August 12th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008

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CNN: Russian president calls halt to Georgian war
Russia's president has ordered an end to military operations against Georgia, the official Russian news agency Interfax reported Tuesday.

CNN: Memos show Clinton camp lines of attack, disarray
Sen. Hillary Clinton's one-time chief strategist wanted to attack Sen. Barack Obama for lacking "American roots" during the Democratic primary battle, according to a magazine article set to be published online Monday evening.WSJ: Obama Floods Florida Airwaves
In Florida's living rooms, the presidential contest so far has been a landslide - Barack Obama, 9,785; John McCain, zero.

LA Times: Longtime Republican voters are airing new views
Many struggling families in the normally comfortable cul-de-sacs outside U.S. cities are thinking of switching parties.

CNN Radio: Georgia on their Minds
Conflict in the Caucasus catch the candidate's eyes as they add their own rhetoric to the crossfire. Meanwhile, a Clinton confidant can't let go of the past. CNN's Steve Kastenbaum has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.


Washington Post Op-Ed: Mikhail Gorbachev: A Path to Peace in the Caucasus
The past week's events in South Ossetia are bound to shock and pain anyone. Already, thousands of people have died, tens of thousands have been turned into refugees, and towns and villages lie in ruins. Nothing can justify this loss of life and destruction. It is a warning to all.

CNN: Ron Paul's wife hospitalized
Rep. Ron Paul's wife was hospitalized Monday at a Houston-area hospital, a spokesman for the Texas Republican confirms to CNN.

Politico: Mark Penn: Negative ads: They really do work
Clever negative advertising works. That is reality. The tactic meets with media and pundit disapproval and spawns accusations of negativity, but the reality is that a clever negative ad can be devastatingly effective.

Boston Globe: McCain targeted as D.C. 'celebrity'
Barack Obama, pummeled for weeks by Republican rival John McCain as an out-of-touch celebrity, tries to turn the tables in a new TV ad that portrays McCain as "Washington's biggest celebrity" playing the "same old Washington games."

Washington Post: In a Changing Corner of Pa., a Glimpse of Obama's Age Problem
When Gene Rutherford, 65, tries to make sense of the meteoric rise of Barack Obama, and the rampant enthusiasm for him among younger Americans, he thinks of the local mall, where as director of operations he often deals with teenagers.

CNN: McCain campaigns with VP contender in battleground state
Sen. John McCain on Monday is campaigning through Pennsylvania with former governor and vice presidential contender Tom Ridge.

Politico: 'Chameleon' Reid looks to 2010 election
As the leader of Senate Democrats looking to expand their majority in November, Harry Reid has become a darling of the left, bashing President Bush, confabbing with liberal bloggers and relishing his role as a national target for conservative ad campaigns.

WSJ Op-Ed: Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Texas Is Fed Up With Corn Ethanol
At what price will corn be so expensive that the federal government will decide that it is time to stop driving up the price of food?

Politico: For politicos, books are hard business
If the launch party was any indication, Sen. Harry Reid’s new book was going to be a hit. On a balmy May evening, hundreds of politicians, lobbyists, reporters and congressional staffers filed into The Source, the sleek new Wolfgang Puck restaurant at the Newseum, and enjoyed pizza with cream cheese and their choice of Reid-themed specialty drinks.

NY Times: Candidate Shocks Party and Himself
What about Bob? That is the head-scratching question in Montana this election season, especially here in Butte, a tough old mining city that is home to Bob Kelleher, the surprise Republican nominee in the race against Senator Max Baucus, the longtime Democratic incumbent.

NY Times: An Indiana Democrat Offers Risks and Rewards
As the Senate debate on the use of force against Iraq neared its climax in October 2002, Senator John McCain turned on the floor to Senator Evan Bayh to ask what had led him to take such “a visible, as well as important” role in seeking Congressional consent for military action.

AP IMPACT: Bush to relax protected species rules
Parts of the Endangered Species Act may soon be extinct. The Bush administration wants federal agencies to decide for themselves whether highways, dams, mines and other construction projects might harm endangered animals and plants.

The Hill: Pelosi indicates openness to offshore drilling vote
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday night dropped her staunch opposition to a vote on offshore oil drilling in the House.

WSJ: Voter Registration Is the New Battleground
As Barack Obama tries to draw hundreds of thousands of new voters to the polls, Republicans are beginning to scrutinize registrants' eligibility as both sides draw a major battle line over voting rights.

CNN Navarrette Commentary: Media didn't conspire to protect Edwards
For several weeks now, a friend - who happens to be a fellow journalist with a good nose for news - has been hounding me to be among the first columnists in the country to write about L'Affaire Edwards.

Washington Post: Edwards's Mea Culpa Merits a Mere Blip Against NBC and Beijing
How clever of John Edwards to make himself available last Friday to do his did-I-ever-make-some-kind-of-serious-mistake-or-what? wife-cheating confession exclusively for ABC News, which would then air it in the teeth of NBC's broadcast of the Beijing Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

Washington Post: In a Harsh Climate for Lobbyists, the Forecast Calls for . . . More Lobbyists
To hear the presidential candidates talk, you'd think that lobbyists were about to be exiled from the capital city.

WSJ: New Front in Abortion Battle
Activists on both sides are awaiting a comprehensive report reviewing two decades of published research on mental health and abortion, to be presented this week at the American Psychological Association's annual conference in Boston.

WSJ: South Dakota Vote Draws Attention
Two years after a strict abortion ban here was overturned by voters, backers have brought a similar measure - but one laced with complexities that could bode well for its passage, and ultimately could bring about the challenge to Roe v. Wade desired by abortion foes nationwide.

Washington Post: In Tiananmen of Games, No Trace of '89 Massacre
The Tiananmen Square that Liu Xiaobo knows is not the same one Olympics fans are seeing on television.

NY Times: Next U.S. Commander in Iraq Cautious on Troop Cuts
As he prepares to become the senior American commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said Monday that over the next year he hoped to recommend significant reductions in the number of American troops stationed there. He acknowledged, however, that political developments — like the recent delay in scheduling regional elections — would influence the troop reductions as much as the level of attacks.

Washington Post: Sovereign Funds Become Big Speculators
Sovereign wealth funds, the massive investment pools run by foreign governments, are now among the biggest speculators in the trading of oil and other vital goods like corn and cotton in the United States, according to interviews with brokers who handle their investments at leading Wall Street banks, veteran traders and congressional investigators.

NY Times: F.B.I.’s Use of Phone Records Shows Need to Protect the Press, Senators Say
Two leading senators said Monday that they were troubled by the F.B.I.’s collection of the phone records of four reporters at The New York Times and The Washington Post and that the episode showed a “pressing need” for legislation pending in the Senate that would provide greater legal protection for journalists.

CNNMoney.com: Dollar makes more strides vs. euro
U.S. currency reaches highest level in nearly 6 months amid continuing concern about Europe's economy.

AP: Cindy Sheehan qualifies to run for Pelosi's seat
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has qualified to run as an independent against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in November's general election.San Francisco election officials on Monday said they have verified enough signatures of registered voters on Sheehan's petitions.


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