August 15th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, Aug. 15, 2008

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AP: Edwards' ally explains $14,000 payment to mistress
John Edwards' political action committee paid his mistress $14,000 after she stopped working for it to obtain 100 hours of unused videotape she had shot for his unsuccessful presidential campaign, an associate told The Associated Press on Thursday.The woman, Rielle Hunter, already had been paid $100,000 for the programs.

CNN: New DNC Web video tries to link McCain to Abramoff scandal
The Democratic National Committee’s is taking on John McCain in a new Web video calling into question his reputation as a campaign finance reformer and a maverick who stands outside the inner circles of political dealings in the nation’s capital.

LA Times: McCain back in Aspen, this time standing tall
The GOP candidate discusses Russia and ABBA at the event. Top advisors attend, fueling veep talk.

Washington Post: McCain's Focus on Georgia Raises Question of Propriety
Standing behind a lectern in Michigan this week, with two trusted senators ready to do his bidding, John McCain seemed to forget for a moment that he was only running for president.

CNN: Gorbachev: Georgia started conflict in S. Ossetia
Georgian leaders may be blaming Russia for the conflict raging in South Ossetia, but former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said Thursday "there is no doubt" that Georgia provoked the clash.

CNN Radio: That’s one convention with a side of catharsis, please pull around
Senator Hillary Clinton's supporters get more of what they want and Obama hopes it will prevent chaos. Also, Sen. John McCain continues to bang his foreign policy gong courtesy of Russia. Bob Costantini has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.

NY Times: Lawyers’ Ties Hint at Extent of Hiding Edwards’s Affair
As tabloid reports of a sex scandal threatened former Senator John Edwards’s presidential campaign last December on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, two lawyers surfaced with written statements that appeared to exonerate the candidate.

CNN: Book on Obama blasted for 'vicious innuendo'
There's a new book out about Barack Obama that some say is riddled with pretty much every unsubstantiated rumor you've ever heard about the Illinois senator.

NY Times: McCain Displays Credentials as Obama Relaxes
For the last several days, Senator Barack Obama has seemed to fade from the scene while on his secluded vacation here, as his opponent, Senator John McCain, has seized nearly every opportunity to display his foreign policy credentials on the dominant issue of the week: the conflict between Russia and Georgia.

Washington Times: McCain's hints at Ridge inspire theories
Explanations were abounding Thursday on why Sen. John McCain mentioned Tom Ridge as a possible running mate – including a serious pick, a trial balloon for the right and an ecumenical gesture for the left.

Congressional Quarterly: McCain Gets a Bye from FEC Lawyers
Attorneys for the Federal Election Commission (FEC) have recommended giving Republican presidential candidate John McCain a pass on his decision earlier this year to withdraw from the federal public financing program for his campaign for the GOP nomination.

CNN: Ranking the best and worst VP picks
When it comes to vice presidential picks, there have been some good ones and some not so good ones.

Pioneer Press: Vote 2008 / Mondale makes pitch for Obama
At his first public appearance for Barack Obama, former Vice President Walter Mondale on Thursday told a group of campaign volunteers they will confront "trash ads" and subtle racism aimed at the Democratic presidential candidate.

WSJ: McCain's Son Sat on Troubled Bank's Board
Sen. John McCain's son served until last month on the board audit committee of a Nevada bank that is struggling to survive amid mounting losses and regulatory scrutiny. Andrew K. McCain, 46, was on the board of Silver State Bancorp for five months before he resigned on July 25 for unspecified "personal reasons," according to a news release issued by the bank at the time.

WSJ: Obama Details Raising Taxes on Gains, Dividends
Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama sought to quiet critics by offering specifics about his tax plan, but his proposal to raise tax rates on investment income and expand payroll taxes is continuing to draw fire from some who say it will harm workers and the economy.

LA Times: John McCain, Barack Obama spar over 'celebrity'
WHEN then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton made his storied appearance with saxophone in hand on "The Arsenio Hall Show" 16 years ago, he changed presidential politics - turning pop culture's hippest TV shows into the contemporary equivalent of campaign whistle-stops.

Politico: McCain alarms base with abortion comment
Top social conservative leaders in key battleground states are urging John McCain not to pick a running mate who supports abortion rights, warning of dire consequences from a Republican base already unenthused about their nominee.

USA Today: Donors pick up convention tab
Labor unions and wealthy donors are helping to close funding gaps for both national political conventions, sometimes contributing more than what they could legally donate to Barack Obama or John McCain.

Politico: Keynote speaker today, nominee tomorrow?
Democrats moved one step closer to a full roster of convention speakers Wednesday, tapping former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner to deliver the keynote address at the party gathering in Denver later this month.

WSJ: Stevens Challenges Indictment; Senator's Lawyers Seek the Dismissal Of Corruption Case
Lawyers for Sen. Ted Stevens filed a flurry of pretrial motions that challenged the government's public-corruption case against the Alaska Republican.

NY Times: A Tumultuous Day for Detroit’s Beleaguered Mayor
Just when it seemed as if the legal troubles surrounding Detroit’s embattled mayor, Kwame M. Kilpatrick, who is facing assault and perjury charges, could not grow any more bizarre, they did.

Washington Post: GOP Loyalty Not a Given For Young Evangelicals
Jonathan Merritt is a Baptist preacher's son with a pristine evangelical lineage. It was his dad, the Rev. James Merritt, who reportedly brought President Bush to tears in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks when he called the president "God's man for this hour." The Rev. Jerry Falwell was like a grandfather.

CNN: Clinton's name to be put in nomination at convention
Sen. Barack Obama's campaign has agreed to put former rival Sen. Hillary Clinton's name in nomination at the Democratic National Convention this month.

CNN: Pastor: Not going to play 'gotcha' with McCain, Obama
The Rev. Rick Warren said Thursday that his upcoming forum with Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama will be aimed at asking them tough "heartland questions."

Washington Post: Discord With Russia a Worry for NASA
NASA's ability to send its astronauts to the $100 billion international space station is in danger of becoming a costly casualty of the Russia-Georgia war.

Washington Post: D.C. Party Is Resistant To Audacity Of Change
Like thousands of young Barack Obama supporters, Kahlill Palmer has poured his soul into the politics of change. He's volunteered at the polls, taken road trips to knock on doors, and done his part to help build those big rallies.

Washington Post: McCain Aide Sees Va. as Close but Winnable
A top strategist for Sen. John McCain's campaign said Thursday that the presidential contest in Virginia will "undoubtedly be close" this fall and acknowledged that the state should no longer be considered a Republican stronghold.

Washington Post: Kaine Intervenes In Deportation Case
A Newport News woman who was to be deported yesterday for a 1996 crime has been pardoned by Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and will be granted a one-year reprieve by federal immigration authorities.

CNN: Murtha Intervenes for Company That Broke Export Law
Rep. John P. Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat known for delivering federal money to defense contractors in his district, is now going to bat for a constituent's company that was convicted last year of illegally exporting components of military equipment.

AP: Senators say report on oil prices is flawed
Democratic senators say a government report issued last month on oil prices was based on flawed information. They're asking for an investigation into the matter.

USA Today: Iraqi elections official fears fair vote in jeopardy
Iraqi security forces loyal to the Shiite-led government are raiding voter registration centers and taking other steps to discourage participation in upcoming elections, says the head of Iraq's voting regulatory agency.

AP: Musharraf ally says talks could lead to exit
Talks are under way that could lead to the resignation of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf or else reduce his role to that of a figurehead, an ally of the embattled leader said Friday.

CNN: U.S., Libya deal closes book on Lockerbie
Libya will pay hundreds of millions of dollars to victims of terrorist attacks involving Americans in an agreement signed and finalized Thursday, the U.S. State Department said.

Washington Post: The History Will Linger At Remade Ford's Theatre
This week, Paul R. Tetreault, the theater's producing director, provided a glimpse at the project, about two-thirds completed. The goal is to remake Ford's into the centerpiece of a state-of-the-art Lincoln campus in honor of the bicentennial of the president's birth Feb. 12.


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