June 27th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, June 27, 2008


Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas

CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Obama donates to Clinton campaign
Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, each donated $2,300 Thursday to the campaign of his former opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton, which is millions of dollars in debt. In addition, Obama's national finance chairman, Penny Pritzker, and her husband donated another $2,300 each, said Obama communications director Robert Gibbs.

CNN: Photos, audio from Obama-Clinton event
Barack Obama donated the maximum allowed to the campaign of his former opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton.

NY Times: An Inexhaustible Energy Source: Heated Words. But Can It Be Tapped?
Fourth of July fireworks came early on Capitol Hill. With angry constituents waiting for them back home, lawmakers clashed fiercely on Thursday over how to address high gasoline and oil prices. But with all sides recognizing that there is virtually nothing Congress can do to lower fuel prices any time soon, Democrats and Republicans focused as much on finger-pointing as on policy making.

Boston Globe: Recent rulings spotlight election's supreme stakes
A series of highly anticipated Supreme Court rulings in recent days and weeks has injected the high court into the presidential campaign, underscoring the likelihood that the next president will almost certainly get the opportunity to dramatically shift – or solidify – the judicial balance of power for decades to come.

Financial Times: Norquist: How America’s right will be roused into action
The case for Republican pessimism is well understood. Too much President George W. Bush for too long. Gasoline at $4 a gallon. Most Americans believe we are heading in the wrong direction. Iraq drags on. Republicans are listless. Time for something new.

USA Today: Price of Politics: Candidates get little of ex-GOP leaders' funds
Even after leaving office, former Republican Senate leaders Rick Santorum and Bill Frist continue to raise and spend big money, but little of it has gone to GOP candidates, campaign finance records show.

CNN: Between the lines on North Korea
The Bush administration hailed North Korea's declaration of its nuclear program as a success for the multilateral diplomacy it engaged in through the six party talks with South Korea, China, Japan and Russia.

CNN: John Roberts: Those 'Liberal' non-proliferationists
Just when you think you’ve heard everything in this race for the White House, along comes something truly surprising.

CNN: Rove, critics try to pin 'arrogant' label on Obama
Critics of Sen. Barack Obama are trying to build a case that the presumptive Democratic nominee is arrogant, and former Bush adviser Karl Rove is leading the charge.

WSJ: Obama Leads McCain In Key Battleground States
Four states that are expected to be pivotal in deciding November's presidential election are trending comfortably toward Barack Obama, with independents giving him wide support over John McCain, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in partnership with The Wall Street Journal and washingtonpost.com.

LA Times: McCain seeks to reassure conservatives in Ohio
Participants in the private meeting say he promised to consider an anti-abortion running mate and to talk more openly about his opposition to gay marriage.

Financial Times: Obama seeks to square circle on globalisation
A Barack Obama administration would mark a “break” from the US trade policies of the last few years and push for agreements that would help overcome America’s growing scepticism towards globalisation, says Jason Furman, Mr Obama’s economic policy director.

Washington Times: McCain distances himself from campaign finance
John McCain is the chief author of the 2002 campaign finance overhaul, but he sent out a statement today to let voters know he won't accept blame for the Supreme Court's decision today to strike down part of that law.

NY Times: For Obama, a Pragmatist’s Shift Toward the Center
Barack Obama has taken a stroll this week away from traditional liberal political positions, his path toward the political center marked by artful leaps and turns.

USA Today: McCain backs gun decision, Obama straddles issue
John McCain welcomed a Supreme Court decision invalidating a District of Columbia handgun ban. Barack Obama sought to straddle the subject by saying he favors an individual's right to bear firearms as well as a government's right to regulate them.

NY Times: Coming Next, Court Fights on Guns in Cities
The individual right to bear arms identified by the Supreme Court on Thursday will have little practical impact in most of the country, legal experts said, though Washington’s comprehensive ban on handguns used for self-defense in the home will have to be revised, and similar laws in several cities are also vulnerable.

Washington Post: Historic Decision Renews Old Debate
With yesterday's decision, the Supreme Court pushed the gun issue back to the forefront of the nation's agenda, opening a new chapter in what has been one of the most contentious and divisive debates in American politics for the past four decades.

NY Times: Gun-Control Supporters Show Outrage
Gun-control advocates across the country reacted with shock and outrage at the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns today, saying the ruling would threaten gun-control measures in other states.

AP: Obama, McCain react cautiously to N. Korea moves
Democrat presidential hopeful Barack Obama wants Congress to look closely at whether North Korea's nuclear declaration is accurate and the verification procedures are adequate.

AP: Political Play: Siblings ask McCain 5 questions
Spencer Macke earned Sen. John McCain's admiration for selling $4,000 worth of yellow ribbons to benefit troops abroad, so the reward for the first-grader and his younger sister was a chance to ask the Republican presidential contender five questions.

AP: DNC delegate who'd vote for McCain in fight
Democratic National Convention delegate pledged to Hillary Rodham Clinton says she hopes to fight off an attempt by Wisconsin Democrats to take away her credentials because of her past statement that she would vote for John McCain if Clinton wasn't the nominee.

AP: Obama's wife says he'll fight for gay equality
Barack Obama will fight for equal rights for gays just as he fought to help working-class families overcome poverty, the Democratic presidential hopeful's wife told a gay Democratic group Thursday.

USA Today: Latino vote 'up for grabs,' could swing election outcome
The battle for the Hispanic vote is on. Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama plan back-to-back appearances Saturday before the annual meeting of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. The non-partisan group represents more than 5,500 officeholders and the fastest-growing voting bloc in the nation.

USA today: Caroline Kennedy's new profile: Politics
With Barack Obama's bid for the White House, the torch has been passed to a new generation in more ways than one: For the first time, the best-known Kennedy on the presidential campaign trail is named Caroline.

CNN: Palin talks VP speculation
Would Gov. Sarah Palin join the Republican ticket if asked? The Alaska governor is among the popular names being tossed out there as a possible vice presidential running mate.

Washington Times: Pentagon Notebook: McPeak calls McCain too fat
Turns out the most senior retired general to back Sen. Barack Obama crossed paths with Sen. John McCain during their active-duty years.

AP: House GOP concludes they failed to sway voters
House Republicans lost three recent elections when customary campaign themes failed to sway voters and their candidates could not overcome the "negative perception of the national party," according to an internal review that underscores the potential for widespread losses this fall.

CNN: Versace Politics
Donatella Versace's latest men's collection was inspired by Sen. Barack Obama. CNN's Jennifer Eccleston explains.

Dallas Morning News: Obama, McCain hope to get Clinton's female supporters in their camps
Most of Hillary Rodham Clinton's 18 million votes – those cracks in the glass ceiling – were from women, and now as her supporters wander a bit dazed from the primary head-thumping, the other campaigns are offering flowery pitches and candied words to attract them.

AP: Clinton calls on her Hispanic supporters to back Obama
Hillary Rodham Clinton began campaigning in earnest for her former rival Thursday, urging some of her most passionate supporters to back Barack Obama and then introducing him to some of her key fundraisers.

NY Times: A Diplomatic Success That Defies the Critics
North Korea’s declaration of its nuclear activities is a triumph of the sort of diplomacy — complicated, plodding, often frustrating — that President Bush and his aides once eschewed as American weakness.

New York Sun: Bush Deal on N. Korea Meets Skepticism From Republicans
President Bush's nuclear disarmament deal with North Korea is meeting strong skepticism on Capitol Hill and from the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president, Senator McCain.

NY Times: CBS to Appeal Military Court Ruling on Haditha Interview
A First Amendment case has escalated between CBS News and a military court over a “60 Minutes” report about an attack at Haditha, Iraq. The network is seeking to prevent the government from reviewing the unbroadcast parts of an interview with an officer who is being prosecuted over the incident.

Washington Post: When Anonymity Fails, Be Nasty, Brutish and Short
Throughout the Bush presidency, he toiled in secrecy deep within the White House, a mysterious and feared presence who never stepped into the sunlight of public disclosure. Until yesterday.

Financial Times: US commerce secretary upbeat on economy
The US economy emerged from the first quarter in better shape than the initial data suggested and remains on a positive growth trajectory, Carlos Gutierrez, commerce secretary, has told the Financial Times.

LA Times: As floodwaters recede in the Midwest, anger rises
As an early tally of damage reaches billions of dollars, some towns say the federal government in years past turned its back on their pleas for help building or bolstering flood protection barriers.

Washington Post: U.N. Finds Afghan Opium Trade Rising
Afghan opium poppy cultivation grew 17 percent last year, continuing a six-year expansion of the country's drug trade and increasing its share of global opium production to more than 92 percent, according to the 2008 World Drug Report, released Thursday by the United Nations.

NY Times: Earmarks Persist in Spending Bills for 2009
Despite a pledge by Congressional leaders to reduce pork-barrel projects, new information shows that both the number and amount of earmarks have increased in several spending bills now making their way through Congress.

WSJ: Iraq, U.S. Struggle to Hit Deadline for Military-Presence Pact
Iraqi and U.S. officials may not meet a July 31 deadline for a pact to establish a legal basis for a long-term U.S. military presence here, but an interim deal could allow military maneuvers, according to people familiar with the talks.

WSJ: Absence of Gun Shops Limits Ruling's Reach in Capital
The Supreme Court's decision legalizing handgun ownership in the District of Columbia answers the question of whether individuals have a right to possess firearms. But in the city that spawned the legal challenge, the impact will be minimal for one big reason: It will remain almost impossible to buy a gun.

CNN: Senate finalizes war funding bill
The Senate gave final approval Thursday to a war funding measure that includes money for a new GI Bill and other domestic measures. The $165 billion bill funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan into early 2009 with no restrictions.

AP: House approves financial help for mass transit
The House approved financial help Thursday to mass transit systems facing a surge in riders because of high gas prices. But Republicans blocked Democrats from requiring oil and gas companies to drill on the millions of acres of government land and water on which they already own federal leases.

NY Times: Post-Spitzer, a New Breed of Reformer
No one is dusting off those valiant titles once bestowed on Eliot Spitzer, honorifics like “The Enforcer” and “Sheriff of Wall Street.” But slowly, even a bit gently, Mr. Spitzer’s successor as the attorney general of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo, is shaking up the financial industry.

AP: N.J. senator calls for action on turf fields that contain lead
A U.S. senator from New Jersey is urging the federal government to take action on artificial turf sports fields containing lead. Sen. Bob Menendez sent a letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission Thursday that urged the agency to expand its investigation into possibly hazardous lead levels in artificial turf.

NY Times: China Says It Opposes Politicizing Olympics
After months of warning other countries not to politicize the summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China has come under criticism from the International Olympic Committee for doing just that.

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