May 29th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, May 29, 2008


Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Obama considers trip to Iraq
Barack Obama's campaign said Wednesday that the Illinois senator is considering a trip to Iraq before the November election, CNN's Candy Crowley reports.

Washington Post: Tony Blair’s Op-Ed: Leading On Climate Change
The climate change bill that senators are to begin debating next week is a hugely important signal of intent on behalf of U.S. legislators. Yes, negotiations could still alter the legislation. But the bill's core proposition is correct: Unless the United States radically reduces its greenhouse gas emissions, along with other major emitters, the damage to the climate will be irreversible.

NY Times: Obama Seeks to Clarify His Disputed Comments on Diplomacy
With his experience and leadership credentials under sharp criticism, Senator Barack Obama and his advisers are trying to clarify what has emerged as a central tenet of his proposed foreign policy: a willingness to meet leaders of enemy nations.

San Francisco Chronicle: Pelosi vows to prevent fight at Dem convention
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will step in if necessary to make sure the presidential nomination fight between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama does not reach the Democratic National Convention – though she believes it could be resolved as early as next week.

Roll Call: Senate GOP Lies Low
As their House counterparts publicly struggle with a path forward, Senate Republican leaders have modified their own election-year road map with plans to keep their heads down, soften their partisan attacks and promote ideas-based initiatives they hope will avert a wipeout in November.

Washington Post: For McCain, A Switch On Telecom Immunity?
A top lawyer for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign said telecommunications companies should be forced to explain their role in the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program as a condition for legal immunity for past wiretapping, a statement that stands in marked contrast to positions taken by President Bush, McCain and other Republicans in Congress.

Washington Times: Clinton's refusal to quit good for stature
Democratic strategists and leaders say Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's refusal to drop out of the presidential nominating race has enhanced her leadership role in the party and strengthened her prospects for another run for the White House.

Washington Post: On Policy, Obama Breaks Little New Ground
Already famous for his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama entered the Senate with more than the usual aspirations about the impact he could have.

NY Times: 2 Senators for McCain Leave Group After Ads
Senators Joseph I. Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, prominent surrogates for Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, stepped down Wednesday from their positions with an independent group that released a pair of Internet advertisements attacking Senator Barack Obama on Iraq.

NY Times: Bloomberg, Potential Running Mate for 2 Presidential Hopefuls, Has a Bit of Criticism for 3
Since announcing in February that he would not pursue an independent bid for the presidency, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has been rumored to be a serious contender as a running mate, either to Senator Barack Obama on the Democratic ticket or to Senator John McCain on the Republican side.

WSJ: Candidates Split Sharply On Bush's No Child Left Behind Law
Barack Obama attacked a key plank of John McCain's education platform, taking up an issue that has been on the back burner amid a campaign dialogue dominated by war and the economy.

Washington Times: Dole faces tough re-election race
Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole's campaign yesterday aired its first TV ad for the North Carolina general election, seeking to blunt a strong challenge by state Sen. Kay R. Hagan, a Democrat.

Washington Post: In Rebuking Minister, McCain May Have Alienated Evangelicals
The Rev. Rod Parsley paces the stage, wiping his forehead and shouting to his congregation in a taped sermon that marriage is under attack by "tortured and angry homosexuals."

AP: Lieberman Says He’ll Speak at Dinner
Senator Joseph I. Lieberman confirmed that he would speak at a pro-Israel dinner organized by the Rev. John Hagee, who was spurned by Senator John McCain for saying that God sent Hitler to help Jews reach the Promised Land.

Washington Post: DC Seeks to Budget $500,000 To Push for Voting House Member
The D.C. Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on budget legislation for fiscal 2009, which includes $500,000 for outreach, education and lobbying activities related to the D.C. vote campaign. The council gave its nod for the funds earlier, and the vote next week is expected to confirm that.

Washington Post: Search Is Urged for Syrian Nuclear Sites
The Bush administration is pressing U.N. inspectors to broaden their search for possible secret nuclear facilities in Syria, hinting that Damascus's nuclear program might be bigger than the single alleged reactor destroyed by Israeli warplanes last year.

Washington Post: Obama Wonks It Up in Education Speech
In his prepared speech on education, Barack Obama included a great deal to answer the charge that his campaign is long on soaring rhetoric and short on the earthbound specifics required to actually govern.

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