Friday, April 4, 2008

4/4 Morning News

News Items
The Note: Storm Before the Calm
"It hasn't happened all at once, yet even without a vote being cast, every passing day is making it harder for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to catch up (and money is just the least of her problems). ..."

Candidates React to Jobs Report
"And Obama takes his shot at "Bush-McCain:" "It's time to turn the page on a Bush-McCain approach that tells Americans who are struggling that 'you're on your own' unless you have a lobbyist in Washington ..."

Delegate Count: Good News, Bad News
"Still, the events of the last month do not appear to have fundamentally altered the race for the party’s nomination or provided what Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has been seeking: ..."

Clinton: Worse Than Goolsbee?
"Clinton chief strategist Mark Penn "met with Colombia's ambassador to the U.S. on Monday to discuss a bilateral free-trade agreement, a pact the presidential candidate opposes. ..."
Related Articles:
WSJ: Clinton Aide Met on Trade Deal

Obama: Will the Clinton Camp Pounce?
"Nonetheless, the paper could provide clues as to the ultimate size of the residual American force the candidate has said would remain in Iraq after the withdrawal of combat brigades. ..."
Related Articles:
TPM: Obama Adviser Recommends Keeping 60,000-80,000 Troops In Iraq Through 2010

Inside Donna Brazile's BlackBerry
"Brazile responded to one angry e-mail: Do you know how many undeclared supers are now just turned off by people like you? Do you understand you’re hurting her and not promoting Hillary? Perhaps that explains why a candidate like Obama has raised $40 million in one month. ..."

Aide: Clinton misheard Richardson question
"Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared Thursday to deny published reports that she told New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson that Barack Obama cannot win the general election. But her campaign aides later said the New York senator had misunderstood the question. ..."

Scuffle at the Wilshire
"My colleague Jeffrey Ressner was at Hillary's fundraiser last night at the Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles, and captured the audio of a really jarring scene: A woman dragged out in handcuffs, screaming that she was the only black supporter of Hillary there. (She wasn't.) ..."
Related: Audio of the scuffle (WMA format)

Air-America suspends radio host for Clinton comment
"The comments came during a San Francisco appearance in late march sponsored by a local Air America affiliate. During the event, Randi Rhodes referred to both Clinton and Ferraro as "f—ing whores. ..."

Obama's Web conquest
"But the extent to which, this cycle, the entire infrastructure of the online left has been co-opted by Obama supporters is really striking. ..."

Superdelegates fret over blowback
"As senior Democratic Party officials call on superdelegates to announce their presidential candidate preferences, one group remains stubbornly resistant to their pleas: junior members of Congress. ..."

Some superdelegates more super than rest
"One delegate, one vote doesn't apply to them. These prominent Democrats can name additional superdelegates, giving them control over multiple convention votes, and that could be the difference in a race that may not be decided until the August convention. ..."

Full Coffers Boost Obama's Ad Firepower
"While presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and John McCain garnered some buzz this week with dueling "3 a.m."-themed attack ads, Barack Obama exploited his fund-raising advantage by blanketing Pennsylvania's airwaves and far outspending his rivals. ..."

Hillary is One Big 'Mis'take
"First she "misspoke," now she misheard. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday seemed to deny that she told New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson that Barack Obama could not win the presidency. ..."

Obama's economic advisers are brainy academics
"Barack Obama is surrounded by bright but untested academic economists who are on the cutting edge of research on health care policy, social insurance, technology and taxes. ..."

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Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, Obama now attracts 48% of the vote while Clinton earns 42% ..."

Election 2008: Maine Presidential Election
"The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Maine shows Barack Obama leading John McCain by ten percentage points, 49% to 39%. If Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, she leads McCain by five, 47% to 42%. ..."

Poll Shows Clinton, Obama Tied Among Democrats Nationally
"A new poll shows Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama virtually tied for support among Democrats, a surprising development in a race that has seen Obama chalk up big name after big name in recent days ..."

Poll: Clinton, Obama tied in Indiana
"A new statewide poll in Indiana shows a statistical dead heat between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ahead of the state’s May 6 primary. ..."

How Hard Did the Wright Controversy Actually Hit Obama?
"This, from a CBS/NYT poll of 1368 registered voters out this evening, cuts across quite a bit of conventional wisdom, and seems to suggest that attacks which really centered on Obama's values and patriotism haven't, yet, cut. ..."

Second poll shows Clinton's Pennsylvania lead shrinking
"A second statewide poll in as many days shows the race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has tightened. Clinton holds an 11-point lead in Pennsylvania, down three percentage points from mid-February ..."

Real Clear Politics: Pennsylvania Democratic Primary
"Spread: Clinton +6.6 ..."

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Commentaries
Sneak Peek: "So...That's a No?"
"Basically, endorsements matter unless they don't. But the free media that an endorsement provides may be more valuable and have more legs than the announcement itself. ..."

Stay in It to Win It
"She has very little chance of winning, but Hillary Clinton has no reason to get out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination — for now. A long shot isn’t the same as no chance at all. ..."

The Peril of Obama
"Barack Obama has brought glamour back to American politics—not the faux glamour-by-association of campaigning with movie stars or sailing with the Kennedys, but the real thing. ... But it also poses special problems for the candidate and, if he succeeds, for the country. ..."

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Cris,

I heard a very good show on Public Radio from On Point w/ Tom Ashbrook regarding how closely Europe is following our elections. It's pretty supportive of Obama and worth a listen in general.

http://www.onpointradio.org/shows/2008/03/20080331_a_main.asp

Thanks for your coverage!

Mary