Tuesday, April 29, 2008

4/29 Evening News

News Items
Newsweek: Obama’s Sister Souljah Moment
In a narrow concrete space enclosed by tall black drapes set up for a press conference, Obama sounded both angered and saddened by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's performance ... it was clear that Obama's reaction to his former pastor was more personal than political.
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Obama Throws Wright Under the Bus, Runs Him Over...
ABC Political Radar:
Obama Condemns Wright's Defense
ABC News:
Bottom Line: Obama Cuts Ties With Rev. Wright
Obama Denounces Wright
More On Obama's Press Conference
Obama strongly denounces former pastor
CBS News:
Obama Rips Rev. Wright
Obama: “I Did Not Vet My Pastor Before I Decided To Run...
CBS Horserace: Obama Rips Wright
FOX: Obama: I Am ‘Outraged’ and ‘Angered’ By Wright’s Comments
FOX: Transcript: Obama Press Conference on Jeremiah Wright
FOX Blog: Obama Calls it Quits with Former Pastor Wright
The Caucus: Obama Says He’s Outraged by Ex-Pastor’s Comments
TPM: Obama: "I Might Not Know Him As Well As I Thought"
Bloomberg: Obama Calls Wright's Remarks `Ridiculous,' Offensive
CNN: Obama 'outraged' by Wright's remarks
CBR: When Obama gets pissed
Politico: Obama breaks with former pastor

Gas Tax Holiday Splits Clinton And Obama: Who's Right?
A roundup of arguments for and against finds that most policy analysts believe a suspension of the gas tax is at best ineffectual, and at worst, counterproductive.

Obama says rivals Clinton, McCain pandering on gas tax
Democrat Barack Obama dismissed his rivals' calls for national gas tax holiday as a political ploy that won't help struggling consumers.
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Obama: Call for gas tax holiday pure politics

New Indiana Ads
The first is an Indiana spot, stressing his roots in neighboring Illinois and his message of economic change. The second is a version of an ad that's aired elsewhere, stressing bipartisanship and biography, and use Claire McCaskill.

#1: "Next Door"

#2: "Inspiring"

Obama: Daughters not impressed by candidacy
"When I call them and they say, 'Daddy, what did you do today?' I said, 'Well, I spoke to 35,000 people.' It's like 'Boring.' It's not interesting," Obama told Rachael Ray in an interview broadcast Tuesday on her daytime talk show.
Video of the Rachel Ray Appearance

Obama Takes Court Against Final Four Team
For the second time in a week, Barack Obama showed off his basketball skills for the cameras. Despite holding a late night rally last night, Obama was up bright and early today ready to play a five-on-five game with the University of North Carolina basketball team.

Democrats Deeply Divided Over Candidates
Loyal Democrat Richard Somer says if Hillary Rodham Clinton gets his party's presidential nomination he just may sit it out this Election Day.

Blogtalk: The Wright-Obama Drama
Some bloggers celebrated Barack Obama's so-called divorce from his former pastor, while other writers dismissed it as an act of political posturing.

Robust Early Voting In Indiana, N.C.
The Associated Press is reporting that almost "90,000 people have cast ballots for next week's Indiana primary, far outpacing the total number of absentee votes during the last presidential primary in 2004."
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News & Observer:
Ballots pour in for early voting

Edwards Endorsement Unlikely Before NC
With the North Carolina Democratic primary a week away, Elizabeth Edwards tells MSNBC she'd be "surprised" if either her or her husband endorsed either Obama or Clinton before the contest.

For McCain, the Devil Is in the Details
Call it the McCainian Law of Inverse Proportionality: the more the Arizona senator is forced to talk about specific policies and proposals, the less "straight talk" he seems to conjure up.

Another Primary Plan Proposed in Michigan
Yet another proposal to resolve the mess arising from Michigan’s too-early primary has been floated.

Rev. Wright more than sound bite, Obama's ex-pastor
However, the retired pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ has recently become better known by two titles you won't find on his lengthy resume: hero and pariah.

Time: How Jeremiah Wright Found Religion
What exactly does he believe?

Robo Call Gives False Voting Info to North Carolina Voters
Here's another for the annals of vote suppression. Calls have gone out to an untold number of North Carolina voters telling them that they need to fill out a registration form before they vote.

New Pro-Hillary Group's Ad: Obama Has No Specifics On The Economy
Here's the new attack ad against Barack Obama coming from the American Leadership Project, the independent group set up by some big pro-Hillary Clinton donors and unions, hitting Barack Obama on jobs and the economy in the Indiana primary: ...

Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Clinton 47%, Obama 46%
Democrats at the national level remain very closely divided in their preferences for their party's presidential nomination, with the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update showing 47% favoring Hillary Clinton and 46% supporting Barack Obama.

Clinton, Obama dead even for fifth straight day
For the fifth straight day, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are statistically tied in Gallup's national tracking poll, the latest indication the Democratic stalemate shows no signs of ending four months after the primary season began.

SurveyUSA: Hillary Only Five Points Behind In North Carolina
A new SurveyUSA poll of North Carolina shows the Democratic race seriously tightening here, with the result now within the margin of error. The numbers, compared to a week ago: ...

NC Poll: Hillary Still Trails By Double Digits
The new Rasmusssen poll finds that Obama's lead over Hillary in North Carolina has slipped by nine points, though he still leads her by double-digits.

North Carolina Polls: Democratic Primary
A SurveyUSA North Carolina poll shows a considerably closer race than the other polling firms. SurveyUSA also gave a smaller initial lead that anyone else in the race, but the tightening is now showing across the board: ...

Indiana Polls: Democratic Primary
An Indiana poll from Public Policy Polling has Hillary with a noticeable lead: ... Another Indiana poll conducted by Guage Market Research shows a tight primary race: ...

Obama's Risky Denunciation Of Rev. Wright
Analysis: CBSNews.com's Vaughn Ververs Says Harsh Words For Ex-Pastor May Help Obama, But Challenges Await

Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner
Is it overly cynical of me to think that Wright diminishing Obama as a mere politician was the true tipping point? Because that seems to be one of the few new arguments (ideas? conspiracy theories?) that Wright made. It may also be the only correct one.

Jeremiah Wright Goes to War
Analysis: The remarks by Obama's former pastor could cause major political damage for the candidate. But Wright wasn't wrong in pointing out U.S.' misconceptions of the black church.

The wrongs inflicted by Wright
It will still be difficult for Obama to lose the nomination, but if he does, he can blame Wright.

Obama and Wright - The Real Lesson
As Rev. Wright staggers around the country defending himself, posturing and trying to look relevant, he should know that ministers never look so sadly irrelevant as when they are trying to be relevant.

Barack, Do You Think We Could Just Be Friends?
First of all let me say that I am, like, your biggest fan! However, I'm not supporting you in light of recent things I've learned. First and foremost, you are...how should I say this...black.

Cafferty: How much has Rev.Wright hurt Obama’s campaign?
... it leaves Barack Obama in a very awkward position. What’s he supposed to do now? The first time around he rejected Wright’s comments without throwing the man under the bus. He can’t afford to be that generous this time.

Obama -- Acting Positively Presidential
Compare the two news conferences we saw today, the angry, petulant, inarticulate, lie-filled Bush performance vs. Obama on Wright. Which guy looked presidential to you?

Obama's Pivot
If Wright continues to make a spectacle of himself, so much the better. Obama can roll his eyes, sympathize that the crazy uncle was loonier than anyone realized and continue to condemn him.

Making the Wright Enemy
I don't see Wright dishing to Clinton operatives. But it wouldn't shock me if he unloaded to the media, which would be damaging. On the other hand, the guy's credibility isn't the highest it's ever been at this point.

The Pastor Casts a Shadow
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright went to Washington on Monday not to praise Barack Obama, but to bury him.

Billary Revisits a Tactic from 2004
It's looking like Hillary, if she ends up losing the nomination, but so damaging Obama that he can't win, will have a path to the nomination four years from now.

Smiles and Slurs
Clinton owes the gay community, which she has shamefully used as an ATM during her campaign, an apology for gay-baiting. We're waiting, Hillary.

Six Degrees of Barack Obama
The latest right-wing game is to pin controversial figures, who might have said or done anything objectionable at any point in their lifetimes, to Obama.

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