Monday, March 31, 2008

3/31 Afternoon News

News Items
Second female senator endorses Obama
"Obama wins support of another female senator as jockeying for Pennsylvania intensifies ..."
Related Articles:
CNN Ticker: Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar endorses Obama
Huff Post: Minn. Sen. Amy Klobuchar Endorses Obama

New Dem Wave Cresting for Obama
"When Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for President today, she buttressed his lead in a small but interesting subset of the already exclusive club of Democratic superdelegates: the Democratic New Wave. ..."

Texas Still Messing With Delegate Totals
"The conventions marked the latest step in the convoluted process that ultimately selects at-large delegates to go to the national convention ... Even after this weekend, however, it remains unclear which Democrat will emerge from the Lone Star State with the most total delegates. ..."
Related Articles:
BOR: TX Primacaucus Results: Obama Leads Clinton by 3 Pledged Delegates

On Those North Carolina Endorsements
"A staff member close to one of the superdelegates in question confirms there is no truth to the story. ..."

Tar Heel Politicking
"Obama is heavily favored in the May 6 North Carolina primary. And not surprisingly, the Clinton campaign has downplayed expectations there (just like Team Obama has downplayed expectations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky). ..."

Video: Barack Obama at Penn State University


Old-school politician mentored Obama
"The president of the Illinois Senate is sitting in his statehouse office, talking in gravelly tones about political strategies and counter-strategies. Out of nowhere, the theme from "The Godfather" begins playing. ..."
Related Articles:
CNN: Political 'godfather' boosted Obama's early career

Pennsylvania voters elect few women, blacks
"Voters in Pennsylvania rarely elect black and female candidates. But they'll have to choose one or the other in the April 22 Democratic presidential primary between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. ..."

Dem elite working for June solution
"The idea sounds exotic, but recent public declarations and Politico interviews with top Democratic officials have made clear that something ... is already underway — not with a big meeting but with an intensifying series of exchanges among party elites. ..."

Two Senior Advisors: We'll Tell Hillary To Resign If She Loses Indiana
"And in the New York Times this weekend, two such advisors apparently set the terms of their support for Clinton continuing in the race. ..."

Who's Scrubbing the Trinity United Church of Christ Website?
"... And it used to provide a link to the Trumpet Magazine that once gave an award to Louis Farrakhan -- a magazine published by Rev. Jeremiah Wright's daughter.
No longer. ..."


Barack Obama calls for Cesar Chavez holiday
"But Obama, who has struggled to overcome Clinton's significant advantage among Latino voters in state after state, sought to one-up his rival for the Democratic presidential nod by joining the call for creating a national holiday to commemorate the father of the United Farm Workers. ..."

Obama Semi-Intense with Reporter at Presser
"Gives apparently edgy responses to repeated questions on his plans for troop withdrawal from Iraq, in discussing a rapid response force (based in or out of country) and a force to protect embassy personnel and other Americans. ..."
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NC Obama Backer: Expect More Endorsements from State Tuesday or Wednesday
"Rep. G.K. Butterfield tells local paper Obama has been in discussions with state’s six other Democrats, saying “More than one is seriously considering making a public release this week in support of Senator Obama — more than one but less than six. ..."
Related Article:
News & Observer: 'More than one but less than six' in NC

The New Super Tuesday
"Primaries in Indiana and North Carolina on May 6 may be the last chance to end the Dem race early. ..."

Sheila Jackson Lee at odds with constituents
"A majority of the crowd showed its support for Barack Obama by shouting his name and booing the congresswoman, letting her know what they thought of her allegiance to Hillary Clinton. ..."

Michigan delegate compromise offered
"A Michigan congressman proposed an alternate plan Monday for seating the state's delegates at the Democratic National Convention, awarding delegates based partly on Michigan's Jan. 15 primary results and partly on the popular vote in all the nation's presidential primaries. ..."

Obama Leads Among Senate Supers
"With the endorsement by Sen. Amy Klobuchar for Obama, we decided to take a look at who each Democratic senator is backing. Obama, it turns out, leads Clinton, 14-12. Twenty senators are uncommitted. ..."

Clinton Leads Among House Supers
"We listed the Senate superdelegates endorsements earlier today. We've broken out the House backers as well, and Clinton leads 73-69. That means there are 92 House members who are undecided. ..."

Obama Floods Pennsylvania With TV Ads
"Source: Land of Lincolner buying 2,000 points (that’s a lot) in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh and 1,700 points in Philadelphia. ..."

Gore: I am no 'Boss Tweed'
"His name continues to get mentioned as a Democratic elder who could hammer out a resolution in his party's deadlocked presidential race, but former Vice President Al Gore said Sunday he's not interested in the job. ..."

Phila.'s gay Democrats emerge as a voting force
"You don't see many women at Woody's, but Chelsea Clinton popped in last week. To a packed house of screaming supporters, the 28-year-old former first child led a presidential pep rally for her mother at one of the oldest gay bars in Philadelphia. ..."

Massive Final-Day Registration in PA
"While a final number may not be available for a few weeks, the Pennsylvania Department of State has released an update on the number of people registered to vote in the April 22 Democratic primary here. And it shows a massive registration effort on the final day of eligibility. ..."

50 Cent no longer supports Clinton
"Hillary Clinton appears to have lost a high-profile backer to rival Barack Obama. Rapper 50 Cent, who told Time magazine last September he was supporting the New York senator's White House bid, now says he has decided to shift his allegiance to Obama. ..."
Related Articles:
Huff Post: 50 Cent Now Backs Obama Over Clinton

Tickets, flyers for Obama event a hoax
"For some, April Fools' Day has come early: Despite the "Obama" eggs scattered around campus and the flyers posted on Locust Walk saying otherwise, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will not be speaking at Irvine Auditorium Tuesday night. ..."

Hillary Claims She "Spoke Out Against" NAFTA Starting In 1992
"Given that Clinton was the headline attraction at a pro-NAFTA meeting in November 1993 and was praising NAFTA in public throughout the 90s, the claim seemed interesting. When was she "speaking out" against it? ..."

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds Lead Over Clinton, 51% to 43%
"Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted March 28-30 finds Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton in national Democratic preferences for the nomination, 51% to 43%. ..."

Dems, Reps Agree: Obama Tougher Opponent for McCain
"A new Gallup Panel survey finds a majority of both Republicans and Democrats saying Barack Obama has a better chance than Hillary Clinton of defeating Republican John McCain in the November presidential election. ..."

Poll: Obama has double digit lead nationally
"The Gallup Poll conducted March 27-29 with a margin of error of 3 percentage points shows the Illinois Senator has a 10 point lead over the New York Senator among Democrats, marking the first time since early February Gallup polls have shown either candidate with a double digit lead. ..."

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Commentaries
Clinton Now Vows to Continue 'to the Convention.' Is She Serious?
"You have to love this loony, unpredictable Democratic circus--I mean, contest. Just when you think the end's in sight, for example, someone goes and gangs your best-laid schemes agley.
Unsurprisingly, that someone would be Hillary Clinton. ..."


New Report: The Race Chasm and the Clinton Firewall
"Amid all the punditry and intricate television graphics showing delegate counts and precinct voting trends, almost no one has bothered to look at the overwhelming dynamic that deals with race. ..."

Hillary's Hoodwink
"She'd pass a law to force you to buy health insurance. Yet she won't pay any of her own bills. ..."

Obama Plays Nice In Pennsylvania
"So Barack Obama is now the alpha dog underdog laid back candidate with a sense of urgency who loves the long campaign despite his frequent comment that "babies have been born and learned to walk and talk since I began running . ..."

The Cost of Being a Woman (Candidate)
"Obama has a huge built-in advantage: hair and skin, and neither has anything to do with race. His buzz-cut always looks the same; he surely never has to give it a moment's attention. No one except those closest to him would ever be able to tell when he gets a haircut ..."

Obama Is Right: Words Matter When You Want Your Opponent to Leave the Race
"Note the tepid and dismissive "Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants." In one carefully chosen short phrase, Barack Obama uses a verb form that bestows his permission, as if she needs it, while at the same time subtly belittling her because she is staying in the race. ..."

The Stumper Superdelegate Watch, Part IV of ???: 'Awkward, Mom. Awkward.'
"In other words, only the party's 795 superdelegates can pick a winner--no matter what happens in Pennsylvania and beyond. Of course, this is old news to you. But it's worth taking a deep breath from time to time and checking on these party poo-bahs. ..."

Calling "These People" Out: More On the Increasingly Tiresome -- And Dangerous -- Obama/Clinton Divide
"So, while the following reads like a letter to one particular pro-Clinton feminist, I mean it also as an open letter to all of us, feminists and progressives in particular, as we confront all the thorny matters of identity and ambition that lie at the heart of the Obama/Clinton divide. ..."

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Anna said...

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Watergate-Era Judiciary Chief of Staff: Hillary Clinton Fired For Lies, Unethical Behavior

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