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St. Petersburg Times: State's voter rolls shrinking

"Despite Florida's rapid growth, the number of voters in the state has dropped to its lowest level in three years, a trend that could have an impact in a close, high-turnout presidential election in 2008."

NYT: Competitors, Once Collegial, Now Seem Cool

"They work in the same building. They slog through the same rigorous travel schedule. Along the way, they often cross paths several times a day.

"But Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have barely spoken to each other -- at least in any meaningful way -- for months."

Des Moines Register: GOP needs to reform itself, McCain says

"Republican victory in the 2008 presidential race depends largely on whether any GOP candidate can persuade the American public that the federal government can be operated effectively despite failures over the past eight years, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Monday.

"'I think that whoever emerges from the Democratic side is going to be very, very difficult to defeat,' McCain told a Cedar Rapids audience. ...

'We came into power in 1994 to change government, and it changed us,' McCain said.

Newsday: Giuliani walks fine line on abortion

"As the only abortion rights supporter among the Republican presidential contenders, Rudy Giuliani described his straightforward strategy Monday: to clinch the GOP nomination, he has to win just enough of the social-conservative vote.

"Giuliani shared that strategy as he spent the day selling his views on abortion in campaign stops in four small towns in Iowa, a state where anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and anti-gun control "social values" rule the Republican Party.

"To woo conservatives, Giuliani has carefully crafted a stump speech that works both sides of the issue. In it, he acknowledges he believes a woman has a right to an abortion, but he also outlines steps he would take that could limit or even end that right"

WSJ: Democrats Raise Heat On Mortgage Overhaul

"As a wave of mortgage foreclosures buffets financial markets and feeds voter economic anxiety, Democratic presidential candidates are jockeying to get ahead of the emerging issue. The latest, Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, is scheduled to unveil today a plan to combat "mortgage lending abuse" -- another example of the Democratic Party's increasing willingness to explore new regulations on business and markets."

By Post Editor  |  August 7, 2007; 10:58 AM ET
 
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