August 19th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008

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NY Times: Obama Ready to Announce Running Mate This Week
Senator Barack Obama has all but settled on his choice for a running mate and set an elaborate rollout plan for his decision, beginning with an early morning alert to supporters, perhaps as soon as Wednesday morning, aides said.

Washington Post: Obama Tells Allies He Is Ready to Hit Back
Sen. Barack Obama returned to the presidential campaign trail on Monday after a week-long Hawaiian vacation and tried to assure anxious Democrats that he is ready to fight back against Republican character attacks that grew sharper in his absence.

Washington Post: Obama's Vice Presidential Pick Is Already Staffed
If you're one of those political junkies who can hardly bear the anxiety of waiting for Barack Obama to choose his vice presidential running mate, think of how David Wade and Chris Mather feel.

CNN Radio: Tick-tock you don’t stop – VP buzz reaching fever pitch
The clock is winding down on the V.P. race as it turns from a marathon into a sprint. Lisa Desjardins has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.

CNN: The night that changed McCain's life
It was September 1967, and Lt. Cmdr. John McCain was back from Vietnam on home leave. He invited Chuck Larson over for dinner, and during a late night game of bridge, McCain pulled his buddy from the U.S. Naval Academy and flight school aside.

CNN: Barack Obama: A meteoric rise
When Sen. Barack Obama accepts his party's presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, he will have experienced one of the most rapid - and unexpected - ascents in American political history.

WSJ: As U.S. Economic Problems Loom, House, Senate Sweat the Small Stuff
The 110th Congress, whose term officially ends in January, hasn't passed any spending bills or attacked high gasoline prices. But it has used its powers to celebrate watermelons and to decree the origins of the word "baseball."

Washington Post: Candidates Got Advance Look at Questions
Responding to questions about whether Sen. John McCain had an unfair advantage over Sen. Barack Obama at Saturday's forum on faith at the Saddleback Church in California, a spokesman for the Rev. Rick Warren said both candidates had an advance look at a few questions.

USA Today: Suburbs: New shortcut to White House?
Suburban counties including these — outside Portland, Denver and Cleveland, respectively — have become the hardest fought and most closely won battlegrounds of national elections

WSJ: Candidates Hone Messages In Convention Run-Up
Playing to perceived strengths as the conventions loom, John McCain polished his military credentials before an audience of veterans, while Barack Obama empathized with the economic cares of female supporters.

NY Times: Ethics Thicket for Convention Parties Crimps Events
National party conventions are known as much for their nonstop partying as they are for their politics — a time for lobbyists, politicians and corporate executives to gather at lavish receptions and elegant dinners.

WSJ: Google Will Offer Services for Bloggers at the Conventions
Google Inc. will help set up a two-story, 8,000 square-foot headquarters for hundreds of bloggers descending on the Democratic convention in Denver next week, and it will offer similar services at the Republican convention in September, as new media gain influence in politics.

CNN: Rollins’s Commentary: Conventions are high-risk for Obama and McCain
On August 25, the Democrats meet in Denver, Colorado, and a week later, the Republicans gather in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

NY Times: Democrats Get Big Gift for Denver
Tom Golisano, the Rochester billionaire and registered Republican, donated $1 million on Friday to the host committee of the Democratic Party’s convention in Denver, making him one of the largest donors to the planning efforts surrounding the expected coronation of Barack Obama as the party’s nominee next week.

LA Times: L.A. mayor passed over for speaking role at Democratic convention
Some speculate it's because Antonio Villaraigosa backed Hillary Clinton in the primaries. Others think it's because California is a given for Obama. And there are other theories.

Washington Post: That's Entertainment - or Is It?
Whatever you do, do not call the events at the upcoming presidential conventions that feature Kanye West and the band Daughtry "concerts." They are not, according to their sponsor, the Recording Industry Association of America.

NY Times: The Lingering What-If Question: Clinton?
No power brokers in the Democratic Party are openly campaigning for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as their vice-presidential nominee this year, and even Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides have stopped talking her up. Yet privately, some Democrats continue to see her as exactly the partner that Senator Barack Obama needs.

AP: Clintons join in mourning for Ark. party leader
Former President Clinton and others remembered the slain chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party on Monday for his strength of character and the unity he brought to Democrats in the past two political seasons.

CNN: Rendell voting for Clinton
Perhaps Ed Rendell's name can be officially scrapped from the list of potential VPs. The Pennsylvania governor and fervent Hillary Clinton backer said Thursday he's planning to vote for the New York senator at the Democratic convention next week.

CNN: Obama tells supporter: 'You're wrong,' defends compromise
Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, took the opportunity Monday to answer many critiques leveled at him by his own supporters.

CNN: McCain questions Obama's ability to be commander in chief
Sen. John McCain questioned his Democratic opponent's ability to be commander in chief in an address before a national veterans convention Monday.

Washington Post: Obama Suggests $2 Billion In New Funding for NASA
Sen. Barack Obama has detailed a comprehensive space plan that includes $2 billion in new funding to reinvigorate NASA and a promise to make space exploration and science a significantly higher priority if he is elected president.

NY Times: Early Sales of a Book on Obama Anger Stores
Barnes & Noble has substantially reduced its 10,000-copy order of “Obama’s Challenge,” by Robert Kuttner, after Chelsea Green, the book’s publisher, announced it would initially be sold exclusively on Amazon.com.

Politico: Bob Woodward to reveal 'The War Within'
Bob Woodward’s new book is shrouded in such mystery that even the title was a secret until now. Publishing sources say the book, completed just three weeks ago and out Sept. 8, is titled “The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008.”

Washington Post: Anti-Regulation Aide to Cheney Is Up for Energy Post
A senior aide to Vice President Cheney is the leading contender to become a top official at the Energy Department, according to several current and former administration officials, a promotion that would put one of the administration's most ardent opponents of environmental regulation in charge of forming department policies on climate change.

CNN: White House: U.S. had nothing to do with resignation
The United States and Britain praised Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's contribution to the war on terror while the Bush administration claimed no role in the leader's resignation Monday.

CNN: Blackwater defends team in Baghdad shootings
Security contractor Blackwater said any guards who acted improperly in a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad should be held accountable, but believes its team acted in self-defense, a company spokeswoman said.

CNN: Jonas Brothers drop in on White House press corps
It's not often the White House press corps is the envy of your average 13-year-old, but then again, it's not every day the Jonas brothers stop by.

Washington Post: If I Were the Boss . . .
Like other federal workers not content with their current jobs, Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama seek a higher government position with better pay, a bigger office and more responsibility. A major part of that responsibility is being the boss of the federal workplace and its employees.


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