July 1st, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Obama responds to attacks on his patriotism
Sen. Barack Obama defended his patriotism Monday, telling a crowd in Independence, Missouri, that his "deep and abiding love for this country" is the reason he is running for president.

New York Daily News: Barack Obama has collected nearly twice as much money as John McCain
Wall Street is investing heavily in Barack Obama. Although the Democratic presidential hopeful has vowed to raise capital gains and corporate taxes, financial industry bigs have contributed almost twice as much to Obama as to GOP rival John McCain, a Daily News analysis of campaign records shows.

Financial Times: US candidates’ health plans diverge
The US is unique in tying health insurance for working age adults to their jobs. In countries with social insurance systems such as France and Germany, employers make contributions to the insurance pool. But the cover is not linked to the workplace.

Bloomberg: McCain Touts Coal, Nuclear While Decrying `Playing Favorites'
As a senator, John McCain has condemned policies that pick market winners and losers, aiming particular criticism at government ethanol subsidies as a taxpayer rip-off.

CNNMoney.com: Luck – A president's best jobs plan
A year from now, economists say the economy will be stronger and unemployment lower – regardless of whether John McCain or Barack Obama wins.

AP: Analysis: Rivals hide immigration similarities
When it comes to immigration, Barack Obama and John McCain generally agree. It's just that they don't want to say so. Instead, the White House rivals accuse one another of flinching when it mattered most, during and after last year's Senate debate on a bill that would have given millions of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

Financial Times: Blogs bring new reality to US polls
Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have crossed swords with the biggest names in the media world, but that did not help either recently when they came up against a 61-year-old Californian amateur brandishing a $40 Sony digital voice recorder.

Boston Globe: Bush base yet to rush to donate to McCain
President Bush has headlined a fund-raising event to help John McCain finance his campaign to succeed him, but most of the big-money backers who helped reelect Bush in 2004 haven't pulled out their checkbooks for McCain – or asked their friends to chip in either.

Financial Times: State trials offer blueprints for US reform
Many significant reforms to US social policy – social security, workers’ compensation, welfare reform and Medicaid – started life as experiments at state level. In spite of the national scope of Barack Obama’s plan and the radical nature of John McCain’s, there are plenty who argue that a solution to America’s healthcare problem may emerge in similarly bottom-up fashion.

New York Sun: Obama Hits a Bump, Denounces Attack on McCain
Senator Obama hit a bump in the road in his new drive to attract voters who harbor doubts about his patriotism yesterday when he was forced to denounce remarks one of his prominent supporters made minimizing the value of Senator McCain's military service.

NY Times: Campaign Flashpoint: Patriotism and Service
Senator Barack Obama on Monday rejected the comments from a leading Democrat and campaign military adviser who diminished Senator John McCain’s service as a naval aviator in Vietnam when he declared, “I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”

CNN: Bush signs bill funding wars into 2009
President Bush on Monday signed a bill that will pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the remainder of his presidency and into spring 2009. The supplemental spending bill provides nearly $162 billion in war funding without the restrictions congressional Democrats vowed to put into place since they took control of Congress nearly two years ago.

Rocky Mountain News: Reality check: McCain eyes independents with ad on economy, environment
The ad from Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain called "global" focuses on the environment and the economy. It's aimed at independent voters, and tries to put some distance between McCain and President Bush.

LA Times: McCain's energy record is on/off
John McCain speaks to a trucker and others in Pennsylvania. An advisor says McCain’s shifts on energy policy reflect a pragmatic approach to governing. The Republican presidential candidate has swerved from one position to another over the years, taking often contradictory stances on the government's role in energy policy.

NY Times: Obama Courting Evangelicals Once Loyal to Bush
Politically speaking, Susan Speakman is a different kind of evangelical. Mrs. Speakman, 59, a pastor and educator at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bridgeville, Pa., an activist evangelical church southwest of Pittsburgh, backs Senator Barack Obama in the presidential race. Along with her 23-year-old son, Stephen, she supports Mr. Obama because of his stands on the Iraq war and matters of social justice. The two of them plan to spread the word in their community and beyond.

NY Times: McCain Heads Today for Colombia, Where Adviser Has Long Had Ties
At a time when the role of lobbyists and special interests are at issue in the presidential campaign, Senator John McCain leaves Tuesday on a trip to Colombia, where a senior adviser to him has long had business and political ties.

Boston Globe: Obama-Clinton contest revealed limits of racism, sexism
To hear some of Hillary Clinton's disappointed supporters tell it, half of America just told her to "Iron my shirt." In fact, two guys did, at a Clinton rally in New Hampshire in January, in what seems to have been a prank to draw attention to their radio show.

AP: La. governor vetoes pay raise for state lawmakers
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed a bill that would have doubled salaries for the state's lawmakers. The Republican had previously said he would not veto the bill even though he didn't agree with the raise. The veto came after several election recall petitions were filed against Jindal and other state legislators.

NY Times: A New Campaign Charge: You Supported Clinton
Brooklyn’s 10th Congressional District, home to more African-Americans than any other in New York, gave Senator Barack Obama his highest margin of victory in the state. But the district’s longtime congressman, Edolphus Towns, did not share his constituency’s preference for Mr. Obama. Now some of those voters are pushing to oust him.

USA Today: Price of Power: McCain accepts ex-Swift Boaters' donations
Republican John McCain, who four years ago condemned independent ads challenging Democrat John Kerry's military record, has accepted nearly $70,000 for his presidential campaign from the top donors of the group behind the attack ads and their relatives, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

USA Today: U.S. deaths in Afghanistan near those in Iraq
U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan are approximating those in Iraq, reflecting a shifting balance in the two wars the United States is fighting.

Washington Post: Senators Fault Pentagon On Bases' Toxic Cleanup
Five Senate Democrats wrote to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates yesterday, chastising the Pentagon for resisting orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up three contaminated military bases in their states.

AP: GOP lawmakers want ethanol requirements reduced
More than four dozen House Republicans asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to reduce required ethanol production this year, saying renewable fuel standards enacted by Congress will boost already high corn prices in the wake of Midwest floods.

AP: Cindy McCain settles debt with San Diego tax man
Officials said Monday a trust controlled by the multimillionaire wife of Republican presidential hopeful John McCain had initiated payment on $1,743 owed in property taxes on a condominium in the tony La Jolla Shores area.

Washington Post: Ex-Agent Says CIA Ignored Iran Facts
A former CIA operative who says he tried to warn the agency about faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs now contends that CIA officials also ignored evidence that Iran had suspended work on a nuclear bomb.

NY Times: After Deaths, U.S. Inspects Electric Work Done in Iraq
The Pentagon has ordered electrical inspections of all buildings in Iraq maintained by KBR, a major military contractor, after the electrocutions of several United States service members.

Washington Post: European Lawmaker To Sue U.S. Over Data
A European Union lawmaker who frequently travels to the United States is suing the U.S. government for access to her personal records, such as credit card information and travel history, that the Department of Homeland Security and other security agencies may have gathered.

NY Times: Wounded Iraqi Forces Say They’ve Been Abandoned
Dawoud Ameen, a former Iraqi soldier, lay in bed, his shattered legs splayed before him, worrying about the rent for his family of five.

NY Times: A Ragtag Insurgency Gains a Qaeda Lifeline
Hiding in the caves and woodlands surrounding this hill-country town, Algerian insurgents were all but washed up a few years ago. Their nationalist battle against the Algerian military was faltering. “We didn’t have enough weapons,” recalled a former militant lieutenant, Mourad Khettab, 34. “The people didn’t want to join. And money, we didn’t have enough money.”


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