February 28th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, February 28, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

NY Times: Bloomberg Says He Won’t Run but Will Be Active
Bringing an end to a long flirtation with a bid for the White House, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has officially closed the door on a presidential candidacy this year.

Washington Post: Clash on Iraq Could Be McCain-Obama Preview
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) accused Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) of making ill-informed comments about Iraq and al-Qaeda in Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, signaling that a general-election brawl between the colleagues would center in part on who has the foreign policy experience to lead a country at war.

NY Times: Black Leader Changes Endorsement to Obama
Senator Barack Obama on Wednesday accepted the endorsement of Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and longtime African-American political leader, who switched his support from the presidential candidacy of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

NY Times: Longtime Clinton Aide Returns to the Fray
Harold M. Ickes may be Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s last hope for winning the Democratic presidential nomination. Nearly 40 years after attending his first Democratic National Convention, Mr. Ickes — who has survived losing presidential campaigns, grand jury investigations and a tumultuous stint in Bill Clinton’s White House — is back at another campaign. He has a good 30 years of presidential history on nearly everyone in the Clinton campaign headquarters, but he is as sassy and dyspeptic as he was when he worked for Eugene J. McCarthy.

LA Times: Race A Wild-Card Factor
When John McCain apologized to Barack Obama this week for the comments of his warm-up act at a rally, it was not the first time - and probably won't be the last - that the most competitive black presidential candidate in U.S. history has heard the words, "I'm sorry." In his yearlong quest to win the White House, the Democratic senator from Illinois has changed the rules of political engagement, forcing his rivals to step delicately in a normally no-holds-barred arena.

Washington Post: Clinton Campaign Pours Resources Into Two Crucial Primaries
Aides to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), coming to terms with the idea that she must win contests in both Texas and Ohio next week or face enormous pressure to drop out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, are pouring all of the campaign's dwindling resources into the March 4 primaries.

Washington Post: Obama Rebuffs Challenges on His Israel Stance
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is engaged in a concerted effort to reassure Jewish leaders in the face of an increasingly aggressive Republican campaign to question his tolerance and his commitment to supporting Israel.

WSJ: Young America May Lift Democrats, Shape Agendas
Behind the surge in voter turnout this year has been a particularly sharp rise among people younger than age 30. In 18 states that have voted in the past two months, younger voters made up 13% of the Democratic electorate, up from 9% in the nominating contests four years ago, an analysis of primary and caucus exit polls shows.

NY Times: Early Obama Commitment on Money Becomes Target
Just 12 months ago, Senator Barack Obama presented himself as an idealistic upstart taking on the Democratic fund-raising juggernaut behind Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. That was when Mr. Obama proposed a novel challenge aimed at limiting the corrupting influence of money on the race: If he won the nomination, he would limit himself to spending only the $85 million available in public financing between the convention and Election Day as long as his Republican opponent did the same.

Washington Post: GOP Uses Surveillance Bill to Bash Democrats
Republicans are convinced that highlighting their counterterrorism policies will be a political winner in this presidential election year, and they have focused this week on Democratic opposition to their version of a new surveillance bill as a way to paint Democrats as soft on national security, according to GOP lawmakers and their aides.

WSJ: Clinton to Focus on Poverty Ahead of Ohio Primary
With less than a week until Ohio holds its Democratic primary contest, Sen. Hillary Clinton is traveling to the poorest parts of the state in an effort to highlight her poverty agenda and draw in low-income voters.

NY Times: Black Ohioans Backing Clinton Feel the Pressure to Switch
With less than a week before Ohioans go to the polls in the Democratic primary, a small group of black elected officials who are stumping for Mrs. Clinton are nothing if not courageous. They find themselves besieged by disbelief, disapproval and at times ridicule from blacks who maintain that they are betraying their race.

NY Times: McCain’s Canal Zone Birth Prompts Queries About Whether That Rules Him Out
The question has nagged at the parents of Americans born outside the continental United States for generations: Dare their children aspire to grow up and become president? In the case of Senator John McCain of Arizona, the issue is becoming more than a matter of parental daydreaming.

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