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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, May 23, 2008


Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: POW Aftereffects in McCain Unlikely
Sen. John McCain's 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam undoubtedly changed the course of his life. But now that he is 71, that remote trauma seems unlikely to shorten his life span or to lead to mental or physical conditions that are not already apparent.

LA Times: Obama makes moves for fall election
The Democratic front-runner looks for a running mate, talks with party officials and campaigns where it counts - all while trying not to overstep while Clinton is still in the race.

The Hill: GOP says troop cuts likely to help McCain
GOP Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid could receive a boost if additional troops are withdrawn from Iraq this fall, according to his Republican colleagues. The Arizona senator’s allies said Gen. David Petraeus’s remarks Thursday that he expects to recommend more troop withdrawals this fall would validate McCain’s arguments that last year’s troop surge was needed to stabilize Iraq.

NY Times: As Race Wanes, Talk of Clinton as No. 2 Grows
While Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her advisers insist that she is determined to win the Democratic nomination, friends of the couple say that former President Bill Clinton, for one, has begun privately contemplating a different outcome for her: As Senator Barack Obama’s running mate.

AP: Republicans shift, a little, on surveillance rules

A months-long logjam over a new government surveillance bill may be coming to an end, with Republicans offering a compromise that would let people who think they were illegally spied on by the government have their day in court - albeit a secret one.


WSJ: Bush Keeps Quiet on Presidential Race

With his popularity near all-time lows, President Bush is playing a diminished role so far in the 2008 campaigns. In the presidential race, he's trying to keep to the sidelines, hoping to minimize clashes with Democratic front-runner Barack Obama that might damage Republican John McCain.


Politico: Obama criticizes absent McCain on Senate floor, McCain hits back hard

Jim Webb's GI Bill passed the Senate today with a bipartisan majority, 75-22. Obama used the opportunity to once again tie his rival to the president.


The Hill: Renzi tries to exclude wiretap calls

Rep. Rick Renzi’s (R-Ariz.) lawyers have confirmed that the FBI recorded “at least 50” cell phone calls between Renzi and others during the fall of 2006. Renzi’s attorneys filed a motion with U.S. District Court of Arizona Thursday calling on the judge to exclude the wiretapped calls from trial.


AP: Congress enacts most of farm bill over Bush veto

Congress has enacted a massive election-year farm bill over President Bush's veto. More than 90% of the bill will become law after the Senate voted 82-13 to override Bush's veto Thursday. The president claimed it was too expensive and too generous with subsidies for farmers.


Washington Post: McCain's Rules on Lobbying Face Test

Charles R. Black Jr., the senior adviser to Republican John McCain whose work for foreign dictators has led Democrats to call for his ouster, is not the only lobbyist in the family volunteering on the senator from Arizona's presidential campaign.


Washington Times: Marijuana project parties with Barr

The Libertarian National Convention kicked off yesterday with a tea-and-cookies reception hosted by the Marijuana Policy Project featuring none other than Mr. Barr, the party's leading candidate for its presidential nomination.


NY Times: Obama to Fill In for Kennedy at Ceremony

Senator Edward M. Kennedy will not give the commencement address he was scheduled to deliver on Sunday at Wesleyan University and will be replaced as the speaker by Senator Barack Obama.


Washington Post: Candidates' Fundraising Disputes May Be Heard

There may soon be a referee to hear disputes about election rules in the 2008 race for president. The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration yesterday approved the nominations of three new members to the Federal Election Commission.

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