Friday, April 11, 2008

4/11 Morning News

News Items
Obama: I would have fired Mark Penn
Barack Obama told reporters Friday that had top Clinton strategist Mark Penn been on his staff, he would have removed him for having met with the Colombian government to discuss passing a proposed free trade agreement with the nation.

Obama reinstates Calif. delegates
Facing a backlash from supporters, Barack Obama's presidential campaign reversed course Thursday and reinstated hundreds of people to lists that will be used to choose California's delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
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Obama closing gap with Clinton in superdelegates
Barack Obama is gaining steadily on Hillary Clinton among Democratic superdelegates, nearly erasing her last advantage in a presidential race where those party insiders could be the ultimate kingmakers.

Obama, Contrary to Carter, Draws the Line at Meeting with Hamas
This presents a unique situation for presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama – who is well documents saying he’d meet with America’s "friends and enemies" if he were President, one difference he has with Senator Clinton. But Obama draws the line at meeting with Hamas.

Barack Obama may lose support in Philadelphia over 'street money'
Fourteen months into a campaign that has the feel of a movement, Sen. Barack Obama has collided with the gritty political traditions of Philadelphia, where ward bosses love their candidates, but also expect them to pay up.

Pa. race may be a tale of two cities
Steelers or Eagles? Pro-football loyalties are not the only differences that divide Pennsylvania's two big cities. In Democratic politics, the contrasts between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are so sharp that they might decide the outcome of the state's presidential primary April 22.

Obama Wants Reforms in Campaign Financing
Senator Barack Obama said today that the public financing system for presidential campaigns, which has been in place since 1976, is antiquated and should be overhauled in the era of Internet-driven fundraising.

Big donors are among Obama's backers
But those with wealth and power also have played a critical role in creating Obama's record-breaking fundraising machine, and their generosity has earned them a prominent voice in shaping his campaign.
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The Note: Err Apparent
As the saying goes, if you want political reporters to eat their vegetables, it helps if they have nothing else on their plate. The Clintons, meanwhile, are serving whoppers.

Obama calls for checks on executive pay
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is demanding that company shareholders have a say in how much executives get paid as he pushes his populist message.
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Obama To Take On McCain Over Bloated CEO Salaries

Clinton: Bosnia is Back
Each time that Clinton brought up Bosnia, he tweaked the press for overreacting to Hillary’s indiscretion. But raising the issue himself after the story had begun to fade only served to keep it alive again.
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Clinton laughs off Colombia questions
"How many angels dance on the head of the pin?," she responded, continuing to giggle. "I have really, uh, nothing to … I mean, how do you answer that?"

She's The Boss: I'll Withdraw Regardless Of Military Advice
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton reiterated her campaign pledge to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq within 60 days of taking office, and added on Thursday that she would carry out the policy regardless of the advice she might receive from military commanders.

Clinton campaign office destroyed by fire
The fire broke out after midnight Friday, and flames were coming from the building when firefighters arrived. No one was reported injured. Homeland security spokeswoman Pam Bright said an investigator from the state fire marshal's office is heading to the scene.
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Fire Breaks Out at Clinton Office in Terre Haute, Ind., No Injuries Reported

Wooing the Catholics
In advance of the Pope's visit and the Pennsylvania primary, Obama's rolling out a National Catholic Advisory Council today, to include, according to an advisory.

Video: Barack on American Idol


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Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, Obama now attracts 47% of the vote while Hillary Clinton earns 44%. That’s the closest the race has been in a week.

62% Expect Obama to Win Democratic Nomination
Sixty-two percent (62%) of all voters now believe that Barack Obama will win the Democratic Presidential nomination. That’s up from 54% in late March.

DailyKos Summary of PA Polls
There's not a whole lot of movement here. The numbers have bounced around a bit, but most of the disparity between the pollsters is probably due to different screens to determine likely voters.

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Commentaries
SMALLEY: Has Obama 'Snubbed' the Gay Press?
"We are to the gay community what churches are to the black community, and for the entire campaign Senator Obama has ignored this major communications forum," Segal told NEWSWEEK. "This is disrespectful." But is Segal an independent journalist or a Clinton partisan?

Obama's Switcheroo
Barack Obama declared this week that he has created a "parallel public financing system." Come again? Let him explain: Under parallel public financing, "the American people decide if they want to support a campaign, they can get on the Internet and finance it."

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