Tuesday, March 25, 2008

3/25 Afternoon News: Transparency

News Items
Obama releases tax returns, challenges Clinton to follow suit
"Barack Obama and his wife released their tax returns from 2000 to 2006 on his campaign Web site Wednesday, and the Illinois senator challenged Sen. Hillary Clinton to release hers. ..."
Related Articles:
CBS News Blog: Obama Releases Seven Years Of Tax Returns
MSNBC: Obama's tax returns show leap in income
FirstRead: Obama releases tax returns to 2000
FirstRead: Obama's Tax Returns, Rising Fortune
Time Swampland Blog: Obama Tax Returns
Politico Blog: The transparency game continues...
Huff Post: Obama Tax Returns: Low On Story Lines And Charity Donations
Sidenote: The taxes were released just as the Clinton campaign sent out an email trying to attack the Sen. Obama for not releasing his '00-'06 returns (note the timestamp on these emails):

Clinton on Wright: She Went There
"But now that the foam has fallen from Bill O'Reilly's mouth--at least in part--it seems that Clinton herself is all too eager to break her campaign's self-imposed silence. ..."
Related Articles:
ABC News Blog: Hillary Hits Obama on Rev. Wright
CBS News Blog: Clinton Says Wright Was Obama's Choice
CNN Ticker: Clinton: Wright would not have been my pastor
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Clinton resurrects the Wright controversy
FirstRead: Not 'My Pastor'
Huff Post: Clinton: Wright "Would Not Have Been My Pastor"

FirstRead: Obama Camp Responds
"After originally refusing to play politics with this issue, it’s disappointing to see Hillary Clinton’s campaign sink to this low in a transparent effort to distract attention away from the story she made up about dodging sniper fire in Bosnia," Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton writes. ..."

In Which Clinton Reminds Obama's Pledged Delegates That They're Welcome to, Like, Switch Sides
"When it comes to whether or not she plans to poach Barack Obama's pledged delegates--i.e., the delegates won in primaries or caucuses--Hillary Clinton has been sending some seriously mixed messages. ..."

Clinton says she erred on Bosnia story
"Clinton said she was wrong to claim she came under hostile fire in Bosnia ..."
Related Articles:
CBS From the Road: Clinton Tries to Explain Bosnia Comments
CBS News Blog: Starting Gate: Sniper Fire
FirstRead: Word of the Day: 'Misspoke'

Opposition sniper fodder
"Clinton: "... for the first time in 12 or so years, I misspoke." ... the Obama campaign just blasted out an e-mail highlighting four times where she indicated that she had landed under duress. ..."

Clinton: Pledged delegates can switch sides
"Hillary Clinton has again raised the prospect that "pledged" delegates — those awarded based on election results — might still be considered up for grabs. ..."
Related Articles:
Philly Daily News: Clinton: Pledged delegates are "like superdelegates"

Is Maria Cantwell Wavering?
"U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell ... isn’t ready to shift her allegiance from Sen. Hillary Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama — yet. ... she said the candidate with the most pledged delegates ... will have the strongest claim to the party’s presidential nomination. ..."

Indiana House Majority Leader Russ Stilwell endorses Barack Obama for President
"What’s interesting about the endorsement is that Stilwell ... represents the types of Democrats that Hillary Clinton has been targeting and Obama has been trying to reach, white, conservative and working class. ..."

Clinton pushes back against media predictions
"Hillary Clinton on Tuesday pushed back against recent speculation by pundits and Democratic insiders that her chances of securing the Democratic nomination are quickly diminishing. ..."

Carville Stands By "Judas" Remark, Says He Wanted To Brand Richardson
"I wanted to use a very strong metaphor to make my point," Carville said. "I doubt if Governor Richardson and I will be particularly close in the future. ..."

Delegates versus vote counts
"Gibbs accused the Clinton campaign of ignoring the rules and being “far more interested in political gamesmanship than in finding a solution. ..."

Small World After All: Obama-Clinton Battle Stirs Global Debate
"Historic Candidates, Foreign Policy Focus Attracts Worldwide Interest in U.S. Presidential Race ..."

Obama NC Backer 'Appalled'
"North Carolina reporters got a taste of conference call campaigning this afternoon, with Team Obama getting Carolina backer Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-1) on the horn to slam Hillary Clinton over her reported exaggerations of the perils of a trip to Bosnia in 1996. ..."

Obama Plays Catch-Up in Pennsylvania
"In an attempt to compensate, the Obama campaign for weeks has been running a quiet but massive effort in Pennsylvania to register tens of thousands of new Democrats, many of them traditional Independents and Republicans but also new voters. ..."
Related Articles:
Time Swampland Blog: Lots of New Democrats in Pennsylvania

Obama Conference Call 3/25/08
"Quote of the call, in response to Q about releasing pre-2000 tax returns -- or maybe state senate records: GIBBS: I don't know the address of the glass house Phil [Singer] must be living in. ..."

Where Candidates Stand on Consumer Issues
"Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and, to a lesser extent, John McCain all have staked out positions on these vital issues. ..."

Reid: "Things Are Being Done" To End Dem Primary Before Convention
"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) hints at some behind-the-scenes activity to bring the Democratic nomination race to a close: ..."

Obama Related to Pitt, Clinton to Jolie
"Celebrity Link! Obama Related to Brad Pitt, Hillary Clinton to Angelina Jolie ..."

Polling Results
Poll: Obama Regains Big Lead In North Carolina
"A new poll by Public Policy Polling has Obama regaining a sizable lead that dissipated during the worst of the Wright controversy coverage. Obama leads in the poll by 21 points over his rival, 55-34. ..."

Gallup Daily: Obama and Clinton Remain Nearly Tied
"For the fourth consecutive Gallup Poll Daily tracking report Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are nearly tied in the preferences of national Democratic voters ..."

Rasmussen: PA Democratic Presidential Primary
"The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Pennsylvania shows Hillary Clinton leading Barack Obama 49% to 39%. ..."

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

The Right Choice? - The conservative case for Barack Obama
"Barack Obama is no conservative. Yet if he wins the Democratic nomination, come November principled conservatives may well find themselves voting for the senator from Illinois. Given the alternatives—and the state of the conservative movement—they could do worse. ..."

Obama: Even the Conservatives' Right Choice
"To follow along with James Carville's Biblical imagery, Barack Obama has parted the Presidential Red Sea to lead even principled Republican conservatives to the Obama Land of unifying and transforming America. ..."

Heilemann: Why Hillary’s Last Stand Will Be North Carolina, Not Pennsylvania
"That Clinton’s people realize this has reduced the perceived value of that putative victory is evinced by a single fact: the decision to dispatch Ace Smith to North Carolina ..."

Superdelegates Look Down, Look Up for Assistance
"... the elected leaders and other party officials who make up the superdelegate corps are increasingly looking farther up the party hierarchy for decisive action. ..."

Wonder Woman
"In 1993, for example, the Clinton administration faced a moment of great peril as North Korea prepared to attack the South. Hillary moved heaven and earth to ensure that the balky State Department bureaucracy sent Kim Jong-Il a box of his favorite chocolates and a crate of champagne, thereby preventing a greater Asian land war. ..."

How Cheney's True Colors Make Us Crave Dramatic Change
"Cheney cares not a wit about how the people who elected him (twice) feel about his and W's conduct of the war. I'm sure we'd get a similar condescending, amorphous comment from him on the economy too ..."

Caffery: Gore-led ticket good compromise for Democrats?
"Here’s my question to you: If a ticket led by Al Gore somehow emerged from a brokered convention, would that be a good thing for the Democrats? ..."

Who's Afraid Of James Carville?
"James Carville calls Bill Richardson "Judas" because he believes that Democrats should have more loyalty to the Clintons than they should to their country. He believes that if the Clintons provided you with work, you should repay them by supporting Hillary. ..."

Rev. Wright = Don Imus?
"For a candidate trying to woo black voters, Imus is not good comparison for Clinton to draw. Imus was a shock jock who was fired for saying offhand something very racist and insulting that he thought was entertaining. ..."

FirstRead: Math? What Math
"On the subject of delegate math and what Clinton’s path to the nomination is with the current mathematical configuration, top Clinton aide and DNC rules guru Harold Ickes assailed the Obama campaign, rather than lay out Clinton's arithmetic. ..."

Lewis Black sounds off on politics
"Oh, boy. Could she — ambition. Ambition to the point of distraction, like exhausting ambition. Like, who's got that kind of energy? Like, who wants it that much? What could she be thinking? ..."

Analysis: Race Resonates In Dem Campaign
"Race Was An Issue Long Before Reverend Wright Was A Household Name ..."

Embellished Memory
"Had Hillary come to believe her increasingly dramatic tale of facing sniper fire in Bosnia? ..."

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Anonymous said...

Check out the articles that Roland S. Smith writes on CNN. In all of his commentary, he eloquently points out the discrepancies that are played out in the media against Obama, and brings the truth to the forefront. Post his commentary, too, and here is one of them: You can find the others on CNN.com, by searching Roland S. Martin

Listen to the candidates, not their associates
By Roland S. Martin
CNN Contributor

(CNN) -- Its been an interesting week watching folks analyze the outcry over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's controversial comments, especially when they try to link them to Sen. Barack Obama.

Obama's supporters say it's wrong to associate his views with those of his pastor at Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.

His opponents say that surely his views are linked with Wright's, including the pastor's praise of Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Conservative talker Sean Hannity -- who incidentally many have accused of associations with white supremacist Hal Turner, which he denies -- was foaming at the mouth. He called Wright a racist and an anti-Semite, and then said we all should assume Obama is also a racist and an anti-Semite.

Talk about a stretch.

Frankly, it's just not plausible to suggest that you always share the same feelings or views as someone you know.

In remarks to a Pittsburgh newspaper, Sen. Hillary Clinton responded to a question about the Wright controversy by saying: "You don't choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend."

True. Very true. But there's also some reality that politicians pick and choose who they want to be associated with.

Clinton pressed Obama during a debate this year to repudiate and denounce Farrakhan's unsolicited praise of him at an event the Nation of Islam leader organized for his group in Chicago.

The moderator, NBC's Tim Russert, brought up comments made by Farrakhan 24 years ago in his question to Obama.

Fine, so what do we make of then-President Bill Clinton publicly endorsing the 1995 Million Man March? Who called for that march? Louis Farrakhan. Who was the lead organizer? Louis Farrakhan. Who was the keynote speaker? Louis Farrakhan.

After he was out of the White House, President Clinton also endorsed the Million Man March. Who called for that march? Louis Farrakhan. Who was the lead organizer? Louis Farrakhan. Who was the keynote speaker? Louis Farrakhan.

Did Sen. Clinton privately or publicly rebuke her husband for supporting a man whom she has determined to be hateful and divisive?

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who is national co-chair of Sen. Clinton's presidential campaign, once stood on stage with Farrakhan in 1997 -- at an event the Times said was "called to promote racial reconciliation after several recent high-profile crimes" -- and praised him for his commitment to ending violence in the black community. Rendell was the mayor of Philadelphia at the time.

According to the April 15, 1997, story in The New York Times, Farrakhan praised Rendell before 3,000 people at the anti-violence rally for ''his courage and strength to rise above emotion and differences that might be between us or our communities.''

According to the Times, Rendell, who is Jewish, commended the Nation of Islam for its emphasis on family values and self-sufficiency.

Must Clinton repudiate and denounce Rendell's past comments and association with Farrakhan?
Former Republican Rep. Jack Kemp is a huge supporter of Sen. John McCain, and he also has a Farrakhan story.

In 1996, when Kemp was the vice presidential running mate of Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, he told reporters that he wanted to meet with Farrakhan and praised his organization's focus on economic empowerment, family values and its pull-yourselves-up-by-the-bootstrap message -- right in line with the GOP talking points. Kemp said he wanted to speak at the Million Man March.

Boy, was he torn apart by Jewish critics, and many in his own party.
Kemp summarily criticized Farrakhan's comments about Jews and whites, but he didn't take his words back. By the way, Hannity pressed every African-American supporter about Farrakhan, but he never got in Kemp's face about his comments. I wonder why?

Must McCain repudiate and denounce Kemp's past comments and association with Farrakhan?
When it comes to homosexuality, no Clinton or Obama supporter should think of criticizing the other campaign's black ministerial supporters because that means most of their own would have to be disassociated from their campaigns.
On CNN's "The Situation Room," Paul Begala mentioned "hateful" things said about gays by the Rev. James Meeks, founder and senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, and an Obama supporter.

Meeks has made no bones about his firm opposition to homosexuality (and abortion), which is one of the reasons he's very close to many of the nation's white conservative pastors. (I know him well; I'm a member of Salem).

And then there was the hoopla over gospel singer Donnie McClurkin when the Obama campaign recruited him to take part in a gospel concert tour around South Carolina. McClurkin has preached that homosexuals can be converted to heterosexuals. That set off a firestorm.

But Clinton also has her own issues with anti-gay pastoral supporters.

The Rev. Harold Mayberry, pastor of the First African Methodist Church in Oakland, has voiced for years his opposition to homosexuality. In fact, some have said he has compared homosexuality to thievery.

When Mayberry came out in support of Clinton, her campaign touted his endorsement, sans any mention of his anti-gay rants.

She has also received a $1,000 contribution from Bishop Eddie L. Long of the mega-church New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, who previously led an anti-gay marriage march in Atlanta.

Of course, when it comes to McCain, it wouldn't be a story if his ministerial supporters are anti-gay. It would be news if any of them actually supported homosexuality.

The bottom line: Everyone has an association that is open for scrutiny. Our real focus should be on the candidates and their views on the issues, because one of them will stand before the nation and take the oath of office and swear to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States.

Roland S. Martin is a nationally award-winning journalist and CNN contributor. Martin is studying to receive his master's degree in Christian communications at Louisiana Baptist University. You can read more of his columns at http://www.rolandsmartin.com/.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer [and not CNN].

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/03/26/roland.martin/index.html

Anonymous said...

ReSen. Clinton's Own Religious Cult Includes Brownback, Santorumgarding:

Here is further evidence: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080331/ehrenreich

Is this group so powerful, they can keep this out of the press? I haven't seen it covered by them.