Monday, March 31, 2008

3/31 Evening News

Slow news day tonight it seems...

News Items
Obama takes it slow in Pennsylvania
"It's just like Iowa --only different. Mid-way through Barack Obama's six-day bus tour across Pennsylvania, it's hard not to think of Iowa. ..."

Sneak Peek: 'We Can Run the YouTube Spot'
"Obama could also sensibly say, as he tried to do Monday, that without a "clear definition of success," U.S. fighting in Iraq could stretch on for much longer. But rather than sticking to an airtight retelling of McCain's words, Obama deviated from McCain's comment ..."
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FirstRead: 100 Years?

Moving to Down-to-Earth Oratory for Working People
"The Speech is his finely polished sword, a transcendent weapon. ... But Mr. Obama sheaths that sword more often now. He is grounding his lofty rhetoric in the more prosaic language of white-working-class discontent, ... His preferred communication now is the town-hall-style meeting. ..."

Fact check: Obama and oil money
"Corporations, however, do have political action committees that collect voluntary donations from employees and then donate them to candidates. Obama doesn't take money from PACs. He also doesn't take money from lobbyists. ..."

50 Cent Flip-Flops: From Hillary To Obama To 'Don't Know'
"MC, who originally supported Clinton, switched to Obama after race speech -- but now he's not sure. ..."

Texans Take Their Time
"With Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton leading Senator Barack Obama, 65 to 61, in delegates chosen proportionately in the March 4 primary, 67 pledged delegates were up for grabs in 284 party conventions last Saturday. But pledged to whom? ..."
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Time: Fighting for Every Texas Delegate

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Polling Results
NC Poll: Obama +18
"If Hillary is going to make a race of this one, she's got a lot of ground to make up, according to the latest Public Policy Polling survey: ..."

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Commentaries
Clinton's convention strategy in doubt
"If the fight over whether to count the results in Florida and Michigan makes it to the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton will not have enough pledged votes on the 169-member Credentials Committee to deliver a majority decision in her favor ..."

Top Ten Reasons Why the Media Should Stop Citing Obama's "Most Liberal" Rating
"Lists are not, however, an appropriate way to measure presidential candidates' political viewpoints. Nevertheless, the National Journal continues to release their annual senate vote ratings, listing the 100 U.S. senators from most liberal to most conservative. ..."

Did Obama Blow It With Edwards?
"I have no reason to doubt John Heilemann's account of Obama's two meetings with Elizabeth and John Edwards after Edwards ended his campaign. But, like Mike Allen, I'm skeptical that that's the reason Edwards hasn't endorsed Obama. ..."

A Month Later, Obama Wins the Texas 'Two-Step.' Why That's Bad News for Him.
"But I've got bad news for them: Obama's caucus win (and overall delegate victory) isn't necessarily a cause for celebration. For starters, Obama needed to defeat Clinton on election night; her comeback narrative was about momentum, not math ..."

Obama is the change that America has tried to hide
"Only one candidate offers the radical departure for the 21st century the US needs, for its own sake and the rest of the world's ..."

Honesty Not Race, Expediency Not Courage
"I have been asking myself over the past several weeks why pundits like Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and, strangely, Tim Russert, to name only a few, didn't pursue their line of questioning beyond the artful rationalizations offered up by Mr. Obama. ..."

Inside The Vice Presidential Guessing Game
"CBS News anchor Katie Couric reports the guessing game has already started, but the process usually takes months, with a behind-the-scenes dealer heading up the search. ..."
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3/31 Afternoon News

News Items
Second female senator endorses Obama
"Obama wins support of another female senator as jockeying for Pennsylvania intensifies ..."
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New Dem Wave Cresting for Obama
"When Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for President today, she buttressed his lead in a small but interesting subset of the already exclusive club of Democratic superdelegates: the Democratic New Wave. ..."

Texas Still Messing With Delegate Totals
"The conventions marked the latest step in the convoluted process that ultimately selects at-large delegates to go to the national convention ... Even after this weekend, however, it remains unclear which Democrat will emerge from the Lone Star State with the most total delegates. ..."
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On Those North Carolina Endorsements
"A staff member close to one of the superdelegates in question confirms there is no truth to the story. ..."

Tar Heel Politicking
"Obama is heavily favored in the May 6 North Carolina primary. And not surprisingly, the Clinton campaign has downplayed expectations there (just like Team Obama has downplayed expectations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky). ..."

Video: Barack Obama at Penn State University


Old-school politician mentored Obama
"The president of the Illinois Senate is sitting in his statehouse office, talking in gravelly tones about political strategies and counter-strategies. Out of nowhere, the theme from "The Godfather" begins playing. ..."
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Pennsylvania voters elect few women, blacks
"Voters in Pennsylvania rarely elect black and female candidates. But they'll have to choose one or the other in the April 22 Democratic presidential primary between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. ..."

Dem elite working for June solution
"The idea sounds exotic, but recent public declarations and Politico interviews with top Democratic officials have made clear that something ... is already underway — not with a big meeting but with an intensifying series of exchanges among party elites. ..."

Two Senior Advisors: We'll Tell Hillary To Resign If She Loses Indiana
"And in the New York Times this weekend, two such advisors apparently set the terms of their support for Clinton continuing in the race. ..."

Who's Scrubbing the Trinity United Church of Christ Website?
"... And it used to provide a link to the Trumpet Magazine that once gave an award to Louis Farrakhan -- a magazine published by Rev. Jeremiah Wright's daughter.
No longer. ..."


Barack Obama calls for Cesar Chavez holiday
"But Obama, who has struggled to overcome Clinton's significant advantage among Latino voters in state after state, sought to one-up his rival for the Democratic presidential nod by joining the call for creating a national holiday to commemorate the father of the United Farm Workers. ..."

Obama Semi-Intense with Reporter at Presser
"Gives apparently edgy responses to repeated questions on his plans for troop withdrawal from Iraq, in discussing a rapid response force (based in or out of country) and a force to protect embassy personnel and other Americans. ..."
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NC Obama Backer: Expect More Endorsements from State Tuesday or Wednesday
"Rep. G.K. Butterfield tells local paper Obama has been in discussions with state’s six other Democrats, saying “More than one is seriously considering making a public release this week in support of Senator Obama — more than one but less than six. ..."
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The New Super Tuesday
"Primaries in Indiana and North Carolina on May 6 may be the last chance to end the Dem race early. ..."

Sheila Jackson Lee at odds with constituents
"A majority of the crowd showed its support for Barack Obama by shouting his name and booing the congresswoman, letting her know what they thought of her allegiance to Hillary Clinton. ..."

Michigan delegate compromise offered
"A Michigan congressman proposed an alternate plan Monday for seating the state's delegates at the Democratic National Convention, awarding delegates based partly on Michigan's Jan. 15 primary results and partly on the popular vote in all the nation's presidential primaries. ..."

Obama Leads Among Senate Supers
"With the endorsement by Sen. Amy Klobuchar for Obama, we decided to take a look at who each Democratic senator is backing. Obama, it turns out, leads Clinton, 14-12. Twenty senators are uncommitted. ..."

Clinton Leads Among House Supers
"We listed the Senate superdelegates endorsements earlier today. We've broken out the House backers as well, and Clinton leads 73-69. That means there are 92 House members who are undecided. ..."

Obama Floods Pennsylvania With TV Ads
"Source: Land of Lincolner buying 2,000 points (that’s a lot) in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh and 1,700 points in Philadelphia. ..."

Gore: I am no 'Boss Tweed'
"His name continues to get mentioned as a Democratic elder who could hammer out a resolution in his party's deadlocked presidential race, but former Vice President Al Gore said Sunday he's not interested in the job. ..."

Phila.'s gay Democrats emerge as a voting force
"You don't see many women at Woody's, but Chelsea Clinton popped in last week. To a packed house of screaming supporters, the 28-year-old former first child led a presidential pep rally for her mother at one of the oldest gay bars in Philadelphia. ..."

Massive Final-Day Registration in PA
"While a final number may not be available for a few weeks, the Pennsylvania Department of State has released an update on the number of people registered to vote in the April 22 Democratic primary here. And it shows a massive registration effort on the final day of eligibility. ..."

50 Cent no longer supports Clinton
"Hillary Clinton appears to have lost a high-profile backer to rival Barack Obama. Rapper 50 Cent, who told Time magazine last September he was supporting the New York senator's White House bid, now says he has decided to shift his allegiance to Obama. ..."
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Tickets, flyers for Obama event a hoax
"For some, April Fools' Day has come early: Despite the "Obama" eggs scattered around campus and the flyers posted on Locust Walk saying otherwise, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will not be speaking at Irvine Auditorium Tuesday night. ..."

Hillary Claims She "Spoke Out Against" NAFTA Starting In 1992
"Given that Clinton was the headline attraction at a pro-NAFTA meeting in November 1993 and was praising NAFTA in public throughout the 90s, the claim seemed interesting. When was she "speaking out" against it? ..."

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds Lead Over Clinton, 51% to 43%
"Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted March 28-30 finds Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton in national Democratic preferences for the nomination, 51% to 43%. ..."

Dems, Reps Agree: Obama Tougher Opponent for McCain
"A new Gallup Panel survey finds a majority of both Republicans and Democrats saying Barack Obama has a better chance than Hillary Clinton of defeating Republican John McCain in the November presidential election. ..."

Poll: Obama has double digit lead nationally
"The Gallup Poll conducted March 27-29 with a margin of error of 3 percentage points shows the Illinois Senator has a 10 point lead over the New York Senator among Democrats, marking the first time since early February Gallup polls have shown either candidate with a double digit lead. ..."

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Commentaries
Clinton Now Vows to Continue 'to the Convention.' Is She Serious?
"You have to love this loony, unpredictable Democratic circus--I mean, contest. Just when you think the end's in sight, for example, someone goes and gangs your best-laid schemes agley.
Unsurprisingly, that someone would be Hillary Clinton. ..."


New Report: The Race Chasm and the Clinton Firewall
"Amid all the punditry and intricate television graphics showing delegate counts and precinct voting trends, almost no one has bothered to look at the overwhelming dynamic that deals with race. ..."

Hillary's Hoodwink
"She'd pass a law to force you to buy health insurance. Yet she won't pay any of her own bills. ..."

Obama Plays Nice In Pennsylvania
"So Barack Obama is now the alpha dog underdog laid back candidate with a sense of urgency who loves the long campaign despite his frequent comment that "babies have been born and learned to walk and talk since I began running . ..."

The Cost of Being a Woman (Candidate)
"Obama has a huge built-in advantage: hair and skin, and neither has anything to do with race. His buzz-cut always looks the same; he surely never has to give it a moment's attention. No one except those closest to him would ever be able to tell when he gets a haircut ..."

Obama Is Right: Words Matter When You Want Your Opponent to Leave the Race
"Note the tepid and dismissive "Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants." In one carefully chosen short phrase, Barack Obama uses a verb form that bestows his permission, as if she needs it, while at the same time subtly belittling her because she is staying in the race. ..."

The Stumper Superdelegate Watch, Part IV of ???: 'Awkward, Mom. Awkward.'
"In other words, only the party's 795 superdelegates can pick a winner--no matter what happens in Pennsylvania and beyond. Of course, this is old news to you. But it's worth taking a deep breath from time to time and checking on these party poo-bahs. ..."

Calling "These People" Out: More On the Increasingly Tiresome -- And Dangerous -- Obama/Clinton Divide
"So, while the following reads like a letter to one particular pro-Clinton feminist, I mean it also as an open letter to all of us, feminists and progressives in particular, as we confront all the thorny matters of identity and ambition that lie at the heart of the Obama/Clinton divide. ..."

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3/31 Morning News: More Endorsements...

News Items
Some Republicans Emerge To Endorse Obama
"Call them the Obamacans: They are against continuing the Iraq war and reject what they see as Mr. Bush’s unconstitutional buildup of executive power. ..."

New Backing for Obama As Party Seeks Unity
"Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is expected to endorse Sen. Obama Monday, according to a Democrat familiar with her plans. Meanwhile, North Carolina's seven Democratic House members are poised to endorse Sen. Obama as a group -- just one has so far -- before that state's May 6 primary, several Democrats say. ..."
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Obama Continues Pennsylvania Bus Tour
"Barack Obama will campaign in eastern Pennsylvania today, marking the fourth day of his “Stand for Change” bus tour. Obama has gone back to "Iowa-style” campaigning, hosting smaller, more intimate events as he tries to reach out to voters on a more personal level. ..."

The Early Word: More Endorsements for Obama
"The field of Democratic senators who are undecided (or just keeping quiet) about which colleague they prefer for president will shrink by one today when Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota comes out in support of Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. ..."

Obama's Penn State rally draws 20,000
"Shivering in blankets of Penn State's colors, some 20,000 people filled a campus lawn Sunday to hear Barack Obama say he can win the Democratic nomination even if rival Hillary Rodham Clinton stays in the race. ..."

Obama gains more ground in Texas conventions
"As the smoke cleared from this weekend's regional Democratic conventions, Barack Obama emerged with a majority of the state's at-large presidential nominating delegates and possibly a majority of all Texas delegates. ..."

From Bad to Verse for Hill
"The Bosnian girl who famously read a poem to Hillary Rodham Clinton during her 1996 visit to the war-torn country is shocked - and her countrymen infuriated - that the former first lady claimed to have dodged sniper fire that day. ..."

Page Exclusive: New York Times Responds to Rev. Wright
"Ms. Kantor in no way misrepresented the nature or purpose of the interview; as soon as it was ready for publication, we published exactly the longer story we told Mr. Wright we were working on and that he referred to in his letter. ..."
Related Article: Rev. Wright's original letter to the NYT

Richardson: 'I'm not going to stoop to Carville's level'
"I haven't gotten into the gutter on this. And you know, I'm not going to stoop to Carville's level. I barely know the guy in the first place," Richardson told Bob Scheiffer on CBS's "Face the Nation. ..."

Project Trinity
"Jeremiah Wright situates his ministry in a lineage of black liberation and deliverance. ..."

Clintons, Obama Urge Primary Patience
"A crowd of about 20,000 was chilled as supporters waited in cool temperatures for Obama to speak on the campus lawn at Penn State University, where the Illinois senator agreed that the tough campaign was healthy if frustrating. ..."

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Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
" In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, it’s Obama 46% Clinton 43% ..."

Rasmussen Washington Presidential Election Poll
"The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Washington state voters finds Barack Obama leading John McCain 48% to 43%. When matched against Hillary Clinton, however, it’s McCain with a three-point edge, 46% to 43%. ..."

Rasmussen Election 2008: New Jersey Presidential Election
"John McCain holds statistically insignificant leads over both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in New Jersey. It’s McCain 45%, Clinton 42% and McCain 46%, Obama 45%. ..."

Rasmussen Michigan 2008 Presidential Election
"The latest Rasmussen Reports poll in Michigan shows McCain attracting 43% of the vote when matched against Barack Obama. Obama earns 42% ... If Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, it’s McCain 45% Clinton 42%. ..."

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Commentaries
Starting Gate: Something In The Air?
"Is there a hint of desperation in the air? More than halfway through the seven-week gap leading up to the Pennsylvania primary, the pause has not worked out as Clinton's campaign might have hoped. ..."

Obama, McCain forged oh-so-fleeting alliance
"The four-term Arizona Republican, 25 years Obama's senior, quickly saw a willing apprentice to help shake up the way business was done on Capitol Hill. "I like him; he's probably got a great future. We can do some work together," McCain confided to his top staffer. ..."

The World is Watching and Wants More: Clinton-Obama Race Should Go All the Way
"Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton struggling against each other for every superdelegate, every pending state primary, every vote is the best thing America has had going for it in some time on the "global public diplomacy" front. ..."

FirstRead: Should She Stay or Should She Go?
"The problem for Clinton is that she's busier trying to prove her relevance in the process rather than debating Obama about the economy, health care, or Iraq. ..."

Hillary's Bruce Willis Syndrome
"Like Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense, the Clinton campaign doesn't yet know that it's already dead. ..."

The Note: Hope Against Hope
"Math, it turns out, is as stubborn as the Clintons themselves. The superdelegates are moving (and suddenly not so super-slowly) in Obama's direction. (Which of these drips will trigger the flood?) ..."

Bare-knuckle politics
"Why is Clinton fighting so hard? Because history shows it works. ..."

Clinton's Loose Association with the Truth
"What about lying? Here there appears to be uniformity of belief. There is no room for lies in the public discourse. That, however, has not prohibited politicians from engaging in the dubious practice. ..."

NYT: Who are we? New dialogue on mixed race
"Many of mixed parentage feel Obama's path similar to theirs ..."

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

3/30 Sunday News

News Items
Obama draws thousands to Penn State lawn
"Shivering in blankets of Penn State's colors, some 20,000 people filled a campus lawn Sunday to hear Barack Obama say he can win the Democratic nomination even if rival Hillary Rodham Clinton stays in the race. ..."

Obama bowls for Pennsylvania voters
"While Democrats increasingly worry about winning ugly, Barack Obama was losing gracefully at a bowling lane in this central Pennsylvania city. He had better luck Sunday during a visit to a dairy farm, winning over a month-old calf with a fresh bottle of milk. ..."
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Obama's Charm Offensive in PA
"Obama has launched a charm offensive in Pennsylvania, forgoing days packed with town halls and cheering crowds at rallies to make small unannounced stops that take the locals by surprise. ..."

Clinton, Obama press for Texas delegates
"Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama scrambled to secure more Texas delegates Saturday as the state pushed to settle the outcome of the March 4 caucus. ..."
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Obama win appears big in Texas delegate battle
"With results available from about half of the district conventions held statewide, the Associated Press reported that Obama had won 59 percent of the delegates headed to the state party's June convention to Clinton’s 41 percent. ..."

Women push back in support of Clinton
"The way I look at it, she's a strong woman and she needs to stay in there. She needs to fight," Starks said at a Clinton campaign rally. "If you want to be president, you have to fight for what you want. If she stays in there and does what she's supposed to do, I think she'll be on her way. ..."

Sunday Political Outlook
"I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started, and until we see what happens in the next 10 contests, and until we resolve Florida and Michigan. And if we don't resolve it, we'll resolve it at the convention — that's what credentials committees are for, ..."

Obama "Confident" Dems "Will Be United" Regardless of Primary Outcome
"Barack Obama dismissed concerns today that the lengthy Democratic primary will divide the party and ensure a Republican win in November. ..."

Richardson: Voters Decide, Not Big Shots
"To the suggestion that his recent endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination showed personal disloyalty to Sen. Hillary Clinton, Gov. Bill Richardson said that in deciding between love for country and love for the Clintons, he chose his country. ..."
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As Clinton Talks Housing Crisis, Campaign Manager Serves on Board of Bankrupt Lender
"While Hillary Clinton campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination in neighborhoods where many have lost their homes ... her campaign manager, Margaret “Maggie” Williams, sits on the board of one of the nation’s once-largest and now-bankrupt sub-prime mortgage lenders. ..."
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Bill Clinton Courts California Superdelegates
"Former President Clinton says Democrats concerned about what the deadlocked presidential contest between his wife and Barack Obama may be doing to the party should just “chill out” and let the race run its course. ..."

Rep. Lewis: Race controversy good for dialogue
"The civil rights movement had the power to ... what I call bring the dirt, the filth from under the American rug out of the cracks and corners, into the light so we can deal with it," said Lewis, an Obama supporter ..."
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Sunday morning round-up: Should Sen. Clinton drop out?
"The Clinton campaign has not had one one-second meeting about getting out of the race,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “Calling on her to get out of the race is…going to hurt him in terms of getting votes. And it is going to make it more difficult to reconcile the party. ..."
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Superdelegates: A guide to the undecided
"In a Democratic nominating contest that could ultimately be decided by their votes, divining the intentions
of the 794 Democratic superdelegates has become something of a Washington parlor game. ..."

Cash-strapped Clinton fails to pay bills
"Hillary Rodham Clinton’s cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles. ..."

Clinton Seeks to Cash In on 'Drop Out' Talk
"There's a silver lining in every dark cloud, or at least that's the approach Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is taking when it comes to recent comments made by surrogates for Barack Obama that Clinton should drop from the Democratic presidential race. ..."

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Now at 52% to Clinton’s 42%
"Barack Obama has extended his lead over Hillary Clinton among Democrats nationally to 52% to 42%, the third consecutive Gallup Poll Daily tracking report in which he has held a statistically significant lead, and Obama's largest lead of the year so far. ..."

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
" In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, it’s Obama 47% Clinton 42% ..."

Rasmussen Election 2008: Wisconsin Presidential Election
"The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Wisconsin voters found John McCain and Barack Obama in a toss-up—it’s McCain 48% and Obama 46%. At the same time, McCain leads Hillary Clinton 50% to 39% in the Badger State. ..."

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

3/29 Evening News

News Items
TX Presidential Primary Convention Results
You can find updated results for the Texas Presidential Primary Convention here. Refresh throughout the day.

Pennsylvania, meet Barack Obama
"Barack Obama, one of the most debated and publicized figures around, wound his way through western Pennsylvania this weekend on a bus tour with a formidable task: reshaping perceptions of him on unfriendly turf. ..."

Clinton, Obama camps still battling in Texas
"Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama scrambled to secure Texas' last remaining Democratic National Convention delegates Saturday as the state pushed to settle the outcome of the March 4 caucus. ..."
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Obama: 'Clinton Can Run as Long as She Wants'
"I hadn't talked to Pat about it," Obama said. "My attitude is that Sen. Clinton can run as long as she wants. Her name is on the ballot ... she should be able to compete and her supporters should be able to support her for as long as they are willing or able. ..."
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Obama Calls Treasury Plan ‘Inadequate’
"Sen. Barack Obama described the Bush administration’s sweeping changes to financial market regulation as “inadequate” on Saturday. ..."

Party Fears Tight Obama-Clinton Finish
"For all their delight in soaring voter registration and strong poll numbers, some Democrats fear the contest between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton might have a nightmarish end, which could wreck a promising election year. ..."

Paterno thinks hard, then shuns Clinton
"Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, a noted Republican, says he thought long and hard before deciding against greeting Bill Clinton when the former president visited campus on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign. ..."

Edwards declines to endorse Obama, Clinton
"I have a very high opinion of both of them," Edwards said at the Young Democrats of North Carolina convention. "We would be blessed as a nation to have either one of them as president. ..."

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Commentaries
Curveballs for Obama on the Long Trail
"So Denny, a middle-aged man, rises in the bleachers. I’m a PhD in economics, he says by way of throat-clearing, and I want to know your position on the penny. ..."

The Tales Hillary Tells
"Politicians by nature construct personal narratives about themselves that make them seem shinier, if not larger than life. ..."

A Complicated Record On Race
"All sides of the affirmative-action debate think Barack Obama agrees with them. And he might. ..."

How to Win in a Knife Fight
"The Democratic race could well come down to the first contested convention in years. Lessons on how to prevail. ..."

The Game’s Not Over, Clinton Backers Agree
"In the height of basketball season, here in the heart of basketball country, it was perhaps inevitable that the state of the Democratic presidential race would be boiled down in championship terminology. ..."

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Spotlight: NBC News: Ann Dunham

An excellent video. NBC Nightly News covers Barack Obama's mother, talking with the Senator about his childhood and the legacy of his mother in his life today.



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3/29 Afternoon News: Texas Presidential Primary Convention Today!

News Items
Texas Dems try to divvy up delegates
"Democrats gathered in basketball gyms, churches and courthouses Saturday for another phase of Texas' complex caucus system to decide whether Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton will win more delegates in the state. ..."

BOR Exclusive: TX Presidential Primary Convention Results
You can find updated results for the Texas Presidential Primary Convention here. Refresh throughout the day.
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NYTimes: Who’ll Stop the Pain?
"Gore and Edwards may have the most party clout. But there’s only one person Hillary will finally listen to. Her name isn’t Bill. ..."

Candidates spin TV ads toward 'Wheel' audience
"What key constituency group are the presidential candidates fighting over? Soccer moms? NASCAR dads? Perhaps, but if television ad spending habits are any indication, the keys to the White House may be held by Pat Sajak and Vanna White. ..."

Reid to Worrying Democrats: ‘Cool It.’
"He said he has had separate conversations with the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean and former Vice President Al Gore recently and is confident that the nominating fight will end naturally. ..."

Clinton's 'Narrow Path' to Nomination Hinges on Pa.
"She has every right to go on," said Democratic strategist Bob Shrum on "Good Morning America Weekend Edition." "She just has very little chance of winning. ..."

Edwards praises both Clinton, Obama
"Former Sen. John Edwards, in his first public speech since dropping his White House bid two months ago, praised Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama on Saturday, but declined to endorse either candidate. ..."

Obama aligns foreign policy with GOP
"Sen. Barack Obama said Friday he would return the country to the more "traditional" foreign policy efforts of past presidents, such as George H.W. Bush, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. ..."
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Clinton Fundraising Problem?
"We're facing a big deadline on Monday. Our opponents and the media will scrutinize our fundraising reports and look for any sign of weakness. By making a contribution today, you can help make sure we show nothing but strength. ..."

Philly Mayor Would Quit Obama Church
"Sen. Hillary Clinton's most prominent African-American supporter in Pennsylvania says that had he been a member of Sen. Barack Obama's church, he would have left because of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's fiery and controversial sermons. ..."

Clinton: nomination battle is good for democracy
"Hillary Clinton began her Saturday in Indiana by continuing to push back against calls for her to exit the presidential race, telling an audience in Indianapolis that “it is better for our democracy” to keep the nomination contest moving forward. ..."

Rove turns his attention to Obama
"On the sidelines during presidential campaign season for the first time this decade, former presidential adviser Karl Rove couldn't resist taking shots at Democratic frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama. ..."

Obama's pastor makes surprise appearance at Chicago church
"Barack Obama's controversial former pastor got a big round of applause last night during a surprise appearance before a congregation in Chicago ... and did not speak about the Democratic presidential hopeful. ..."

'As long as she wants'
"Talking to reporters in Johnstown, Pa., Saturday, Barack Obama said Hillary Clinton “can run as long as she wants.” “She should be able to compete, and her supporters should be able to support her as long as they are willing or able,” Obama said. ..."

Sunday talk show tip sheet
"As the Democratic presidential race lurches ever closer to one conclusion, or the other, surrogates for Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama again lead the way on the Sunday talk shows. ..."

"Stop these abortions."
"This is an example where good people can disagree," the Illinois senator said. "The question then is, are there areas that we can agree to that everybody can get behind? We can all agree that we want to reduce teen pregnancies. ..."

A penny for your thoughts
"A voter at Sen. Barack Obama's town hall meeting in Greensburg, Pa., yesterday asked whether he would consider eliminating the penny. ..."

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Still on Top, 50% to 43%
"For the second consecutive Gallup Poll Daily tracking report, Barack Obama holds a statistically significant lead over Hillary Clinton in national Democratic preferences for the nomination, 50% to 43%. ..."

Rasmussen: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Barack Obama with a six-point lead over Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. ..."

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Commentaries
Obama Diplomacy?
"John Heilmann has an interesting account of the efforts by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to woo John Edwards...and guess what? Clinton was far more effective than Obama. Here's the key section: ..."

The Contributor Gotcha Game
"... I want to take a stab at the more general practice of trying to link -- and tar -- candidates with every single contributor they have. ..."

At the Barricades In the Gender Wars
"But many of her supporters see something troubling in the sometimes bitter resistance to her campaign and the looming possibility of her defeat: a seeming backlash against the opportunities women have gained. ..."

Missing a Generation
"To many voters, it may seem that Obama is proposing the kind of overgenerous welfare programs that were finally rejected in the backwash of the '80s ... But that may be counterbalanced by Obama's appeal to black voters and to the millennial generation ..."

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Friday, March 28, 2008

3/28 Evening News

News Items
Obama Campaign Official: People Shouldn't Call On Hillary To Drop Out Of Race
"I don't think people should be calling on a candidate to drop out. The Clintons are smart people. I think it's very hard to see the numbers for them to pull this off..."

Fact Check: Obama and Oil
"However, many of those contributions appear to come from workers at the firm not just executives. For example, Patrice McGowan, an Exxon-Mobil shift supervisor ... has donated $982 to Obama as of January. She also has a blog profile on Obama’s campaign Web site. ..."
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Obama Says on Foreign Policy He's Like Reagan and Bush 41
"Barack Obama argued that his foreign policy proposals are more in line with former presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan than with the current President Bush and Hillary Clinton. ..."

Casey quickly changed tune on endorsement
"Sen. Bob Casey must have caught the Obamamania bug over the past few weeks. ..."

Obama Finds Street Support
"Of the 8.9 million passenger vehicles registered in New York State, only one has license plates spelling out Tibi Vasilescu’s choice for president: OBAMA 08. ..."

RNC calls on Clinton, Obama to denounce Dean comments
"The Republican National Committee called on both Democratic presidential candidates Friday to denounce recent comments from Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean who called John McCain a 'blatant opportunist.' ..."

Pelosi responds to Clinton donors
"Here's what you and I can't let happen," Pelosi wrote in email to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee supporters. "We can't allow the tension and pressures of a spirited presidential contest to spill over and harm hard-working Democratic candidates ..."
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It’s Pittsburgh, With an 'H'
"We all have our issues when it comes to speed-writing and spell-check, but on the day that your candidate begins a six-day bus tour across the Keystone State to allow voters to get to know him, well, maybe you should be careful with your spelling of Pennyslvania’s bigger cities. ..."

Bloomberg: Clinton Risks Credibility Gap Over `Fudged' Claims, Stances
"Hillary Clinton, accused of exaggerating her experience and reversing policy positions, risks a widening credibility gap that may undermine her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. ..."

Rangel “Underestimated” Obama's Strength
"Having read your most recent editorial ….I must admit that my statement that supporters of Senator Barack Obama were motivated solely by black pride grossly underestimated the talent and strength of his candidacy. ..."

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Commentaries
The Voice of Reverend Wright
"If your only sense of the mind of Wright comes from YouTube and cable clips, this letter is essential reading. ..."
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The Page: Text of Letter from Wright to the New York Times

Costly Crossfire
"An unpopular president waging an unpopular war during a time of economic meltdown—all of those factors should help make 2008 the Year of the Democrats. But the Clinton-Obama battle ... threatens to short-circuit the opportunity. ..."

Dinner Table Debates
"In Pennsylvania, many young voters are pushing their parents to back Obama. ..."

Obama suggests ex-pastor is contrite
"Barack Obama seemed to suggest in an interview aired Friday that his former pastor has acknowledged that his controversial remarks were inappropriate and hurtful, although there are no public accounts of the minister having done so. ..."

Is Wright Right About Racism?
"Is Jeremiah Wright right about racism? There, I asked the question - a question that should be at the center of the "controversy" surrounding Barack Obama's former pastor, but which has been completely ignored. ..."

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3/28 Afternoon News: New Ads

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Obama on Casey Endorsement
"You know, I did not press him on this endorsement, you know there were some people that I was nagging all the time," ... "But when he called me and said, ‘I think this is the right thing to do,’ it meant as much to me as any endorsement that I've received ..."
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Obama Kicks Off Pennsylvania Tour
"Barack Obama kicked off a six day tour of Pennsylvania today by nabbing his first major endorsement in the state. Sen. Bob Casey Jr, D-Pa., a superdelegate, announced his endorsement at a community gathering here. ..."

Obama to play 3-on-3 basketball to register Indiana voters
"Barack Obama will put his well-reputed basketball skills on the line in an effort to register young voters in this hoops-obsessed primary state, his campaign announced Friday. ..."

Obama Defends Wright on ABC's 'The View'
"Obama described Wright as a "brilliant man who was still stuck in a time warp. ..."

Obama Campaign Memo: Voters and Superdelegates Rejecting Clinton’s Tactics
"The Clintons have made no secret of the fact that they relish negative campaigning. Just before the first votes were cast in this race, Senator Clinton called attacking Senator Obama “the fun part. ..."

University of Chicago: Obama was a 'professor'
"The University of Chicago said Friday Barack Obama accurately described himself as a onetime law professor at the school, despite the fact his formal title was "Senior Lecturer. ..."

Guess What? Obama Is Not 'Poaching' Delegates in Texas
"Turns out that the Obama campaign was correct to claim that the Clinton delegate in question, Christopher Cohen, was misidentified on their working list as an Obama supporter. ..."

Obama IA Director to Head PA Campaign
"Tewes has a strong track record. Under his leadership, the Obama campaign conducted an extensive grassroots effort in Iowa that helped the campaign win by 8 points. ..."

Scrutiny For Clinton's Role In N. Ireland
"Her critics point to an empty, wind-swept Belfast park - which Clinton a decade ago proclaimed would become Northern Ireland's first Catholic-Protestant playground - as evidence that her contribution as peacemaker was more symbolic than substantive. ..."

Why Clinton floated the delegate switch idea
"The delegates Obama won in primaries could switch sides, but likely won't ..."

Clinton's Indiana Expectations Game
"As Hillary Clinton kicked off a long day of campaigning in the Hoosier State Friday, her campaign painted the fight here as an uphill struggle. ..."
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There's a Slip
"Sestak replied that he's not, that he's confident that if Obama were to lose the nomination, he'd turn around and say, "Support her." And if Clinton were to lose the nomination, she would turn around and say, "Support me. ..."

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Back Into Lead in Democratic Race
"Today's Gallup Poll Daily tracking update finds Barack Obama with an eight percentage point advantage over Hillary Clinton (50% to 42%), this gives him a statistically significant advantage for the first time since before the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy. ..."

Edwards Donors Prefer Obama to Clinton
"John Edwards ’ former donors broke toward Barack Obama by a 2-to-1 margin over Hillary Rodham Clinton in February, the first full month after Edwards dropped out of the Democratic presidential nomination fight. ..."

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Commentaries
Hillary’s Consolation Prize?
"Some Democrats terrified that their bloody primary campaign will doom them in November are floating a consolation prize for Hillary Clinton: Governor of New York. ..."

Clinton has made the right call… so far
"It is amazing how loud some of the buzz is for Sen. Hillary Clinton to "do what's best for the party" and get out. ..."

Expertinent: What You Won't Learn from Clinton's Long-Awaited Tax Returns
"The fact that they have been reluctant to release them on the one hand raises an eyebrow and makes you wonder if there's something in there ... "On the other hand, this is the Clintons normal modus operandi with everything. You have to pry disclosures out of them. ..."

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3/28 Morning News: Pennsylvania Begins...

News Items
Pennsylvania senator endorses Obama
"Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey endorsed Democrat Barack Obama Friday, a move that could help the presidential candidate make inroads with white working-class voters dubbed "Casey Democrats" in the Keystone State. ..."
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Dean: Dems Will Not Win if Divided
"Dean says he'd like the superdelegates to announce who they're supporting by July 1. ..."
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Reuters: Top Democrat wants party contest decided by July 1
Politico: BREAKING: Dean wants closure by July 1

Obama: Had Wright not retired, I'd have left church
"Sen. Barack Obama says in an interview scheduled to air on TV Friday that he would have left his church if his pastor had not retired and had not acknowledged making comments that "deeply offended people. ..."
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Politico: Obama now says he might have left church
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Obama to try offsetting Clinton’s Pa. advantage
"When he steps aboard a campaign bus in Pittsburgh on Friday, Senator Barack Obama begins a six-day journey across Pennsylvania and its complex political landscape, one that is largely favorable to his rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. ..."
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Obama retools in Pennsylvania
"Paul Tewes, who directed Obama's impressive win in the Iowa caucuses, will take over the Pennsylvania campaign from Jim DeMay, according to campaign sources. Tewes could not be immediately reached for comment. ..."

Gore hopes Dem race will resolve itself
"He's increasingly mentioned as a potential Democratic powerbroker, but former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday he still expects his party's heated White House race will resolve itself. ..."
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Obama-Backing Senator Calls for Clinton to Drop Out
"Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vermont, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a high-profile supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has called for Obama's opponent to drop out of the race. ..."
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Clinton's Belfast role draws criticism
"Critics say the playground-that-never-was illustrates the wider lack of accomplishment from Clinton's half-dozen visits to Northern Ireland _ that they emphasized speechmaking, chiefly to women's groups, leaving no lasting mark. ..."

Candidates (All Of Them) Woo Bloomberg
"After Bloomberg declared a month ago that he isn't running but might back another candidate with his wealth and support, Obama has mounted what appears to be the most aggressive effort to woo the billionaire. ..."

Parties Differ on Whom Economic Aid Should Help
"But while their philosophies might seem starkly different, in reality both parties have come to the conclusion that major government involvement is needed to rescue the financial and housing markets. ..."

Pennsylvania voters feeling 'neglected'
"Having seen far less of Clinton and Obama than they had expected and nearing the halfway point between the last contest in Mississippi and their big primary day, they want to know: Where’s the love? ..."

Professor vs. Senior Lecturer
"The University of Chicago released a statement clarifying Obama's status at the university. He is a senior lecturer and has cited that he is a constitutional law professor on the trail. That's something that has caused some criticism ..."
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FirstRead: First Thoughts: Obama's Step Forward
"Taking the week cumulatively, is there any other way to look at it other than a big step forward for Obama? Every piece of initial evidence from last week showing potential trouble for Obama faded, particularly on the polling front ..."

Clinton, Obama predict eventual unity
"Every time we have a vigorous contest like we're having this primary election, people get intense. Senator Obama has intense support. I have intense support. ... But, the differences ... pale in comparison to the differences between us and Senator McCain. ..."

Obama runs first ad in N.C.
"The first TV ad to be aired in North Carolina by the Barack Obama campaign is titled "Enough. ..."


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Polling Results
Rasmussen: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"Barack Obama with a two-point edge over Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. It’s Obama 46% Clinton 44%. ..."

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Commentaries
Political Suicide
"The fact that all you accomplish when you cut off your nose is to spite your face doesn't stop people from doing it every day. So why should Democrats be different? ..."

Obama-Clinton: A Murder-Suicide in Progress, and How to Stop It
"Forget "Tonya Harding." With the latest NBC/WSJ poll , it is becoming even more evident -- this campaign is turning into a murder-suicide. Chris Dodd sees it. Howard Dean sees it. Superdelegates see it. I wrote about it more than a week ago in the Philly Daily News. ..."

Beyond Jeremiah: A New Kind of Media for Obama's New Kind of Politics
"We can't afford to be distracted," Obama bellowed in frustration recently to a standing ovation. "Every time somebody somewhere says something stupid -- that everybody gets up in arms -- and we forget about the war in Iraq and we forget about the economy. ..."

Collateral Damage
"Talk about not being able to catch a break. To pummel a boxing metaphor, it was Barack Obama who got tagged with a roundhouse right, flush on the chin -- but it was Hillary Clinton, from early indications, who ended up nursing a sore jaw and wondering what hit her. ..."

Team We Can't Trust
"The clear conclusion is that it was Clinton's political staff who pushed for clemency - with the obvious goal of helping Hillary Clinton's bid to become a New York senator. Bill still denies that was his motive, of course - but no one believes it. ..."

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

3/27 Evening News

News Items
Obama Defends Wright's Reputation, Not Words
"It's as if we took the five dumbest things that I ever said or you ever said … in our lives and compressed them, and put them out there, you know, I think that people's reaction would be understandably upset. ..."
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Obama blames 'ethic of greed' for economy
"Barack Obama went to New York Thursday and blamed lobbyists, greedy businessmen and complacent Washington politicians for creating “an ethic of greed” that led to today’s foreclosure crisis. ..."
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The Obama Brand
"McGirt writes that Obama’s ability to connect with and mobilize the 18 to 29 age group through new media and online social networks acts as a base for his success. ..."

Another Letter to Pelosi
"A Democratic source in Washington provides the following letter from a major Democratic donor as evidence that yesterday's "shakedown" letter to Speaker Pelosi is having an effect antithetical to its intention. ..."

Obama Implies Clinton Thinks It's Her 'Turn' to Be President
"Sen. Barack Obama ... took a brand new whack at Sen. Hillary Clinton ... adding to his usual construct that he “decided to run not because of some long-held ambitions..." the notion that "certainly I wasn’t presumptuous enough to think it was my turn. ..."

Good Read: Flashback: Wright's Letter To NYT About Obama
"Thank you for engaging in one of the biggest misrepresentations of the truth I have ever seen in sixty-five years. You sat and shared with me for two hours. You told me you were doing a "Spiritual Biography" of Senator Barack Obama. ..."

MoveOn takes on Clinton's moneyed supporters
"MoveOn.org, a grassroots powerhouse that supports Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, launched a fundraising drive Thursday to counter Sen. Hillary Clinton's wealthy supporters. ..."
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Puerto Rico Problem for Obama
"Aníbal S. Acevedo Vilá, the governor of Puerto Rico, has been charged with 19 criminal counts related to the financing of three political campaigns from 1999 to 2004 ... Obama was endorsed by Acevedo Vila last month. ..."

Dodd: Prolonged Democratic race 'devastating'
"Sen. Chris Dodd said Thursday a protracted Democratic presidential race would be "devastating" to the party, and argued an agreement should be worked out after the upcoming contests in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and North Carolina. ..."
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Carville Unloads: Richardson Misled, Promised He'd Back Hillary
"Long time Clinton backer James Carville charged on Thursday that, prior to endorsing Sen. Barack Obama, Bill Richardson promised several "very, very senior" Clinton supporters that he would back the New York Democrat. ..."

Bill: Praising McCain
"... in a move that's becoming more and more common, he favorably aligned his wife with the presumptive Republican nominee, John McCain. ..."

Bill Clinton: Caucuses 'Killing Us'
"Right now, among all the primary states, believe it or not, Hillary's only 16 votes behind in pledged delegates," said Bill Clinton, "and she's gonna wind up with the lead in the popular vote in the primary states. ..."

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Polling Results
Poll: Obama leads Clinton nationally
"Barack Obama, 49 percent ... Hillary Rodham Clinton, 39 percent ..."

Poll: Clinton-Obama bickering could hurt turnout
"Sixteen percent of Clinton supporters questioned ... said they are not likely to vote in the general election if Obama is the Democratic nominee. An equal number of Obama supporters said they'll sit it out come November if Clinton is their party's nominee. ..."

Real Clear Politics: National Poll Update
"New Pew Research poll (March 19-22) shows the race unchanged versus a month ago: Obama 49, Clinton 39. ..."

Democratic Groups Most at Risk of Deserting
"Democrats are at most risk of losing the support of independents, conservative Democrats, and, among Hillary Clinton supporters, less well-educated Democrats if those voters' preferred candidate -- Clinton or Barack Obama -- does not win the party's nomination. ..."

NC poll, another big Obama lead
"With Clinton looking past Pennsylvania to North Carolina and Indiana, it's tough to see how she can win the Tarheel state. ..."

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Commentaries
Obama’s Postracial Test
"How will the Democratic candidate deal with potentially divisive ballot initiatives calling for an end to affirmative action? ..."

Dems Shooting Themselves In The Face?
"Now, 16 years later, the equally bitter fight for the Democratic nomination has become something of a circular firing squad. The last two candidates left standing are even turning their weapons on themselves. ..."

Solving ClintObamaDean-gate in Michi-Florida
"Democrats have a problem -- all Democrats, both of the presidential campaigns, and especially, Howard Dean. The solution is to ask Democratic voters to come up with a solution. ..."

Hillary's Honorable Future: A History Lesson
"And his career offers a lesson for Hillary Clinton as the light fades on her presidential candidacy. Because away from the noise of her partisans, in the Democratic street, the forces that shape history from below are turning to Obama. ..."

Obama and His Subprime Supporters -- Are His Words For Real?
"Does Professor Goolsbee's get tough approach on sub-prime lenders really reflect Senator Obama's plans? Or do the lenders who have given so much to Senator Obama's campaign know something different? ..."

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