June 6th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, June 6, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Obama, Clinton meet for 'unity' talks, sources say
Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton met late Thursday in Washington, D.C. - their first meeting since Obama became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

NY Times: Adviser Says McCain Backs Bush Wiretaps
A top adviser to Senator John McCain says Mr. McCain believes that President Bush’s program of wiretapping without warrants was lawful, a position that appears to bring him into closer alignment with the sweeping theories of executive authority pushed by the Bush administration legal team.

LA Times: New question: What does Hillary Clinton want now?
Her next chapter could include a role as Obama's running mate. More likely, it will mean a return to the Senate, where she may well begin preparing for another run for president.

AP: Audit: Gov't could lose billions in royalties
If oil and natural gas prices stay as high as they've been in recent months, the government could lose as much as $53 billion over the next 25 years in energy royalties because of an adverse court ruling, according to congressional auditors.

WSJ: McCain vs. Obama: In the General Election, Sharp Battle Lines Over Policy
Now comes the real clash. The prolonged Democratic nominating contest between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton, two people who agree on most everything, magnified small and sometimes insignificant disagreements on policy. Not so with Sen. Obama and Sen. John McCain.

WSJ: Growing Number of Clinton Backers Push for 'Dream Ticket,' Despite Long Odds
Barack Obama may not be jumping to invite Hillary Clinton to be his running mate, but a growing contingent of Clinton backers is trying to convince him she is the best choice.

USA Today: McCain says he won't run from Bush in campaign
Republican John McCain said he won't try to "separate" himself from a weakened President Bush or his unpopular handling of the war in Iraq to try to win the general election against Barack Obama, who has made opposition to the war a focus of the Democratic campaign.

Baltimore Sun: Davis doesn't have second thoughts
It has been hard for Hillary Clinton to step down, and even tougher for Lanny J. Davis, the longtime Clinton defender from Maryland who is the force behind an online petition to persuade Barack Obama to make her his running mate.

Baltimore Sun: From RFK, a living legacy
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is still moved by the strangers who approach her to describe how her father inspired them.

WSJ: Race Issue Looms in Election, With Sharp Divide in Some States
As the country prepares for the first general election pitting a black presidential candidate against a white candidate, race continues to be the wild card.

USA Today: Obama reaching out to the white working class
As he begins the general election contest for the White House, Democrat Barack Obama is targeting the voters he had the hardest time winning in the primaries: those who are white and working class.

LA Times: Obama leads in battle for Latino vote
The latest polls show he has a surprising advantage over McCain and is favored by up to 62% of voters.

Washington Post: McCain Sets Sights on the Democrats Who Voted for Clinton
Republican Sen. John McCain envisions a November victory built in part around attracting a large number of the millions of voters who turned away from Sen. Barack Obama's promise of change during the historic Democratic primary campaign.

AP: Senate action on climate bill seems doomed
Senate bill to cut greenhouse gases and address global warming is heading toward almost certain defeat after nearly a week of stalemate and partisan bickering. Each side accuses the other of obstruction, trickery and political games.

CNN: Air Force officials ousted over nuclear gaffes
The top military and civilian leaders of the U.S. Air Force were forced out Thursday over the handling of nuclear weapons, the Defense Department secretary said.

AP: House passes Democratic budget plan
Democrats gave final approval Thursday of a 2009 budget blueprint that rewards domestic agencies and the Pentagon with generous budget increases while leaving wrenching decisions about curbing Medicare costs and increasing taxes to the next president.

AP: Congress sends $290B farm bill to Bush _ again
Congress on Thursday sent a $290 billion farm bill to President Bush for a second time in an effort to fix a printing error that has threatened the delivery of U.S. food aid abroad.

LA Times: The Canada threat (cue scary music)
Liberals keep saying a GOP victory will drive them north - but they're still here.

LA Times: Hollywood come together for Obama? Yes, it can
The Democratic industry plans to back the Illinois senator in the leading role.

LA Times: The pundits are either with you or against you
Jon Stewart of 'The Daily Show' directs his finely honed sense of sarcasm at Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Washington Post: McCain Wants a Man on Mars
Sen. John McCain told Florida newspaper editors today that he thought it would be exciting to send a man to Mars. He did not specify whether that man should be Sen. Barack Obama.

Washington Post: Lieberman Savoring Life On Both Sides of the Aisle
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) was running a few minutes late as he bounded onstage to cheers from environmental activists gathered in a park near the Senate chamber on Monday for a rally promoting climate-change legislation, which he is sponsoring with some of the Senate's staunchest liberals.

LA Times: But did McCain call fliers 'my friends' in canned greeting?
An Aspen airport decides the Republican won't be among the celebrities whose recordings are heard at the terminal.

AP: Bush picnics with lawmakers despite their disputes
President Bush, though peeved with Congress over stalling his legislative initiatives, was grinning Thursday as he mingled with lawmakers and their families at the annual congressional picnic.


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