Saturday, April 5, 2008

4/5 Afternoon News

News Items
Candidates to press Petraeus on Iraq war
"Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama will have an opportunity to ask why the United States is still fighting more than five years after the invasion. ..."

Clinton on Her $109M: "I Have Nothing Against Rich People"
"Sen. Hillary Clinton spoke about her family's $109 million fortune for the first time since her tax returns were made public. ..."

For Obama, First Bowling, Now Hockey
"Obama used the local slang -- which roughly translates to "Oh, my!" -- when he was given a hockey stick from the University of North Dakota Sioux , whose hockey team who is heading into the "Frozen Four" championship. ..."
Related Articles:
FirstRead: Obama Speaks in North Dakota

Clinton and Obama Fight for N.D. Votes -- Again
"Sen. Hillary Clinton made a blunt appeal to North Dakota delegates to switch their support to her, despite the fact that Sen. Barack Obama handily defeated her in the state's caucus in February. ..."

Mark Penn Fired - By Government of Colombia
"The Colombian government has fired Burson Marsteller, a firm run by Mark Penn (Clinton chief strategist), for calling his deal with them an error in judgment. ..."
Related Articles:
CNN Ticker: Colombia cuts ties with Clinton strategist
ABC News: Colombia ends contract after flap with Clinton aide
The Caucus: Colombia to Penn: You’re Fired
Politico Blog: Columbia Fires Penn

Obama Backer Calls McCain a 'Warmonger'
"Schultz called John McCain a “warmonger.” Obama was in the building at the time, but was not in the room, according to a pool report from the event. The campaign says he did not hear Schultz's remarks. ..."
Related Articles:
The Caucus: McCain Called a ‘Warmonger’ at Obama Appearance
FirstRead: McCain Camp Demands Apology
Politico Blog: Another off-message talk show introducer
Politico Blog: Dept. of outragemongering

Clinton Charitable Contributions Went To Clinton Foundation
"The New York Times notes that most of the Clinton's charitable contributions went to their own foundation, which has yet to give away much of the money: ..."

Campaign Finance Primer
"It's also crazy to conflate individuals and "business interests" like a corporate or trade association PAC. If someone is a bank teller ... and they give $200 to Barack Obama, according to the clumsy taxonomy of the WSJ article ... that money is ... from the financial industries sector. ..."

Obama Visits Montana
"Barack Obama is in Montana today, where he and Hillary Clinton are scheduled to speak at the Democratic Party’s Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner this evening. Obama will use the visit as an opportunity to campaign in the state two months before the June 3 primary. ..."

Vandal Throws Barricade Through Obama Campaign Window
"Barack Obama’s downtown Indianapolis campaign office was vandalized Friday night when somebody threw a barricade through the front glass window, WXIN-TV in Indianapolis reports. ..."

Oops. Another Clinton Story Turns Out To Be Not So True
"... it didn't happen--at least, apparently, not the way Clinton said it did. There was indeed a tragedy last August in Athens, Ohio, in which a woman, Trina Bachtel, gave birth to a stillborn baby and subsequently died herself. But ... Bachtel had coverage, and received treatment. ..."
Related Articles:
NYT: Ohio Hospital Contests a Story Clinton Tells

No Re-Vote in Michigan a Blow to Clinton
"The decision Friday by the Michigan Democratic Party executive committee not to hold a of re-run of their presidential primary further complicates Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (N.Y.) chances of catching Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in the popular vote count. ..."

Gay Paper: Obama Refuses To Talk With Gay Media
"The Philadelphia Gay News is hammering Barack Obama for what they say is his consistent refusal to speak to gay media outlets. ..."

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, Clinton 44%
"Barack Obama continues to hold a 5 percentage point, 49% to 44%, advantage over Hillary Clinton in national Democratic voters' nomination preferences. ..."

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Barack Obama with his largest lead ever in the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. Obama now attracts 51% of the vote while Clinton earns 41% ..."

Rasmussen North Carolina Democratic Primary
"In North Carolina, Barack Obama has opened up a twenty-three percentage point lead over Hillary Clinton. ..."

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Commentaries
The Democratic veep prospects: A guide
"Four years ago today, The New York Times reported that an adviser to John Kerry had completed interviews with four contenders for the vice presidential nomination. Today, both Democratic campaigns are ... endeavoring to make sure they're in a position to make the choice. ..."

The Embarrassment of Riches
"Call those folks in Hillaryland the "Friday Night Dumpsters". Through all the scandals and controversies of the Bill Clinton presidency, those of us who reported on that soap opera learned never to lock in social plans on a weekend. ..."

Hillary and Race Relations: GOP Tactics that Threaten the Democratic Party
"Based on the Clinton campaign's new electoral math, black votes are actually worth less than white votes. The subtext, even while cloaked as "electoral strategy," is racist at its core. ..."

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