying considerably higher monthly premiums for coverage this year, according to a study to be released today.

The Washington Times: McConnell stalls Senate to punish Democrats
Kindergarten rules came to the Senate on Wednesday as the Republicans' leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, put Democrats in timeout for what he said was bad behavior.

WSJ: Firms Weigh Climate Bill's Cost
he U.S. government is preparing to slap a multibillion-dollar price tag on global-warming gases produced in a range of activities from electricity production to manufacturing, and virtually every special interest in the economy is jockeying to minimize its cost.

USA Today: Senators suspect railway dealings

Senators from both parties are calling for an investigation into a move by unknown foreign investors to gain more control of one of the nation's largest railroads, which serves military bases and transports nuclear materials across the country.

AP: Senate confirms Preston as HUD secretary
The Senate late Wednesday confirmed President Bush's new housing secretary, elevating Small Business Administration Administrator Steven Preston to be the president's point man on the slumping housing market and the subprime lending crisis.

NY Times: Red Cross in New Dispute Over Disaster Relief Funds
The American Red Cross has again found itself at the center of a dispute over its fund-raising, this time in the backyard of a major Congressional critic, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa.


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