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LA Times: GOP eyes California's electoral pie

"California GOP strategists, seeking to reshape the electoral map in their party's favor, plan to begin raising money this week for a ballot initiative they hope will help a Republican win the White House in the 2008 election.

"As it is, Democrats assume they must win California's electoral votes to win the presidency. California supplies 55 electoral votes, more than 10% of the 538 nationally.

"The nascent initiative, aimed at the June 2008 ballot, would change California's winner-take-all system to require that electoral votes be apportioned by congressional district.

"With Republicans holding 19 of the state's 53 congressional seats, a GOP candidate theoretically would win at least 19 electoral votes from California. In 2004, President Bush won majorities in 22 congressional districts but lost to Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) statewide, 54% to 44%.

"Such a pickup would be about the equivalent of winning Ohio's 20 electoral votes."

AP/Ron Fournier: Analysis: Hillary Dances to Defend Bill

"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president on her husband's White House record, and it's a strategy that cuts both ways. ...

"A San Francisco blogger made that painfully clear to Sen. Clinton during the Yearly Kos Convention, when he asked whether she would support or repeal four major pieces of legislation enacted during the Clinton administration the Defense of Marriage Act, the Telecommunications Act, the North American Free Trade Agreement and welfare reform."

Bloomberg/Al Hunt: `Rock Star' Obama in Harmony With U.S. Allies

"The first major dustup between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton -- whether the next president should unconditionally meet with leaders hostile to the U.S. -- is still simmering after two weeks.

"How the issue will play in the American presidential election remains uncertain. How the rest of the world is reacting is not. Obama wins."

Des Moines Register: A guide to the straw poll

AP: Candidates Line Up to Visit Jon Stewart

"Four presidential candidates are lined up to visit Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" over the next three weeks as Comedy Central's satirical news review ramps up its "Indecision 2008" coverage."

By Post Editor  |  August 6, 2007; 9:53 AM ET
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