August 7th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: August 7, 2008

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Washington Post: Win Points for McCain! Rewards Program for Online Commenters
Spread John McCain's official talking points around the Web - and you could win valuable prizes! That, in essence, is the McCain campaign's pitch to supporters to join its new online effort, one that combines the features of "AstroTurf" campaigning with the sort of customer-loyalty programs offered by airlines, hotel chains, restaurants and the occasional daily newspaper.

WSJ: The New Southern Strategy
This is how shaky Republican fortunes are in 2008: In one of the most conservative corners of the conservative South, Democrats stand a good chance of winning a congressional seat.

Washington Post: Outspoken Pawlenty Auditions for Role of Mr. Discretion
Tim Pawlenty is an uncommonly forthright man. The Minnesota governor, who aspires to be John McCain's vice president, said during a radio interview in the spring that his wife enjoys fishing, football and hockey. "Now," Pawlenty quipped, "if I could only get her to have sex with me."

Washington Post: Indebted Ever After; Scared by National Deficit? You Should Be, Filmmakers Say.
A private-equity billionaire, a former federal government official and a Baltimore newsletter editor have made a documentary film that they hope can do what an endless parade of policy papers has not: Persuade Americans that debt has created a looming economic crisis that would make the Great Depression look like a market correction.

CNN Radio: Energy policy spends a day with Paris and Newt Gingrich
Take that “White Haired Dude!” Paris Hilton responded to John McCain, but may have shown Congress how to do its job - and Newt Gingrich is talking shutdown again. Lisa Desjardins has today's CNN Political Ticker.


CNN: Clinton: I have ‘no inside information’ on VP process
Senator Hillary Clinton spent Thursday in New York on Senate business, but she couldn’t escape questions about the vice presidential search.

WSJ: Activists to Play Comedy, Not Drama, at Denver Convention
Local law enforcement is preparing for the worst at the Democratic National Convention, spending millions on crowd-control gear and bringing in hundreds of extra officers to back up the military and Secret Service.

Washington Times: McCain takes lead on YouTube hits
Paris Hilton may think John McCain is just a “wrinkly white-haired guy,” but the Republican presidential candidate apparently has figured out the younger generation just fine. Over the past two weeks, his “celebrity” attacks have stomped Democratic presidential opponent Sen. Barack Obama in YouTube hits.

WSJ: Pressure to Donate to Romney Alleged in Complaint
A former executive who says his boss pressured him to contribute to Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has filed an employment-bias complaint that offers a rare glimpse behind the curtain of big-money corporate fund raising.

Financial Times: Obama adviser blames McCain ad for poll dip
A senior adviser to Barack Obama has blamed recent attack advertisements comparing the Democratic presidential hopeful to celebrities Britney Spears and Paris Hilton for a dip in Mr Obama’s polls with voters.

NY Times: Obama’s View on Abortion May Divide Catholics
Sixteen years ago, the Democratic Party refused to allow Robert P. Casey Sr., then the governor of Pennsylvania, to speak at its national convention because his anti-abortion views, stemming from his Roman Catholic faith, clashed with the party’s platform and powerful constituencies. Many Catholics, once a reliable Democratic voting bloc, never forgot what they considered a slight.

USA Today: Third-party candidates try for ballot spots in most states
Bob Barr and Ralph Nader, the best-known third-party presidential candidates, are on their way to getting onto most state ballots.

NY Times: Looking for Any Signs at Obama-Bayh Meeting
When Senator Evan Bayh introduced his colleague Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, at a town-hall-style meeting here on Wednesday morning, there was more scrutiny of the interaction between the two men than would be usual at such an event.

CNN: Obama, McCain energy plans
Presidential candidates Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are detailing their plans for solving the country's energy crisis and criticizing each other's proposals this week as they campaign in battleground states.

Washington Post: Obama Hits Back, Too Softly For Some
Barack Obama released a television advertisement yesterday that questions John McCain's claims to be a "maverick," and he charged in a campaign appearance that the Republican displays independence only when it suits him politically.

CNN: McCain-Obama Nuclear Duel
CNN's Ed Henry breaks down where the two presidential candidates stand on nuclear energy.

CNN: Energy compromise offers test for Obama, McCain
Barack Obama and John McCain play up their willingness to reach across the aisle, and now that there's a bipartisan energy compromise on the table, they have the opportunity to put their words to the test.

CNN: Poll: Americans say they have seen too much Obama
John McCain’s campaign has spent the summer complaining about Barack Obama’s dominance of the news cycle. Now, a new poll suggests a majority of Americans may agree.

CNN: Iraqi lawmaker: We are doing our share of reconstruction
Iraq's government is pulling its weight to reconstruct its war-torn country, Shiite lawmaker Haidre al-Abadi said Wednesday, a day after U.S. auditors announced that Iraq has amassed projected surpluses of up to $80 billion from rising oil prices while Washington pays for reconstruction projects.

LA Times: Obama ready to unwind in Hawaii
Paris Hilton spoofed his ad campaign, but the woman notorious for being famous did not deter Republican presidential candidate John McCain's ongoing attack on the celebrity of his Democratic rival, Barack Obama.

Washington Post: Candidates Paint Each Other as 'Celebrity' Obama and 'More of the Same' McCain
Analysis: This Barack Obama ad begins with footage of a previous McCain commercial, in which he declared himself a maverick and took a veiled shot at President Bush by saying, "We're worse off than we were four years ago." The Democrat's ad uses a 2003 Fox News interview to tie McCain to a president now far more unpopular by using the Arizona Republican's own words.

Washington Post: Politics: HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE
More than half of the 76,000 seats at Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High, where Obama will accept the Democratic nomination this month, will go to Colorado residents, according to the Democratic National Convention Committee. Two-thirds of the tickets will go to residents of Mountain West states.

Washington Post: Boehner and the Bunker Mentality
As his troops forsake their August recess this week to raise Cain over gas prices, their No. 1 campaign issue, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has been home tending to his golf game and his fundraising.

TIME: Have the Clintons Gotten Over It?
The July 31 cocktail reception outside Palo Alto, Calif., had been billed as an evening for letting bygones be bygones, a coming together of Hillary Clinton's Silicon Valley backers with Barack Obama's to help the New York Senator retire her campaign debt.

NY Times: Family’s Donations to McCain Raise Questions
The Jordanian business partner of a prominent Florida businessman, who has raised more than $500,000 for Senator John McCain, appears to be at the center of a cluster of questionable donations to his presidential campaign.

Washington Post: The Battle for Hampton Roads
On her first campaign visit to Virginia, Michelle Obama made a case for her husband yesterday in Hampton Roads, a region that in previous years would have been considered safe territory for a Republican with a strong military background.

Financial Times: Carmakers race for green technology lead
Maria Recchia-O’Neill got more than she bargained for when she began driving an experimental hydrogen-powered, zero-emission car around Westchester county, New York.

NY Times: Race Takes Central Role in a Memphis Primary
In the culmination of a racially fraught Congressional campaign in Memphis, a black candidate is linking her liberal-leaning white primary opponent in Thursday’s contest, Representative Steve Cohen, to the Ku Klux Klan in a television advertisement.

LA Times: Schwarzenegger refusing to sign bills
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday that he would not sign any bills lawmakers send him until they pass a budget and would veto measures already on his desk before they can become law.

CNN: FBI accused of hardball tactics in anthrax case
Former colleagues of Bruce Ivins, the man blamed for the 2001 anthrax attacks, accused federal agents Wednesday of hounding the government researcher and his family to the point where Ivins took his own life.

WSJ: Two Charged in Medical-Care Billing Scam
A top hospital official and the operator of a homeless facility face federal criminal fraud charges for their alleged involvement in an elaborate plan to recruit homeless individuals for unnecessary health-care treatment and then bill the government for it.

Washington Post: Mayors Want Federal Focus on Cities
Dozens of mayors and police chiefs Wednesday called on the federal government to focus on fighting crime in cities, saying that the efforts that had driven down urban crime had dissipated since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and that they were seeing a consequent rise in crime levels.

Washington Post: Foreign Activists Manage to Pierce China's Broad Security Apparatus
China's intense efforts to block any protest that would mar the Olympic Games were challenged Wednesday by foreign activists equally bent on diverting attention to issues as varied as Tibetan independence, the crisis in Darfur and religious freedom.

WSJ: U.S. Minority Population Increases, Spreads Out
Metropolitan areas across the U.S. continue to get more diverse as minorities, especially Hispanics, increase their share of the population.


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