August 13th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008


Washington Post: Both Parties Now Ignoring McCain
The presidential campaign strategies these days are clear. For the Democrats, it's time to stop the bickering and rally round Barack Obama, who dominates the Democratic National Committee's Web site.

CNN: Hagel won't endorse McCain or Obama, spokesman says
Sen. Chuck Hagel, a leading Republican voice on international affairs and an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, won't endorse either major-party presidential candidate in 2008, a spokesman said Tuesday.

NY Times: Book on Obama Hopes to Repeat Anti-Kerry Feat
In the summer of 2004 the conservative gadfly Jerome R. Corsi shot to the top of the best-seller lists as co-author of “Unfit for Command,” the book attacking Senator John Kerry’s record on a Vietnam War Swift boat that began the larger damaging campaign against Mr. Kerry’s war credentials as he sought the presidency.

CNN Radio: Candidates candid on Caucasus
World affairs! A little-known (until recently) regional conflict has imposed itself on the presidential campaign as the candidates seize the moment to strut their foreign-policy stuff. Bob Costantini has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.


Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Some predict hundreds of arrests, others far fewer; everyone's ready
The Minnesota ACLU is estimating that 800 demonstrators will be arrested, and it's prepping dozens of lawyers to defend them.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Theme might offer a clue to VP choice
It's national security on the night Obama's running mate will make an acceptance speech.

Rocky Mountain News: Thomas Freeman, New York City 1976
You can almost hear her famous voice booming off the printed page. Barbara Jordan still speaks, boldly, forcefully, from a letter buried in a box on a shelf behind two sets of glass doors inside a library on the poor side of town.

Rocky Mountain News: November suitors lining up to woo Colorado
Jared Polis' record-breaking spending pushed the Boulder entrepreneur to a primary victory Tuesday night, headlining an evening in which Secretary of State Mike Coffman and incument U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn also rang up wins in their congressional districts.

Washington Post: While Aide Advised McCain, His Firm Lobbied for Georgia
Sen. John McCain's top foreign policy adviser prepped his boss for an April 17 phone call with the president of Georgia and then helped the presumptive Republican presidential nominee prepare a strong statement of support for the fledgling republic.

Washington Post: On Georgia Crisis, McCain's Tone Grows Sharper
Aides to Republican Sen. John McCain were scrambling last Thursday morning even as his plane was descending into Des Moines. Russia had escalated its aggression in the bordering Republic of Georgia, they told reporters, and McCain wanted to seize the moment.

CNN: U.S. may seek to punish Russia for Georgia conflict
Furious over Russia's invasion of Georgia, the United States and its allies are weighing steps to diplomatically isolate Moscow as punishment for the conflict, senior administration officials said Tuesday.

CNN: Republican Trio Crosses Party Lines To Back Obama
A trio of Republicans have defected from their party's likely presidential nominee and kicked off an effort to garner support for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

WSJ: McCain's 'Celeb' Cameos Don't Amuse Everybody
John McCain's recent taunting of rival Barack Obama as "the biggest celebrity in the world" has not only gotten under the skin of the Illinois senator, it is also irking some of the celebrities used in the cameo shots.

Washington Post: Can McCain Use Advice Clinton Got on Obama?
If John McCain's campaign operatives were looking for strategic advice for the fall campaign against Barack Obama, they could click on the Atlantic Monthly's Web site. There they would find a raft of memos from Mark J. Penn, Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief strategist, outlining possible ways to try to defeat the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Politico: Political boogeymen then and now
Every campaign has its boogeymen: those stock characters used by every politicians to embody the vague but malevolent forces that are coming to hurt you, the voter, unless you cast your vote for him or her.

Washington Times: McCain reminds voters of Obama's 'bitter' gaffe
Sen. John McCain reminded Pennsylvanians Tuesday that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama said the state's small-town voters "cling to guns and religion" because they are "bitter," a gaffe that possibly contributed to Mr. Obama's loss in the state primary and might haunt his general election campaign in this battleground.

Politico: Polls show landslide scenario unlikely
From the fever swamps of the blogosphere to the halls of academia, there is a chorus of voices who have come to the same conclusion about the presidential election: Barack Obama is going to win in November, by something resembling a landslide.

Politico: Barack Obama: The coincidental tourist
The oceanfront vacation home Barack Obama is renting this week is owned by a campaign contributor who, along with her husband, has given more than $62,000 to the Democratic Party and its presidential candidates since 2000.

Washington Post: In Pa., Looking Out for No. 2
The bay door opened under a giant American flag, John McCain's dark-blue Straight Talk Express bus rolled into the exhibition hall to the inevitable (in Pennsylvania, at least) strains of "Rocky," and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee emerged with not one but two of The Mentioned.

Politio: Beware the 'down time' of August
August can often be the cruelest of months. Just read Barbara Tuchman’s “The Guns of August” to get a sense of the series of misplays, miscalculations and miscommunications that sparked the first World War all in the merry month of August.

LA Times: Visits by McCain, Obama to Orange County church underscore Pastor Rick Warren's prominence
When John McCain and Barack Obama appear on the same stage Saturday at the sprawling religious campus of Orange County's Saddleback Church, their presence will vividly underline the reach that has made Pastor Rick Warren among the most significant evangelists of his generation.

Washington Times: Democrats shift platform to woo pro-lifers
Democrats aiming to woo pro-life voters have added new language to the party platform calling for taxpayer-funded efforts to reduce the number of abortions.

Washington Times: Clinton's convention role nearly settled
The careful negotiations between Sen. Barack Obama's campaign and his one-time rival about her role at the Democratic National Convention are winding to a close, while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's supporters demand she be formally recognized.

Financial Times: US trade gap narrows as imports slow
The US trade deficit narrowed unexpectedly in June by 4.1 per cent to $56.8bn, as exports grew more than twice as fast as imports in spite of surging oil prices.

WSJ: Some Conservative Republicans Balk at Drilling Compromise
Some conservative Republicans are balking at an effort to compromise with Democrats on allowing more offshore drilling for oil, even as more key Democrats appear to be softening their opposition to such a move.

CNN: Report: U.S. using contractors in Iraq at unprecedented rate
The United States spent $85 billion on contracts in Iraq and other countries in the first four years of the war and is relying on contract employees at a greater rate than in any other war, according to a government report released Tuesday.

CNN: No crimes committed during Justice hirings, Mukasey says
Justice Department officials committed no crime by letting improper political considerations drive hirings of prosecutors, immigration judges and other career government lawyers, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Tuesday, speaking to the American Bar Association.

Washington Post: Ex-Congressman Ney, Jailed in Lobby Case, Set for Early Release
Robert W. Ney - the former congressman now officially known as federal prisoner No. 28882-016 - will complete his sentence Friday, less than two years after pleading guilty to corruption charges stemming from the investigation of now-imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with Congress.

AP: Navy relieves commander of air recon squadron
The commander of a Navy air reconnaissance squadron that provides the president and the defense secretary the airborne ability to command the nation's nuclear weapons has been relieved of duty, the Navy said Tuesday.Cmdr. Shawn Bentley was relieved of duty Monday by the Navy for loss of confidence in his ability to command, only three months after taking the job.

Washington Post: 'Stop the Slide,' Says New Air Force Chief
Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, who began his tenure as the 19th Air Force chief of staff yesterday, has taken a frank view of the service's need to address recent failures concerning the security of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and acquisitions practices, telling senior leaders in briefings that they need to "stop the slide."

CNN: Martin Commentary: Commentary: Media's job is to focus on facts, not rumors
Two recent stories are a prime example of how important it is for the media to confront the reality of rumors in the age of the Internet.

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