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April 21, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

Birmingham News: McCain to visit some of poorest areas of Alabama
NY Times: List of McCain Fund-Raisers Includes Prominent Lobbyists
ABC News: On "This Week," McCain Attacks Obama on Ayers Connection
LA Times: McCain eases proposal for alternative to U.N.

CQ Politics: GOP’s Only $$$ Bright Spot

NY: Newsday: Battle may be brewing over state appeals court pick
NJ: AP/Delli Santi: Ex-congressman wages political comeback
AK: AP/Quinn: Anchorage mayor to challenge Stevens for Senate
CA: SF Chronicle: GOP down to its last Bay Area lawmaker
GA: Atlanta JC: Transportation chief's fate to be determined Monday
FL: Orlando Sentinel: GOP rift widens in Florida legislative session's last lap
LA: City Business: Kennedy will face GOP challenge in Senate bid
MS: Jackson Clarion Ledger: Lott converting re-election account to PAC

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Birmingham News: McCain to visit some of poorest areas of Alabama
Montgomery Advertiser: McCain tours Black Belt today
AP/Quaid: In Selma, McCain praises civil rights marchers
USA Today: McCain to launch tour at Pettus Bridge
AP/Rawls: McCain brings campaign to west Alabama

NY Times: List of McCain Fund-Raisers Includes Prominent Lobbyists
WaPo: Leading GOP Donors Push To Catch Up to Liberal Groups
LA Times: McCain's war chest is far from full
NY Times: McCain Reports Improved Fund-Raising, but Still Lags
AP/Kuhnhenn: Obama reports $51M to start April; McCain raised $15M

ABC News: On "This Week," McCain Attacks Obama on Ayers Connection
WaPo: McCain Questions Obama Remark Comparing '60s Radical, Lawmaker
AFP: McCain attacks Obama over 1960s radical
NewsMax: McCain Blasts Obama Over William Ayers
NY Post: Mac attack on Barak bomb 'pal'
Time: Video: McCain Criticizes Obamas Relationship with Ayers on This Week

LA Times: McCain eases proposal for alternative to U.N.

NYDN: McCain calls it 'passion', not temper
NRO: McCain's Temper

Politico: McCain overcomes voters' concerns
Hill: DNC uses limited resources to attack McCain
Hill: McCain: Elizabeth Edwards claim a cheap shot
Detroit News: McCain should copy Schwarzenegger, Reagan

AP/Yen: McCain defends proposal on tax cut

Reuters: McCain Vows War on Wasteful Spending

Washington Times: Muslims press McCain on 'Islamic' terror label
Newsday: Obama compliments McCain
AP/Sidoti: Obama says McCain would be better president than Bush
NY Times: A Volatile Election Campaign All in One Place
WaPo: Brokering Power In Business and Politics
Towers: Huckabee reflects on 'Final Four' finish in campaign

NATIONAL

AP/Raum: Housing-credit woes spur calls for more federal regulation

Biloxi Sun Herald: Congress to fight over expanding GI Bill
WaPo/Kurtz: Retired Officers, Still Doing The Pentagon's Work on TV?

CQ Politics: Senate Dems Raise Almost Twice as Much as GOP in March
CQ Politics: House Dems Outraise Republicans, Again
CQ Politics: GOPs Only $$$ Bright Spot

Fox: RNC Chairman Responds to Democrat Ad

NEW YORK

Newsday: Battle may be brewing over state appeals court pick

NY Sun: Is Politics Next for Spitzers Prosecutor?
NY Times: Repaying a Political Debt to Spitzer Puts an Official Under Scrutiny

NY Times: Cheney to Support New York Lawmaker at Fund-Raiser

Newsday: Local candidate campaigns on social Web sites
Newsday: Lee Zeldin's campaign finance data

NEW JERSEY

AP/Delli Santi: Ex-congressman wages political comeback
AP/Hester: Rebates seem ready to be cut

ALASKA

AP/Quinn: Anchorage mayor to challenge Stevens for Senate
Anchorage Daily News: Begich to run for Senate
Alaska Report: Mark Begich to run for Senate

TEXAS

Houston Chronicle: Courting more outrage
DMN: Former Dallas elections chief pushes for clearer reform
Victoria Advocate: Craddick bounces back

CALIFORNIA

SF Chronicle: GOP down to its last Bay Area lawmaker
San Diego UT: Combat vets now vie for votes to win House seat
Sierra Sun: Brown is early leader for next governor

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Transportation chief's fate to be determined Monday

FLORIDA

Orlando Sentinel: GOP rift widens in Florida legislative session's last lap
Orlando Sentinel: Florida not likely to sing new state song
Orlando Sentinel: Florida hoteliers, Keys fight for use of bed tax

LOUISIANA

City Business: Kennedy will face GOP challenge in Senate bid

CONNECTICUT

Danbury News Times: Congressional races heating up

MISSISSIPPI

Jackson Clarion Ledger: Lott converting re-election account to PAC



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April 20, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

Boston Globe: For McCain, a 2d run, a shifting image
Fox: McCain Camp Eyes Battleground States, Outside Fundraising to Gain the Edge
Politico: McCain camp releases bundlers
Arizona Republic: Cindy McCain's devotion to global charities overlooked

Fox: Political Oddsmakers Weigh in on Republican VP Derby
Hartford Courant: Lieberman: Why I'm Willing to Appear at Republican Convention
AP: Rowley to host Harriet Island picnic during GOP convention
NY Times: The Hoedown in Crawford

NY: NY Post: Slush legal woe landing hard on taxpayers
MN: AP: Coleman dismisses chance of Ventura taking him on for U.S. Senate seat
MI: Detroit News: Michigan Republican Party finances not in trouble, Anuzis insists
NC: Fayetteville Observer: McCrory, Smith are top Republican hopefuls
PA: Evening Sun: GOP confident of return to power in Pa.
CA: San Diego UT: Hunter holds big lead in campaign contributions
FL: Palm Beach Post: Crist, Rubio rivalry revived as both turn to health insurance

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Reuters: McCain Visiting Poor Areas
Boston Globe: For McCain, a 2d run, a shifting image
Fox: McCain Camp Eyes Battleground States, Outside Fundraising to Gain the Edge
WaPo: McCain: A Question of Temperament
Seattle PI: McCain's campaign will be long balancing act
NY Times: Editorial: Senator McCain Digs In

Politico: McCain camp releases bundlers



Arizona Republic: Cindy McCain's devotion to global charities overlooked
Chicago Tribune: Cindy McCain: A political wife of quiet purpose

Fox: Political Oddsmakers Weigh in on Republican VP Derby

Hartford Courant: Lieberman: Why I'm Willing to Appear at Republican Convention

Robert Novak: Whither Hagel Endorsement

AP: Rowley to host Harriet Island picnic during GOP convention

NATIONAL



WaPo: Democrats Widen Fundraising Lead for Senate Campaigns
Hill: Special elections attract massive national funds

NY Times: Ethics Law Isnt Without Its Loopholes

NY Times: Behind TV Analysts, Pentagons Hidden Hand

Hill: Bush asks Pelosi to reverse course on Colombia FTA

Guardian UK: Now super-rich face a backlash as credit crunch hits home in America



NY Times: The Hoedown in Crawford

NEW YORK

NY Post: Slush legal woe landing hard on taxpayers
Rochester D&C: Local jurist to chair state panel
NY Times: Unexpected State Aid to Ease School Taxes
NY Times: No Floating Gas Plant; States Weigh Options
Buffalo News: State commission says mergers are key to any tax relief
Buffalo News/McCarthy: Davis gets a cold shoulder

Newsday: Rudy Giuliani receives communion at Mass with pope
NYDN: Against faith's rules, Rudy Giuliani receives communion at Papal Mass

MINNESOTA



Star-Tribune: With no opponents, Paulsen gets GOP endorsement in MN's 3rd District

AP: Coleman dismisses chance of Ventura taking him on for U.S. Senate seat

Star-Tribune: Pawlenty says he regrets 'cheap shots' line

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Michigan Republican Party finances not in trouble, Anuzis insists
Detroit News: Mayor: 'I am being punished by my God'

NORTH CAROLINA

Fayetteville Observer: McCrory, Smith are top Republican hopefuls
Myrtle Beach Sun News: Charlotte's 7-term mayor known as idealist

PENNSYLVANIA

Evening Sun: GOP confident of return to power in Pa.

KENTUCKY

WYMT: Candidates For U.S. Senator Take The Stage At Hillbilly Days

ARKANSAS

NewsMax: Huckabee Discloses Portrait Donors After Hearing

ALABAMA

Montgomery Advertiser: Sen. Shelby speaks in Prattville

CALIFORNIA

San Diego UT: Hunter holds big lead in campaign contributions
Sacramento Bee: Perata accused of using state workers in Denham recall campaign
Sacramento Bee: California still has legal issues on lethal injection executions
Sacramento Bee: Renters smile, landlords frown over Sacramento's stagnant rental market
Mercury News: Avoiding legislative temptations

FLORIDA

Palm Beach Post: Crist, Rubio rivalry revived as both turn to health insurance
Herald Tribune: Crist's school promise now in doubt
Miami Herald: In House of Representatives, Democrats kill time
Miami Herald: More children going to school at home
Miami Herald: Pastor: Commissioner used me to get money
St. Petersburg Times: Ron Paul supporters kicked out of GOP meeting

TEXAS

Dallas Morning News: Texas prosecutors bring different insights to death penalty debate

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April 19, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NY Times: McCain Camp Planning to Widen the Battlefield
WaPo: McCain Releases Tax Returns: Citing Privacy Concerns, He Withholds Wife's Filings
Wall Street Journal: South Carolina's Contender for VP
Rasmussen: California: Obama 50% McCain 43%
AP/Miga: Lieberman says he'd speak at GOP convention if McCain asks

Rush Limbaugh: Rush and President Bush Discuss Welcoming Ceremony for the Pope
NRO: Letter from Karl Rove to MSNBC's Dan Abrams regarding Siegelman story
YouTube: Video: Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich Commercial on Climate Change
Rush Limbaugh: Why the 18-35 Demo Buys the Manmade Global Warming Hoax

NY: Albany TU: Big $$ for the 20th CD
FL: Palm Beach Post: State House session locked in partisan battle
AK: AP: Alaska governor gives birth to 5th child, boy named Trig
LA: Bayou Buzz: Louisiana Gov. Jindal Picks More Board, Commission Appointments

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NY Times: McCain Camp Planning to Widen the Battlefield
NY Times: McCain, Iraq War and the Threat of Al Qaeda
WaPo: McCain Heads South to Expand His Base
CQ Politics: McCain Courts Hill Conservatives
Hill: McCain raises cash on Obama's foreign policy plans

WaPo: McCain Releases Tax Returns: Citing Privacy Concerns, He Withholds Wife's Filings
AP: McCain's tax returns reveal wealth, donations
AP/Sidoti: McCain reports $405,409 in earnings for 2007
NYDN: John McCain made $405,409, tax returns reveal; files separately from wealthy wife
Politico: Cindy McCain earns more than John
AP/Sidoti: McCain's tax returns don't reflect wife's huge fortune

Wall Street Journal: South Carolina's Contender for VP

Rasmussen: California: Obama 50% McCain 43%

AP/Miga: Lieberman says he'd speak at GOP convention if McCain asks

AP/Riley: Young voters shun third-party candidates

NATIONAL





Rush Limbaugh: Rush and President Bush Discuss Welcoming Ceremony for the Pope



NRO: Letter from Karl Rove to MSNBC's Dan Abrams regarding Siegelman story

AP/Hunt: Bush chooses SBA chief Steve Preston to take over HUD
Hill: Bushs HUD nominee gets tepid reception from Dems

NY Times: President Is Rebuffed on Program for Children
NY Times: Justice Dept. Details Program for Collecting DNA From People in Federal Custody

AP: 18 states commit to take action on climate change
SF Chronicle: Pelosi, Gingrich team up for global warming TV ad
YouTube: Video: Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich Commercial on Climate Change
Rush Limbaugh: Why the 18-35 Demo Buys the Manmade Global Warming Hoax

CQ Politics: Republicans Covet Retirees Campaign Funds
CQ Politics: Farm Bill Negotiators Break With Little Progress
Hill: Consultants picked to review page program
Miami Herald: Democrats are shaping Latin America policy in dramatic ways
Politico: NRCC raised $7 million in March, $15.4 million for the quarter
Politico: Sunday talk show tip sheet

NEW YORK

AP: NYC mayor sets special election for council seat
Newsday: Appointment of Nassau sheriff raises questions
Albany TU: Big $$ for the 20th CD
Albany TU: Cuomo subpoenas all state BOCES
NY Sun: Albanys Menu Is Also Rife With Pork
Syracuse PS: Bush's pick at HUD isn't Bernardi
Buffalo News: Powers charged his campaign to rent his home; will reimburse $4,000

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Mayor says early exit would mean 'chaos' for city

CALIFORNIA

LA Times: California unemployment rate hits 6.2% in March
Sacramento Bee: California's budget system for dummies
Mercury News: Governor wins states' pledge on emissions

FLORIDA

Miami Herald: Education faces overhaul in Florida
Orlando Sentinel: Health Insurance Bill Okayed: House Rests
Tallahassee Democrat: Florida House Democrats invoke rare delay tactic
Palm Beach Post: State House session locked in partisan battle
Sun-Sentinel: Florida's jobless rate rises to 4.9 percent
Bradenton Herald: Tax-swap foe predicts $3.6B tax increase
Daytona Beach NJ: Bid to cut property taxes, raise sales tax stirs up Tallahassee

ALASKA

AP: Alaska governor gives birth to 5th child, boy named Trig

LOUISIANA

Bayou Buzz: Louisiana Gov. Jindal Picks More Board, Commission Appointments
Bayou Buzz: Louisiana Republican Party Announces 2008 Staff
Bayou Buzz: Louisiana Politics: Kennedy, Landrieu Polls, Campaign Money, Staff
Bayou Buzz: Candidates Face Challenges in Louisiana 6th Congressional Race

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Rezko free on bail: Relatives, friends put up $8.5 million
Chicago Sun-Times: Rezko freed from jail -- but not free to go

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April 18, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

Bloomberg: McCain Says Tax, Spending Cuts Will Spark Economy
Politico: McCain readies unorthodox campaign
AP/Sidoti: British prime minister talks with presidential candidates

Peggy Noonan: While McCain Watches
Robert Novak: Bush: Don't Shield Journalists

NY Times: Senate Requests Inquiry on Highway Earmark
WaPo: Probe Sought In Alabama Prosecution

CQ Politics: CQ Politics' Money Top 10s: Biggest Cash Gainers
Hill: GOP snubs Boehner’s plea for cash
Hill: GOP lobbyists open fire on one of their own

NY: NY Post: Paterson eyeing next PA head
SC: AP: S.C.'s abortion-ultrasound bill headed to governor's desk
NJ: Record: Zimmer confident despite lack of cash
TX: Dallas Morning News: Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run for re-election in 2010
FL: Palm Beach Post: Crist calls for repeal of gasoline tax to lower prices at the pump
WA: AP/Woodward: Republican WA gov candidate unveils transportation plan
CA: Union: McClintock, Ose face off
WY: Star Tribune: Trauner tops House campaign fundraising

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USA Today: McCain campaign's next stop: 'Forgotten parts of America'
Bloomberg: McCain Says Tax, Spending Cuts Will Spark Economy
Politico: McCain readies unorthodox campaign
Washington Times: John McCain's math

Peggy Noonan: While McCain Watches
Robert Novak: Bush: Don't Shield Journalists

Bulletin: McCain Rules Out Pro-Choice Running Mate
Fox: GOP Sources: Huckabee to Campaign for McCain
Salt Lake Tribune: Hatch writes song for McCain's campaign
Reuters: McCain accuses Russia of undermining Georgia
AFP: McCain's age is not an issue, his adviser says
WaPo: Tax Day for McCain
Hill: DNC pores over agencies records for dirt on McCain
American Spectator: Not Doing Too Much

AP/Sidoti: British prime minister talks with presidential candidates
Seattle PI: Fiorina to China: Stop pirating

NYT/David Brooks: How Obama Fell to Earth

NATIONAL

NY Times: Senate Requests Inquiry on Highway Earmark
WaPo: Senate Seeks Inquiry Into Earmark Change
AP/Abrams: Senate tells Justice to look at suspicious earmark
Politico: Senate calls for Justice probe
CQ Politics: Senate Calls for Justice Probe of House Post-Passage Earmark

WaPo: Probe Sought In Alabama Prosecution
AP/Evans: House committee asks Rove to testify about ex-Ala. governor
Politico: Judiciary Committee wants Rove testimony
Hill: House committee calls on Rove to testify

CQ Politics: CQ Politics' Money Top 10s: Biggest Cash Gainers
Hill: GOP snubs Boehners plea for cash
Hill: GOP lobbyists open fire on one of their own
RCP: FEC Reports -- The Northeast
RCP: FEC Reports -- Mid-Atlantic
RCP: FEC Reports -- Pennsylvania

Rush Limbaugh: Vice President Cheney Stand-Up

NY Times: House Passes Bill to Expand U.S. Loans for Students
Hill: Reprieve for student lenders moves to Senate

AP/Italie: Jenna Bush wedding is part of lively, varied history

AP: Governors meet near Dallas for energy conference

AP: 3 Lawmakers Seek Inquiry Into the B.C.S.

NY Times: Inquiry Stays as HUD Chief Is Set to Leave

AP: President to visit Kissinger in Connecticut

Wall Street Journal: Our Climate Numbers Are a Big Old Mess

NYT/Greenhouse: After a 32-Year Journey, Justice Stevens Renounces Capital Punishment

NEW YORK

NY Post: Paterson eyeing next PA head
Newsday: The trouble with Albany today
Albany TU: Albany school lawyers slammed
Albany TU: Latest Departure: Dormitory Authority

AP/Kugler: NY mayor looking forward to an 'adult' in the White House

AP: Dem. candidate in Buffalo will return rent paid by campaign
Syracuse PS: Maffei gets head start in congressional race

SOUTH CAROLINA

AP: S.C.'s abortion-ultrasound bill headed to governor's desk

NEW JERSEY

Record: Zimmer confident despite lack of cash
AP: Ex-NJ congressman to run for US Senate
Hill: Andrews, Lautenberg have taken opposite sides on many policy issues

TEXAS



Dallas Morning News: Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run for re-election in 2010
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Gov. Perry says he'll run again in 2010
AP/Castro: Perry's plans trigger political repercussions

MISSOURI


KCStar: Missouri Senate OKs $22.6 billion budget
KCStar: Sen. Kit Bond is not on board with John McCain's gas tax holiday

PENNSYLVANIA

AP/Armas: House candidate in Pa. charged with burglary, other counts

TENNESSEE

Hill: Roe looks to overturn freshmans win

FLORIDA

Palm Beach Post: Crist calls for repeal of gasoline tax to lower prices at the pump
Tampa Tribune: Rough Road Ahead For Gas Tax Holiday
Palm Beach Post: Crist rips House on health insurance
Bradenton Herald: Ultrasound-abortion bill splits state GOP
Sun-Sentinel: Gov. Crist scuttles proposed $1-a-pack cigarette tax

WASHINGTON STATE

AP/Woodward: Republican WA gov candidate unveils transportation plan
HeraldNet: Rossi has plan to fix U.S. 2

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: Governor, legislators agree on fix for $1.2 billion deficit
East Valley Tribune: Lawmakers, Napolitano agree on budget strategy

CONNECTICUT

Hartford Courant: Amann: House Won't Vote On Ethics Bill Senate Passed

CALIFORNIA



Union: McClintock, Ose face off

WYOMING

Star Tribune: Trauner tops House campaign fundraising

IOWA

Des Moines Register: Republican announces run for 3rd District seat

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Michigan GOP finds itself in debt
Detroit News: Kilpatrick adds more power to legal team
Detroit Free Press: Beatty's lawyers fight move to disqualify Detroit judges

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Tony Rezko gets help as he tries again to post bail

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April 17, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: McCain turns tables at economic summit
AP/Fram: Yahoo poll shows McCain winning back unhappy Republicans

Worchester Telegram: Romney VP? ‘Absolutely’
Human Events: Probable Pawlenty?
LA Times: Mike Huckabee's back as the leader of a PAC
Wall Street Journal: Lieberman Living Dangerously

Ann Coulter: Obama woos gun-toting God nuts
Jack Kemp: Obama and Economic Opportunity

Wall Street Journal: Carbon Showdown
NY Times: Bush Sets Greenhouse Gas Emissions Goal

WaPo: Justices Uphold Lethal Injection Procedure

NY: NY Times: 2 Council Aides Accused of Embezzling Funds
VA: WaPo: Gilmore Assails Warner, Who Only Nibbles at the Bait
MS: CQ Politics: Both Parties Invest in Tuesday’s Mississippi House Special
CA: LA Times: Republican group will groom a 'farm team' of potential CA officeholders
FL: St. Petersburg Times: Florida Senate approves Crist health plan
GA: Atlanta JC: State insurance commissioner running for governor
IL: Chicago Tribune: Rezko-trial witness: 'I felt like I needed to take a shower'
TX: Waco Tribune Herald: Dem ruled ineligible to challenge House Speaker Tom Craddick
MO: MissouriNet: Nixon raises more than a million dollars, leads Republican candidates
UT: Salt Lake Tribune: Cannon challenger stops soliciting cash

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Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: McCain turns tables at economic summit
Business Journal: McCain discusses economic plan in South Milwaukee

AP/Fram: Yahoo poll shows McCain winning back unhappy Republicans

WaPo: McCain Seen as Key to Troop-Benefit Bills
Hill: GOP is cool to McCains economics
Washington Times: Hope for McCain and the GOP
New Statesman UK: President McCain? It could happen

Worchester Telegram: Romney VP? Absolutely
Human Events: Probable Pawlenty?
LA Times: Mike Huckabee's back as the leader of a PAC
Atlantic: Huckabee Starts A New PAC

Wall Street Journal: Lieberman Living Dangerously
Hartford Courant: Lieberman Ready For His Close-Up at Republican Convention

Ann Coulter: Obama woos gun-toting God nuts
Jack Kemp: Obama and Economic Opportunity
Froma Harrop: Good ship McCain needs captain to steer economy
LA Times: Jack Murtha, who's 75, thinks John McCain, 71, is too old

Hill: Presidential bid by ex-rep. may hurt McCain
Angus Reid: Obama Edging McCain in New Mexico

NATIONAL



Wall Street Journal: Carbon Showdown
NY Times: Bush Sets Greenhouse Gas Emissions Goal
American Spectator: Legacy of a Lame Duck

NY Times: Editorial: SEC: Not Much of a Watchdog
Robert Novak: On the Shield Law, Good News and Bad

Dallas Morning News: Perry gets Texas donors to give to Republican Governors Association

Wall Street Journal: Freshmen Democrats Pack Strong Cash Cushion
MajorityAP: Travel habits of the Democrat freshmen class
Politico: GOP recruits show lagging fundraising

Washington Times: GOP accused of FEC violation

WaPo: Justices Uphold Lethal Injection Procedure
NY Times: Moratorium on Lethal Injection Is Over, but Hardly the Challenges



WaPo: Congress May Seek Criminal Probe of Altered Earmark
Wall Street Journal: Alaska Republican Tops $1 Million in Legal Bills

NY Times: Kohlberg Kravis Hires Former G.O.P. Chairman for Public Affairs Post

USA Today: Keyes leaves GOP, looks at Constitution Party
LA Times: Alan Keyes officially leaves GOP and hardly anyone notices

NEW YORK


NY Post: Bust in pol 'slush' rush
NYDN: Council member in funding flap
NY Times: 2 Council Aides Accused of Embezzling Funds

NY Times: New Leader of State Police Discusses His Own Financial Missteps
AP/Gormley: And next year, even deeper cuts
NY Times: Paterson Seems Ready to Remove Port Director

Wall Street Journal: Spitzerism Lives

VIRGINIA

WaPo: Gilmore Assails Warner, Who Only Nibbles at the Bait

MISSISSIPPI

CQ Politics: Both Parties Invest in Tuesdays Mississippi House Special

CALIFORNIA


LA Times: Republican group will groom a 'farm team' of potential California officeholders
AP/Blood: GOP group with link to governor wants winning candidates

LA Times: Executions still on hold in California
AP/Thompson: Executions in Calif. could resume with Supreme Court ruling
Mercury News: Justices' decision won't end debate over lethal injection in California

AP/Lawrence: Ose holds fundraising lead in key Calif. congressional race

FLORIDA

St. Petersburg Times: Florida Senate approves Crist health plan
Tallahassee Democrat: Florida to resume lethal injections
Miami Herald: End of the road for Road Rangers?
St. Petersburg Times: Dunedin mayor switches parties, eyes Rep. Young's seat
Sun-Sentinel: Senate OKs sweeping property insurance changes
Sun-Sentinel: Florida Legislature set to bar dumping of treated sewage into ocean

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: State insurance commissioner running for governor
AP/McCaffrey: Oxendine running for governor

Atlanta JC: Following Supreme Court decision, Georgia moves to execute condemned killers
AP: Georgia attorney general wants executions to resume

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Rezko-trial witness: 'I felt like I needed to take a shower'
Chicago Tribune: Senate Panel stalls recall measure: Democrats' delay may be permanent

TEXAS



Houston Chronicle: Lethal injection likely to return soon in Texas
Austin American-Statesman: Texas' death chamber expected to reopen quickly
Waco Tribune Herald: Democrat ruled ineligible to challenge Republican Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick

LOUISIANA

Bayou Buzz: Louisiana Politics: US Senate Race, Jindal, Congress Election

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: Napolitano pans McCain's idea to suspend gas tax

MISSOURI

MissouriNet: Nixon raises more than a million dollars, leads Republican candidates

CONNECTICUT


Hartford Courant: Connecticut Senate Approves Ethics Reform Bill

UTAH

Salt Lake Tribune: Cannon challenger stops soliciting cash

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April 16, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

AP: McCain airs first general election ads in Ohio, Pennsylvania
YouTube: Video: TV Ad: Ignite
Wall Street Journal: McCain-omics
WaPo: McCain's Plan for Working Class Offers Plenty for Corporate World
Pittsburgh TR: McCain proposes suspension of federal gas tax during summer
Rasmussen: 60% Favor Suspending Gas Tax
Hill: Lieberman willing to star at Republican convention

NY Times: Big Tax Breaks for Businesses in Housing Bill
WaPo: Foreclosure Aid Hinges on Eligibility, How Many Are Helped
Wall Street Journal: Campaign-Finance Meltdown
Detroit News: Bush, Mich. senators end fed judge fight

NY: NY Post/Dicker: Prober a 'spy victim': Eyes state police
PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Specter's Hodgkin's disease reappears
WA: AP/Woodward: Republican WA gov candidate unveils transportation plan
CA: Sacramento Bee: California Republicans form group to win statewide offices
TX: Houston Chronicle: Cornyn funds far outweigh those of Noriega
GA: Southern Political Report: Georgia: Musical Chairs in 2010?
IL: Chicago Sun-Times: Court orders Daley cronies to prison
LA: Bayou Buzz: Democrat Fortunes Shaky For Louisiana November Elections

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AP: McCain airs first general election ads in Ohio, Pennsylvania
YouTube: Video: TV Ad: Ignite

Wall Street Journal: McCain-omics
McClatchy: McCain says middle class aid is needed
NY Times: McCain Outlines Broad Proposals for U.S. Economy
WaPo: McCain's Plan for Working Class Offers Plenty for Corporate World
Reuters: McCain Proposes Consumer Tax Cuts to Boost Economy
AP/Raum: McCain's economic plan samples from Dems and GOP
Politico: McCain unveils economic plan
Rush Limbaugh: McCain's Economic Speech

Philadelphia Inquirer: McCain proposes a gas-tax 'holiday'
Pittsburgh TR: McCain proposes suspension of federal gas tax during summer
Rasmussen: 60% Favor Suspending Gas Tax
Reuters: McCain Calls for Suspension of Gas Tax
AP/Sidoti: McCain calls for summer-long suspension of gas tax
NYDN: McCain: Put brakes on gas tax to jump start economy

Reuters: McCain Says Would Apply Diplomacy Squeeze on Iran
AP/Billeaud: McCain's GOP critics in Arizona continue to press their case
NY Post: There's egg on Mac's face
AP/Sidoti: Student to McCain: "Care to join me for a shot?"
Washington Times: McCain channeling all his luck toward 2008 race

AP: Specter queries White House hopefuls on judges

Hill: Lieberman willing to star at Republican convention
AP/Johnson: Romney reverses on McCain's economic credentials
Syracuse Post-Standard: Cornell audience gives Huckabee a standing ovation

Rush Limbaugh: The Greatest Threat America Faces Is Liberalism



Swamp: The contrasts of Cindy McCain

NATIONAL

NY Times: Big Tax Breaks for Businesses in Housing Bill
WaPo: Foreclosure Aid Hinges on Eligibility, How Many Are Helped
NY Times: Foreclosures Push States to Try a Mix of Solutions
NY Times: Wall Street Winners Get Billion-Dollar Paydays

CQ Politics: House Passes Tax Bill, Includes Provision Ending Debt Collection Program
Hill: Hoyer earns trust with House GOP
Hill: House approves measure giving committee power on staff pay
Human Events: Troop Surge in Congress?

Hill: More cash, more problems in Senate races

Wall Street Journal: Campaign-Finance Meltdown

AP/Thomas: Bush nominates Michigan appellate judge to 6th Circuit
Detroit News: Bush, Mich. senators end fed judge fight

WaPo: Lawmakers Ask FCC to Alter Rules For Auction
Bloomberg: Did Google 'dupe' FCC?
Wall Street Journal: What to Do With the Airwaves Auction?

WaPo: Democrats Accuse GOP Campaign Arm Of Covertly Writing Ad

NY Times: Panels Bipartisan View: F.D.A. Is Underfinanced
NY Times: Whats for Dinner? The Pollster Wants to Know

WaPo: Family-Leave Plan Is Halved

Lindsey Graham: Reward our Friends, Punish our Enemies

AP/Hebert: President Bush to revise climate strategy
Human Events: W Goes Green?
Rush Limbaugh: Rush Riffs on Global Warming

Dallas Morning News: Bush library evolution of a legacy

Hill: Lobbying World
Hill: K Street in Brief

Buffalo News: Pollster sees blue-red paradigm fading for 08 election

NEW YORK


NY Post/Dicker: Prober a 'spy victim': Eyes state police
Buffalo News: Volker says Spitzer associates may have had him followed last summer
Albany TU: Corbitt gets thumbs up
AP/Pasko: NY senate plans to confirm new state police superintendent

NY Times: Police Dept. Settles Suit by Protesters Over Tactics
Newsday: NYPD secret hearing denied, new policy for rallies

Albany TU: Senate secrets revealed
Albany TU: Gillibrands frequent flying

Newsday: Bruno supports Paterson on charity giving

Newsday: Long Island officials back Cuomo's pension probe

NY Times: Clinton for Governor? Democrats Dismiss Rumblings

PENNSYLVANIA




AP/Armas: In crowded central Pa. House race, challenge is to stand out

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Specter's Hodgkin's disease reappears
AP: Specter Announces Cancer Recurrence

NEW JERSEY

CQ Politics: Rabbi Complicates Garretts Re-Election Bid in New Jersey

MINNESOTA

Hill: Stuart Saves His Party? Frankens unorthodox campaign put to the test
Politico: Minn. district's voters could turn right or left

WASHINGTON STATE

AP/Woodward: Republican WA gov candidate unveils transportation plan

CALIFORNIA

Sacramento Bee: California Republicans form group to win statewide offices
Sacramento Bee: McClintock launches first ad against Ose
Sacramento Bee: Report: Ose outspends McClintock

TEXAS



Houston Chronicle: Cornyn funds far outweigh those of Noriega
AP/Gamboa: Democrat raised about half what Republican Cornyn spent

FLORIDA

Tampa Tribune: Crist Signs Guns At Work Bill
Orlando Sentinel: Democratic challenger Kosmas overtakes Feeney in campaign fundraising
Miami Herald: Greener Florida goal of energy proposal
Palm Beach Post: Perilous investing reaps bonuses
Herald Tribune: Abortion ultrasound requirement closer to passage

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Record number of foreclosed properties up for auction
Southern Political Report: Georgia: Musical Chairs in 2010?

ILLINOIS

Chicago Sun-Times: Court orders Daley cronies to prison

LOUISIANA

Bayou Buzz: Democrat Fortunes Shaky For Louisiana November Elections

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April 15, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

Wall Street Journal: McCain Economic Plan To Show a Mixed Approach
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: McCain to lay out economic reforms
AP/Sidoti: McCain Proposes Break in Gas Taxes
WaPo: McCain: Affluent Seniors Should Pay More for Drug Benefit
USA Today: McCain endorses federal shield law for reporters

Rasmussen: Florida: McCain Trounces Obama, Even with Clinton

The Hill: Democratic FEC nominee withdraws
NY Times: At State Level, More Attempts to Limit Guns

NY: Albany TU: Cuomo widens pension probe
NY: NY Capitol News: The Spitzer Legacy: Now who would get the senate seat?
PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: GOP wants to cut Pa. income tax rate
MO: CBS: Hulshof Gives $200K To Missouri Republican Party
LA: Bayou Buzz: Louisiana U.S. Senate Race Race Off and E-Mailing
VA: CQ Politics: Battle Lines for Retiring Rep’s Seat Now Drawn in Northern Virginia
MI: Detroit News: Michigan poll buoys GOP
AZ: CQ Politics: Arizona GOP Searching for Moderate to Fill Open Seat
NC: Rasmussen: North Carolina Senate: Incumbent Dole Leads Dems By Double-Digits

'08 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN





Wall Street Journal: McCain Economic Plan To Show a Mixed Approach
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: McCain to lay out economic reforms

NY Times: Obama Remark Elitist, McCain Says
NY Times: McCain Joins Fray on Obama
WaPo: McCain Echoes Clinton's Attacks
Rush Limbaugh: Obama Lets Slip Elite, Liberal Attitude Toward Middle America
The Hill: McCain uses Obama's bitter remark to raise money

Rasmussen: Florida: McCain Trounces Obama, Even with Clinton

WaPo: McCain Backs Newspaper Shield Law
USA Today: McCain endorses federal shield law for reporters

LA Times: When John McCain turned to politics, he went all-out

AP/Sidoti: McCain Proposes Break in Gas Taxes

Reuters: McCain Would Hike Drug Costs For Wealthy Americans
WaPo: McCain: Affluent Seniors Should Pay More for Drug Benefit
Washington Times: McCain to seek Medicare cuts

Politico: McCain manager makes the DC rounds
The Hill: McCain advisers meet with House Republicans

CQ Politics: Democrats Sue to Force McCain to Meet Public Financing Limits
CNN: DNC sues to block McCain spending

Reuters: McCain says will address age issue by working hard

NRO: McCain Can Still Bail

AP/Rawls: Rice says she won't be on Republican ticket
Albany TU: Huckabee charms Union
NYDN: Rudy Giuliani gets help from McCain

WaPo/Milbank: For Obama and McCain, the Bitter and the Sweet
Robert Novak: Hillary's Strategist
NY Times: With Faith in the Spotlight, Candidates Battle for Catholic Votes

NATIONAL

The Hill: Democratic FEC nominee withdraws

NY Times: At State Level, More Attempts to Limit Guns
NY Times: Fuel Choices, Food Crises and Finger-Pointing

The Hill: Crusaders wiggle room on earmarks

NEW YORK

Albany TU: Cuomo widens pension probe
NY Post: Courting a union: Judges deliberate bid to organize
MajorityAP: Gillibrand leads class in campaign travel
Buffalo News: Hochul won't run for Congress
NY Capitol News: The Spitzer Legacy: Spitzer's wake
NY Capitol News: Now who would get the senate seat?
NY Capitol News: Silda Wall Spitzer's effects and Michelle Paige Paterson's prospects
NY Capitol News: GOP will target Oppenheimer, despite Dem enrollment advantage
NY Capitol News: Targeted again, this year Valesky fails to draw top tier GOP challenger
NY Post: Mighty Quinn's plan DOA
NY Post: Gov is plain cheap: 270G couple donates just $150 - in old clothes



NY Capitol News: Tedesco considering running statewide in 2010

NEW JERSEY

NY Times: For New Jersey Democrats, Senate Race Turns Divisive
PolitickerNJ: Tight race in the 3rd district Republican primary

OHIO

Cleve PD: Compromise energy bill is sidetracked; GOP leadership working on new legislation

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: GOP wants to cut Pa. income tax rate

MISSOURI


CBS: Hulshof Gives $200K To Missouri Republican Party

LOUISIANA

Bayou Buzz: Louisiana U.S. Senate Race Race Off and E-Mailing
AP/Apuzzo: Republican Senator Vitter spared trip to witness stand in prostitution trial
Southern Political Report: Budgets tell different stories for Mississippi, Louisiana

VIRGINIA

CQ Politics: Battle Lines for Retiring Reps Seat Now Drawn in Northern Virginia

KENTUCKY

Politico: 'That boy's finger does not need to be on the button'

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Michigan poll buoys GOP



Detroit News: Knollenberg, Peters raise $746,000 for quarter

Detroit Free Press: Detroit City Council's acts may have violated Michigan law

CALIFORNIA

Sacramento Bee: Drive to recall Denham goes beyond budget bad blood with Perata
SF Chronicle: State term limits make county jobs appealing

ARIZONA

CQ Politics: Arizona GOP Searching for Moderate to Fill Open Seat
Arizona Republic: Feds urge other states to follow Ariz. inmate deportation policy

FLORIDA

Bradenton Herald: Tax plan rejected by state panel
Daytona Beach NJ: State panel fails to pass tax cap proposal
Sun-Sentinel: Tax-limiting proposals defeated, won't be on ballot
St. Petersburg Times: Options shrink for property tax reform in Florida
Orlando Sentinel: Road rangers may be cut from budget
Palm Beach Post: Senate, House split sharply over money for road projects
Sun-Sentinel: Florida budget cuts would hurt neediest people the most

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Levine: Obama a guest at '04 party for tycoon
Chicago Sun-Times: Obama's name in Rezko trial

TEXAS

Dallas Morning News: Texas legislator Miles indicted on charges of deadly conduct

NORTH CAROLINA

Rasmussen: North Carolina Senate: Incumbent Dole Leads Dems By Double-Digits

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