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April 14, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

WP/Trail: Dems., Seeking to Hamstring McCain, to File Public Financing Suit
American Thinker: McCain's Electoral College Math
CSMonitor: What does it mean to call McCain a 'war hero' candidate?

Miami Herald: Pundits split on Crist's VP shot
Cincinnati Enquirer: McCain-Portman in 2008?

Washington Times: Gingrich compares Obama to Dukakis in '88

NY: NY Post: Subpoenas eyed for Spitzer, Pataki
KY: Lexington Herald-Leader: Senator knows how to play '41'
MI: Detroit News: Trial that could end Fieger's career starts
NE: AP: Johanns goes over $2 million mark in fundraising
IL: Chicago Sun-Times: Gov refuses access to records on pardons he granted
TX: Southern Political Report: Texas: House Speaker Craddick Gets Runoff Boosts

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WP/Trail: Dems., Seeking to Hamstring McCain, to File Public Financing Suit
The Hill: DNC to take McCain complaint to court
AP/Yen: Democrats: McCain Financing Questionable

AP/Quaid: McCain More Conservative Than His Image
Reuters: McCain Seeking to Assure Americans, "I Detest War"
Swamp: McCain: Ticket to GOP unity?
Politico: McCain helping Rudy retire debt
American Thinker: McCain's Electoral College Math
Rasmussen: North Carolina: McCain 47% Obama 47%
Washington Times: McCain keeps his faith out of politics
CSMonitor: What does it mean to call McCain a 'war hero' candidate?
Daily Toreador: McCain speaks to Lubbock residents, Tech students
CNS News: Poll Finds McCain Best Commander-in-Chief



Miami Herald: Pundits split on Crist's VP shot



Cincinnati Enquirer: McCain-Portman in 2008?

Washington Times: Gingrich compares Obama to Dukakis in '88

American Spectator: Barr Set High

NATIONAL



AP/Wetzel: ND GOP activist exploring national chairman bid

LA Times: Global warming has a new battleground: coal plants

NEW YORK

NY Post: Subpoenas eyed for Spitzer, Pataki
Albany TU: Bruno's finance secretary out
NY Times: Spitzer Spends His Time With Lawyers and Family
NY Times: A Bumper Crop of Bureaucracy
NY Post/Dicker: Bloomy's 'Duck'ing: Silver
NY Sun: Editorial: Judge Sues for a Raise
NY Times: New Bloomberg Job Rumor Is Followed by a Denial

NEW JERSEY

Daily Princetonian: Senate hopefuls promise change
Daily Princetonian: Former University professor among GOP Senate candidates
AP/Delli Santi: Democratic U.S. Senate race pits North against South

WASHINGTON STATE

Seattle PI: Rossi's rematch is an uphill fight
Seattle PI: State's gay Republicans fine with McCain
Seattle Times: Rossi, Gregoire raising money for governor's race at record clip
Seattle Times: Rossi campaign fund nears $4 million

KENTUCKY

Lexington Herald-Leader: Senator knows how to play '41'

MINNESOTA

Star Tribune: Bonoff yields to Iraq vet in contest for Ramstad seat

MISSOURI

St. Louis PD: Let's not be so Blunt
St. Louis PD: Commissioners will hear from gubernatorial candidates

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Trial that could end Fieger's career starts
Detroit Free Press: Step 1 in Fieger case: Pick the jury

NEBRASKA

AP: Johanns goes over $2 million mark in fundraising

FLORIDA

St. Petersburg Times: Agency that controls Florida growth could lose popular grant program
St. Petersburg Times: Tampa Bay area services brace for big budget cuts
Tallahassee Democrat: Florida budget cuts endanger cybercrime investigations
Sun-Sentinel: Sexual orientation bill stalls in House

ILLINOIS

Chicago Sun-Times: Gov refuses access to records on pardons he granted
Chicago Tribune: Upstart Dem ready for uphill battle in 13th District

MISSISSIPPI

CQ Politics: Departure of Popular GOP Incumbent Puts Mississippi House Seat in Play

SOUTH CAROLINA

Beaufort Gazette: Sanford to appear with Senate candidate Davis today

MAINE

Bangor Daily News: Collins, Sister Norberta to dine in D.C. with pope

TEXAS

Southern Political Report: Texas: House Speaker Craddick Gets Runoff Boosts
Star-Telegram: Judge considered well-suited for sect case

INDIANA

Politico: The Indiana primary's fretful five

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April 13, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NY Times: ‘Steady Hand’ for the G.O.P. Guides McCain on a New Path
NY Post: Mitt 'Veeps' options open with McCain
NYT/Houston Chronicle: Top lobbyist key to McCain's success
Bloomberg: McCain plans major talk on taxes, housing

Robert Novak: Making Joe Go
NY Times: Behind Chaos in the Air, a Pendulum Swing at F.A.A.
The Hill: With Bush leaving and Democrats rising, Norquist turns to Congress

NY: NY Post: Slush probers eye fraud rap for Quinn
AL: Atmore Advance: Siegelman case stirs souls of Republican, Democratic partisans
IL: AP/Bellandi: Oberweis plans 'positive' fall rematch
FL: Sarasota HT: Crist's poll numbers slip a bit, but he's still the envy of his peers
TX: Houston Chronicle: Culberson campaign picks up some cash in House race
MO: Kansas City Star: Representatives nearly rumble on Missouri House Floor
AK: Anchorage Daily News: Palin's e-mailing sparks criticism
MN: Bemidji Pioneer: Pawlenty visits troops in Kosovo, listens to concerns

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NY Times: Steady Hand for the G.O.P. Guides McCain on a New Path
NY Post: Mitt 'Veeps' options open with McCain
NYT/Houston Chronicle: Top lobbyist key to McCain's success
Bloomberg: McCain plans major talk on taxes, housing
Washington Times: A century or worse?
Washington Times/Sowell: The GOP and race
Boston Globe: Editorial: McCain's expediency express

NATIONAL

Robert Novak: Making Joe Go
NY Times: Questions for Grover G. Norquist: Tax Exemptor
The Hill: With Bush leaving and Democrats rising, Norquist turns to Congress
NY Times: Behind Chaos in the Air, a Pendulum Swing at F.A.A.
AP: Bush hosts barbecue for big Republican donors, raising $3.5 million

Washington Times: Pope Benedict XVI to visit Washington, D.C.
Boston Globe: A critical visit for Benedict, US flock
Boston Globe: Trip highlights

Washington Times: Surveillance quietly expands in D.C.

NEW YORK

NY Post: Slush probers eye fraud rap for Quinn
Albany TU: Top Bruno advisor resigns
NY Times: Longing for the State of Long Island
NY Post: Bloomy eyeing 'Third Act' in City Hall
NYDN: Mayor Bloomberg's aides plotting path around term limits, sez source
NY Post: Spitzer's legacy: A $3.6M probe tab
NYDN: Silda Spitzer facing new anguish
NY Post: Econ hangover looms for 'unreal' budget
NYDN: Retiring Chief Judge Judith Kaye's last order of business: pay-raise suit
Buffalo News/McCarthy: Conservatives play a key role

CONNECTICUT

NY Times: Cash-Short Cities Want New Slice of Taxes

NEW JERSEY

NY Times: Other States Keep an Eye on Corzines Uphill Trek
AP/Hester: Corzine: Rebuild roads, bridges, mass transit to boost NJ economy

ALABAMA

WaPo: Former Ala. Governor Turns Tables on Justice Department
Atmore Advance: Siegelman case stirs souls of Republican, Democratic partisans

ILLINOIS

AP/Bellandi: Oberweis plans 'positive' fall rematch
WaPo: Illinois Governor Is In Courtroom in Spirit

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: Phoenix Mayor Gordon calls for FBI investigation of Arpaio

CALIFORNIA

AP/Davis: Governor's job quest may have little impact

FLORIDA





Sarasota HT: Crist's poll numbers slip a bit, but he's still the envy of his peers
Sarasota HT: 'Charlies' give festival ball some serious star power
St. Petersburg Times: Crist makes pitch for new Rays' stadium
Tallahassee Democrat: Florida public schools face major budget cuts
Sarasota HT: State cuts could erode gains made in the classroom
Palm Beach Post: Property tax plan may lead to hikes
Sun-Sentinel: Gov. Crist tries to insure more Floridians as legislators cut health programs

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Lobbyist probe sparks loophole look
AP/McCaffrey: Georgia lawmakers vote to give insurers a tax break

TEXAS



Houston Chronicle: Culberson campaign picks up some cash in House race
Dallas MN: McCain steps up quest for Texas cash with event hosted by Tom Hicks

MICHIGAN

Detroit Free Press: A 19.8-month supply of homes
Detroit News: Stupak challenger raises under $6k this year

KANSAS

Kansas City Star: Many Kansans face tax hassle

MISSOURI

Kansas City Star: Representatives nearly rumble on Missouri House Floor
KCStar: Immigration bill taking on law enforcement, driver's licenses wins approval in Missouri House

OHIO

Hudson Hub Times: Governor, GOP compromise on job stimulus package

ALASKA

Anchorage Daily News: Palin's e-mailing sparks criticism

MINNESOTA

Bemidji Pioneer: Pawlenty visits troops in Kosovo, listens to concerns
CQ Politics: After Eight Ballots, Iraq Vet Wins Minnesota Dem Contest

LOUISIANA

Shreveport Times: Vitter soon may take 'hot seat' in racketeering case

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April 12, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

WaPo: Marketing McCain(TM): Campaign Plays Up a Political Brand
Arizona Republic: McCain's health info put on hold
Reuters: McCain Has Abundance Of Tough Sells In VP Search
The Hill: McCain aides brief GOP staffers on ’08 plan

The Hill: Judge dismisses challenge to lobbying disclosure law
NY Times: Great Expectations for a Conservative Group Seem All but Dashed
AP/Caldwell: Feds say immigrants using torches, saws on border fence

NY: NY Times: Investigations Into Spending Lead NYC Speaker to Hire Lawyer
NJ: PolitickerNJ: Zimmer enters Republican primary for U.S. Senate
CA: Sacramento Bee: Schwarzenegger vows to fight constitutional ban on gay marriages
VA: WaPo: Gilmore's Aides Confident He's Ahead
FL: St. Petersburg Times: First Hispanic justice resigns from state Supreme Court
NC: Charlotte Observer: Voters switch sides in droves

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WaPo: Marketing McCain(TM): Campaign Plays Up a Political Brand
Arizona Republic: McCain's health info put on hold
Reuters: McCain Has Abundance Of Tough Sells In VP Search
AP: McCain Defends Homeowner Plan
The Hill: McCain blasts Colombia trade break-down
Reuters: McCain to Obama: Keep Your Word on Public Funds

CNN: McCain advisors to meet with House Republican staff Friday
The Hill: McCain aides brief GOP staffers on 08 plan

Forbes: McCain-Romney: It Makes Economic Sense

Politico: McCain topper says they plan to take public funds

The Hill: Cindy McCain says she was angry at NYT

The Hill: Obama, Clinton cosponsor measure saying McCain is eligible to be president

Tampa Tribune: Illegal Immigration Rhetoric Quieter On Campaign Trail

Bloomberg: Obama Spending May Swamp McCain, End Republican Edge
LA Times: Why Gov. Bill Richardson didn't endorse Clinton

NATIONAL

The Hill: Judge dismisses challenge to lobbying disclosure law
The Hill: Coburn pushes Coconut Road probe

WaPo: Editorial: A Fair Bailout?

NY Times: Great Expectations for a Conservative Group Seem All but Dashed
NY Times: Clinton Aides Private Databank Venture Breaks Ground in Politicking

AP: Bush Raises Cash for GOP
Atlanta JC: President Bush makes $923,807, pays $221,635 in federal taxes
WaPo: A Catholic Wind in the White House

AP/Caldwell: Feds say immigrants using torches, saws on border fence

AP: Guests for the Sunday TV News Shows

NEW YORK

NY Times: Investigations Into Spending Lead NYC Speaker to Hire Lawyer
Albany TU: Energy plans receive a boost: Governor orders creation of board
Albany TU: Human Rights Commissioner out, Paterson seeks replacement
Albany TU: Bunch O Judges
Newsday: State turns down lawyer who tried to exit pension system
NYDN: Spitzer works for dad - & sees shrink

NEW JERSEY

PolitickerNJ: Zimmer enters Republican primary for U.S. Senate
CQ Politics: New Jersey Senate Candidates Exit Sets Up Replacement Controversy
Politico: New Jersey Senate merry-go-round continues
NYT/Collins: The Revenge of Lacey Davenport

CALIFORNIA

Sacramento Bee: Schwarzenegger vows to fight constitutional ban on gay marriages
SF Chronicle: Governor against amendment to ban gay marriage
AP/Hoffman: Schwarzenegger: No to Marriage Amendment
AP/Thompson: $7 billion sought for prison health care

VIRGINIA

WaPo: Gilmore's Aides Confident He's Ahead

MASSACHUSETTS

AP/LeBlanc: Costs Soar for Mass. Health Care Law

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: Flake not so frugal with travel as tax-funded trips add up

FLORIDA

St. Petersburg Times: First Hispanic justice resigns from state Supreme Court
Tallahassee Dem: Florida's first Cuban-American Supreme Court Justice, Cantero, to quit

GEORGIA

FCN: Five Democrat Vets to Challenge Incumbent GA Republican Congressmen

NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte Observer: Voters switch sides in droves

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April 11, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NY Post: Bloomy: I owe you one, Mac
NYDN: McCain and Bloomberg bond in Brooklyn over boosting small business
WaPo: McCain Revises Proposals for Families in Economic Crisis
Politico: Now McCain weighs in on the Olympics

WaPo: Senate Approves Housing Package
AP/Daly: Senate OKs Massive Public Lands Bill
CQ Politics: House Votes to Delay Action on Colombia Trade Pact

Peggy Noonan: Something Beautiful Has Begun

NY: NY Sun: Judges Go To Court for Higher Pay
LA: CQ Politics: New GOP Hopeful for Louisiana Open Seat Has Incumbent’s Blessing
VA: WaPo: Hager, Frederick Slug It Out for GOP Chairman's Job
AK: Rasmussen: Alaska: Stevens 46% Begich 45%
KS: CQ Politics: Kansas GOP Sen. Roberts’ Foe Gets Off to Low-Key Start
NJ: Press of Atlantic City: Zimmer may be latest Republican in Senate race
CA: AP: Republican McClintock raises more than $300K in District 4 race

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NY Post: Bloomy: I owe you one, Mac
NYDN: McCain and Bloomberg bond in Brooklyn over boosting small business
NY Times: Bloomberg Introduces McCain

WaPo: McCain Revises Proposals for Families in Economic Crisis
NY Times: McCain Reverses Himself on Mortgage Position
NY Times: McCain, in Shift, Seeks U.S. Help for Homeowners
AP/Quaid: McCain Seeks Aid for Some Homeowners
Newsday: McCain offers plan to help homeowners with mortgages

AP: McCain Urges China to Clean Up Its Act
Politico: Now McCain weighs in on the Olympics
Washington Times: Republican's stance veers from Bush on Olympics

Washington Times: McCain advisers tied to foreign lobbying

Reuters: McCain calls for halt of U.S. SPR oil purchases

Rasmussen: Montana: McCain 48% Obama 43%



Star-Telegram: Republican from Fort Worth to lead McCain's team in Texas, other states

The Hill: Democrats signal plan of attack on McCain
NRO: Do congressional Republicans want a McCain defeat?

Lancaster: Mitt makes the case for McCain
AP/Johnson: Romney Still in the Political Hunt
The Hill: Dean feared Romney in general election
Forbes: McCain and Rice: Republican Dream Ticket?
NYDN: Colin Powell says 2 wars too much

NATIONAL

WaPo: Senate Approves Housing Package
NY Times: Housing Aid Advancing in Congress
CQ Politics: Bush Softens Tone as Senate Passes Housing Package
AP/Taylor: Senate's Housing Relief Faces Tests in House

WaPo: House Delays Deliberation of Colombia Pact
NY Times: House Votes to Put Off Trade Deal Bush Sought
The Hill: House adopts rule freezing Colombia trade deal
CQ Politics: House Votes to Delay Action on Colombia Trade Pact

AP/Daly: Senate OKs Massive Public Lands Bill

The Hill: Wynn steps down from Energy and Commerce panel
WaPo: Wynn Takes Himself Off Committee

The Hill: Fight over judges could stall patent bill
CQ Politics: Senate Tiff Over Judges Gets Personal

AP/Kellman: House panel challenges extent of Bush's executive privilege

NY Times: Downturn Reviving Rift Over 96 Welfare Change

AP: Arguments on Privilege for 2 Bush Aides

NY Times: Op-Ed: Asias Republican Leanings

WaPo: Gasoline Sets Record at Pump Despite Struggles in U.S. and Overseas Economies

Peggy Noonan: Something Beautiful Has Begun

NEW YORK

Rochester D&C: Perks for school lawyers under scrutiny

NY Times: A Little Extra for Legislators to Hand Out
AP/Bauman: NY budget alters construction law that drove up local taxes
Albany Times-Union: NY Ag is happy with budget

Newsday: Paterson saves the day for Broadwater's foes
AP/Eltman: Backers assess LI gas hub's prospects after NY governor nixes it

NY Sun: Judges Go To Court for Higher Pay
NY Times: New York Judges Plan to Sue for Raises
Albany Times-Union: Kaye About To Sue, Not Impressed With Dry Appropriation

Rochester D&C: GOP seeking congressional candidates



Buffalo News: Ranzenhofer announces candidacy for State Senate

NEW JERSEY

Press of Atlantic City: Zimmer may be latest Republican in Senate race
Star-Ledger: Pennacchio tries to keep Zimmer off the GOP ballot
Philadelphia Inquirer: Republican candidate may bolt N.J. Senate race
CQ Politics: New Jersey Dem Senate Challenger is Latest to Reject Wait Your Turn Rule
CQ Politics: Democrats Circle the Wagons for Lautenberg

LOUISIANA

CQ Politics: New GOP Hopeful for Louisiana Open Seat Has Incumbents Blessing

VIRGINIA

WaPo: Hager, Frederick Slug It Out for GOP Chairman's Job
Crosswalk: Social Conservatives Rally to Marshall in VA Senate Race

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Globe: Mass. House OK's big tax hikes

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Messages called potentially 'embarrassing' to council, business leaders

ALASKA

Rasmussen: Alaska: Stevens 46% Begich 45%

NEW MEXICO

Rasmussen: New Mexico Senate: Udall Widens Lead Over GOPs

KANSAS

CQ Politics: Kansas GOP Sen. Roberts Foe Gets Off to Low-Key Start

CALIFORNIA

AP: Republican McClintock raises more than $300K in District 4 race

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Democrats fail in attempt to raise income tax for wealthy
Springfield SJ-R: Proposal for increasing income tax on rich stalls
Chicago Daily Herald: 'Rich tax' rejected by state House

FLORIDA

St. Petersburg Times: Republicans blast tax shift proposal
Christian Post: Florida Submits 'Evolution Academic Freedom Act' to Senate
Orlando Sentinel: Anti-evolution bill clears another hurdle

SOUTH CAROLINA

AP/Adcox: SC bill removing statue of racist ex-governor stalls

WASHINGTON STATE

HeraldNet: Rossi's fundraising closes in on Gregoire

GEORGIA

13WMAZ: Georgia Republicans Make Up

NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte Observer: McCrory eyes new statewide stage

ARIZONA

East Valley Tribune: State regulator Mayes drops bid to replace Renzi
Arizona Daily Star: Mayes says she'll remain on ACC, won't seek Renzi's seat in Congress

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April 10, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

Fox: McCain Set to Take the Federal Financing Plunge
Santa Fe Reporter: McCain-ing Ground: Can the GOP steal NM?
Townhall: Can the Republicans Win Pennsylvania?
Detroit News: McCain, GOP see opening in Mich.

NY Post/Dicker: Rice & McCain a dream team in New York
Human Events: McCain Veepstakes: Portman Potential

Ann Coulter: Dreams from my father, lame excuses from my grandfather
AP/Abrams: Pelosi to Block Vote on Colombia
Wall Street Journal: Pelosi's Bad Faith
Wall Street Journal: More Global Warming Nonsense
Reuters: Bush Pushes For Seed Money For Missiles In Space

NY: NY Post/Dicker: Top legal guns vs. troopers
TX: Washington Times: Olson sweeps Texas primary, will face Lampson
LA: St. Tammany News: Scalise will be Republican candidate in Congressional election
PA: MajorityAP: Murphy’s memoir on steady slide
MI: Detroit Free Press: Kilpatrick case could hurt Dems in November

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Hartford Courant: A Tough Connecticut Audience For Sen. John McCain
WP/Trail: On the Stump, McCain Outlines Differences with Bush
WTIC: McCain Refuses to Rule out Pre-Emptive War Against Another Country
Swamp: McCain: No preemptive war pledge
Fox: McCain Set to Take the Federal Financing Plunge
Fox: McCain Slaps Obama Suggestion for Diplomatic Surge With Iran
Reid Wilson: McCain Manager Looks Ahead To November
NY Times: Foreign Policy: 2 Camps Seek McCains Ear

Santa Fe Reporter: McCain-ing Ground: Can the GOP steal NM?
Townhall: Can the Republicans Win Pennsylvania?
Detroit News: McCain, GOP see opening in Mich.
Politico: McCain not yet golden in California

AP/Quaid: McCain Seeks Aid for Some Homeowners

Baptist Press: National Right to Life endorses McCain
Life News: Leading Pro-Life Group Supports John McCain, Says Abortion Contrast Significant

LA Times: Mitt Romney is paying his dues on behalf of John McCain
the Hill: Romney hitting the stump for McCain
KCStar: Brownback says he'd be honored if McCain offered him a spot on the ticket
NY Post/Dicker: Rice & McCain a dream team in New York
Human Events: McCain Veepstakes: Portman Potential

NYDN: Presidential endorsement priceless - & Bloomberg's making 'em work for it

The Hill: McCain has work to do with gun owners: NRA

Politico: David Brock, Dems plan $40M hit on McCain
NECN: McCain works for big bucks in Greenwich, Conn.
Hartford Courant: Republican Presidential Candidate Senator John McCain

Rush Limbaugh: Rockefeller Comment on McCain Tells Us How Liberals Really Think
Rush Limbaugh: El Rushbo and Senator McCain

Ann Coulter: Dreams from my father, lame excuses from my grandfather

NATIONAL





NY Times: Partisan Tangle Over Trade Pact With Colombia
AP/Abrams: Pelosi to Block Vote on Colombia
Wall Street Journal: Pelosi's Bad Faith
The Hill: Pelosi trumps Bush on trade
The Hill: Top Chinese official says Pelosi lacks morals and conscience

WaPo: Petraeus Dismisses Talk of Another Buildup
AP/Flaherty: Petraeus: New Troop Buildup Unlikely
WaPo: Bush to Cut Army Tours to 12 Months



NY Times: Housing Aid Advancing in Congress
NY Times: White House Offers New Housing Plan
AP: Senate Housing Bill Gets Scant Support
The Hill: McConnell tries to cover Bushs tracks
Robert Novak: GOP vs. Paulson

Reuters: Bush Pushes For Seed Money For Missiles In Space

CBS: For Senate Dems, 60 Is Still Elusive

Washington Times: Where have all the Republicans gone?

The Hill: Amid economic woes, House GOP to pivot from FISA, earmarks to taxes
Washington Times: Editorial: Congressional campaign coffers

The Hill: Shadegg not worried over FBI-tapped call

Politico: Engler style leads to upheaval at NAM

Wall Street Journal: More Global Warming Nonsense
The Hill: GOP seeking a single voice on climate issue

NEW YORK





NY Times: Legislators Back Spending Rise in States Budget
NY Times: Vexed Cry of a Thwarted Governor: Wait Till Next Year
NY Times: New York City and Long Island Schools Benefit From Deal in Albany
Albany Times-Union: Budget built on borrowing, fees
Albany Times-Union: Albany lobbyists enjoy golden year
NY Post: Teachers 'buy' Albany: Unions drop $3M to lobby
Buffalo News: Spending up 4.9% as new state budget hits $121.7 billion
Buffalo News: State plans to collect a variety of new fees
NY Times: New York Legislature Passes New Budget
Newsday: Brownfield cleanup studies on state's chopping block
AP/Gormley: Owlish, quiet Assembly leader Silver wields great power in NY
AP: Highlights of the 2008-09 NY state budget
AP: How New York's state budget has grown

NY Post/Dicker: Top legal guns vs. troopers

ALASKA

AP/Quinn: Alaska Now Has 2 Gas Pipeline Proposals

TEXAS

Washington Times: Olson sweeps Texas primary, will face Lampson
Dallas Morning News: Valdez looking stable, but GOP thinks she's still vulnerable

FLORIDA



St. Petersburg Times: Rep. Young's earmarks help his children's employers

LOUISIANA

St. Tammany News: Scalise will be Republican candidate in Congressional election

WASHINGTON STATE

Yakima Herald-Republic: Gregoire brings re-election campaign to Valley

NEW JERSEY

Star-Ledger: Lautenberg and McCain: Too old to run?

PENNSYLVANIA

MajorityAP: Murphys memoir on steady slide

MICHIGAN

Detroit Free Press: Kilpatrick case could hurt Dems in November
Detroit News: Mayor Kilpatrick, council trade ugly barbs

OREGON

CQ Politics: Parties Debate Smiths Independence on Oregon Senate Trail

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April 9, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NY Times: At Hearings, a Chance to Explain Iraq Views and Audition as Commander in Chief
Washington Times: Petraeus warns of Iraq backslide
Charleston Gazette: Rockefeller apologizes for McCain comment

Wall Street Journal: Bush to Expand Help on Mortgages
The Hill: FBI taped lawmaker calls
American Spectator: Will Lawrence v. Texas protect the polygamists?

TX: Houston Chronicle: Olson scores victory against Sekula Gibbs
NY: NY Post: Paterson: I'll slash budget by $12 Billion
PA: MajorityAP: Murphy uses re-election fund to aid book sales
CA: Sacramento Bee: Schwarzenegger urges 'creative' revenue increases without tax hikes
CT: Bloomberg: Shays Fights to Save New England's Republicans From Extinction
IL: Chicago Tribune: Lawmakers cite governor in voting for recall bill
IN: American Spectator: Tough Crowd for Mitch Daniels
ME: Rasmussen: Maine Senate: Collins Enjoys Double-Digit Lead Over Allen
TN: Rasmussen: Tennessee Senate: Alexander Enjoys Dominant Leads Over Democratics
FL: Miami Herald: Congressman's help in race may backfire

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NY Times: At Hearings, a Chance to Explain Iraq Views and Audition as Commander in Chief

Reuters: Tropical Decay Blights McCain's Panama Birthplace
Politico: Arizona blacks: Where's McCain?
Politico: Lindsey Graham: McCain's 'little jerk'

Forbes: McCain Rising
Angus Reid: McCain Extends Lead Over Hillary in U.S.

NY Times: West Virginia Senator Apologizes for Comments on McCain
AP: Rockefeller Apologizes for McCain Remark
Charleston Gazette: Rockefeller apologizes for McCain comment
Charleston Gazette: Jay defends endorsement of Sen. Obama

Reuters: Rice Leaves Door Ajar For Vice Presidential Chance
CBS: Rice Pours Cold Water On Veep Speculation

Rush Limbaugh: Uh-Oh: Senator McCain Spouts Class Envy Lingo on CEO Salaries

Pioneer Press: Hotels assigned for GOP delegates
MinnPost: List of Official Delegation Hotel Assignments
Fox: Arizona Republicans Assigned Ritzy St. Paul Hotel
Dallas MN: Texas, Arizona delegations score prime digs for GOP convention
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Host status snares state delegation some choice lodgings

Washington Times: Precedents of senatorial presidents

AP: Texan Ron Paul backers grab delegates in Minnesota

Third Party Watch: Another Libertarian presidential candidate drops and endorses Barr
Guardian UK: Libertarianism's leftward shift
MissouriNet: Former GOP Congressman Barr could end up on Missouri's November ballot ... as a Libertarian

NATIONAL

Washington Times: Petraeus warns of Iraq backslide
NY Times: Petraeus Urges Halt in Weighing New Cut in Force
WaPo: Extending the Drawdown in Iraq Could Imperil Gains, General Tells Lawmakers
LA Times: Antiwar lawmakers waiting on November
American Spectator: This Pause Won't Refresh

Wall Street Journal: Bush to Expand Help on Mortgages
The Hill: Veto hint hits Senate bill on homes crisis
NY Times: Chances of Homeowner Relief Losing Momentum in Senate
ABC: White House Vs. Senate GOP Over Housing Bill
The Hill: White House opposes Senate housing compromise
NY Times: Looming Deficit Impedes Federal Housing Agency

Wall Street Journal: Volcker's Demarche
NY Times: For Many, a Boom That Wasnt
NY Times: Job Losses Bolster Calls for Extension of Benefits

The Hill: FBI taped lawmaker calls

Washington Times: DLC dismisses exempt status attack by IRS

American Spectator: Will Lawrence v. Texas protect the polygamists?
Human Events: Time to Walk the Walk on Judicial Nominations

TEXAS



Houston Chronicle: Olson scores victory against Sekula Gibbs
The Hill: Olson tops Sekula Gibbs in Texas runoff
CQ Politics: Texas GOP Runoff Goes to Ex-Senate Aide in Race for DeLays Old Seat

Houston Chronicle: Lykos triumphs in DA runoff
Houston Chronicle: Ligon new DA in GOP runoff
Houston Chronicle: Other runoff races across the state
Dallas Morning News: Cannaday wins GOP runoff for Dallas County sheriff
Dallas Morning News: Comeback wasn't in the cards for former Sheriff Jim Bowles
Austin American-Statesman: Lehmberg wins Travis DA race with ease
AP/Shannon: Elections for Texas, Calif. House Seats

NEW YORK

NY Post: Paterson: I'll slash budget by $12 Billion
NY Sun: Paterson Wants Cuts in Spending

Albany Times-Union: Push for ethics reform falls flat
Albany Times-Union: Senate Gets Names for State Police Chief and Thruway Director

NYDN: Largess is plentiful in Sheldon Silver's district, even as rest of state pays price
NYDN: Sheldon Silver is a hero for standing up to bully Michael Bloomberg
NY Sun: Challengers Emerge Aiming To Topple Silver

NY Capitol News: McHugh Courted for Senate Race Against Aubertine
Albany Times-Union: Aubertines Challenger?

NY Capitol News: Rep & Dem Fields to Succeed Reynolds Both Face Potential Upheavals
Buffalo News: Buffalo's former athletes build political careers on their fame

WASHINGTON STATE

Oregonian: Gregoire seeks to nationalize re-election race

PENNSYLVANIA

MajorityAP: Murphy uses re-election fund to aid book sales
AP/Rubinkam: 2 in GOP Eye Lost House Seat From Pa.

ARIZONA

The Hill: Court delays Renzi trial

LOUISIANA

Real Clear Politics: Dems Lead LA Special
The Hill: Craig offers support to Vitter

MISSISSIPPI


NY Times: Death Looms for a Flood-Control Project

CALIFORNIA

Sacramento Bee: Schwarzenegger urges 'creative' revenue increases without tax hikes
Sacramento Bee: Governor: Open CalPERS doors

CQ Politics: California Dem Speier Wins Special Election to Succeed Lantos
SF Chronicle: Voters send Jackie Speier to Washington
AP: Ex-Aide Wounded in Cult Inquiry Wins House Seat in California

CONNECTICUT

Bloomberg: Shays Fights to Save New England's Republicans From Extinction
NY Times: Income Gap in Connecticut Is Growing Fastest, Study Finds

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: As Arizona battles deficit, legislators OK hefty tax cut

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Lawmakers cite governor in voting for recall bill
Chicago Sun-Times: House passes plan to let voters recall state officials
Daily Herald: Rezko defense again trips up star witness's memory

INDIANA

American Spectator: Tough Crowd for Mitch Daniels

MICHIGAN

Detroit Free Press: Worthy wants court to limit Kilpatrick's travels
Detroit Free Press: Council pounces on mayor's lawyer
Detroit News: Council zeros in on secret deal

MAINE

Rasmussen: Maine Senate: Collins Enjoys Double-Digit Lead Over Allen

TENNESSEE

Rasmussen: Tennessee Senate: Alexander Enjoys Dominant Leads Over Democratics

FLORIDA

Miami Herald: Congressman's help in race may backfire
St. Petersburg Times: Immigration bills face long odds in state House
Palm Beach Post: House panel gives nod to tax cuts
Bradenton Herald: Florida Dems eye bigger majority

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April 8, 2008

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

RCP: McCain Speaks at VFW HQ in Kansas City
AP/Kuhnhenn: McCain Raises $15 Million in March
Michael Barone: John McCain Was One Lucky Guy in Primary Race With Romney
AP: Republican convention organizers announce hotel assignments...

WaPo: Congress To Hear Of Gains In Iraq

Washington Times: Boehner sees coattails for GOP in McCain bid
Wall Street Journal: Republican Iraq Vets Seek 17 House Seats

NY: NY Times: G.O.P. Struggles to Find Candidates for Congress
NJ: Cherry Hill Courier Post: 6 hopefuls to run for U.S. Senate
TX: CQ Politics: GOP Voters Tuesday to Choose Nominee for DeLay’s Former Seat
MI: Detroit Free Press: Worthy seeks visiting judge
CA: Sacramento Bee: Governor plugs bill for park volunteers
IL: CQ Politics: Would-be Freshman Schock Jump-Starts Leadership PAC
WA: Seattle PI: Rossi, Gregoire already trading jabs
GA: Macon Telegraph: Midstate legislators weigh in on session
OH: Akron Beacon Journal: GOP accuses Brunner of being unfair

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RCP: McCain Speaks at VFW HQ in Kansas City

AP/Kuhnhenn: McCain Raises $15 Million in March
The Hill: Tauzin answered call for help from McCain

AP: McCain: Iraq No Longer Abyss of Defeat
Reuters: McCain Says Democrats Make "Reckless" Iraq Promises
Newsday: McCain takes shot at Democrats over Iraq War
NYDN: McCain rips Clinton and Obama for backing 'reckless' Iraq withdrawal
Washington Times: When Iraq is stable, McCain vows

Reuters: McCain wants to shine light on huge CEO pay: aide
Politico: Symbolism important in McCain camp
Rush Limbaugh: McCain Says Obama Is Qualified!
Washington Times: Editorial: McCain and MLK
WP/Trail: McCain to Release Taxes Mid-April
KCStar: Docs like McCain's strategy over Clinton and Obama

Guardian UK: Rice allegedly pursuing Republican vice-presidential bid
Reuters: Condi Rice For VP Talk Persists Despite Denials
Newsday: Rumor or reality? Condoleezza Rice as McCain's VP
WP/Robinson: Run, Condi, Run!

Mark Steyn: Good Time for McCain
Michael Barone: John McCain Was One Lucky Guy in Primary Race With Romney
George Will: McCain's Housing Restraint
Michael Steele: Uniting the Republican Party

Rasmussen: Alabama: McCain Leads Obama and Clinton by Wide Margin

AP: Republican convention organizers announce hotel assignments...

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Paul backers manage to nab delegates

NATIONAL

WaPo: Congress To Hear Of Gains In Iraq
RNC/YouTube: Video: Politics vs. Petraeus
WSJ/Lieberman/Graham: Iraq and Its Costs
Wall Street Journal: The Petraeus Effect

Washington Times: Boehner sees coattails for GOP in McCain bid
Wall Street Journal: Republican Iraq Vets Seek 17 House Seats
The Hill: House Republicans look to plug holes in recruiting as election approaches
CQ Politics: Ten More Republicans Gain Extra Aid for Tough House Races
RCP/Rothenberg: Dangerous Dozen Open House Seats

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

The Hill: Bush forces trade fight
NY Times: Lobby for Colombia Trade Pact Casts a Wide Net

The Hill: Homeowners bankruptcy creates a split
The Hill: Housing, foreclosures notably absent in House GOP recess kits
Politico: Subprime industries open wallets
AP/Taylor: Critics Blast Senate Housing Bill

The Hill: GOP blocks surveillance extension

The Hill: In taking judicial nomination fight to Dems, Specter mends fences with conservatives

WaPo: Democrats to Challenge Plans to Finish Border Fence

The Hill: Sex worker measure splits DOJ, Baptists

Politico: 50 greatest political moments

NEW YORK

NY Post: Congestion hits end of the road
NY Post/Dicker: Shel game wasn't personal - this time
NY Sun: Congestion Pricing Wreckage Scattered in Albany
NY Sun: Editorial: Bloombergs Last Stand
NY Times: $8 Traffic Fee for Manhattan Gets Nowhere
NY Times: Bloomberg Tactics Were Highhanded on Traffic Plan, Lawmakers Say
Newsday: NYC congestion pricing canned in Albany
AP/Gormley: Lawmakers Reject NYC Traffic Fee
Newsday: Silver: Little support for congestion pricing plan

NY Times: G.O.P. Struggles to Find Candidates for Congress
AP/Barrett: House Democrats say they'll stay out of western NY primary

Newsday: New York State budget 8 days late and counting
AP/Gormley: Democrats boycott NY Senate session over budget

Albany TU: Panel examining possible limits on growth of state levy hears from skeptics

American Spectator: If Spitzer, Why Not Clinton?

NEW JERSEY

Cherry Hill Courier Post: 6 hopefuls to run for U.S. Senate
Record: Andrews files to take on Lautenberg
AP/Delli Santi: Andrews' wife to run for husband's House seat
AP/Hester: N.J. May OK Paid Leave for Family Care
Politico: Things looking up for Lautenberg

LOUISIANA

Bayou Buzz: Louisiana Vitter Fifth In DC Madam Case Is Bitter
AP/Apuzzo: Sen. Vitter May Testify in Sex Case
AP: Senator on Witness List in Sex Case
The Hill: Vitter mum about inclusion on witness list

TEXAS

CQ Politics: GOP Voters Tuesday to Choose Nominee for DeLays Former Seat
Dallas Morning News: Dallas-Fort Worth voters gear up for primary runoff elections
Dallas Morning News: Group said GOP candidates got secret corporate money

MICHIGAN

Detroit Free Press: Worthy seeks visiting judge
Detroit News: Morganroth is often 'the man to see' when Metro Detroit's elite get in trouble

CALIFORNIA

Sacramento Bee: As governor plugs bill for park volunteers, protesters blast his plan to close some parks

ILLINOIS

CQ Politics: Would-be Freshman Schock Jump-Starts Leadership PAC
Chicago Tribune: Levine's memories cloudy

WASHINGTON STATE

Seattle PI: Rossi, Gregoire already trading jabs
AP/Ammons: Gregoire kicks off re-election bid

GEORGIA

Macon Telegraph: Midstate legislators weigh in on session
Savannah Morning News: Editorial: Speaker must go

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia Inquirer: Another GOP bastion falls Bucks County

OHIO

Akron Beacon Journal: GOP accuses Brunner of being unfair

FLORIDA

Orlando Sentinel: Orlando airport board applicants donated to Crist

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