Friday, April 4, 2008

4/4 Evening News

A slow Friday news night... :-(

News Items
Sneak Peek: 'Won't You Meet Me in Montana?'
"The center of the Democratic political universe shifts from Grand Forks, ND on Friday to Butte, MT on Saturday. (Yes, North Dakota and Montana) ..."

Battleground North Dakota? You Betcha!
"Hotels are packed, local police on alert, and restaurants are calling in extra staffers. The nation's greatest political show — the historic Democratic slugfest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — is coming to town. ..."

Michigan Revote DOA?
"A re-vote in Michigan is likely dead on arrival after Michigan Democratic Party leaders conceded "it is not practical to conduct" a primary or caucus re-vote. The Obama campaign has now called for a 50-50 split of the Michigan delegates. ..."

Obama Criticizes GOP's "Tired Philosophy" of Tax Cuts as Problem Solver
"Barack Obama accused Republicans of trying to solve “all problems under the sun” by cutting taxes in a speech at the North Dakota State Democratic Convention tonight. ..."

Clinton, McCain unleash economic ad wars
"It's not plausible that a president would be called at 3 a.m. in a financial crisis; the stock markets close at 4 p.m. It's not true that McCain would let the imaginary phone keep ringing -- he has a housing plan, but it's less sweeping than those of the Democratic candidates. ..."

Ohio Hospital Contests a Story Clinton Tells
"... hospital administrators said Friday that Ms. Bachtel was under the care of an obstetrics practice affiliated with the hospital, that she was never refused treatment and that she was, in fact, insured. ..."

Obama Campaign Calls For 50-50 Split Of Michigan Delegates
"More news late on a Friday afternoon: In the wake of reports today that the Michigan revote is really, truly, unequivocally dead, the Obama campaign is now calling for a 50-50 split of the delegation. ..."

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Commentaries
Running an Insurgency
"The superdelegates are not going to rescue Hillary Clinton. Almost every day when I open my e-mail, there's a press release announcing another conquest for Barack Obama. ..."

What Did Bill Clinton Do To Get $15M From Ron Burkle?
"One big line item is missing from the press summary however: the $15 million paid to Bill Clinton between 2003 and 2007 by Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Global Opportunities Fund. ..."

A Candidate Could Laugh at the Absurdity, if Only There Was Time
"Running for president is a lesson in existential hopefulness. ... “This process,” Mr. Obama confided to a friend, “would be real interesting if we weren’t in the middle of it. ..."

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