Thursday, March 20, 2008

3/20 Evening News

Camp Hill mayor switches parties to vote for Obama
"I'm sick and tired of the politics of fear in this country. He's the only one who doesn't do that," Thieblemont said of Obama. "He's the only candidate who's said he'd talk to our enemies and try to get some common ground. ..."

Source: Obama Goes on Pennsylvania TV
"First to do paid television ads in Keystone State for the upcoming primary. Expected to go on the air in the next day in biggest statewide markets: Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre, Youngstown. ..."

Obama: Country Needs “Less Spin” and “More Straight Talk”
"Tells CNN’s Larry King that Clinton’s “kitchen sink strategy” is just what he is trying to change about politics. ..."

Obama's Theology Of Reconciliation And Perfection
"... Obama clearly invokes core Christian principles and beliefs, from original sin to God's grace. "Perfection" was his refrain ... yet he did not use it to describe a teleological achievement, but rather a continuous mission of going on to perfection. ..."

Papers Expose Lies of Clinton, Emanuel & Gergen On NAFTA
"Finally, the dishonesty is being unmasked. Finally, we see just how much we're being lied to when it comes to economic policy. Finally, we see it hasn't just been Hillary Clinton lying about her role in championing NAFTA, but we see it is the entire Clinton machine. ..."

Obama, Reverend Wright, The Speech: A Problem and An Unanticipated Upside
"... there's this problem: there may not be a place in this culture for a history-making speech anymore -- I mean literally, no room in the flood of imagery and commentary for something of lasting value to sit there and be itself ..."

The Perpetual Achievement of the Impossible
"But this week, viewing and the reading and then reading again Barack Obama on race and faith and class in our Republic, those words cut through once again -- in fine and astonishing sync with Obama's own achievement of the impossible. ..."

McCaskill: Obama the First Black Leader to 'Come to the American People Not As a Victim But Rather As a Leader'
"Perhaps Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, can file this under the "defenses I don't need" column ..."

Fox News publishes false "Black Panther" Endorsement
"Here's the problem- anybody can set up a profile and blog on the my.barackobama.com section of the website claiming support of Obama. There is no way to tell if this came from the 'black panther party', and even if it did, Obama's campaign has absolutely nothing to do with it ..."

No Edwards endorsement tonight
"My colleague David Kuhn got an early listen to Leno, and says there were some endorsement jokes, but no endorsement: ..."

Gallup Daily: Clinton Holds Onto Lead Over Obama
"The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Hillary Clinton with a five percentage point lead over Barack Obama in national Democratic voters' nomination preferences, 48% to 43%. ..."

Clinton camp says it is confident about Indiana
"Hillary Clinton spent Thursday stumping in Indiana, as her campaign looks ahead to states that vote after Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary. ..."

Voter registration surges ahead of Pennsylvania deadline
"Barack Obama’s campaign has made voter registration their top priority in Pennsylvania for the past several weeks, sending teams of volunteers from across the country to register new Democrats in the commonwealth in advance of the March 24 deadline. ..."

Ferraro: I am no Jeremiah Wright
"Geraldine Ferraro said she resented being compared the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in the Illinois senator's recent speech on race relations. ..."

Clinton faces an uphill struggle
"With both Florida and Michigan primary re-vote plans stalled, the road ahead for Sen. Hillary Clinton appears to be a rocky one. ..."

Cafferty: Has the Reverend Jeremiah Wright episode changed your opinion about Barack Obama?
"Despite Barack Obama’s well-received speech on race this week, there are signs that the comments by his longtime pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright – that were played over and over again on cable news – may have hurt him. ..."

Gergen: How Hillary grabs the nomination
"Hillary Clinton’s detour yesterday to Michigan reflects a clear understanding within her campaign that much could hinge upon what happens there in coming hours. ..."

Clinton, Obama talk economy, war on the stump
"Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton traded shots Thursday over the former first lady's recently released White House schedule, while also tackling key campaign issues in states holding primaries in May. ..."

No deal reached on Michigan re-vote
"Sen. Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House suffered a blow Thursday when Michigan's state Senate adjourned without passing a bill to schedule a new Democratic primary. ..."

Photograph of Bill Clinton and Rev. Wright Surfaces
"Among those in attendance, was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., who is seen shaking hands with Mr. Clinton in a photograph provided today by the Obama campaign. ..."

McCain Aide Suspended For Circulating Obama/Wright Video
"Jonathan Martin at The Politico reports that a John McCain campaign aide was suspended today for sending out a racially-tinged Web video that calls into question Barack Obama's patriotism. ..."

Clinton on Michigan Re-Vote: What's Obama "Afraid Of?"
"I do not understand what Senator Obama is afraid of, but it is going to hurt our party and our chances in November. So I would call on him, once again, to join me in giving the people of Florida and Michigan the chance to be counted ..."

Obama Says Next Michigan Vote Will "Probably" Be in November
"When am I going to vote for you in Michigan?” asked Jeff Lynch, a patron at Murad's sports bar in Charleston, where Obama had stopped in to grab some buffalo wings and watch some basketball. “Probably in the general election,” Obama said. ..."

Obama Camp Rejects Supporter's Past Use Of N Word
"Without permission from CBS 2, the Fox News Channel ran Wednesday evening parts of a 2- year-old story by CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery on language used by State Sen. James Meeks, who is now a delegate pledged to Obama. ..."

Obama Ties Economic Woes To Iraq War
"Barack Obama blamed the Iraq war for higher oil prices and skyrocketing debt Thursday as he sought to tie the unpopular war to the slumping economy in working-class West Virginia. ..."

Obama Camp Goes After Clinton on NAFTA
"Seizing on the release of a White House schedule showing Clinton at a 1993 NAFTA meeting, as well as a report suggesting that she praised the trade accord while there, the Obama campaign held a conference call arguing that Clinton hadn't been honest with voters. ..."

Obama: McCain Represents a Third Bush Term
"When you're spending over $50 to fill up your car because the price of oil is four times what it was before Iraq, you're paying a price for this war. ..."

FirstRead: Obama Fills Out His Brackets
"If there's one thing outside of politics that can steal a candidate's attention -- especially the hoops enthusiast Obama -- it's March Madness ..."

Clinton: Legitimacy of Nominee at Stake
"Clinton kept the pressure on Obama for another day, urging him to sign on to a re-vote in Michigan and saying not re-doing primaries there and in Florida would call into question the legitimacy of the ultimate nominee. ..."

Judge allows questioning on Clinton phone logs
"National Archives must answer queries on former first lady's records ..."

Obama's Bracket: The Politics of Nope :-)
"Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has released his NCAA Tournament bracket. It is, in short, neither audacious nor hopeful. To Cinderella, it says, "No, we can't. ..."

The Note: No Re-Votes, Clinton Options Dwindle
"... everyone agrees that voters have a sacred right to be heard -- so long as they're likely to help the candidate any particular Democrat happens to support. ..."

Not So Black and White: Will Racial Politics Foil Obama?
"Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign seems to be using the controversy to make the argument to party insiders, or superdelegates, that Obama has too much baggage to win in November. ..."

Clinton Doesn’t Deny Campaign is Pushing Wright Story to Superdelegates
"... the Clinton campaign was pushing the Wright story to superdelegates arguing that the relationship hurt Obama's electibility -– Clinton refused to deny that her campaign was pushing the story. ..."

Hillary’s Economic Hail Mary
"With time running out on her campaign, Clinton announces a plan on the financial crisis. ..."

Obama on O.J.
"I’m somebody who was pretty clear that O.J. was guilty. And I was ashamed for my own community to respond that way … The reaction had more to do with a sense that somehow the criminal justice system historically had been biased so profoundly ..."

The JFK Card
"The comparisons between Democratic candidates and John F. Kennedy are often overblown. But when Barack Obama rolled into Charleston, West Virginia, on Thursday, the locals were struck by at least one parallel. ..."

Obama's minister's remarks won't fade
"Even if Hillary Rodham Clinton and her aides do not mention Barack Obama's fiery-tongued spiritual mentor, don't expect the Illinois senator's well-publicized speech Tuesday to make the controversy disappear, political strategists said this week. ..."

Obama spends $1.5 million a day, Clinton $1 million
"Obama spends nearly $43 million in February; Clinton spends nearly $32 million ..."

State fires 2 for looking at Obama file
"Two contract employees for the State Department have been fired and a third disciplined for inappropriately looking at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's passport file, and the department is investigating whether political or other motives were involved ..."

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