June 9th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, June 9, 2008


Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Clinton's new job: Persuading diehard fans to back Obama
With Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign officially over, she is focusing on making sure her supporters back Sen. Barack Obama's bid.

WSJ: Voters Rank Economy As Election's No. 1 Issue
With drivers paying an average of $4 a gallon for gas for the first time and the U.S. posting a fifth straight month of job declines, the economy is at the forefront of the presidential race.

New York Daily News: Hillary Clinton paid a heavy price for presidential run
Eighteen million votes: $212 million. Some 1,926 delegates: $109,823 a pop. Blowing the biggest head start in presidential history: priceless.

USA Today: 2 million poll workers wanted for November elections
States and counties are putting out "help wanted" signs five months before Election Day in hopes of finding hundreds of thousands of younger, tech-savvy poll workers needed to handle an expected record turnout.

New York Sun: Top Talent Scout for Obama Tied to Subprime Lender; Could Become a Political Liability
Long-standing ties between a member of Senator Obama's new vice presidential search team and a prominent mortgage executive the senator has pilloried could become a political liability that hampers the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's ability to tap into public ire over the subprime mortgage crisis.

CNN: Campaigns reject Bloomberg, ABC offer for televised town hall
If presumptive presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain do hold joint town hall meetings before the political conventions, you’ll have plenty of options to watch them.

CNN: Analysis: What's next for Bill Clinton?
What a long, strange, unhappy trip it's been for Bill Clinton.

Politico: Will Clinton take the blame if Obama falls?
In classic Washington finger-pointing style, the Democratic primary is only barely over but the recriminations are already being teed up.

Washington Post: 'She Touched a Lot of People'
Five family members gathered last Thursday afternoon in their living room, shades drawn, to remember. They sat in big, cushioned chairs and shared stories to fight their sadness.

WSJ: In Energy Policy, McCain, Obama Differ on Role of Government
Arizona Republican John McCain and Illinois Democrat Barack Obama say a lot of the same things about energy and environmental policy: Both want to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil and fight global warming. Both want binding caps on greenhouse-gas emissions. Both see a stepped-up role for nuclear power.

WSJ: Leaders Fumble Efforts to Temper Oil Prices As Global Discontent Rises
Soaring oil prices are battering businesses and consumers around the world, but political leaders from Washington to Beijing appear unwilling or unable to respond with effective new energy strategies anytime soon.

USA Today: Obama, McCain look ahead to conventions
While many people will go on vacations this summer, John McCain and Barack Obama — and their underlings will be working.Working industriously on an election that only one can win.

LA Times: John McCain's Ohio disconnect
Republican Party machinery in the state helped get President Bush into office, but it's not firing yet on McCain's behalf.

USA Today: Arson suspected in fire at Texas governor's mansion
Arson is suspected in a fire that swept through the historic Texas governor's mansion early Sunday, leaving much of the 152-year-old building charred and severely damaged, the state fire marshal said.

Washington Post: Citing History, Bush Suggests His Policies Will One Day Be Vindicated
Meet George W. Bush, time traveler.

NY Times: McCain Extends His Outreach, but Evangelicals Are Still Wary
Lori Viars, an evangelical activist in Warren County, Ohio, essentially put her life on hold in the fall of 2004 to run a phone bank for President Bush. Her efforts helped the president’s ambitious push to turn out evangelicals and win that critical swing state in a close election.

NY Times: Old Partisan Gulf Is Back, Broad and Looming Large
Strange as it sounds, the first five months of the 2008 campaign lacked the most powerful force in contemporary politics: partisanship fueled by ideology.

NY Times: Campaign Adds to Complicated Clinton Legacy
Bill and Hillary Clinton have stirred virulent passions in their nearly two decades in the national spotlight. They have been known as many things, good and bad — brilliant policy analysts, manipulators of facts and friends, tireless campaigners, skillful political tacticians, monumentally self-absorbed baby boomers. But most of all they were known as winners. Until now.

AP: Lawyer: Gitmo interrogators told to trash notes

The Pentagon urged interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to destroy handwritten notes in case they were called to testify about potentially harsh treatment of detainees, a military defense lawyer said Sunday.

Washington Post: Amateur Campaign Blogger Scoops the Pros
Mayhill Fowler says she never planned to ask Bill Clinton the question that unleashed a decidedly unpresidential tirade.

CNN: Obama 'fist bump' catching on
In a reference to Barack and Michelle Obama's celebratory fist bump on Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, ended their conversation on CNN's Late Edition with their own version of the “hand shake.”

Washington Post: Senate Votes To Privatize Its Failing Restaurants
Year after year, decade upon decade, the U.S. Senate's network of restaurants has lost staggering amounts of money - more than $18 million since 1993, according to one report, and an estimated $2 million this year alone, according to another.

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