Saturday, March 15, 2008

3/15 Evening News: Out in the Open

Clearance from the Chicago Tribune
"Obama offered a lengthy and, to us, plausible explanation for the presence of now-indicted businessman Tony Rezko in his personal and political lives. ... at the outset, he pledged to answer every question the Tribune journalists crammed into the room would put to him. And he did. ..."

Obama gets it out in the open
"Obama held two extensive, separate sessions with journalists from the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. ... “I think it’s really important to make sure that you guys feel like you’ve got it all,” Obama said. ..."

Clinton earmark requests: You ask, we don't tell
"Close observers ... may have noticed a strange thing about the statement her office issued ...
It said all manner of things about earmarks, and moratoriums, and funding, and accountability. But it never said whether she would disclose her earmark requests going back to 2001. ..."

Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Slight Edge Over Clinton
"The race for the Democratic nomination remains close, with Gallup Poll Daily tracking showing that 49% of Democratic voters nationwide prefer Barack Obama and 46% Hillary Clinton. ..."

Newsweek: Obama expands delegate lead over Clinton
"Obama picks up at least 7 delegates in Iowa thanks to Edwards switches ..."

Democrats abroad pick delegates
"Saturday's regional caucus was used to name four Obama delegates and two for Clinton. ..."

Penn: 'That's really for Sen. Obama to address'
"But they wouldn't bite on the Wright story, which doesn't seem to need Clinton's help. Asked for a response, Penn said, "That's really for Sen. Obama to address. ..."

Newsweek: Trying Times for Trinity
"Barack Obama's church is under scrutiny. But what's it really like on the inside? ..."

Clinton's attacks delivered over the phone
"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has a reputation for secrecy and discipline, but her campaign's interaction with the media is increasingly defined by a series of sprawling, freewheeling conference calls ..."

Pelosi Says Superdelegates Should Not Overturn Primary Results
"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it would be damaging to the Democratic party for its leaders to buck the will of national convention delegates picked in primaries and caucuses ..."

The Choice
"The data is starting to suggest that Sen. Barack Obama would beat Sen. John McCain among independent voters -- while McCain would beat Sen. Hillary Clinton with indies. But it also suggests that Clinton has an advantage when it comes to holding on to Democratic voters. ..."

Clinton-Obama War Creates Serious Tensions at DailyKos
"This is how ugly things have gotten between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama -- Clinton supporters are staging what they call a "strike" at the influential liberal website DailyKos. ..."

Obama Battles Through Bad Week
"Despite winning the Mississippi primary and increasing his lead in convention delegates, he was thrown off stride by dealings with a former fundraiser and inflammatory remarks by his one-time pastor ..."

Clinton Says Obama Is "Nitpick"ing Her Record
"I understand the desire of my opponent to nitpick," said Clinton, but argued that she had a role that was "validated many times ..."

Clinton Supports Michigan Revote Proposal
"Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton Saturday said she supported a plan being developed by Michigan Democrats to hold a new primary in June. ..."

Obama decries rising racial rhetoric
"Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday decried "the forces of division" over race that he said are intruding into the Democratic presidential nomination contest. "We have to come together," he told a town-hall meeting at a high school. ..."

Obama Tries To Move Past Controversial Pastor
"Speaking out against his controversial pastor, Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama said Wright made statement that were “incendiary and that I completely reject,” but that he would not allow them to derail his campaign. ..."

FirstRead: Another Fight for Iowa
"The state's 99 county Democratic parties held conventions today and the two campaigns were actively fighting to gain even more pledged delegates. At stake: the 14 pledged delegates John Edwards earned during the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. ..."

FirstRead: Iowa Update
"The results, Obama indeed did gain 7 delegates to up his total from 16 (earned on Jan. 3) to 23 now. Clinton upped her total by 1 ..."

Clinton seeks Texas delay
"As final results from the Texas Democratic caucus remain unknown, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign wants signatures from the March 4 contest verified before party conventions are held around the state later this month. ..."

Obama claims Iowa gains
"Iowa's county conventions were today, and they were expected to be the site of a scramble for supporters of Edwards and other candidates ... I've been getting e-mails all day from Iowans at conventions who say that the bulk of these free agents have broken Obama's way ..."

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