June 12th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, June 12, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas,

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Analysis: Democrats woo disaffected evangelicals
Four years ago, Michael Farris was knee-deep in presidential politics. Early in the 2004 primary season, he got a call from the Republican National Committee: Would he be willing to mobilize his grass-roots army on behalf of President Bush's re-election effort? By May that year, his organization, Generation Joshua, was deep into fall planning mode. It had laid the groundwork for an ambitious turnout operation for the general election.

WSJ: Obama Leads McCain, But Race Is Looking Tight
Barack Obama begins his presidential race against John McCain with a lead in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, but not so great an edge as might be expected, given the gale-force political headwinds against Sen. McCain's Republican Party.

Washington Post: Comedians Of Clout; In a Funny Way, Satirical Takes Can Color Perceptions of the Presidential Contenders
The Onion newspaper jokingly dissects how Barack Obama calculates his every facial expression to convey the countenance of Inspirational Leadership. Jon Stewart jests that Obama strikes poses so evocative of the forefathers on our currency, he's not campaigning merely for president but rather is "running for coin." And comic Lewis Black kvetches during a recent Washington performance that Obama exudes such off-the-charts optimism in these trying times, "even his nipples are filled with hope!"

WSJ: McCain's Tax Plan Favors Wealthiest, Analysis Says
Both John McCain and Barack Obama promise to cut taxes for the majority of Americans. But an Obama administration would redistribute income toward lower- and middle-class households, while a McCain White House would steer the bulk of the benefits to the wealthiest families, according to a nonpartisan analysis of the still-evolving tax plans of the presidential candidates.

NY Times: Intense Bid to Court Clinton Fund-Raisers
With Senator Barack Obama’s campaign manager scheduled to meet Thursday with top fund-raisers for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in New York, there is resistance from at least some in her once-vaunted network to supporting Mr. Obama.

Washington Post: The Lady Vanishes
After a year and a half directly in the spotlight, where has Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton gone? “They're currently taking some time off as a family," said one spokesperson.

CNN: Carville: Gore would make a great vice president…again
Democratic strategist James Carville told CNN Wednesday that former Vice President Al Gore should reprise his role as the No. 2 on a Democratic ticket.

AP: Not all Democrats falling for Obama
Nothing personal, Sen. Obama, but our re-election comes first. Barack Obama, for all his attention and primary successes, does not go over so well in a fair number of Democratic lawmakers' home districts. So it seems there is little chance that some will endorse him for president.

Washington Post: McCain, Obama Reaching Out to Female Voters
Sen. John McCain and his aides have gone out of their way to praise Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in recent days, and by the end of the week his most prominent female supporter, former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina, will embark on a female-focused speaking tour in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

USA Today: Polls: Women favor Obama
Barack Obama has moved into double-digit leads over Republican John McCain in two new polls of women voters, suggesting he is drawing support from women who once backed Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Financial Times: American candidates ignore Asia at their peril
Barack Obama and John McCain, the US presidential candidates, should understand better than most why Asia is important to any occupant of the White House. Unlike former president George H. W. Bush, neither has been an envoy to Beijing, but each has at least spent time on Asian soil, Mr Obama as a schoolboy in Indonesia and Mr McCain as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Bloomberg: McCain's Young Backers Push Elders to Embrace Obama Web Tactics
Political activist David All gushes over Barack Obama's record-breaking success on the Internet, which has helped the Illinois senator's presidential campaign raise more than $250 million and mobilize armies of supporters.

NY Times: Union Critical of Obama’s Top Economics Aide
Acting quickly after securing his party’s presidential nomination, Barack Obama picked a well-known representative of Bill Clinton’s economic policies as his economic policy director and signaled this week that the major players from the Clinton economics team were now in his camp — starting with Robert E. Rubin.

LA Times: In campaigns, as in basketball, the refs get worked
Phil Jackson huffed along the sidelines and unleashed a post-game rant: His Lakers were manhandled, but the Celtics got all the calls. Basketball is not a bad primer, it turns out, on how our political ballclubs carry on.

AP: Southern Baptists remain wary of McCain
Four years ago, the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign hosted a reception for Southern Baptist pastors at a hotel across the street from their annual meeting.

NY Times: Lawmakers Seek to Close Foreign Lobbyist Loopholes
Loopholes that lobbyists for foreign clients sometimes use to keep their activities under wraps would be closed under legislation that two Democratic senators are expected to offer on Thursday.

NY Times: Lieberman Seeks Limits to Reduce Speculation
A prominent Washington lawmaker said Wednesday that he would propose next week to ban large institutional investors, including index funds, from the nation’s booming commodity markets.

NY Times: Democrats Offer Plans to Revamp Schools Law
Democrats are dividing into camps as they debate a new course for education policy after President Bush leaves office.

NY Times: Bush Loyalist Fights to Save ‘No Child’ Law
Margaret Spellings is not running for office — at least, not yet. But in the waning days of the Bush presidency, she is running one last campaign.

AP: Louisiana Senate Passes School Plan
In a major legislative success for Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana Senate voted 25 to 12 on Wednesday for a bill that would let up to 1,500 low- to middle-income students in New Orleans attend private schools at taxpayer expense.

WSJ: Merkel Supports Bush Plan For Climate Summit
President Bush's hopes for reaching a climate-change agreement among the world's biggest economies got a boost from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe's leading global advocate for tough new greenhouse-gas limits.

USA Today: Battle over gay marriage renewed on California ballot
As California on Monday becomes the second state to join gay couples in matrimony, opponents say efforts to reverse it will be tougher than in the past. They collected enough signatures to include a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on the November ballot, but the vote comes as polls show growing acceptance of gays and more states extend benefits to same-sex couples.

AP: House approves Amtrak funding
A nearly $15 billion Amtrak bill passed the House on Wednesday as lawmakers rallied around an alternative for travelers saddled with soaring gas prices.

Washignton Post: Cheney Pushes for More Drilling; Vice President Also Calls for Extension of Bush Tax Cuts
Vice President Cheney yesterday called for a substantial increase in domestic drilling for oil and other natural resources, including in environmentally sensitive areas, saying that only increased production - and not new technology - will satisfy the nation's demand for energy.


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