TRAIL MIX: Friday’s Top Stories from Newspaper Political Blogs

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By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

Friday’s wrap-up of top newspaper stories from the campaign trail.

Stratego Gets a 2008 Makeover
The Washington Wire
The Wall Street Journal
By Anna Prior

Forget the millions of dollars in campaign spending: for the reasonable price of $29.95, you too can join the race for America’s top job. Thanks to the folks at Milton Bradley, Stratego has morphed from a battlefield board game to a fight to capture the White House, reports Anna Prior at The Wall Street Journal’s The Washington Wire. The Democrats vs. Republicans edition replaces “marshals, generals and majors” with “vice presidential candidates, party leaders and talk radio hosts,” said Prior in today’s post.

ICYMI: GOP Collects Some of Clinton’s Critical Words About Obama
On Politics
USA Today
By Mark Memmott

For the Democrats, today is a day of unity in Unity, N.H. But for the Republicans, it’s Disunity Day — a day to reminisce on times gone by when Obama and Clinton weren’t quite so … well, united. The GOP has compiled a tasting menu of Obama v. Clinton highlights, as pointed out by Mark Memmott in his post at USA Today’s On Politics. Check out the Republican sampling of attacks between the Democratic senators here.

The Line: Sorting out the Presidential Playing Field
The Fix
The Washington Post
By Chris Cillizza

“Less than five months remain before the November election and slowly but surely the outlines of the national playing field are coming into focus,” says Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post’s The Fix. Leave it to Cillizza to take a stab at outlining the possible “paths to victory” by both candidates (there are various permutations for Obama, whereas McCain’s jaunt to the prez position appears linear) in today’s post. Cillizza lists 10 states in descending order of likeliness to switch presidential voting preference. Check out the compilation and agree or disagree with his picks.

Democratic Convention on Demand: Simulcast in Spanish
Dem Convention
The Hill
By Chris Good

Habla Espanol? Speak English? If you fit into either of these camps, you’re all set when it comes to watching the DNC’s streaming simulcast on the party’s convention Web site come August. According to Chris Good’s post at The Hill’s Dem Convention, “Comcast, the convention’s official cable provider, will produce the streaming simulcast for, giving ‘live, gavel-to-gavel Spanish-language interpretation of all Convention activities.?”

New Ad Hits Obama on Abortion
The Caucus
The New York Times
By Michael Falcone

?If, as you say, fatherhood begins at conception, when does life begin?? asks Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, to Obama. In a 30-second ad, the head of the conservative Christian organization cradles his son, Samuel, and goes on to ask the Illinois Senator, ?If I became a father at conception, when did Samuel here become my son?? The ad points to Obama’s Father’s Day speech and accuses the presidential candidate of having a hypocritical stance on abortion, says Michael Falcone in today’s post at The New York Times’ The Caucus.

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