July 7th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, July 7, 2008


Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: McCain campaign gets new political director
In one of his first moves to centralize control of McCain's political
organization, Steve Schmidt has tapped Rudy Giuliani's former campaign manager, Mike DuHaime, to be McCain's new political director, a top campaign adviser tells CNN.

NY Times: Economy’s Move to the Fore Poses Problems for Both Candidates
Not since at least 1980, when the United States was reeling from the oil shocks, inflation and slow growth of the previous decade, has the economy been in worse shape heading into the heart of a presidential campaign.

CNN: McCain campaign calls Obama's words into question
Sen. John McCain's campaign said Sunday that Barack Obama's remarks on Iraq "have left a significant question as to exactly what he intends."

Washington Post: Conservatives Ready To Battle McCain on Convention Platform
Conservative activists are preparing to do battle with allies of Sen. John McCain in advance of September's Republican National Convention, hoping to prevent his views on global warming, immigration, stem cell research and campaign finance from becoming enshrined in the party's official declaration of principles.

NY Times: The Facebooker Who Friended Obama
Last November, Mark Penn, then the chief strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton, derisively said Barack Obama’s supporters “look like Facebook.” Chris Hughes takes that as a compliment. Mr. Hughes, 24, was one of four founders of Facebook. In early 2007, he left the company to work in Chicago on Senator Obama’s new-media campaign.

NY Times: Doctors Press Senate to Undo Medicare Cuts
Congress returns to work this week with Medicare high on the agenda and Senate Republicans under pressure after a barrage of radio and television advertisements blamed them for a 10.6 percent cut in payments to doctors who care for millions of older Americans.

LA Times: Protesters gearing up for the political conventions
Every four years, liberal activists follow political power brokers and the world media to the Democratic and Republican party conventions, filling the streets with spirited protest against war, corporate domination and environmental destruction.

NY Times: Aims of Democrats Reach Beyond the Oval Office
Summer is the season of political dreams. And this summer Democrats are dreaming big up and down the ballot. Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee-apparent, has started a broad approach to the general election against the presumed Republican candidate, Senator John McCain.

Politico: McCain promises to balance budget
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to promise on Monday that he will balance the federal budget by the end of his first term by curbing wasteful spending and overhauling entitlement programs, including Social Security, his advisers told Politico.

WSJ: Obama Faces Resistance From Top Supporters of Clinton
Sen. Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, faces dissent from dozens of top fund-raisers and other supporters of former rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, who are angry over how she was treated during their bruising primary battle and are hesitating to back Sen. Obama.

Washington Times: McCain health plan may hurt employer system
There's a great unknown about Sen. John McCain's health plan: How many employers would drop insurance coverage for their workers because of his proposed tax policies?

New York Daily News: Swift Boat Veterans for Truth gear up for 2008 White House race
The Swift Boats are coming. They'll go by different names this year, but the largely unregulated interest groups like Swift Boat Veterans for Truth – which in 2004 torpedoed Democrat John Kerry with allegations he'd inflated his war record – are gearing up for the 2008 White House race like never before.

New York Sun: Latino Vote Is in Play in Presidential Contest
Senator Obama is battling hard against Senator McCain for Latino voters, with both campaigns seeing Hispanics as a demographic group that could swing battleground states in the presidential election.

NY Times: Obama’s Organizing Years, Guiding Others and Finding Himself
The year was 1985 and Gerald Kellman, a community organizer, was interviewing an applicant named Barack Obama to work in the demoralized landscape of poor neighborhoods on this city’s South Side. He liked the young man’s intelligence, motivation and acutely personal understanding of how it felt to be an outsider. He also remembers that Mr. Obama drove a hard bargain.

NY Times: Name Is Double-Edged as Two Udalls Run for Senate
Representatives Tom and Mark Udall possess one of the most famous political names in the West, one virtually synonymous with protecting the region’s spectacular natural resources from overuse and exploitation.

USA Today: Obama showed independent streak in lobbyist dealings
On Wednesday nights during Illinois General Assembly sessions, a group of lobbyists and lawmakers used to gather at the headquarters of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association for a weekly poker game. Barack Obama, who represented part of Chicago as state senator from 1997-2004, was a regular.

LA Times: For Republicans, the Senate outlook is bad
Mississippi, one of the nation's most conservative states, has not elected a Democratic senator in a quarter-century. It has voted for Republican presidential candidates in the last seven elections. But this year, there is a real chance that the state will send a Democrat to the Senate.

Washington Post: Veterans Group Urges Support to 'Finish the Job'
Sen. John McCain will get some battleground-state help this week from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, who appear in a television commercial aimed at convincing the public that the United States is winning in Iraq.

NY Times: New Group Linked to G.O.P. Unveils Ad Attacking Obama
A newly formed Republican group broadcast its first commercial Sunday in four battleground states as part of a $3 million advertising campaign aimed at Senator Barack Obama.

CNN: Bush gets high-flying birthday party
It was a birthday celebration in the skies, as President Bush turned 62 aboard Air Force One while en route to Japan where Bush is attending the summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations.

NY Times: Ex-Prosecutor’s Book Accuses Bush of Murder
As a Los Angeles county prosecutor, Vincent Bugliosi batted a thousand in murder cases: 21 trials, 21 convictions, including the Charles Manson case in 1971. As an author, Mr. Bugliosi has written three No. 1 best sellers and won three Edgar Allan Poe awards, the top honor for crime writers. More than 30 years ago he co-wrote the best seller “Helter Skelter,” about the Manson case.

McCain goes to church, visits VA hospital
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain attended church Sunday and later visited a Veterans Affairs hospital in his hometown. The senator and his wife Cindy took part in the 75-minute service at the North Phoenix Baptist Church and shook hands with greeters, ushers and church members before and after the ceremony.

AP: Obama takes day off campaign trail in Chicago
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama took a day off the campaign trail Sunday in Chicago, attending a neighborhood barbecue with his family. A casually dressed Obama family strolled to a friend's house in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood for the get-together.

NY Times: U.S. Helps Remove Uranium From Iraq
American and Iraqi officials have completed nearly the last chapter in dismantling Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program with the removal of hundreds of tons of natural uranium from the country’s main nuclear site.

Washington Post: GAO Cites Spiraling Costs Of New Weapons Programs
The major weapons systems being developed and produced by the Defense Department will require $1.6 trillion to complete and $335 billion over the next five years - money that may not be available because of the continuing cost of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

USA Today: Illegal immigrants face threat of no college
Some states are making it harder for illegal immigrants to attend college by denying in-state tuition benefits or banning undocumented students.

AP: Scrutiny, opportunity awaits next presidential kids
Young Tad Lincoln herded goats into a White House sitting room. Quentin Roosevelt rammed his wagon into a historic painting. John Kennedy Jr. had to be scooped out of a hiding place in his father's desk. Amy Carter famously brought a book to a state dinner.

NY Times: Some Press for More Notice of Transition in TV
Consumer advocates will gather on Capitol Hill this week to lobby for more money to publicize the big change in television next February, when people who have analog TVs will no longer get any picture.

Washington Post: Secretary of Sandwich; Former House Lawyer Grows His Subway Empire to 1,000-Plus Locations
The cost of food is increasing. A slumping economy is forcing Americans to eat out less frequently. Home values are dropping. Gasoline is rising. Starbucks is shuttering stores. And Larry Feldman - the Subway King of the mid-Atlantic - has just opened his 1,019th shop in the region.

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  1. R U AWARE!!!!!

    CNN) – In one of his first moves to centralize control of McCain's politicalorganization, Steve Schmidt has tapped Rudy Giuliani's former campaign manager,….Mike DuHaime, to be McCain's new political director…………A strategy for winning ………also includes Karl Rove,Mr Black and other Scumbags……..Attack! Attack !….becareful it may comeback to Haunt You!!!

    July 7, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. Charlotte

    The high cost of fuel will trickle down to all businesses and will result in major layoffs, adding still more woes to the economy. We will have no choice but cut out unnecessary expenditures. Starbucks and bottle water will have to go. The people have created this mess by over spending. The "it's all about me' generation will have the hardest time adjusting. Todays young people have no idea about saving for a rainy day, and will be in for a rude awakening.

    July 7, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. saga4obama

    John McCain is a media Spingally who is unfit to lead our Nation. he is one Billion heir who has profited off of the misery of the American people...John McCain should leave the country to the real Hero's. his temper is beyond reproach, he has really questionable dealings both here and a broad, his refusal to release his Military records leave him open only speculation void of worship, Charlotte Iserbyt calls him McAmnesty , "He has promoted illegal amnesty for millions of illegal aliens", " His McCain-Feingold bill has destroyed much of the rights of people to take part in the political process the way they see fit. This bill remains un-Constitutional and a major affront to the First Amendment protections on the right of free speech. ", "He is no fiscal conservative, and he supports raising taxes on Social Security benefits", "He continues his aggressive support for the Iraq War, which costs the U.S. taxpayer $12 billion a month, even though only 34% of Americans support the war. 4,538 Americans have died in the war. 29,780 have been wounded. 300,000 soldiers are suffering from"

    July 7, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Gramma Faye /Idaho

    Looks like they are playing politics with American lives again. Then looking out for them selves. Drop the ball on Medicare and take off for vacation. If they want to act like children and not get the job for the American people done right then they should also loose privileges. Like stay in session till they get it done right for the people. They also dripped the ball on the Home Loan bill with "pork" and this time it was a Rep.
    See they don't care about any ones welfare. They got theirs and think everyone should blindly vote them back into office come Nov. I may not be marking a ballot for Pres. but I am going to vote against everyone in office now from my state.
    Independent voter and thinker.

    July 7, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. william spivey

    Granddaddy should have a thing nor two to say about this even though he want answer the question about Mr. On. This one rates about as high as McSame's new airplane.

    July 7, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |