Wednesday, March 26, 2008

3/26 Afternoon News: Economy & Faith

News Items
Obama chides McCain on economy
"Obama pointed out that McCain "said the best way for us to address the fact that millions of Americans are losing their homes is to just sit back and watch it happen. In his entire speech yesterday, he offered not one policy, not one idea, not one bit of relief ..."
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FirstRead: Obama Hits McCain on Economics

Obama Talks About His Faith
"Referring to critics of Mr. Wright, he said, “they find five or six of his most offensive statements” and boil them down onto a 30-second recording and replay them over and over on television. ..."

In Letter, Top Clinton Donors Chastise Pelosi For Statements About Super-Delegates
"Twenty top Hillary fundraisers and donors have sent a scathing private letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, chastising her for publicly saying that the super-delegates should support the winner of the pledged delegate count ..."

Obama Takes On Both Clinton and McCain
"Pulling no punches on his first day back on the campaign trail after his vacation, Barack Obama attacked John McCain’s economic plan and Hillary Clinton’s reluctance to give up power. ..."

Clinton role in health program disputed
"Hillary Clinton, who has frequently described herself on the campaign trail as playing a pivotal role in forging a children's health insurance plan, had little to do with crafting the landmark legislation or ushering it through Congress ..."

Clinton Fundraising Challenges
"While the polls say the race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is extremely tight, there’s one contest Obama is running away with – the money primary. ..."

Controversial former Obama adviser again takes aim at Clinton
"Former Barack Obama adviser Samantha Power ... said Tuesday night she was stunned by the “political mileage” the New York senator had gotten from her comments on the timing of any withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. ..."
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FirstRead: Power Speaks Out Again
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Democratic voter rolls grow in North Carolina
"Pennsylvania isn't the only state seeing a surge in newly-minted Democrats. North Carolina, which votes on May 6, has also seen its voter rolls expanding. ..."

Pledged delegates up for grabs, Clinton says
"For the second time in three days, Sen. Hillary Clinton told reporters that the pledged delegates awarded based on vote totals in their state are not bound to abide by election results. ..."

Hillary's Minister Problem
"Barack Obama isn't the only candidate with ties to a controversial religious group. ..."
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North Carolina — The Clinton Camp’s Assessment
"Smith told Trail Mix that Barack Obama starts with a large advantage here and that if Clinton were to win on May 6, “it would probably be one of the greatest upsets, probably in the last 10 years. ..."

Clinton Team Explains Wright Decision
"Yesterday, a Pennsylvania editorial board asked Sen. Clinton how she would have "responded if [her] pastor had said some of the things that Rev. Wright said?" In response, she said Rev. Wright would not have been her pastor, an honest view shared by many Americans. ..."

Obama gets the Blue Majority endorsement
"It's clear our communities have become heavily pro-Obama, especially as Clinton's only path to victory is via coup by super delegate and civil war, and she doesn't give a damn. ..."

Candidates battle new foes: Stress and fatigue
"Obama jogs or shoots hoops in the mornings, and he takes a few minutes to compose himself after every speech. "Basketball and trail mix have gotten him this far," spokesman Bill Burton said. It's not always enough ..."

Newsweek: Obama seeks to quell flap over pastor
"There are misunderstandings on both sides," the Illinois senator said. "We cannot solve the problems of America if everytime somebody somewhere does something stupid, that everybody gets up in arms and forgets about the war in Iraq and we forget about the economy. ..."

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama 47%, Clinton 46%
"Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton remain in a statistical tie in the preferences of national Democratic voters, with Obama at 47% support and Clinton at 46%. ..."

Poll: Voters Prefer Black, Woman President To One McCain's Age
"A new poll from the NBC and the Wall Street Journal finds that voters are less interested in voting for a candidate McCain's age than they are supporting either a black or female nominee. ..."

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Commentaries
Hillary and the 'T' Option
"According to ABC's Jake Tapper, they believe she is pursuing "the Tonya Harding option"--kneecapping your rival so that he can't win. ..."
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ABC News: Dems Fear Clinton's 'Tonya Harding' Option

The Clintons' Truth Deficit Disorder
"Seinfeld's George Costanza famously quipped: "It's not a lie if you believe it." This is how a Clinton -- take your pick, Hillary, Bill or Chelsea -- makes it through the day. ..."

Commentary: Listen to the candidates, not their associates
"Frankly, it's just not plausible to suggest that you always share the same feelings or views as someone you know. ..."

It's Not Just What You Say...
"He could have tried to squirm his way out of it all together, the default setting for American politics. But instead of all he could have done wrong, he did everything right. And nothing was more right than making his message real. ..."

Obama & Co. Stop Taking the Bait
"You have more delegates, much more money, you're John McCain to her Mike Huckabee. So why act as if she's on equal footing? ..."

Wasn't It Also Obama's "Democracy Speech"?
"Yes, Obama's speech was one of our nation's most thoughtful on race and contained important character clues. But let's not miss the speech within a speech -- the one about democracy itself. ..."

Bernstein: Hillary Clinton: Truth or Consequences
"Hillary Clinton has many admirable qualities, but candor and openness and transparency and a commitment to well-established fact have not been notable among them. ..."

Video Disputes "Black Separatist" Tag On Obama's Church
"Those contentions are receiving some push back from a blog called The Truth About Trinity, which has released a video that accuses the media of being one-sided in their coverage ..."

McGovern: easier to elect black man president than woman
"It will be easier to elect a black man president than a woman. Those are the words of former senator and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern. ..."

Are Democrats Divided?
"The very real energy driving the Democratic primary battle may well end up to be a huge positive for the party come November, as Dan Balz points out in today's Washington Post. But it's increasingly clear that it’s not going to happen overnight. ..."

Could Clinton Drop Out on May 7?
"If Obama sweeps Indiana and North Carolina," writes Bowers. "The campaign is over. ..."

Obama Plays the Passive Delegate 'Poaching' Game, Too
"Team Obama is doing pretty much the same thing. Earlier today, blogger Ann Althouse reported that her son, a county delegate from Austin, Texas, received a postcard from the Obama campaign urging him to "Support Barack Obama at your county convention! ..."

Newsweek: Obama worked to fit in at elite school
"Obama overcame outsider feelings to fit in at elite private high school ..."

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