Thursday, March 27, 2008

3/27 Evening News

News Items
Obama Defends Wright's Reputation, Not Words
"It's as if we took the five dumbest things that I ever said or you ever said … in our lives and compressed them, and put them out there, you know, I think that people's reaction would be understandably upset. ..."
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Obama blames 'ethic of greed' for economy
"Barack Obama went to New York Thursday and blamed lobbyists, greedy businessmen and complacent Washington politicians for creating “an ethic of greed” that led to today’s foreclosure crisis. ..."
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The Obama Brand
"McGirt writes that Obama’s ability to connect with and mobilize the 18 to 29 age group through new media and online social networks acts as a base for his success. ..."

Another Letter to Pelosi
"A Democratic source in Washington provides the following letter from a major Democratic donor as evidence that yesterday's "shakedown" letter to Speaker Pelosi is having an effect antithetical to its intention. ..."

Obama Implies Clinton Thinks It's Her 'Turn' to Be President
"Sen. Barack Obama ... took a brand new whack at Sen. Hillary Clinton ... adding to his usual construct that he “decided to run not because of some long-held ambitions..." the notion that "certainly I wasn’t presumptuous enough to think it was my turn. ..."

Good Read: Flashback: Wright's Letter To NYT About Obama
"Thank you for engaging in one of the biggest misrepresentations of the truth I have ever seen in sixty-five years. You sat and shared with me for two hours. You told me you were doing a "Spiritual Biography" of Senator Barack Obama. ..."

MoveOn takes on Clinton's moneyed supporters
"MoveOn.org, a grassroots powerhouse that supports Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, launched a fundraising drive Thursday to counter Sen. Hillary Clinton's wealthy supporters. ..."
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Puerto Rico Problem for Obama
"Aníbal S. Acevedo Vilá, the governor of Puerto Rico, has been charged with 19 criminal counts related to the financing of three political campaigns from 1999 to 2004 ... Obama was endorsed by Acevedo Vila last month. ..."

Dodd: Prolonged Democratic race 'devastating'
"Sen. Chris Dodd said Thursday a protracted Democratic presidential race would be "devastating" to the party, and argued an agreement should be worked out after the upcoming contests in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and North Carolina. ..."
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Carville Unloads: Richardson Misled, Promised He'd Back Hillary
"Long time Clinton backer James Carville charged on Thursday that, prior to endorsing Sen. Barack Obama, Bill Richardson promised several "very, very senior" Clinton supporters that he would back the New York Democrat. ..."

Bill: Praising McCain
"... in a move that's becoming more and more common, he favorably aligned his wife with the presumptive Republican nominee, John McCain. ..."

Bill Clinton: Caucuses 'Killing Us'
"Right now, among all the primary states, believe it or not, Hillary's only 16 votes behind in pledged delegates," said Bill Clinton, "and she's gonna wind up with the lead in the popular vote in the primary states. ..."

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Polling Results
Poll: Obama leads Clinton nationally
"Barack Obama, 49 percent ... Hillary Rodham Clinton, 39 percent ..."

Poll: Clinton-Obama bickering could hurt turnout
"Sixteen percent of Clinton supporters questioned ... said they are not likely to vote in the general election if Obama is the Democratic nominee. An equal number of Obama supporters said they'll sit it out come November if Clinton is their party's nominee. ..."

Real Clear Politics: National Poll Update
"New Pew Research poll (March 19-22) shows the race unchanged versus a month ago: Obama 49, Clinton 39. ..."

Democratic Groups Most at Risk of Deserting
"Democrats are at most risk of losing the support of independents, conservative Democrats, and, among Hillary Clinton supporters, less well-educated Democrats if those voters' preferred candidate -- Clinton or Barack Obama -- does not win the party's nomination. ..."

NC poll, another big Obama lead
"With Clinton looking past Pennsylvania to North Carolina and Indiana, it's tough to see how she can win the Tarheel state. ..."

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Commentaries
Obama’s Postracial Test
"How will the Democratic candidate deal with potentially divisive ballot initiatives calling for an end to affirmative action? ..."

Dems Shooting Themselves In The Face?
"Now, 16 years later, the equally bitter fight for the Democratic nomination has become something of a circular firing squad. The last two candidates left standing are even turning their weapons on themselves. ..."

Solving ClintObamaDean-gate in Michi-Florida
"Democrats have a problem -- all Democrats, both of the presidential campaigns, and especially, Howard Dean. The solution is to ask Democratic voters to come up with a solution. ..."

Hillary's Honorable Future: A History Lesson
"And his career offers a lesson for Hillary Clinton as the light fades on her presidential candidacy. Because away from the noise of her partisans, in the Democratic street, the forces that shape history from below are turning to Obama. ..."

Obama and His Subprime Supporters -- Are His Words For Real?
"Does Professor Goolsbee's get tough approach on sub-prime lenders really reflect Senator Obama's plans? Or do the lenders who have given so much to Senator Obama's campaign know something different? ..."

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