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April 7, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

Kansas City Star: Support is building for McCain, who visits KC today
Fox: Hey Sen. McCain, what about Condi as VP? (with video)
Rasmussen: Tennessee: McCain Leads Both Democrats by Double Digits
Politico: Anti-McCain groups lag in fundraising
NYT/Kristol: The Shape of the Race to Come

Harvard Crimson: Rove Denounces Obama for Empty Rhetoric

Gallup: Republicans Oppose Homeowner Bailout as Home Values Fall

NY: NY Post/Dicker: Inside tale of Albany's shadowy police pal
NJ: Star-Ledger: Crowley slams door on talk of Senate run
CA: Mercury News: Five candidates seek Calif. congressional seat
VA: Lance-Star: Early state ticket could help GOP
LA: Advocate: Democrats, Republicans vie for 6th Congressional District
FL: Miami Herald: Rubio wording benefits big ally
KS: Capital-Journal: GOP group ramping up efforts to defeat Democratic incumbents
WA: Columbian: Gubernatorial, legislative contests take shape
NM: NY Sun: Entire N.M. House Delegation Seeks Senate Seat
IL: Chicago Sun-Times: GOP split on Weller successor

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Kansas City Star: Support is building for McCain, who visits KC today
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: McCain spends Monday a.m. in KC to highlight his vet history

Fox: Hey Sen. McCain, what about Condi as VP? (with video)
NY Times: Rice Eyeing Ticket? Thats News to McCain
BNN: McCain Veepstakes: Fred Thompson?!?
WP/Cillizza: People's Choice for McCain's VP
Washington Times: Huckabee backers push ad slamming Romney
Fox: McCain No Closer to Veep Choice

Rasmussen: Tennessee: McCain Leads Both Democrats by Double Digits
Rasmussen: Iowa: Obama 46% McCain 42%
Politico: Anti-McCain groups lag in fundraising

AP/Quaid: McCain Insists Iraq Buildup Is Working
The Hill: McCain: U.S. strategy in Iraq will succeed'
Reuters: McCain Says Democrats Can't Keep Promises on Iraq
NY Times: McCain Brushes Back Criticism of Iraq Stance
Independent UK: McCain's 19-year-old son does a 'Prince Harry' in Iraq
Fox: McCain expresses concern about Iran

WaPo: The Next Campaign Stop: Iraq Hearings
Washington Times: Petraeus, Crocker to face scrutiny on war

Fox: Transcript: Sen. John McCain on 'FOX News Sunday'
Arizona Republic: McCain foes play up, backers play down temperament
Detroit News: McCain, GOP see opening in Mich.
Reuters: McCain to seek votes Republicans often ignore
WP/Trail: McCain: Obama 'Absolutely' Qualified to Be President
Times SA: The world according to John McCain
Reuters: Vietnam vets admire McCain, may not vote for him
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Bush-haters won't stop McCain
Fox: McCain closes book on Schultz-Obama issue
Arizona Republic: Old-time bipartisanship holds allure for McCain

NYT/Kristol: The Shape of the Race to Come
San Diego UT: Growers hope immigration debate resettles in presidential campaign

American Spectator: Barr Fight

Harvard Crimson: Rove Denounces Obama for Empty Rhetoric
Harvard Crimson: Karl Rove Says History Will Vindicate Bush

NY Times: Top Clinton Aide Leaving His Post Under Pressure
AP/Fouhy: Penn out as Clinton senior strategist

NATIONAL

Gallup: Republicans Oppose Homeowner Bailout as Home Values Fall
LA Times: Who should get mortgage aid?

NY Times: Pork Barrel Remains Hidden in U.S. Budget

SF Chronicle: Democrats look to fatten lead in House, Senate

NEW YORK


NY Post/Dicker: Inside tale of Albany's shadowy police pal

NY Times: Behind the Emperors Club Escort Service

NY Sun: Congestion Pricing May Be Dead in Albany
NY Times: Traffic Plan Faces an Uncertain Vote
NY Times: In Congestion Talks Upstate, Mayor Sends in the Surrogates
NY Post: Defiant Mike dooms congestion bid: pols
NY Post: Car commuters hoping for a dead end

Newsday: Comptroller DiNapoli to critique state budget
NY Times: Editorial: That Old Albany Rut
Times Ledger: GOP endorses Como for Gallagher's seat
Albany Times-Union: In politics, it pays to be friendly
NYDN: Chuck Schumer backs former aide over veteran pol in heated state Senate race

NY Post/Dicker: Suozzi eyes a re-run: 2010 bid vs. Gov.
NYDN: He said-they said on Tom Suozzi running for governor in 2010

NEW JERSEY

Star-Ledger: Crowley slams door on talk of Senate run
NY Times: Executive Says No to G.O.P. on New Jersey Senate Bid
Record: Crowley rules out run for the Senate
Asbury Park Press: Crowley reaffirms he won't run for Senate
Newsday: Dad who started biotech company to cure kids won't run for Senate

GEORGIA

McClatchy: Georgia legislators reflect on disappointing session

CALIFORNIA

Mercury News: Five candidates seek Calif. congressional seat
AP/Lawrence: Former Lawmaker Favored for Calif. Seat
SF Chronicle: Foes' goal: Stop Speier gaining majority
Sacramento Bee: From tragedy, Jackie Speier closes in on election triumph

VIRGINIA

Lance-Star: Early state ticket could help GOP
WaPo: In Virginia, a coming showdown over transportation funding

LOUISIANA

Advocate: Democrats, Republicans vie for 6th Congressional District
Wall Street Journal: Democrats' Hopes Rise for House Seat
LSU Daily Reveille: Jenkins, Cazayoux win congressional runoffs
Southern Political Report: Louisiana: Favorites Win Congressional Runoffs

FLORIDA



Miami Herald: Rubio wording benefits big ally
Orlando Sentinel: Top prosecutors shun court, fight for budget
Palm Beach Post: Party bosses worry as split Dems smolder
Tampa Tribune: Abortion Bill Splits Hernando Republican Reps

TENNESSEE

Knoxville News: Partisan control looks roughly even at start

KANSAS

Capital-Journal: GOP group ramping up efforts to defeat Democratic incumbents
Kansas City Star: Many major issues remain for Kansas Legislature

WASHINGTON STATE

Columbian: Gubernatorial, legislative contests take shape
Seattle PI: Burner fixed on unseating Reichert

CONNECTICUT

AP: Former GOP senator Weicker endorses Obama

NEW MEXICO


NY Sun: Entire N.M. House Delegation Seeks Senate Seat

ILLINOIS

Chicago Sun-Times: GOP split on Weller successor

NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte Observer: McHenry's Iraq visit stirs conflict at home

ALABAMA

CQ Politics: Deja Vu in Alabama House Race

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: Arizona's defense contractors score billions in new budget

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April 6, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

AP/Giblin: McCain follows Goldwater to Prescott court steps
Washington Times: McCain knocks partisan sniping
WaPo: McCain Campaign Returns to Its Stopgap Model

Washington Times: Hayden aims for 'a more cohesive CIA'
The Hill: Blue Dogs say next AMT fix must be paid for

LA: CQ Politics: Scalise Wins Louisiana Primary, Shoo-In to Succeed Jindal in U.S. House
NY: NY Post: Raiders go after troopers: Atty Gen seizes e-records
GA: Atlanta JC: Legislature gets poor reviews for session
TX: Dallas MN: Kay Bailey Hutchison says she's not set on 2010 run for Texas governor
KY: Richmond Register: McConnell: Measures can stimulate economy
CA: AP/Thompson: California Prisons Rocked by Problems
AZ: Arizona Republic: Feds defend Arpaio on crime sweeps

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AP/Giblin: McCain follows Goldwater to Prescott court steps
Washington Times: McCain knocks partisan sniping
Bloomberg: McCain Ends Tour With a Plea for Bipartisanship
NYT/Caucus: McCain Calls for Political Civility
AP: McCain says presidential campaign should be like a respectful argument, not bitter clash
AFP: McCain calls for cooperation among Democrats, Republicans
NY Times: Barbed Remark on McCain Sets Off Campaign Dispute

WaPo: McCain Campaign Returns to Its Stopgap Model
NY Times: McCain Is Vocal on War, but Silent on Sons Service
Arizona Republic: McCain full of convictions and contradictions
Herald-Leader: McConnell defends McCain on Iraq
Guardian UK: Democratic battle hands McCain lead
Reuters: McCain Vows to Deal With Severe Economic Crisis
NY Daily News: McCain's docs to say he's fit to lead U.S.
McClatchy: McCain's economic advisors: Dozens from various camps lend expertise

LA Times: A conservative about-face on Mitt Romney
LA Times: Paul Weyrich liked Mitt Romney; now he doesn't
Washington Times: McCain warned against naming Romney

Atlanta JC: Barr forms presidential exploratory committee
The Hill: Barr launches presidential exploratory committee

NYT/Dowd: The Vodka Chronicles

NATIONAL

Washington Times: Hayden aims for 'a more cohesive CIA'
The Hill: Blue Dogs say next AMT fix must be paid for
AP/Jordan: Attorney general finds settling into the job easier than limelight
WaPo: Editorial: The Future of Entitlements
WaPo: Housing's Bright Spot: Stocks

Politico: Sunday talk show tip sheet

NEW YORK

NY Post: Raiders go after troopers: Atty Gen seizes e-records

Newsday: Governor and lawmakers' staff work through weekend
Newsday: Experts: NY State budget will need revise later
Albany Times-Union: Bruno: Counties getting road aid
Albany TU: Paterson laments what he terms lawmakers' unwillingness to rein in pork

WaPo: Proposed 'Congestion Pricing' Fees Hit Political Gridlock in Capitol
NY Post: D'Amato scores as 'congest' lobbyist

Buffalo News: Joe Mesi enters the political ring with a state Senate bid

Buffalo News: Former state justice is a central figure in probe of activities of Buffalo Jesters

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: Feds defend Arpaio on crime sweeps

NORTH CAROLINA

Virginian-Pilot: North Carolina residents register to vote in record numbers

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Legislature gets poor reviews for session
AP/McCaffrey: For Richardson, tax cut loss is bitter after statewide campaign
AP/Bluestein: Pols in Dry Georgia OK Border Request

HAWAII

Honolulu Advertiser: Native Hawaiian bill to get its turn in Senate

MINNESOTA

Pioneer Press: Budget moves closer to make-or-break talks

TEXAS

Dallas MN: Kay Bailey Hutchison says she's not set on 2010 run for Texas governor
Dallas Morning News: GOP tops Democrats in early voting turnout
Dallas Morning News: Nine Texas projects included in 2008 Congressional Pig Book

LOUISIANA

CQ Politics: Scalise Wins Louisiana Primary, Shoo-In to Succeed Jindal in U.S. House
The Hill: La. runoffs: Jenkins-Cazayoux battle set, Scalise wins
CQ Politics: Dems Set Sights on Louisiana 6th District Takeover

AP/Burdeau: Louisianans Vote in Congressional Races

KENTUCKY

Richmond Register: McConnell: Measures can stimulate economy
The Hill: McConnell opponent goes on the air

OHIO

Columbus Dispatch: New economic plan on table

CALIFORNIA

AP/Thompson: California Prisons Rocked by Problems
San Diego UT: Judge says Wilkes can raise bail, leave jail to await appeal

FLORIDA

Miami Herald: Bill would lower fees for mortgage brokers
Palm Beach Post: 'Double dipping' runs deep in region

MICHIGAN

Detroit Free Press: $7-million contract assist for mayor's friend?
Detroit News: Hundreds rally to support Worthy, spurn Mayor Kilpatrick

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April 5, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

WaPo: McCain Assails 'Anti-Growth Agenda'
Fox: McCain Plans to Take on Secret Service Protection
Gallup: No Consensus Favorite Among Republicans for McCain VP

NY Times: Housing Bill to Get Vote in Senate
NY Times: Democrats Call for New Aid Package as 80,000 Jobs Are Cut

Tampa Tribune: Proposal For 2012 GOP Primary Puts Big States Last
American Thinker: The United States Needs More Conservative Opinion in Spanish

NY: NY Post/Dicker: State freezes out ex-trooper 'dirty tricks' suspect
NY: NY Times: Could King Be the Next Governor?
NJ: Gannett: Republican Crowley may make Senate bid, after all
TX: AP/Shannon: Prosecutors compete in runoff to become Earle's successor
AZ: LA Times: Arizona slams door on illegal immigrants
MI: Detroit News: Beatty ordered to wear tether
GA: AJC: The Republican House kills a Grady bill and a ban on abortions in a single stroke
LA: Times-Picayune: Vote today called key to seat in Congress
FL: St. Petersburg Times: Florida legislators are driven by a fear of taxes

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WaPo: McCain Assails 'Anti-Growth Agenda'

Fox: McCain Plans to Take on Secret Service Protection
NY Times: McCain Ends Resistance to Secret Service Protection
NY Daily News: McCain OKs Secret Service protection
AP/Espo: McCain to Meet With Secret Service

CNN: Is McCain's bio tour working?

AP/Theimer: McCain's marriage is key to his finances

Gallup: No Consensus Favorite Among Republicans for McCain VP
Life News: Gallup Poll Shows Republicans Have No Favorite for John McCain Running Mate
Reuters: McCains Veep? The clear favorite is nobody
Atlantic/Ambinder: McCain Veepstakes: Anti-Romney Movement Starts
Hot Air: Social con group to McCain: Just say no to Mitt
NY Times: Romneys Ex-Friends

AP/Espo: White House Hopefuls Pay Tribute to King

NY Times: Clintons Made $109 Million in Last 8 Years
NY Post: Boy, that's rich, Bubba
Bloomberg: Bill Clinton Earned $15.4 Million From Burkle Firm Since 2003

NYT/Collins: White Guys Are Back

Life News: Former Pro-Life Republican Congressman Bob Barr Will Seek Libertarian Prez Bid

NATIONAL

NY Times: Housing Bill to Get Vote in Senate
NY Times: Senate Adds Tax Breaks to Housing Bill

NY Times: Democrats Call for New Aid Package as 80,000 Jobs Are Cut
AP/Aversa: Huge Job Losses Set Off Recession Alarms

AP/Baldor: Gov't Plans to Cut Army War Tours

Washington Times: Passport official quits amid probes

WP/Ignatius: Repairing America's Spy Shop

Tampa Tribune: Proposal For 2012 GOP Primary Puts Big States Last
Atlantic/Ambinder: Republicans Take Step To Change Calendar
Real Clear Politics: RNC Fights Over 2012

American Thinker: The United States Needs More Conservative Opinion in Spanish

WaPo: Herbert Alexander, 80; Studied Campaign Finance

NEW YORK


NY Post/Dicker: State freezes out ex-trooper 'dirty tricks' suspect
NY Times: Official Put on Leave After Latest Report on Trooper Inquiry

Rochester D&C: Heavyweight boxer to run for state Senate

Syracuse PS: Sweetland throws hat in the ring

NY Times: In Albany, Secrecy Surrounds Budget Talks
Albany Times-Union: Paterson Cracks The Whip
NY Post: Gov to pols: Stay put 'til you OK a budget
Albany Times-Union: $250M give and take in budget
NY Daily News: Goodies tagged in delayed state budget

NY Sun: Criminal Charges Eyed in Probe of City Council
AP/Kugler: NYC Pol Caught in Slush Fund Probe
NY Times: Budget Practice Trips Quinn, a Backer of Openness
NY Post: 'Scapegoats' twisting in the Quinn

Newsday: NY's traffic fee plan in doubt in Legislature
NY Post: 'Congest' dead end looming in Albany

Albany Times-Union: Cuomo: Subpoenas Coming

NY Times: Could King Be the Next Governor?

NY Times: Pataki Slow to Release Documents to Archives

NEW JERSEY

NY Times: New Jersey Republicans Await a Senatorial Candidate
Gannett: Republican Crowley may make Senate bid, after all

TEXAS

AP/Shannon: Prosecutors compete in runoff to become Earle's successor
Star-Telegram: Judicial hopefuls' GOP credentials become focal point
NY Times: Texans Beat Big Coal, and a Film Shows How

VIRGINIA

WaPo: Arlington Contractor Joins GOP Race for Seat Held by Moran

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Beatty ordered to wear tether
Detroit Free Press: City lawyer now recalls signing the secret deal

ARIZONA

LA Times: Arizona slams door on illegal immigrants

MONTANA

Missoulian: Rehberg rallies Republicans

MARYLAND

Charlotte Observer: Steele calls black voters home to GOP

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Concord Monitor: GOP rules panel enshrines primary

GEORGIA

AJC: The Republican House kills a Grady bill and a ban on abortions in a single stroke

ALABAMA

Birmingham News: Two open Alabama congressional seats draw a crowd of candidates

NEBRASKA

Wall Street Journal: Democrats See Opening In GOP Bastion of Nebraska

LOUISIANA

Times-Picayune: Vote today called key to seat in Congress

OREGON

Oregonian: Senate candidates Novick, Merkley battle over style differences

RHODE ISLAND

Providence Journal: Chafee, Laffey speak volumes

FLORIDA

St. Petersburg Times: Florida legislators are driven by a fear of taxes

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April 4, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

Boston Globe: McCain returns $3m in checks as he considers public funding
The Hill: McCain rejects Secret Service protection
AP: McCain Easing Into Role of GOP Leader

NY Times: Bush Wins NATO Backing on Europe Missile Shield
WaPo: New Housing Bill Criticized As Scant Help for Distressed

The Hill: Boehner: ‘We are going to gain seats this year’
Seattle PI: Boehner: I will use McDermott's money to help elect Republicans
WaPo: FEC Nomination Impasse Stalls Disclosure of Bundling Data

NY: NY Times: Spitzer’s Inspector General Resigns
AL: AP: Rove Disputes Claims About Ala. Governor
GA: MajorityAP: Johnson rent payments may violate FEC laws
IL: American Thinker: Rezko Sleaze Engulfs Governor of Illinois
IL: Journal & Register: LaHood seeks state GOP post
LA: CQ Politics: GOP Can Breathe Easy About Holding Jindal’s Louisiana House Seat

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AP: McCain Easing Into Role of GOP Leader
NY Times: McCain Sees King Speech as Chance to Mend Ties

Boston Globe: McCain returns $3m in checks as he considers public funding

WaPo: McCain Holds Off on Secret Service Protection
The Hill: McCain rejects Secret Service protection
AP: Secret Service: McCain Is Not Protected

Florida Times-Union: McCain has this crowd at 'hello again'

Washington Times: Editorial: McCain tells it like it is
NY Post: Mac a flashback to GOP's 1996 Dole-drums
Des Moines Register: 'It can be scary,' Harkin says of McCain temper

Boston Globe: Romney dismisses talk of spot on GOP ticket
Washington Times: McCain warned against Romney
Pepperdine: Romney the best choice as McCains VP
UPI: McCain mulling 20 possible running mates

News-Leader: Troubled GOP looks to McCain as possible hope
Catholic News Agency: McCain wont change pro-life, marriage planks in GOP platform

James Taranto: Dog-Whistling Dixie

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Paul rallies faithful at IUP

INTERNATIONAL



NY Times: Bush Wins NATO Backing on Europe Missile Shield

NATIONAL



WaPo: New Housing Bill Criticized As Scant Help for Distressed
The Hill: Senate kills bankruptcy measure

NY Times: Fed Officials Defend Rescue of Bear Stearns
AP/Flaherty: Lawmakers Heavily Invested in Defense
The Hill: Senate GOP earmark plan hits hurdles quickly

The Hill: Boehner: We are going to gain seats this year
CQ Politics: Boehner Says Obama-Clinton Battle Could Help GOP in November Contests
Seattle PI: Boehner: I will use McDermott's money to help elect Republicans
Human Events: Boehner on FISA Delay: 'Ask Mr. Hoyer'

The Hill: GOP still ponders shutdown over judicial nominees

WaPo: FEC Nomination Impasse Stalls Disclosure of Bundling Data

CQ Politics: Republicans Advance Plan To Ease Primary Front-Loading

Rush Limbaugh: Bill Buckley: A Second Father

NEW YORK

CQ Politics: New Hope for New York GOP

NY Times: Spitzers Inspector General Resigns
AP: Spitzer's embattled NY inspector general resigns
Albany Times-Union: IG Kristine Hamann resigns
NY Post: Inspector for Spitz now quits
Buffalo News: State inspector general resigns; criticized for not pursuing Troopergate
Newsday: State inspector ripped on Choppergate probe resigns
Newsday: Investigators get plenty of work in Albany

NY Sun: Editorial: Patersons Phony Budget
Newsday: Progress slow on NY state budget

Albany Times-Union: State panel says NYRA hiring violated racing law

ALABAMA

AP: Rove Disputes Claims About Ala. Governor

GEORGIA

MajorityAP: Johnson rent payments may violate FEC laws

MARYLAND

WaPo: Senate Approves Repeal of New Levy

IOWA

American Spectator: Snake in the Grassley

ILLINOIS

Journal & Register: LaHood seeks state GOP post
American Thinker: Rezko Sleaze Engulfs Governor of Illinois

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Law dept. told City Council not to settle the whistle-blower suits

LOUISIANA

CQ Politics: GOP Can Breathe Easy About Holding Jindals Louisiana House Seat

CALIFORNIA

Sacramento Bee: California Republicans offer bills on education funds

FLORIDA

Miami Herald: Deep cuts in store for S. Florida
Palm Beach Post: Attempts to muzzle guns bill stopped
Bradenton Herald: Florida budget slashes assured
News-Journal: Battle over amending Florida Constitution rages on

IDAHO

AP: Idaho Senate votes 20-15 on primary bill

KENTUCKY

AP/Alford: Governor urges legislators to approve ethics bill

WASHINGTON STATE

Olympian: Gregoire, Rossi already at it in race for governor

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April 3, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

WaPo: McCain Is Looking for a Veep
The Hill: For McCain, son’s duty in Iraq is not a talking point
AP: Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady

Rush Limbaugh: What Is Senator McCain Saying?
Ann Coulter: Obama's dimestore 'Mein Kampf'

WaPo: Housing Accord Puts Builders First: Strapped Homeowners Offered Little Aid
NY Times: Republicans to Call for More Disclosure on Earmarks
The Hill: McHugh plans to run for top Armed Services slot

NY: NYDN: Police major expected to be questioned by Andrew Cuomo in Spitzer probe
NJ: NY Times: Congressman to Challenge Lautenberg in Democratic Senate Primary
WI: Wall Street Journal: The Wisconsin 'Tragedy'
MI: Detroit News: Stabenow's husband entangled in prostitution sting
IL: Chicago Tribune: Republican foe rips Durbin while launching challenge
GA: MajorityAP: Johnson charges himself highest rent in Georgia
WA: Rasmussen: Washington Governor: Gregoire 47% Rossi 46%

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WaPo: McCain Is Looking for a Veep
LA Times: John McCain starting to focus on a veep pick
AP/Espo: McCain Compiles List of Possible Veeps
Newsday: McCain says he's ready to look at running mates
CNN: McCain mulls list of potential running mates
Human Events: McCain Veepstakes: Old School Sanford

The Hill: For McCain, sons duty in Iraq is not a talking point

Life News: Aides Say John McCain Won't Weaken Republican Party Platform Against Abortion
Reuters: McCain Says U.S. Must Rethink How to Solve Problems

Rush Limbaugh: What Is Senator McCain Saying?
Rush Limbaugh: Is El Rushbo Too Hard on McCain?

Politico: Where are all the other Republican donors?
WaPo: A Century-Long War? Not Exactly.
Gallup: Presidential Candidates Weaknesses in Depth
NY Times: A Reprise of the 3 A.M. Call
Reuters: Male Rock Fans Likely to Vote Republican: Survey
NY Times: McCain and Clinton Ads Spar Over How to Solve Home Mortgage Crisis
AP: Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady
Politico: McCain shies away from religion talk
Washington Times: Barr bid could hurt McCain
AP: McCain to visit Jacksonville today

Ann Coulter: Obama's dimestore 'Mein Kampf'

NATIONAL



WaPo: Housing Accord Puts Builders First: Strapped Homeowners Offered Little Aid
Politico: Senators ditch aid in housing bill
NY Times: In Senate, Agreement on Housing
LA Times: Mortgage relief plan advances
NY Times: 2 Parties Reach Tentative Deal on Housing Bill
CQ Politics: Senate Housing Deal Focuses on Tax Breaks, FHA Overhaul

NY Times: Fed Chief Sees Possible Contraction in First Half
NY Times: Bernanke Nods at Possibility of a Recession

NY Times: Republicans to Call for More Disclosure on Earmarks
CQ Politics: House GOP Earmark Gambit Fails as Pig Book Highlights Biggest Winners
The Hill: House GOP earmarks motion falls short again

CBS: McHugh Launches Bid To Be Top Republican On Armed Services
The Hill: McHugh plans to run for top Armed Services slot

The Hill: Aides private info exposed
The Hill: GOP seeking some unity

SF Chronicle: States take on immigration

NY Times: Judge Dismisses Suit Over Borat

CQ Politics: Bill to Force FDA Tobacco Regulation Moves Through Energy and Commerce
NY Times: Bill to Regulate Tobacco Moves Forward

WaPo: House Votes to Continue and Expand President's Global Effort Against AIDS
AP/Abrams: House Approves Global AIDS Program
AP: House Roll Call: Global AIDS Bill

AP/Ohlemacher: GOP Proposes New Primary Calendar

AP/Apuzzo: Clinton Testimony on FBI Files Blocked
Politico: New Bush biopic examines father-son tie

NEW YORK

AP/Gormley: Top Spitzer aides leave jobs after governor's sudden fall
NY Daily News: Police major expected to be questioned by Andrew Cuomo in Spitzer probe

NY Times: Mayor Presses for $8 Fee for Drivers to Enter Parts of Manhattan
NY Sun: Bloomberg, Silver Face Congestion Pricing Test
NY Times: Editorial: Its Up to You, Mr. Silver
NY Post: Congestion pricing wheezing in Albany

AP/Virtanen: NY lawmakers keeping prisons open, troopers in schools
AP/Gormley: NY plans nation's highest cigarette tax

Newsday: Suozzi, GOP legislators OK Nassau capital budget

Albany Times-Union: GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello chatting it up

Buffalo News: Two more Republicans unlikely to run for Reynolds' House seat

NEW JERSEY

NY Times: Congressman to Challenge Lautenberg in Democratic Senate Primary
AP/Delli Santi: New Jersey Senate GOP consult with Gingrich
NY Times: Lautenberg to Face Primary Challenge
Newsday: Adler raises half-million dollars for congressional bid
Rasmussen: New Jersey Senate: Lautenberg Still Way Ahead in Garden State

WISCONSIN

NY Times: Wisconsin Voters Excise Editing From Governors Veto Powers
AP/Bauer: Wisconsin Justice Ousted in Nasty Race
AP/Foley: Wisconsin Voters Curb Governor's Power
Wall Street Journal: The Wisconsin 'Tragedy'

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Republican foe rips Durbin while launching challenge
Chicago Tribune: Rezko trial: Blagojevich drawn in again
Chicago Sun-Times: Levine: Blagojevich knew

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Stabenow's husband entangled in prostitution sting
AP/Robinson: Sen. Stabenow's husband tells police he had sex with prostitute
The Hill: Stabenows husband expresses sorrow over prostitution incident
Detroit Free Press: Stabenow: Work is focus

GEORGIA

MajorityAP: Johnson charges himself highest rent in Georgia

OKLAHOMA

AP/Talley: 1,000 Back Anti-Gay Okla. Lawmaker

MARYLAND

WaPo: O'Malley to Seek Change in Law to Replace Wynn

VIRGINIA

WaPo: Pairing Might Be Last, Best Hope for GOP Establishment

CALIFORNIA

Sacramento Bee: Schwarzenegger restricts raises for state supervisors
NY Daily News: GOP Rep. Darrell Issa under fire from everywhere after 9/11 comments

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Senate OKs concealed guns in eateries, MARTA

TEXAS

Dallas Morning News: Texas lawmaker pushes for end to 'ghost voting'

WASHINGTON STATE

Rasmussen: Washington Governor: Gregoire 47% Rossi 46%

MINNESOTA

Pioneer Press: Ambitious public works bill now up to Pawlenty

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April 2, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

Daily Press: McCain visits high school alma mater in Alexandria
Washington Times: McCain won't fight platform on abortion, gays
Wall Street Journal: McCain Has Yet to Win Over Key Conservatives
NRO: Charlie Crist — ambiguous conservative, potential vice president

WaPo: Senators Agree to Make Deal On Housing
CQ Politics: Court Orders Rep. McDermott to Pay Boehner More Than $1 Million
WaPo: FCC Chmn to Seek Dismissal of Skype's Plea for Open Access to Wireless Networks
NY Times: Government Issues Waiver for Fencing Along Border

NY: NY Sun: Judges Ready To Sue State Absent Pay Raise
NY: Buffalo News: 3 agencies that investigated 'troopergate' are now under state scrutiny
MS: CQ Politics: Underdogs Win Mississippi Runoffs
FL: Orlando Sentinel: Florida House speaker pushes more tax cuts
TX: Dallas Morning News: Hutchison beginning to look at 2010 gubernatorial run in Texas

'08 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN











Daily Press: McCain visits high school alma mater in Alexandria
WaPo: McCain Recalls His Wild Youth
CNN: McCain shares memories of his high school days
The Hill: At old high school, McCain addresses temper issue
USA Today: McCain pledges 'respectful campaign'
WP/Trail: McCain's 'Unruly Passions'
CBS: McCain Continues Reminiscing
MSNBC: McCain's tour, Day 2
NYT/Caucus: McNasty Goes Back to School
Boston Globe: McCain says record shows he's not a hothead
WSJ: McCain Pays Tribute to High-School Teacher
Human Events: McCain Tackles Temper and Education

American Thinker: McCain's numbers in the tracking poll

NRO: Charlie Crist ambiguous conservative, potential vice president

Washington Times: McCain won't fight platform on abortion, gays

WaPo: Economic Slump Underlines Concerns About McCain Advisers
Atlantic/Ambinder: Gentry Collins To McCain?

Atlantic/Ambinder: McCain's Regional Campaign Structure

Wall Street Journal: McCain Has Yet to Win Over Key Conservatives
Wall Street Journal: Business Donors Bypass McCain
LA Times: Good sign for John McCain: conservative James Dobson says he'll vote Nov. 4

Reuters: McCain Takes on Letterman In "Late Show" Monologue
AP: McCain, Letterman Spar on 'Late Show'

US News: What McCain Really Said About a Bailout

Rush Limbaugh: See, I Told You So on McCain: Conservatism Declared Dead

Politico: RNC unveils flying superhero donkey | RNC website



Sydney Morning Herald: McCain 'very happy' to meet with Rudd
ABC: McCain visit rounds out Rudd's presidential tour
Wall Street Journal: Left, Right and Down Under

NATIONAL



WaPo: Senators Agree to Make Deal On Housing
Politico: GOP embrace housing help
NY Times: A Bipartisan Bid on Mortgage Aid Is Gaining Speed
CBS: Senate Announces Breakthrough On Housing Bill
Reuters: US Senate sets urgent push for housing compromise
The Hill: Breakthrough on housing
NY Times: Playing the Housing Blame Game



AP/Aversa: Bernanke Meets With House GOP on Economy
AP/Beck: Risks of Dismantling SEC

WaPo: Congressman Ordered to Pay in Wiretap Case
AP/Daly: Judge: $1M in Legal Fees for Boehner
The Hill: McDermott to pay Boehner $1 million in legal fees
CQ Politics: Court Orders Rep. McDermott to Pay Boehner More Than $1 Million

Wall Street Journal: Senate Shutdown: Specter sees no other way

WaPo: FCC Chmn to Seek Dismissal of Skype's Plea for Open Access to Wireless Networks
AP/Svensson: FCC Chairman Rejects Skype Petition

NY Times: Government Issues Waiver for Fencing Along Border
AP/Sullivan: Feds: Will use waivers of regulations to build more of border fence
NY Times: Immigration Issues End a Pennsylvania Growers Season

Human Events: Jeff Flake's Earmark Battle Keeps On Keepin' On

NY Times: Shuttle Retirement May Bring Loss of 8,600 Jobs, NASA Says

WaPo: Ex-GOP Official Accused Of Diverting More Funds

Politico: Northrop fights back on tanker tempest

James Taranto: See No Evil

NEW YORK

Albany Times Union: Complexity of probes grows as State Police, watchdogs are targeted
NY Post: DA under gun in Dirty Tricks scandal
Newsday: State agency launches probe into Choppergate case
Buffalo News: Three agencies that investigated 'troopergate' are now under state scrutiny
NY Times: In Albany, Spitzers Out but Inquiries Keep Coming
Newsday: DA denies going easy on Spitzer about Choppergate

NY Sun: Judges Ready To Sue State Absent Pay Raise

Newsday: Paterson's use of campaign funds for hotels atypical

Newsday: Peter King downplays talk of run for governor

Albany Times-Union: Secretive push for agreement on budget
AP/Gormley: Budget: NYers to get discount drug card, reform of detox system

NY Daily News: Pork handouts offered to pressure council members to OK congestion plan
NY Daily News: Next stop, Albany, for congest drive
NY Sun: Corzine Threatens Bloomberg With Congestion Pricing Lawsuit

NY Post: Eliot's hooker 'Emperor' to see jailhouse shrink



Newsday: Conservative author Coulter speaks at Stony Brook

NEW JERSEY

CQ Politics: New Jersey House Members Urge Andrews Not to Seek Senate Seat
Newsday: Poll: Republican U.S. Senate candidates unknown to voters

MISSISSIPPI



Jackson Clarion Ledger: Harper defeats Ross
CQ Politics: Underdogs Win Mississippi Runoffs
AP/Pettus: Mississippi Holds Congressional Runoffs
AP: Davis, Childers, Harper win Congress runoffs

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: Health coverage OK'd for partners of state workers
AP/Davenport: Domestic Partners in Ariz. Win Benefits

ALABAMA

AP Rawls: Bill Dickinson; Congressman Helped Crack the Solid South

FLORIDA

Orlando Sentinel: Florida House speaker pushes more tax cuts
Miami Herald: Budget cuts lock more out of state universities
Sun-Sentinel: Illegal immigrants in prison could be deported under Senate bill
Daytona Beach NJ: NASA faces job flight: Shuttle era's end in 2010 to force losses
St. Petersburg Times: Republican pals to vie for Crist's Senate seat
Tampa Tribune: Budget Plan Would Allow Crist To Tap Reserves

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Levine details attempts to get kickbacks

TEXAS

Dallas Morning News: Hutchison beginning to look at 2010 gubernatorial run in Texas
AP/Gamboa: Aide: Hutchison plans to run for Texas governor in 2010
Houston Chronicle: Sekula Gibbs, Olson swap jabs on service
Star-Telegram: Judge, prosecutor battle it out as runoff approaches
Dallas Morning News: Dallas sheriff hopeful Bowles on the defensive in primary runoff

MICHIGAN

Detroit Free Press: Union leaders want mayor out

VIRGINIA

Rasmussen: Virginia Senate: Warner 55% Gilmore 39%

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April 1, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

CQ Politics: McCain Running Strongly In Some Key Democratic States
Rasmussen: Virginia: McCain Widens Lead Over Both Democrats
Rasmussen: Wisconsin: McCain 48% Obama 46%
Rasmussen: New Jersey: McCain in Toss-Up with Both Clinton and Obama
Rasmussen: Michigan: McCain 43% Obama 42%; McCain 45% Clinton 42%

Rush Limbaugh: Prepare for the McCain Presidency
Arizona Republic: For conservatives, John McCain is only choice that makes sense
CBS: Rating The Running Mates
Rush Limbaugh: McCain's Age and the VP Pick

Politico: NRCC debt paid in full, Cole says
Washington Times: HUD chief steps down amid 'cloud' of probes

Newsday: Coulter skewers liberals at Stony Brook

NY: NY Post/Dicker: Heat on 'Hatchet Squad'; Gov: Probe Police
VA: WaPo: N.Va. Conservative to Run for Attorney General
CA: SF Chronicle: House votes to protect coast from oil drilling
FL: St. Petersburg Times: House leaders' plan allows easier access to reserve funds
PA: The Hill: Rep. Murtha aide used campaign cash for rifle
MI: Detroit News: GOP unlikely to move up 2012 Mich. primary
GA: CQ Politics: GOP Hopes for Comeback in Georgia

'08 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN











CQ Politics: McCain Running Strongly In Some Key Democratic States
Rasmussen: Virginia: McCain Widens Lead Over Both Democrats
Rasmussen: Wisconsin: McCain 48% Obama 46%
Rasmussen: New Jersey: McCain in Toss-Up with Both Clinton and Obama
Rasmussen: Michigan: McCain 43% Obama 42%; McCain 45% Clinton 42%

WaPo: As Rivals Battle, McCain Builds November Machine
Bloomberg: McCain's `Biography Tour' May Highlight Views on War
AP/Espo: McCain Touts Military Heritage
Boston Globe: McCain highlights his military heritage
WTOK-TV: Lee Family Meets John McCain
CBS: McCain Visits Mississippi Childrens' Shelter
WP/Trail: Tears and Talk of War's Cost as McCain Bus Rolls Through Mississippi

Rush Limbaugh: Prepare for the McCain Presidency
AFP: McCain hits general election trail, as Democrats battle
LA Times: John McCain, after a dose of politicking, takes time to listen
US News: McCains Years of Public Service Have Earned Him Enemies
Arizona Republic: For conservatives, John McCain is only choice that makes sense
Reuters: "Rambunctious" McCain Says He Had Chip on Shoulder
Rush Limbaugh: Senator McCain and Club Gitmo
American Thinker: B'rer McCain and the Briar Patch
Swamp: McCain: 'An imperfect servant,' road warrior
James Taranto: McCain's critics try to liken him to John Kerry

St. Petersburg Times: Editorial: McCain shows his foreign policy savvy
Guardian UK: McCain admits he was caught off guard by Basra offensive

CBS: Rating The Running Mates
Rush Limbaugh: McCain's Age and the VP Pick

NY Times: Carrying Primary Scars Into the General Election

Fox: Report: Bob Barr Weighing Presidential Run

NATIONAL



NY Sun: Bush, in Kiev, Will Back NATO Expansion
WaPo: Bush Visits a Ukraine Deeply Split Over Bid to Join Western Alliance



AP/Fendrich: Nationals open new stadium by beating Braves



LA Times: Paulson calls for broad but limited regulatory change
WaPo: Opposition To Treasury's Blueprint Gains Steam
NY Times: Doubts Greet Treasury Plan Regulation
WaPo: Under the Treasury's Plan, Fed Would Lose a Key Power
WSJ: Lobbyists, Small Banks Attack Plan For Markets
CQ Politics: Treasury Secretary Outlines Blueprint for Regulatory Overhaul
AP/Aversa: Overhaul proposed for U.S. financial regulatory system
The Hill: GOP in foreclosure bind
American Spectator: Depressed About Paulson
Independent UK: USA 2008: The Great Depression



Politico: NRCC debt paid in full, Cole says
Politico: GOP group reports Ward took $15,000
The Hill: Turkey, Livingston cut ties

NY Times: Top U.S. Housing Official Resigns
NY Times: Officials Journey Ends in a Swirl of Accusations
AP/Yost: Hud Chief Resigns Amid Criminal Probe
WaPo: Jackson Resigns as HUD Secretary: Facing Cronyism Investigations
Washington Times: HUD chief steps down amid 'cloud' of probes
NY Times: Editorial: Put the Housing Back in HUD

Washington Times: GOP aims to blunt Democrats' stance on Iraq

LA Times: Intelligence Director McConnell is cast as a lobbyist
WSJ/Gabriel Schoenfeld: The Real Bush Intelligence Failure

Newsday: Coulter skewers liberals at Stony Brook

Human Events: SCOTUS Tells Foreign Court to Butt Out

Wall Street Journal: The Immigrant Gap
CQ Politics: Freshman Democrats Feel Heat on Immigration

AP/Kuhnhenn: Suit Against Conservative Group Tossed

The Hill: New websites allow everyday citizens to become political media consultants
WaPo: With the Internet Comes a New Political 'Clickocracy'

INTERNATIONAL



NY Times: In Londons Mayoral Campaign, a Conservative Jokes His Way Into Contention

NEW YORK



NY Post/Dicker: Heat on 'Hatchet Squad'; Gov: Probe Police

NY Times: Long Island Republican Has Eye on Governorship

AP: Officials: State budget will be late
Albany Times-Union: Budget bills take shape
Newsday: How New York's state budget has grown
NY Post: State's 'Latest' budget is no deal

NY Sun: Albany Is Next Stop for Congestion Pricing
NY Times: New York Council Approves Congestion Pricing Measure on 30-20 Vote

Newsday: What statehood would mean for Long Island

NEW JERSEY

NYT/Caucus: Lautenberg Wants One More Term
Delli Santi: At 84, Lautenberg announces another run for Senate
RCP: Lautenberg Bid Official
Fox: At 84, Frank Lautenberg Announces Another Run for Senate

VIRGINIA



WaPo: N.Va. Conservative to Run for Attorney General
WaPo: Cuccinelli Is First to Enter AG Race

PENNSYLVANIA

The Hill: Rep. Murtha aide used campaign cash for rifle

TEXAS

The Hill: Police arrest alleged Hutchison stalker

MISSISSIPPI

Politico: Primary shenanigans could backfire

MARYLAND

WaPo: 'Tech Tax' Repeal Likely to Clear Md. Senate Panel

FLORIDA

St. Petersburg Times: House leaders' plan allows easier access to reserve funds
Sun-Sentinel: Crist pitches new health insurance plan
Times-Union: Jacksonville Council being asked to OK new $350 million courthouse budget
Miami Herald: Credit crunch hitting state storm insurance fund
Tampa Tribune: Whites To Answer Senator's Questions

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Levine describes closing on scheme

CALIFORNIA

SF Chronicle: House votes to protect coast from oil drilling
Sacramento Bee: Judge orders rebate for non-union state workers

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: GOP unlikely to move up 2012 Mich. primary
Detroit Free Press: Judge on mayor's case denies conflict of interest
Detroit Free Press: Cockrel, Kilpatrick talk city business

GEORGIA

CQ Politics: GOP Hopes for Comeback in Georgia

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