March 31st, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, March 31, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

WSJ: Treasury Plan Is Called 'Inadequate' by Obama
Sen. Barack Obama described the Bush administration's sweeping changes to financial market regulation as "inadequate." While noting that he hadn't yet seen the full proposal, which Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson will unveil Monday, the Illinois senator said that, based upon news reports, he believed the proposed regulatory reforms didn't go far enough, though he lauded the proposed consolidation of regulatory agencies.

Washington Times: Clinton, Obama Debate Electoral-Map Strategy
Central to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's argument that she would be the better Democratic presidential nominee are her Ohio victory, her wins in the West and lead in Pennsylvania — with her underlying message that Sen. Barack Obama can't carry such swing states in November. Mr. Obama, who rallied more than 20,000 at Penn State yesterday, disagrees, and charges that her campaign is using an old map in a new environment. His advisers say Mrs. Clinton is writing off potential Democratic pickups such as North Carolina, Virginia and Missouri.

Politico: Cash-Strapped Clinton Fails To Pay Bills
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles.

NY Times: McCain Faces Test in Wooing Elite Donors
With attention focused on the Democrats’ infighting for the presidential nomination, Senator John McCain is pressing ahead to the general election but has yet to sign up one critical constituency: the big-money people who powered the Bush fund-raising machine.

Washington Post: Obama, McCain Forged Fleeting Alliance
A year into his tenure on Capitol Hill, Barack Obama (D-Ill.) approached John McCain on the Senate floor to propose the two work together on a lobbying and ethics reform bill. The four-term Arizona Republican, 25 years Obama's senior, quickly saw a willing apprentice to help shake up the way business was done on Capitol Hill.

WSJ: New Backing for Obama As Party Seeks Unity
Slowly but steadily, a string of Democratic Party figures is taking Barack Obama's side in the presidential nominating race and raising the pressure on Hillary Clinton to give up. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is expected to endorse Sen. Obama Monday, according to a Democrat familiar with her plans. Meanwhile, North Carolina's seven Democratic House members are poised to endorse Sen. Obama as a group - just one has so far - before that state's May 6 primary, several Democrats say.

WSJ: Felons' Voting Requests Pile Up
Republican Gov. Charlie Crist went against his party a year ago and made it easier for felons to regain their voting rights. The process has been slow, however - stirring controversy in a state expected to be closely fought in this fall's elections.

NY Times: Who Are We? New Dialogue on Mixed Race
Being accepted. Proving loyalty. Navigating the tight space between racial divides. Americans of mixed race say these are issues they have long confronted, and when Senator Barack Obama recently delivered a speech about race in Philadelphia, it rang with a special significance in their ears. They saw parallels between the path trod by Mr. Obama and their own.

Boston Globe: Democrats Ply Wider Range Of Economic Woes
As the Democrats enter a 10-state closing stretch in which economic concerns are likely to dominate the debate, Clinton and Obama – who both gave speeches on the subject last week, as did John McCain – are expanding beyond their past populist appeals and using a broader language that can address different experiences of economic change.

AP: Despite The Extra Planning, State Ballot Shortages Persist
It's a simple question with no simple answer: Why do polling places across America keep running out of ballots when it's no secret that this contentious primary season keeps breaking voter turnout records?

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