June 13th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, June 13, 2008

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CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: Obama Campaign Dispatching Thousands
Moving to harness the grass-roots energy that helped win the Democratic nomination, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign will deploy 3,600 volunteers in 17 states this weekend, each committed to six consecutive weeks of full-time political work.

New York Sun: McCain on Wall Street: 'Angry' About Oil
Speaking on Wall Street last night, Senator McCain of Arizona sounded more like an economic populist than a proponent of the kind of unbridled free-market capitalism promoted by many who work on the trading floors nearby.

CNN: For lobbyists, a bum rap?
Lobbyist. It's a word that's making people and politicians cringe. But even though lobbyists are a target of Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain, many people can't do without them.

NY Times: Will the Real Tax-and-Spender Please ’Fess Up?
With the general election in full gear, Senator John McCain has stepped up efforts to paint his rival, Senator Barack Obama, as what he calls a traditional Democratic tax-and-spend liberal. On Tuesday, for instance, Mr. McCain, addressing a business gathering, accused Mr. Obama of wanting to enact “the largest single tax increase since World War II.”

New York Sun: Obama Opens Lead in New Jersey, Wisconsin
Senator Obama has opened up significant leads in two potentially key states, New Jersey and Wisconsin, new polls show. The presumptive Democratic nominee led Senator McCain in New Jersey by six points, 45% to 39%, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday. In the Badger State, Mr. Obama leads Mr. McCain by 13 points, 50% to 37%, according to a survey of registered voters by the University of Wisconsin. Vice President Gore and Senator Kerry defeated President Bush in the state by razor-thin margins in the last two elections, and the poll suggests Mr. Obama is beginning the general election on much more stable footing there.

Washington Post: Town Hall: McCain's Comfort Zone
Microphone in hand and surrounded on all sides by friendly inquisitors, Republican Sen. John McCain called on a man in the back row of New York's Federal Hall on Thursday night and waited for another opportunity to demonstrate his mastery of the off-the-cuff answer.

Times Online: John McCain attacks John Kerry 'confused' gibe as slur on his age
John McCain faced further questions about his age yesterday after John Kerry, the Democrats’ 2004 presidential nominee, described the 71-year-old Republican as “confused” over Iraq.

CNN: Justices: Gitmo detainees can challenge detention in U.S. courts
Suspected terrorists and foreign fighters held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the right to challenge their detention in federal court, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

NY Times: McCain and Obama Split on Justices’ Guantánamo Ruling
The presidential candidates took differing positions Thursday on the Supreme Court decision granting foreign terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay a right to challenge their detention in civilian courts. Senator John McCain expressed concern about the ruling, while Senator Barack Obama lauded it.

Washington Times: War stance shapes view of ruling
Whether politicians considered Thursday's Supreme Court ruling on Guantanamo Bay Naval Base detainees a victory for terrorists or for the Constitution was largely determined by their substantive stance on the war in Iraq.

CNN: Analysis: Crossing the Clintons
One after another, they jumped ship and left Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign to back her Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama. And although the chapter on her campaign may be closed, there are still open wounds over those who've crossed the Clintons.

Washington Times: Female voters warm to Obama; Cite party's need for unity
Wounds inflicted during the long Democratic primary battle are begrudgingly healing, as prominent supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's failed presidential bid are beginning to voice support for Sen. Barack Obama.

LA Times: Vice presidential search just gets tougher
The resignation of Obama aide James A. Johnson, who was vetting candidates, underscores the effort's many pitfalls.

Critics and News Executives Split Over Sexism in Clinton Coverage
Angered by what they consider sexist news coverage of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, many women and erstwhile Clinton supporters are proposing boycotts of the cable networks, putting up videos on a “Media Hall of Shame,” starting a national conversation about sexism and pushing Mrs. Clinton’s rival, Senator Barack Obama, to address the matter.

LA Times: Mainstream media not jumping on the political rumor bandwagon
Blogs have buzzed since late May with 'news' that a videotape would emerge of Barack Obama's wife spewing a racial epithet.

National Journal: Enemy In The Ranks
Joe Lieberman's Outspoken Support For John McCain Could Hurt Democrats Among Jewish Voters.

NY Times: In California, a House Divided Stands Strong
Of all the supporters behind the two presumptive nominees for president this year, none are quite as intriguing as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican who has thrown his support behind Senator John McCain, and the governor’s wife, Maria Shriver, a Democrat and vocal backer of Senator Barack Obama.

CNN: Analysis: Many judge the president by the spouse
A big part of being president is making decisions, and one of the key decisions a would-be president can make is who he or she marries.

Washington Post: Earmark Spending Makes a Comeback
More than a year after Congress pledged to curb pork barrel funding known as earmarks, lawmakers are gearing up for another spending binge, directing billions toward organizations and companies in their home districts.

WSJ: Dodd Tied to Countrywide Loans
Sen. Christopher Dodd, a top figure in Democrats' response to the housing crisis, defended through a spokesman two mortgages he reportedly received under a special Countrywide Financial Corp. program that awarded preferential interest rates to people referred to as "friends" of the company's chairman and chief executive, Angelo Mozilo.

AP: McCain to push free trade in Canada
John McCain is bullish on free trade. The country isn't. Yet McCain doesn't miss many opportunities to reproach Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama's emerging opposition to international trade deals.

NY Times: Global Image of U.S. Improves Slightly
There is good news and bad news for President Bush as he pursues his valedictory tour of Europe this week, according to a new worldwide study by the Pew Global Attitudes Project. The image of the United States has improved slightly in many countries over the past year, the poll results show. But the new optimism appears to be driven largely by the fact that Mr. Bush will soon be leaving office.

USA Today: World poll: Obama more likely to 'do the right thing'
The matchup between John McCain and Barack Obama is close in nationwide surveys in the USA, but around the world it's no contest: Obama prevails.

AP: Domestic issues follow president to Europe; Bush hears about storms, election and high court ruling
President Bush came to Europe to talk about Afghanistan and Iran, about trade and climate change. He ended up talking about tornadoes and gas prices, the Supreme Court and – over and over – the political race to succeed him. Tragedy and lesser headaches tracked Bush's weeklong trip to Europe.

CNN: Bush meets with Italian ally on Europe tour
U.S. President George W. Bush's farewell tour of Europe took him to Rome on Thursday, where he met with his friend and ally, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

CNN: Unemployment benefits pass House, but future uncertain
The House passed a bill extending unemployment benefits by 13 weeks Thursday, but a presidential veto threat makes its final passage uncertain.

AP: GOP blocks consideration of Medicare bill
Republican senators blocked legislation Thursday that would trim payments to private health insurers serving people in Medicare and use the savings to raise reimbursement rates for doctors.

WSJ: Republicans Expect Losses in Senate
Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, who is in charge of defending the 23 Senate Republican seats up for election, said his best-case scenario would be a three-seat loss on Election Day.

WSJ: Stung by Soaring Transport Costs, Factories Bring Jobs Home Again
The rising cost of shipping everything from industrial-pump parts to lawn-mower batteries to living-room sofas is forcing some manufacturers to bring production back to North America and freeze plans to send even more work overseas.

USA Today: Credit crisis weakens relief for states' student-loan programs
The financial credit crisis is squeezing student loan programs that offer breaks to borrowers who enter critical fields such as nursing and teaching.

WSJ: G-8 Poised to Focus on Oil Prices
Finance ministers from the Group of Eight leading industrial nations this weekend are likely to sound alarm bells about a record climb in oil prices.

NY Times: V.A. Ban on Voter Drives Is Criticized
Voting rights groups are criticizing the Department of Veterans Affairs for its decision to ban registration drives among the veterans living at federally run nursing homes, shelters for the homeless and rehabilitation centers across the country.

AP: Mayors urge Congress to help fix US infrastructure
Big-city mayors told Congress on Thursday that they are overwhelmed by the infrastructure needs of their regions and cannot maintain well-functioning water systems, roads and rail networks without more federal help.

San Francisco Chronicle: Bill seeks to turn down sound on TV ads
Fed up with TV ads so loud that they send viewers scrambling to hit mute on their remotes, a Bay Area lawmaker is pushing a new bill that would force federal regulators to ratchet down the volume of commercials.


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