March 19th, 2008
06:26 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

NY Times: Clinton Tries to Keep Plan for Two Revotes Alive
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s hopes of ending the primaries with game-changing victories from new contests in Florida and Michigan grew dim on Tuesday as Florida officially scuttled plans for a new vote and Michigan lawmakers appeared far from a deal.

Washington Post: McCain Mixes Up Iraqi Groups
Sen. John McCain, in the midst of a trip to the Middle East that he hoped would help burnish his foreign policy expertise, incorrectly asserted Tuesday that Iran is training and supplying al-Qaeda in Iraq, confusing the Sunni insurgent group with the Shiite extremists who U.S. officials believe are supported by their religious brethren in the neighboring country.

NY Times: Clinton Records From ’90s to Be Released on Wednesday
More than 11,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s schedules as first lady, records sought by a conservative watchdog group and journalists, will be released on Wednesday, the National Archives announced Tuesday.

Politico: Obama's Racial Problems Transcend Wright
Even before the Jeremiah Wright controversy erupted in recent days, voting patterns in several states made clear — for all the glow of Obama’s reputation as a bridge-builder — how uneven his record really is when it comes to transcending deep racial divides.

Washington Times: Paul And His Backers Slighted By The 'Neoconservative' GOP
Ron Paul says the legions of newcomers his presidential campaign brought to the Republican Party are getting the cold shoulder from John McCain and from the party.

Washington Post: Obama Urges U.S.: 'Move Beyond Our Old Racial Wounds'
Sen. Barack Obama delivered a blunt and deeply personal speech here Tuesday about racial division in America as he sought to quell a political controversy that threatens to engulf his presidential candidacy.

Washington Post: Tackling a Sensitive Topic at a Sensitive Moment, for Disparate Audiences
Barack Obama’s speech on America's racial divisions draws praise across the political spectrum, though some conservatives question Obama's assertion that what could unite different races is his liberal agenda. Many who heard the speech, however, wondered whether it would be enough to calm anger generated by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s videos.

USA Today: Mich. Proposal For 'Do-Over' Vote Stuck
A plan for a new Democratic presidential primary to give Michigan a voice in the hotly contested race between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama was in doubt Tuesday.

Washington Times: Sometimes, Friends Are A Politician's Worst Enemy
Presidential candidates face a certain guilt by association, as their personal connections dovetail with their political ambitions. The media are watching — beware your past.

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