January 21st, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, January 21, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: GOP Field Readies for True Test In Florida
Florida has played a pivotal role in the past two general elections and now is poised to help determine who the Republicans will send into the main event this November. The primary looms as a potential showdown in the GOP nomination battle not only because of its size and importance but because it will be the first this year in which all the leading candidates are competing.

The Greenville News: South Carolina To Test Democrats Next
The major Democratic presidential candidates square off here tonight in a high-stakes debate that could help shape how South Carolina votes on Saturday - and how other states vote in upcoming primaries.

Washington Times: Florida Do-Or-Die For Giuliani
After skipping the first half-dozen primaries and caucuses, it's finally Game Day for the former New York City mayor, and he calls the next battleground — Florida — "our home field."

Washington Post: A Shift Toward Obama Is Seen Among Blacks
Three months ago, when The Washington Post first interviewed several African American women in South Carolina, Clinton (N.Y.) had the support of 54 percent of black women nationally, compared with 35 percent for Obama. But Obama is now winning 60 percent of the black vote, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.

USA Today: Top Dems To March On S.C. Capitol
Taking a brief intermission from their sparring, the top three Democratic presidential contenders plan to join thousands of others here Monday morning for a symbolically charged commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.

NY Times: After His Loss in Nevada, Edwards Keeps Marching
Even as the Democratic race has narrowed to a virtual two-way match between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Edwards has continued campaigning relentlessly for the nomination, most recently on a three-day airplane tour through four key states that will hold primaries on Feb. 5. On the stump and in interviews, he is still recalling his “son of a mill worker” background, still vowing to take on powerful corporate interests and still insisting that he is very much in the Democratic race.

Washington Post: Obama Echoes King's Call For Unity at Atlanta Church
Sen. Barack Obama took the pulpit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Atlanta church Sunday and drew a clear link between King's vision of an America free of segregation and racism and the central tenet of his own presidential campaign, a call for unity after years of partisan rancor and division.

Washington Post: Mitt Romney's Economic Record Questioned
Republican Mitt Romney is touting his revival of the Massachusetts' economy in a pitch to voters in Florida, a state that could make or break his White House bid, but some experts dispute that record.

AP: Edwards: Dems Need Him to Face McCain
A day after getting his "butt kicked" in the Nevada caucuses, presidential candidate John Edwards said Sunday that he's the only Democrat who can successfully take on Republican John McCain.

NY Times: For Clinton, Government as Economic Prod
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said that if she became president, the federal government would take a more active role in the economy to address what she called the excesses of the market and of the Bush administration.

LA Times: Democratic Hopefuls Agree On Medicare As A Healthcare Model
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have been sniping at each other for months over healthcare, but there's one thing the top Democratic presidential candidates agree on: Americans of all ages should have the choice of buying a government-run plan modeled on Medicare.

WSJ: Democrats Turn Attention To South Carolina Contest
With the dogfight in Nevada behind them, Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama prepared to battle it out in South Carolina while spreading their efforts to the nearly two dozen states that will hold primaries on Feb. 5.

WSJ: South Carolina May Winnow GOP Field
The muddled Republican race for president may grow a tad clearer as South Carolina votes Saturday, with both Sen. John McCain and Mike Huckabee competing to build on early wins and Fred Thompson needing a strong showing in his home region to survive.

Miami Herald: GOP Contenders Arrive, Aim At McCain
Rivals for the Republican presidential nomination sought Sunday to chip away at any momentum John McCain rides to Florida as they planned competing bus tours across the state that is poised to deliver a pivotal verdict in an unsettled field.

Politico: Young Activists Mobilize Against ID Law
A coalition of youth groups including Rock the Vote and the National Black Law Students Association filed an amicus brief to the Indiana state Democratic Party lawsuit urging the Supreme Court to find the law unconstitutional.


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