Thursday, April 10, 2008

4/10 Evening News

News Items
Video: Obama in Gary, Indiana
Barack Obama talked about the economy in front of a crowd of 2,500 on April 10, 2008.


Obama calls on parents to help students
The Democratic presidential candidate has been pitching an audience-pleasing message of economic populism to crowds of a few thousand ... But he gets some of his loudest applause when he segues to education - and a bit of a lecture to mothers and fathers on how to be parents.

Obama looks to Teamsters for Pennsylvania win
Sen. Barack Obama, trying for an upset in Pennsylvania's pivotal April 22 primary, is hoping the Teamsters Union can help him reel in the state's huge blue-collar vote.

CNN Video: Obama's grandmama
It's Obama's grandmama! CNN's Jeanne Moos introduces the granny who inspired Obama's "typical white person" remark.

Obama: I'd take a vow of silence if I could
Democrat Barack Obama told an Indiana audience Thursday afternoon that he doesn't like hearing the sound of his own voice as much as some people might think.
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The Caucus:
Obama Likes the Sound of Silence

Cheney Calls the Rev. Wright's Comments 'Appalling'
Vice President Dick Cheney made a quick appearance on Sean Hannity's radio show, where he used some very strong words to condemn the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barak Obama's former pastor.
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The Caucus:
Cheney Ressurects Wright

Clinton Expresses Frustration With the Democratic Party
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., vented frustration that the Democratic Party has failure to come to a resolution about how to handle the convention delegations in Florida and Michigan.

Superdelegate Update: Adjustments
Before the primaries even began, there were 76 vacant superdelegate spots. Some of these so-called “add-ons” are being filled by state parties. Four of these add-ons have said, in one way or another, that they will be backing Obama.

Mark Hamill at Point Park University (Endorses Obama)


Obama levels new attacks on McCain
Barack Obama had strong words for Republican John McCain's economic speech Thursday, saying the Arizona senator's plan to assist homeowners doesn't include "any real answers" to the housing crisis.

From the Fact Check Desk: Former President Bill Clinton's Defense of His Wife's Bosnia Sniper-Fire Story
Former President Bill Clinton offered this bit of revisionist history of his wife's Bosnia story in Jasper, Ind., today, one riddled with a veritable sniper fire of errors.

Senator Casey: Clinton Arguments Against Obama Getting "Really Ridiculous"
"I think the other side needs to start coming up with better arguments about how Obama can’t win," Casey said. " Some of these arguments are beginning to get really ridiculous because this should be a campaign about why their ideas are better."

You Say 'Colombia,' I Say 'Colombia'
Bill Clinton is, of course, an exception to the rule about what a political spouse should look and sound like. As a former president he is expected to have opinions on things like trade agreements, but in the fight for the Democratic nomination ... a small spat could have real consequences ...

Hillary's Laugh is Back
Clinton can't shake questions surrounding her stance on trade and her husband's differing views on the matter. Today, she responded with a hearty laugh -- the kind once criticized and mocked by pundits and the media.
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CNN Ticker:
Clinton laughs off Colombia questions

Clinton Vows Michigan and Florida Fight Will Go To Convention
Hillary Clinton said today that she is ready to settle the disputed votes in Michigan and Florida, even if it has to go to the convention. “Anything short of counting the votes or giving them a revote would not apparently be satisfactory to the people of those two states,” Clinton said.

Obama Rallies Gary with Talk of Tough Times
Sen. Barack Obama brought his newly minted economic populist message to one of the country's most troubled cities -- and a key front in his nomination battle with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Late Word: Spotlight on Guam
It shouldn’t have been a surprise, then, to hear about Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama making their first moves to court voters on Guam, the tiny territory much closer to Australia and Japan than to Hawaii, much less the contiguous United States.

Dems Blast McCain-Come-Lately on Economic Gameplan
The Democratic presidential candidates piled on John McCain Thursday for proposing a multi-billion dollar government plan to give aid to struggling homeowners, accusing him of arriving late to a housing crisis that has been festering for months.

Dean: McCain's Age Worries Voters
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Thursday that swing voters participating in focus groups commissioned by the D.N.C. bring up John McCain's age unprompted.

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Polling Results
Nat'l Poll: Obama +3
A new AP/Ipsos national Democratic primary poll shows the separation between Obama and Clinton within the margin of error (April 7-9, 489 Dem LV, MoE +/- 4.4%). Both candidates' numbers were exactly the same in the last poll taken (Feb. 22-24).

Obama's WI Numbers Look Good
But a new survey from Wisconsin Public Radio and St. Norbert College suggests that in at least one battleground state key to any Democrat's victory, Obama has the electoral advantage.

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Commentaries
A Call for Sacrifice
But it's a good bet that the candidates will avoid serious discussion on what to do about some of the biggest issues facing the United States. Why? Because any real solution requires sacrifice, and modern presidential candidates avoid calls for sacrifice like the plague.

How pledged is pledged?
Sidenote: The decision to leave pledged delegates some wiggle room was the brainchild of Ted Kennedy aide Harold Ickes during the 1980 primary campaign, so he could pick off disenchanted Jimmy Carter delegates at the convention. Ickes is a senior adviser to the Clinton campaign.

Obama Triangulates and Won't Go Where Other Great Americans Will on Hamas
Ben Smith of Politico points out that Barack Obama has "drawn a line" regarding which of the world's problematic bad guys should be met by Presidents like himself -- and Jimmy Carter. He thinks Carter should not meet any Hamas leaders. I guess isolation works for some and not others -- but ah, just when does one know in Obama's play book?

Wal-Mart for President?
Just because Hillary Clinton is ignoring her Wal-Mart ties, that doesn't mean the rest of us should.

Clinton’s Persistence Could Help Obama
For someone supposedly in a heap of trouble, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is looking pretty relaxed these days.

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