Friday, March 21, 2008

3/21 Afternoon News: Passport Breach, Mayhem at Fox

News Items
Passport files of candidates breached
"Records of Clinton, McCain, Obama inappropriately accessed, officials say ..."
Related Articles:
MSNBC: Passport scandal leads to Virginia contractor
CBS: Candidate Passport Files Breached
CBS: What's On A Passport Application?

CNN:
Obama urges inquiry into passport snooping
FirstRead: Passports for McCain, Clinton also Breached
FirstRead: Contractors in Passport Case I.D.'d
FirstRead: There Were Three Types of Breaches
Newsweek: Passports and Presidential Candidates
ABC: Passport Security Breach on McCain, Clinton & Obama
FirstRead: Rice Apologizes to Obama
Politico: Three candidates' passports viewed

Richardson Backs Obama, Rebuffs Clinton
"Nation's Only Hispanic Governor Calls on Dems to 'Stop Fighting Among Ourselves' ..."
Related Articles:
FirstRead: Full Text of Richardson Endorsement Speech
Huffington Post: Obama Endorsed By Bill Richardson
Time Swampland Blog: Bill Richardson: Another Superdelegate for Obama

Video of Richardson's Endorsement Speech:


Mayhem At Fox News: Anchor Walks Off Set, Wallace Rails Network For "Obama-Bashing"
"Fox News' very own anchors are speaking out — and walking off — over what they perceive to be "Obama-bashing" on their network. ..."
Related Articles:
Politico: Obama campaign praises Wallace, says Fox "deeply irresponsible"
DailyKos: A Round of Applause for Chris Wallace
Video #1: Anchor Walks Off Set

Video #2: Chris Wallace calling out "Fox and Friends" for Obama-bashing


Obama camp: Clinton would be 'deeply flawed' nominee
"The Obama campaign launched some of its sharpest attacks to date on Hillary Clinton's candidacy Friday, telling reporters on a conference call that the New York senator is a dishonest politician who has consistently misled voters. ..."

Richardson calls out Clinton adviser
"I resent the fact that the Clinton people are now saying that my endorsement is too late because I only can help with Texans — with Texas and Hispanics, implying that that's my only value," the New Mexico governor told CNN's John King. ..."

Clinton’s February F.E.C. Filings
"Despite a strong month of fund-raising in February in which she brought in $35 million, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton finished the month essentially in the red ..."

Former Gore Aide Says Dems Will Unite
"Political Players: Dem Strategist Michael Feldman Argues Michigan and Florida Must Count ..."

Hillary's Balkan Adventures, Part II
"There are numerous problems with Clinton's version of events. ..."

CBS Poll: Good Reviews For Obama Speech
"But Problems For Democratic Candidate Remain As Fewer Think He Could Unite The Country ..."

Clinton Camp: Obama Team Peddling Photos
"Former First Lady's Campaign Suggests Obama Campaign Pushed Photo Of Bill Clinton And Rev. Jeremiah Wright ..."

Court dismisses Florida primary lawsuit
"A federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee over the party's decision to strip Florida of its delegates to its national convention. ..."

Obama Campaign Claims Clinton Has 'Character Gap'
"Campaign Promising 'New Politics' Assails Rival as Untrustworthy, Duplicitous ..."

From the Fact Check Desk: The Clinton Campaign Misrepresents Clinton NAFTA Meeting
"Yet the Clinton campaign continues to propagate this myth that she fought NAFTA tooth and nail because she opposed the substance of the bill. ..."

Obama Says He Didn’t Know About Minister’s Statements Until Recently
"As the uproar surrounding Barack Obama’s minister Jeremiah Wright continues, Obama clarified his position about when he heard Rev. Wright make his controversial statements. ..."

Clinton Spokesman Mimics Talk Show Host, Calls Obama Camp "Amateur Hour"
"During an hour long conference call with reporters, Hillary Clinton campaign deputy communications director Phil Singer cited a laundry list of issues why the Obama campaign, he claims, is deceiving the American people ..."

Obama Unveils New Ads In Pennsylvania
"Barack Obama has three new ads running in Pennsylvania, a state where he trails Hillary Clinton in the polls. Clinton has yet to run ads in the state. ..."

McCain manager hints at character-based race to come
"McCain manager Rick Davis, in a memo for public distribution, hints at the sort of campaign they want to wage. It's character, character, character that they hope will win the day in an otherwise grim environment for the GOP. ..."

Edwards unlikely to endorse
"John Edwards is unlikely to endorse either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton before the nomination is decided, according to interviews with several members of the former candidate's inner circle. ..."

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Clinton Now at 47% to Obama’s 45%
"Hillary Clinton's recent lead over Barack Obama in national Democratic nomination preferences has dwindled to the point that the two are now nearly tied, with Clinton at 47% and Obama at 45% ..."

Poll: Majority Doesn't Believe Obama Shares Wright's Views
"By a 57%-24% margin, registered votes do not believe that Obama shares Wright's controversial views. ..."

Rasmussen: Georgia 2008 Presidential Election
"John McCain has a solid lead over both potential Democratic candidates. McCain leads Barack Obama 53% to 40% and Hillary Clinton 54% to 34%. ..."

Rasmussen: Minnesota: 2008 Presidential Election
"In Minnesota, the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows Barack Obama leading John McCain 47% to 43%. ..."

Rasmussen: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"Nationally, Barack Obama now holds a statistically insignificant one-point advantage over Hillary Clinton, 45% to 44%. ..."

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Commentaries
Chris Matthews: Obama 'Gets to Me'


Story behind the story: The Clinton myth
"One big fact has largely been lost in the recent coverage of the Democratic presidential race: Hillary Rodham Clinton has virtually no chance of winning. ..."

Richardson endorsement does matter
"But as Richardson put his arm around Obama at a rally in Oregon, the Clinton campaign dismissed the endorsement as one whose value had passed. After all, 95 percent of the Hispanic electorate already has voted in this year’s primaries, and most of them went for Clinton. ..."

Obama Campaign Responds With Kitchen Sink Conference Call
"There was a palpable sense of anger among aides to Senator Obama during a conference call on Friday, as they ripped into Sen. Hillary Clinton for being untrustworthy, misleading, and un-vetted. ..."
Related Articles:
Time Swampland Blog: Obama Conference Call, 3/21/08 (contains excerpts and will have the audio as well)


Cafferty: How significant is Bill Richardson’s endorsement of Obama?
"The endorsement was big, but what I found compelling was Gov. Richardson’s well delivered speech — which dealt with issues ranging from race, to readiness, to personal anecdotes. In fact, the speech was so good, only Senator Obama could have hoped to follow it. ..."

FirstRead: Obama Gives Fiery Speech After Endorsement
"Obama gave one of the fieriest speeches he has delivered in weeks. "... It's not just putting forward a bunch of ten point plans. It's restoring a sense that this government is working for you and fighting for you and is of and by the United States of America," he said. ..."

FirstRead: Reading Between Bill Clinton Lines About Obama?
"Clinton's comments could be seen as an effort to draw attention to the issue of patriotism in a state with a high population of veterans. ..."
Related Articles:
Huffington Post: Another Bill Clinton Moment On The Campaign Trail

Meet The (White) Man Who Inspired Wright's Controversial Sermon
"His name is Ambassador Edward Peck. And he is a retired, white, career U.S. diplomat who served 32-years in the U.S. Foreign Service and was chief of the U.S. mission to Iraq under Jimmy Carter ..."

Jeremiah Wright on 9/11
"But I will say this: His message--that we should think about the acts of violence we have committed over time--is exactly the sort of thing all of America needed to hear before the decision was made to go after Al Qaeda ..."

Is He American Enough?
"Obama battles a dangerous campaign storyline ..."

Hillary's Long Good Friday
"The news just keeps getting worse for Hillary Clinton. ..."

Experts Predict Race Will Dominate Campaign Narrative Going Forward
"In his ambitious speech responding to criticism of his affiliation with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., Obama took the issue head on and placed it at the center of political conversation. The candidate of unity laid bare fundamentals of the deepest division of our society. ..."

Obama Camp Trying to Work the Refs
"With so much attention on the NCAA basketball tournament -- even among the presidential contenders -- the analogy is perhaps more apt than ever: After a week of tough press scrutiny, the Obama campaign is trying to work the refs to even out the coverage. ..."

The End of a Political Eclipse
"By not demonizing Rev. Wright, Senator Obama showed exactly the trait we need in our next president. ..."

How Will Hillary's Bosnia Whopper Play in the Media?
"When you tell the American public you bravely visited a nation under sniper fire, and it turns out that you brought your 16-year-old daughter and were greeted by a little girl with flowers, that's as bad as it gets. ..."

What Barack Obama Could Not (and Should Not) Say
" Barack Obama delivered a truly brilliant and inspiring speech this week. There were a few things, however, that he did not and could not (and, indeed, should not) say: ..."

Clinton's Experience Is Debated
"Washington Post: While Not A Foreign Crisis Player, She Carried U.S. Message ..."

TV Media's Willful Misunderstanding of Barack Obama's Race Speech
"Television news, like all theater, captures its audience through dramatizing conflict. It thrives on discord. Resolution and unity are fifth act business; news shows run in a continuous loop between acts three and four. ..."

Skin Color and Other Occupational Hazards
"I feel an uncanny sense come over me: the sense that in just a few short months I'll be back among the politically cynical. Why? Because watching Obama get pecked to death by media vultures and swallowed by our national proclivity for risk-averse leaders ..."

We, The O-Boomers
"It's been somewhat staggering for me to encounter the number of close friends of my own '60s-generation cohort who, in the past few weeks, have been rather quietly confessing to me their own begrudging admiration for Obama. ..."

Some Blues for Mr. Charlie: Obama's Moment of Truth
"It probably had to happen. Maybe better now than later. But still profoundly depressing to see that the practical effect of The Speech was to push down Obama's numbers significantly among Democratic voters, according to Gallup. ..."

The Limits of Obama's Race Speech
"Without taking anything away from either the man or the speech, here is a little reality check, concerning a part of the speech that has gone without comment in the media as far as I know: ..."

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