Thursday, March 27, 2008

3/27 Afternoon News

News Items
Indiana State Lawmakers Endorse Obama for President
"Indiana, north, south, east, west, middle. Black, white, Hispanic. Urban, rural. We cross all of these spectrum. ... those are precisely the democgraphics that will make Barack Obama the next president of the United States. ..."

Well, It Did Happen to Somebody
"For those of you who doubt that story involving a Balkan airport, the one Hillary Rodham Clinton tells about darting across the tarmac to dodge sniper fire, take note: It really did happen. Just not to Clinton. ..."

McCain’s Foreign Affairs Speech Plagiarizes 1996 Address By Adm. Timothy Ziemer
"These lines are not McCain’s own. As TP reader 5th Estate discovered, they were in fact taken largely from a 1996 speech by ret. Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer. Below is a comparison of McCain’s address yesterday with Ziemer’s in 1996: ..."

NAFTA-gate probe to be made public
"The federal government's top civil servant has pledged to make public the results of an investigation into Canadian leaks that damaged the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Barack Obama. ..."

No Endorsement; Bloomberg Plays It Down The Middle
"With all eyes on the mayor as he walked onto the stage at The Cooper Union, Bloomerg introduced the Illinois senator, and while there was plenty of speculation of the endorsement, instead he played it down the middle. ..."
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Obama talks cap-gains rate with CNBC
"In an interview in conjunction with his big economic speech in New York, Senator Obama tells CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo he favors increasing the capital-gains tax rate. ..."

FirstRead: Obama's Economic Address
"Obama called for an overhaul of the nation's regulatory system today, arguing that "what was bad for Main Street was bad for Wall Street," and that a "loss of the sense of shared prosperity" had caused the current economic crisis. ..."
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Clinton Camp v. Obama Camp on the Economy
"We’ve all seen that the Clinton campaign never lets the facts get in the way ... but they know full well that Barack Obama has offered thoughtful, detailed proposals to solve the housing crisis, one of which the New York Times just called the best idea from any candidate in the race. ..."

Obama, Clinton go after McCain in economic addresses
"Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on Thursday laid out their proposals to reinvigorate the economy as they attacked Sen. John McCain's plan as ineffective. ..."

McCain Responds to Attacks on His Economic Policies
"John McCain advisers Doug Holtz-Eakin and Carly Fiorina held a conference call today to respond to Obama and Clinton’s attacks on McCain during their economy speeches today. ..."

The art of specificity
"At a follow-up conference call, Obama economic adviser Daniel Tarullo was asked why the candidate’s speech this morning didn’t include hard numbers for his financial reform proposal. ..."

Obama camp reaching out to Florida, Michigan Democrats
"Representatives with Barack Obama's presidential campaign have reached out to Michigan and Florida Democrats to begin a "dialogue" about how to seat the delegations at the nominating convention that will be held in Denver later this summer. ..."

Pool Report for Thursday Obama New York City Fundraiser
"At a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser Thursday afternoon at the Credit Suisse building in Manhattan, Sen. Barack Obama echoed the themes he’d discussed in a speech about the economy earlier in the day. ..."

Transcript of Obama on CNBC’s “Closing Bell”
"Well, look, there’s no doubt that anything I do is going to be premised on what the economic situation is when I take office. I’m going to be sworn in in January, we don’t know what the economy’s going to look like at that point. ..."

Pelosi firm on not allowing superdelegates to tip race
"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reaffirmed her position that superdelegates should not “overturn the will of the voters” in the face of criticism from top donors to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. ..."
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Clinton Campaign Stands By Harsh Letter To Pelosi
"And while they did not go so far as to say they approved of the letter's content -- "we didn't know what was in it," said spokesman Phil Singer -- they did argue that the "letter speaks for itself. ..."

Connecticut names Obama supporter as add-on
"The Connecticut Democratic superdelegate ranks are complete with the selection of State Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams, D-Brooklyn....he is a leader of the Obama campaign in Connecticut. ..."

Lasting harm feared in Democrats' battle
"Some Democratic Party leaders are growing more concerned that the protracted, caustic fight for the presidential nomination will cripple the eventual nominee, and there are new signs they have reason to worry. ..."

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Polling Results
CNN Ticker: Poll: Obama stronger than Clinton in California
"A new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California indicates if the election were held today, Obama would hold a 49-40 percent advantage over McCain in a hypothetical fall matchup there. Clinton’s 43-40 percent edge over McCain falls just outside the survey’s margin of error. ..."

Gallup Daily: Obama Now at 48% to Clinton 44%
"Barack Obama has edged up in the preferences of national Democratic voters, and now has a 48% to 44% advantage over Hillary Clinton. ..."

Poll: The Muslim lie lingers
"A new Pew poll out today reports that the Wright affair hasn't really hurt Obama among Democrats, but he's still having trouble with the older, white, working-class members of his party: ..."
Direct Link to the Poll (PDF)

Obama Leads Big In North Carolina
"But with five weeks to go, undecided whites likely to vote in that primary are, if anything, slowly moving to Obama’s column, or may be ready to. Here are the results of our North Carolina poll from Wednesday night: ..."

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Commentaries
Cafferty: Should superdelegates back candidate with most pledged delegates?
"Yes, since the voters should determine the nomination, not the ‘party bosses’. Also, in terms of stopping the bloodletting in the party, her stance is not only in the best interests of democracy, but in the best interests of the party. ..."

No escaping identity politics
"Gender and race complicate protracted race for the White House ..."

NY's Bloomberg (Heart) Obama?
"As you know, I have not endorsed a candidate for president," Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I-New York City, teased when introducing Obama, D-Ill., to deliver an economic address ..."

If Not May 7, Then When Will It End?
"Since then, a handful of readers have asked when I think the Democratic nominating contest will wrap up. My answer? June. ..."

Updated: Payback Time for Bloomberg and Obama in the Big Apple?
"The best way to look at an Obama-Bloomberg ticket is by noticing their complimentary traits. Obama isn't much of an administrator or a details guy ... while Bloomberg is so concerned about Your Health and Welfare that he studies intently the ins and outs of congestion pricing ..."

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