April 10th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, April 10, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

WSJ: Clinton and Obama Vie for Women Of Philadelphia Suburbs
With polls showing a closer Democratic contest in Pennsylvania, both candidates have stepped up efforts to court a prized constituency: the young, college-educated women who reside in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

NY Daily News: McCain To Be Latest Candidate To Court Mayor Bloomberg
Having ended his own presidential musings, Mayor Bloomberg is trying to position himself as the post-partisan mayor that every White House hopeful – Democrat and Republican alike – must now woo. Thursday it will be Sen. John McCain, who is expected to make nice with Bloomberg at a business roundtable that the Republican presidential candidate is convening in Brooklyn.

Chicago Tribune: McCain: No Preemptive War Pledge
Sen. John McCain, facing criticism from Democratic opponents that his election as president represents a third term for President Bush, said today that he could not rule out a pre-emptive military strike against enemies such as the one that Bush launched against Iraq.

Boston Globe: Stumping In Pa., Democrats Push Their Iraq Strategies
Following on the Iraq war debate on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the Democratic presidential hopefuls took the issue yesterday to Pennsylvania, site of the next nomination showdown.

Washington Post: Clinton Says She Is Only Candidate Who Will End the War in Iraq
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that she is the only presidential candidate who will end the Iraq war, as she sought to assert her foreign policy credentials a day after hearing congressional testimony from top U.S. leaders in Iraq.

NY Times: Public Financing? Obama and McCain Appear Split
Senators Barack Obama and John McCain are beginning to lay the groundwork for divergent ways of financing fall campaigns for the presidency.

LA Times: Allies Of Palestinians See A Friend In Obama
Though Sen. Barack five Obama expresses a firmly pro-Israel view of Middle East politics, pleasing many of the Jewish leaders and advocates for Israel whom he is courting in his presidential campaign, some Palestinian American leaders believe that Obama is more receptive to their viewpoint than he is willing to say.

NY Times: Foreign Policy: 2 Camps Seek McCain’s Ear
One component of the fractious Republican Party foreign policy establishment — the so-called pragmatists, some of whom have come to view the Iraq war or its execution as a mistake — is expressing concern that Sen. John McCain might be coming under increased influence from a competing camp, the neoconservatives, whose thinking dominated President Bush’s first term and played a pivotal role in building the case for war.

The Hill: McCain Has ‘Work To Do’ With Gun Owners: NRA
If Sen. John McCain expects the support of gun owners in this year’s presidential race, the Arizona Republican must make an effort to overcome some decisions the National Rifle Association (NRA) has found troubling.

Washington Post: Chelsea Clinton Finds Her Voice
With little fanfare the other day, Chelsea Clinton did what no one around her is ever supposed to do: She voluntarily brought up the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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