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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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CNN: All you need to know about the Veepstakes
Take an in-depth last look at the men and women in the running for either party’s vice presidential slot, as Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama move ever-closer to announcing their picks.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Is McCain '08 channeling Dole '96?
It's an election between old and new. The Republican presidential candidate is a former war hero and seasoned senator who would be the oldest president in history when he starts his first term. His opponent is a much younger, charismatic Democrat.

San Francisco Chronicle: McCain extends olive branch to Pelosi, Gore
Republican Sen. John McCain, engaged in increasingly sharp attacks on rival Barack Obama, pledged that if elected president, he would work closely with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, praising her as an effective leader and an "inspiration to millions of Americans."

Washington Times: Campaign trail drains the Hill of staffers
After months of sitting on the sidelines and watching the presidential race unfold in Iowa, Florida and Colorado, Capitol Hill staffers are leaving for the campaign trail in droves.

CNN Radio: Sen. Stevens faces northern exposure and a potential VP joins the coy club
One of the most powerful men in Washington faces serious criminal charges. Yesterday, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska was slapped with a seven-count indictment. Meanwhile, high-profile governor Tim Kaine of Virginia avoids questions about his role in the Obama veepstakes. Lisa Desjardins has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.

 

AP: Dems wield oversight cudgel on Bush administration
Across Capitol Hill, Democratic-led committees are considering punishments for past and present Bush administration officials for a range of alleged misdeeds, from discriminating against liberals at the Justice Department to blowing off subpoenas and lying to Congress.

Washington Post: Surviving The Free Fall
Patti Solis Doyle has come home to get her house in order and her reputation back. It has not been a good year. After a dramatic failure at the helm of Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, and five months after Clinton sacked her via e-mail, she moved back to the comfort of her home town to work for Barack Obama.

Boston Globe: McCain renews vow not to raise taxes
John McCain insisted anew yesterday that he would not raise taxes as president, after Democrats and an antitax group questioned whether he had opened the door to a rise in Social Security payroll taxes.

CNN: Stevens' Senate career hurt by 'bridge to nowhere'
Sen. Ted Stevens, indicted Tuesday on seven counts of making false statements on Senate financial disclosure forms, has a long history in the Senate.

Washington Post: For GOP, Stevens Indictment Is Latest in a String of Setbacks
Ted Stevens's indictment yesterday could not have occurred at a more politically inopportune time for the senator from Alaska or for his fellow Republicans.

NY Times: Senator’s House Becomes a Symbol of a Political Earthquake
Paint is peeling. Weeds rule the gravel driveway. The siding is more sub-Arctic sturdy than stylish. “If that work is worth $250,000, then he got ripped off,” said Julie Pederson, who lives across from the house on 138 Northland Road, the official Alaska residence of Senator Ted Stevens. “I’ve been in that house. It’s comfortable, but it’s not lined with gold.”

USA Today: Members of Congress charged with crimes
Before Tuesday, eight members of Congress had been charged with crimes since 2000. Here's a look at Stevens and the others.

CNNMoney.com: Obama speaks with Bernanke, Paulson
Democratic presidential candidate plans to meet with the chairman of the Federal Reserve; he already spoke with the Treasury Secretary on Tuesday.

Washington Post: McCain Charge Against Obama Lacks Evidence
For four days, Sen. John McCain and his allies have accused Sen. Barack Obama of snubbing wounded soldiers by canceling a visit to a military hospital because he could not take reporters with him, despite no evidence that the charge is true.

NY Times: With Commercial, McCain Gets Much More Than His Money’s Worth
The number of times Senator John McCain’s new advertisement attacking Senator Barack Obama for canceling a visit with wounded troops in Germany last week has been shown fully or partly on local, national and cable newscasts: well into the hundreds. The number of times that spot actually, truly ran as a paid commercial: roughly a dozen.

NY Times: Obama’s Quest to Find a Running Mate Sends His Researchers on the Road
Speculation surrounding Senator Barack Obama’s vice-presidential selection has often been set off by the comings and goings at a law firm on Pennsylvania Avenue here, where leading members of his vetting team are working.

NY Times: McCain Goes Negative, Worrying Some in G.O.P.
In recent days Senator John McCain has charged that Senator Barack Obama “would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign,” tarred him as “Dr. No” on energy policy and run advertisements calling him responsible for high gas prices.

NY Times: Teaching Law, Testing Ideas, Obama Stood Apart
The young law professor stood apart in too many ways to count. At a school where economic analysis was all the rage, he taught rights, race and gender. Other faculty members dreamed of tenured positions; he turned them down. While most colleagues published by the pound, he never completed a single work of legal scholarship.

LA Times: McCain gets an earful from Mr. Right
A voter asks: Can't you give us conservatives more to get excited about?

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Fast rise - with limit unknown - for Kaine
It has been a rapid rise for the once-curly-headed kid from Kansas. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's political career, not 15 years old, has veered from the City Hall of racially polarized Richmond to the polished corridors of the state Capitol and - perhaps - to the Democratic vice-presidential nomination.

LA Times: Pelosi hopes her new book is more popular than Congress
The first female speaker of the House has begun a nationwide tour to promote the memoir at a time when public faith in lawmakers is at an all-time low.

San Francisco Chronicle: Democrats Urge Head Of EPA To Resign
Four Senate Democrats called on EPA chief Stephen Johnson to resign today, alleging he gave misleading testimony to Congress and repeatedly bowed to pressure from the White House to avoid regulating greenhouse gases.

USA Today: Obama extends reach with TV ads
More Americans will see presidential campaign ads before Election Day because of Democrat Barack Obama's deep pockets and his quest to expand the number of competitive states in his race against Republican John McCain.

LA Times: Obama meets with key women
The Democrat reaches out, bringing up sexism against Clinton in the primary. McCain vows not to raise taxes.

LA Times: Air Force nominee Schwartz faces questions about Iraq testimony
The Bush administration's nominee to become the next head of the Air Force is facing trouble in the Senate and will undergo an unusual second round of closed-door questioning today.

NY Times: C.I.A. Outlines Pakistan Links With Militants
A top Central Intelligence Agency official traveled secretly to Islamabad this month to confront Pakistan’s most senior officials with new information about ties between the country’s powerful spy service and militants operating in Pakistan’s tribal areas, according to American military and intelligence officials.

Washington Post: Capturing Bin Laden On Camera; At Guantanamo Trial, Former ABC Reporter Recounts 1998 Interview
The blue pickup was rolling through the remote tribal regions of Afghanistan when masked men suddenly jumped up from the side of the road, guns blazing. The ABC news crew inside the truck scrambled to avoid bullets.

Financial Times: US home prices plunge by 15.8%
US house prices suffered a record annual decline of 15.8 per cent in May, according to data released on Tuesday, offering scant hope that the ailing US housing industry could be on the path to recovery.

WSJ: Bush Calls for New Highway Tolls, More Private Funding of Roads
The Bush administration unveiled a plan to impose new tolls on freeways and encourage more private investment to finance road and mass-transit projects, a move aimed at stirring debate as lawmakers prepare for a major overhaul of transportation policy.

USA Today: Environmentalists, businesses reach compromise
Governmental inaction is prompting environmental groups and big business to cut unprecedented deals to promote energy exploration and other development in return for major conservation initiatives.

Washington Times: U.N. thermostat to be set higher
Everyone complains about climate change, and the United Nations is finally doing something about it – on Friday, the temperature inside U.N. headquarters in New York will rise by 5 degrees.

CNN: House apologizes for slavery, 'Jim Crow' injustices
The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and the era of Jim Crow.

WSJ: San Francisco Votes For New Tobacco Rules
San Francisco is poised to become the first city in the nation to ban sales of tobacco products at pharmacies. The law, introduced by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and modeled on similar bans in eight Canadian provinces, was approved by the city's board of supervisors in an 8-3 vote.


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