Friday, March 28, 2008

3/28 Morning News: Pennsylvania Begins...

News Items
Pennsylvania senator endorses Obama
"Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey endorsed Democrat Barack Obama Friday, a move that could help the presidential candidate make inroads with white working-class voters dubbed "Casey Democrats" in the Keystone State. ..."
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FirstRead: Obama: Casey on Board
Huff Post: Pa. Sen. Bob Casey Endorses Obama

Dean: Dems Will Not Win if Divided
"Dean says he'd like the superdelegates to announce who they're supporting by July 1. ..."
Related Articles:
CBS: Dean: Superdelegates Should Pick By July 1
FOX: Howard Dean Calls for Superdelegate Decision by July 1
Reuters: Top Democrat wants party contest decided by July 1
Politico: BREAKING: Dean wants closure by July 1

Obama: Had Wright not retired, I'd have left church
"Sen. Barack Obama says in an interview scheduled to air on TV Friday that he would have left his church if his pastor had not retired and had not acknowledged making comments that "deeply offended people. ..."
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Newsweek: Obama would have left if Wright stayed
ABC: Obama Defends Wright on ABC's 'The View'
MSNBC: Obama says he would have left if Wright stayed
Politico: Obama now says he might have left church
Huff Post: Obama Would Have Left if Wright Stayed

Obama to try offsetting Clinton’s Pa. advantage
"When he steps aboard a campaign bus in Pittsburgh on Friday, Senator Barack Obama begins a six-day journey across Pennsylvania and its complex political landscape, one that is largely favorable to his rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. ..."
Related Articles:
NYT: Obama to Begin Push in Pennsylvania in Hope of Offsetting Clinton Advantages

Obama retools in Pennsylvania
"Paul Tewes, who directed Obama's impressive win in the Iowa caucuses, will take over the Pennsylvania campaign from Jim DeMay, according to campaign sources. Tewes could not be immediately reached for comment. ..."

Gore hopes Dem race will resolve itself
"He's increasingly mentioned as a potential Democratic powerbroker, but former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday he still expects his party's heated White House race will resolve itself. ..."
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Rasmussen: Gore Not Answer to Dem Divide
Huff Post: Gore: Dem Race Will "Resolve Itself," No Urgency To Intervene

Obama-Backing Senator Calls for Clinton to Drop Out
"Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vermont, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a high-profile supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has called for Obama's opponent to drop out of the race. ..."
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FirstRead: Leahy: Clinton 'Ought to Withdraw'

Clinton's Belfast role draws criticism
"Critics say the playground-that-never-was illustrates the wider lack of accomplishment from Clinton's half-dozen visits to Northern Ireland _ that they emphasized speechmaking, chiefly to women's groups, leaving no lasting mark. ..."

Candidates (All Of Them) Woo Bloomberg
"After Bloomberg declared a month ago that he isn't running but might back another candidate with his wealth and support, Obama has mounted what appears to be the most aggressive effort to woo the billionaire. ..."

Parties Differ on Whom Economic Aid Should Help
"But while their philosophies might seem starkly different, in reality both parties have come to the conclusion that major government involvement is needed to rescue the financial and housing markets. ..."

Pennsylvania voters feeling 'neglected'
"Having seen far less of Clinton and Obama than they had expected and nearing the halfway point between the last contest in Mississippi and their big primary day, they want to know: Where’s the love? ..."

Professor vs. Senior Lecturer
"The University of Chicago released a statement clarifying Obama's status at the university. He is a senior lecturer and has cited that he is a constitutional law professor on the trail. That's something that has caused some criticism ..."
Related Articles:
Politico: Obama vindicated on law-school title
Huff Post: University Of Chicago: Obama Was A Professor

FirstRead: First Thoughts: Obama's Step Forward
"Taking the week cumulatively, is there any other way to look at it other than a big step forward for Obama? Every piece of initial evidence from last week showing potential trouble for Obama faded, particularly on the polling front ..."

Clinton, Obama predict eventual unity
"Every time we have a vigorous contest like we're having this primary election, people get intense. Senator Obama has intense support. I have intense support. ... But, the differences ... pale in comparison to the differences between us and Senator McCain. ..."

Obama runs first ad in N.C.
"The first TV ad to be aired in North Carolina by the Barack Obama campaign is titled "Enough. ..."


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Polling Results
Rasmussen: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"Barack Obama with a two-point edge over Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. It’s Obama 46% Clinton 44%. ..."

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Commentaries
Political Suicide
"The fact that all you accomplish when you cut off your nose is to spite your face doesn't stop people from doing it every day. So why should Democrats be different? ..."

Obama-Clinton: A Murder-Suicide in Progress, and How to Stop It
"Forget "Tonya Harding." With the latest NBC/WSJ poll , it is becoming even more evident -- this campaign is turning into a murder-suicide. Chris Dodd sees it. Howard Dean sees it. Superdelegates see it. I wrote about it more than a week ago in the Philly Daily News. ..."

Beyond Jeremiah: A New Kind of Media for Obama's New Kind of Politics
"We can't afford to be distracted," Obama bellowed in frustration recently to a standing ovation. "Every time somebody somewhere says something stupid -- that everybody gets up in arms -- and we forget about the war in Iraq and we forget about the economy. ..."

Collateral Damage
"Talk about not being able to catch a break. To pummel a boxing metaphor, it was Barack Obama who got tagged with a roundhouse right, flush on the chin -- but it was Hillary Clinton, from early indications, who ended up nursing a sore jaw and wondering what hit her. ..."

Team We Can't Trust
"The clear conclusion is that it was Clinton's political staff who pushed for clemency - with the obvious goal of helping Hillary Clinton's bid to become a New York senator. Bill still denies that was his motive, of course - but no one believes it. ..."

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