June 24th, 2008
05:43 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Preston on Politics: Obama's 'Shock and Awe'
Barack Obama's decision to forgo public financing for his presidential campaign provides him with the tools needed to implement a "Shock and Awe" television ad strategy designed to paralyze John McCain's campaign, an expert on political TV advertising said in an interview with CNN.

Campaigns take to the airwaves
Preston on Politics talks to CNN TV advertising consultant Evan Tracey about the candidates' TV campaign strategies.

Fortune.com: The evolution of John McCain
As a maverick Senator, he took pride in just saying no to everyone's wish list. But as a presidential contender, he's become a tax cutter and defender of home mortgages. The inside story of how the candidate is shaping his plan to fix the economy.

AP: McCain choice to help with veep is discreet lawyer
The choice for John McCain's running mate is such a mystery that few people even know who is helping in that search. The Republican is leaning on a consummate behind-the-scenes player in Washington — attorney Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. — for this maximum-discretion, minimal-disclosure assignment.

CNN: Clinton wants help with campaign debt
Her presidential bid may have ended two weeks ago, but Hillary Clinton is still on the hunt for campaign cash. The New York Democrat is well over $20 million in debt, nearly half of which Clinton loaned herself personally earlier in the year when her campaign was virtually broke and faced life-or-death primary contests.

WSJ: Obama Tilts Toward Center, Irking Some Activists
Barack Obama's support of an overhaul of domestic-spying laws last week was the latest in a string of statements suggesting the Democratic presidential candidate is tacking toward the center to compete with John McCain.

Washington Post: The Post's Top Editor to Step Down
Leonard Downie Jr. said yesterday he is stepping down as The Washington Post's executive editor, ending a 17-year tenure in which the paper became a major online force and won a slew of prizes for high-profile investigations, including one that Downie published over President Bush's objections.

LA Times: McCain knocks heads in Canada - well, just his own
John McCain was plagued by another headache Monday, this one not political. On the first day of a two-day swing through Central and Southern California, he sported two small bandages on his scalp.

AP: Dobson accuses Obama of 'distorting' Bible
As Barack Obama broadens his outreach to evangelical voters, one of the movement's biggest names, James Dobson, accuses the likely Democratic presidential nominee of distorting the Bible and pushing a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution.

AP: Cindy McCain to headline fundraiser in London
Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, was hosting a campaign fundraiser in London on Thursday after she completes a humanitarian visit to southeast Asia.

Washington Post: Clinton to Join Obama As He Courts Female Vote
ALBUQUERQUE, June 23 - As Hillary Rodham Clinton prepared to return to life in the Senate and announced that she will campaign with Sen. Barack Obama in New Hampshire on Friday, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee began reaching out to female voters who had formed the backbone of Clinton's support in the primary season.

AP: Obama braces for race-based ads
A presidential candidate who's named Hussein and wears a turban? A building that's called the White House but run by a black guy? Those political images and ideas already have found their way onto TV airwaves and campaign buttons, possible harbingers of racially tinged messages in a general election involving the first black candidate to head a major party's ticket.

CNNMoney.com: Oil experts: Curb speculation to cut prices
Hedge fund manager, adviser tell Congress crude could drop by half in 30 days if new regulations are implemented.

CNNMoney.com: Dodd denies mortgage wrongdoing
The Democratic senator from Connecticut repeats that he received no special treatment from Countrywide Financial Corp.

CNN: Iraqi councilman opens fire on U.S. forces, officials say
An Iraqi city council member opened fire on U.S. forces outside Baghdad on Monday, killing two soldiers, U.S. officials said. Two U.S. soldiers were killed in a small arms fire attack near Salman Pak early Monday afternoon, the U.S. military said in a statement. Three others soldiers and an interpreter were wounded, the statement said, and soldiers killed the gunman.

NY Times: Muslim Voters Detect a Snub From Obama
As Senator Barack Obama courted voters in Iowa last December, Representative Keith Ellison, the country’s first Muslim congressman, stepped forward eagerly to help.

Bloomberg: John Adams Wannabes Tremble as Obama, McCain Teams Seek Vices
There was one last thing the lawyer interviewing 1992 vice presidential prospect Al Gore had to ask: In light of Bill Clinton's dalliances, was there any dirt in Gore's personal life that might hinder their election?

CNN: Sanchez Commentary: Can Obama's money buy him love?
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama has proven he's "better, stronger, faster" than any other Democrat in the race. He's the Six-Hundred Million Dollar Man.

USA Today: McCain's $300M lure for new, 'green' car battery sparks buzz
Republican candidate John McCain said Monday the government should pay a $300 million reward to the inventor of a battery strong enough to power an automobile.

Boston Globe: Obama's virtues aside, it's politics as usual
Barack Obama's first television spot of the general election campaign is so faithful to the comfy cliches of political bio ads that its appearance seems to be a statement in itself: The candidate who won the Democratic presidential nomination by emphasizing his difference from politics as usual is now calling attention to his sameness.

Washington Times: McCain sidetracked by aide's terror gaffe
An old-fashioned political blunder threw Sen. John McCain off message Monday, distracting from a well-planned effort to drive home his advantage on energy policy with a proposed $300 million innovation prize for the next-generation car battery.

CNN: Gergen: Keeping a promise is one thing, flexibility is another
As he heads toward a joint fundraiser with Hillary Clinton, this Thursday, Barack Obama is sure to come under more fire for his decision to reject public financing this fall. Much of it is deserved: he has clearly broken a vow on a matter of importance to many Americans.

LA Times: McCain gambling on offshore drilling
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., walks to his motorcade after arriving in Santa Barbara, Calif., Monday, June 23, 2008. He thinks the nation's high gas prices will trump concerns about protecting the environment, especially in key Midwest states.

LA Times: Obama, in Southwest, sets sights on women voters
He criticizes McCain's record on women's issues. The GOP campaign has a dig of its own on Obama's attitude toward Clinton supporters.

Financial Times: European role in secret US flights criticised
European governments have failed to live up to their responsibilities under international law for the parts they played in covert US rendition and secret detention programmes, Amnesty International says in a report released on Tuesday.

NY Times: American Envoy Is Linked to Arms Deal Cover-Up
An American ambassador helped cover up the illegal Chinese origins of ammunition that a Pentagon contractor bought to supply Afghan security forces, according to testimony gathered by Congressional investigators.

USA Today: Utilities cut off more customers who are behind on their bills
As skyrocketing food and gasoline prices strain budgets, utilities are disconnecting many more customers who fall behind on their bills, and even moderate-income households are getting zapped.
Electricity and natural gas shutoffs are up at least 15% in several states compared with last year. Totals for some utilities have more than doubled.

Financial Times: UAL to shed 950 pilots
United Airlines plans to shed 950, or about 14 per cent, of its 6,600 pilots, as part of the US carrier’s attempt to slash expenses as it prepares for deepening losses from record fuel costs and falling demand. United unveiled plans this month to drop as much as 18 per cent of its domestic flight schedule by the end of next year, grounding more than a fifth of its fleet and trimming as many as 1,600 salaried positions from its workforce.

Washington Post: Most Americans Believe in Higher Power, Poll Finds
Most Americans believe that angels and demons are active in the world, and nearly 80 percent think miracles occur, according to a poll released yesterday that takes an in-depth look at Americans' religious beliefs.

AP: Mormon church enters fight over gay marriage
Mormon church leaders will ask California members to join the effort to amend that state's constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. A June 20 letter sent to Mormon congregation bishops and signed by church president Thomas S. Monson and his two top counselors calls upon Mormons to donate "means and time" to the ballot measure. A note on the letter says it should be read during church services June 29, but it was published on several Internet Web sites Saturday.

Politico: Gitmo trial looms in election homestretch
On May 9, five men currently incarcerated at the Guantanamo Bay detention center were charged in connection with the 9/11 terror attacks. Under the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which authorizes that detainee trials begin within 120 days, they could end up in a courtroom in September – almost to the day of the seventh anniversary of the attacks and right as voters start to tune in for the presidential election homestretch.

AP: Florida congressman defends giving borrowed speech
Republican congressman from Florida says he did nothing wrong by delivering a commencement address several years ago that heavily borrowed from a speech written by a GOP senator from Georgia. Rep. Jeff Miller's speech, while not copying Sen. Johnny Isakson's word for word, contains nearly identical passages and cites the same life lessons.

CNN: Navarrette Commentary: How to fix our broken immigration system
In a recent commentary, I spelled out what bothers many Hispanics about the immigration debate. In response, many readers demanded to know - for all my criticisms - how I would go about fixing our broken immigration system. I thought they'd never ask.

NY Times: Top Senator in New York Won’t Seek Re-election
Joseph L. Bruno, the Senate majority leader and New York State’s highest-ranking Republican, said Monday evening that he would not seek re-election in November, after a 32-year career in the Senate.

Washington Post: Eddie Vedder Sings His 'Grievance' to Big Oil
Who gave Eddie Vedder the congressional Democrats' talking points on the evils of Big Oil and offshore drilling?

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