Sunday, April 6, 2008

4/6 Sunday News

News Items
Penn out as Clinton senior strategist
"Clinton campaign senior strategist Mark Penn steps down after disclosure of Colombian meeting ..."
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ABC News:
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FirstRead:
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CBS From the Road:
Clinton Chief Strategist Steps Down
CNN:
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TPM: Clinton Camp Sacks Mark Penn
Time: Exit the Clinton Strategist
Politico Blog: Penn sidelined
Huff Post: Mark Penn Finally Fired

Change Makes a Call on Levittown
"I was focused primarily on Levittown’s response to Obama. Here, after all, was a place that needed a big change, a new dream, which for many voters Obama — with his mixed race, international background, inspiring life story and his soaring rhetoric — represents. ..."

In Oregon, Clinton Makes False Claim About Her Iraq Record Vs. Obama's
"The misrepresentation of the record is symbolic of the re-writing of history Clinton has attempted on her record regarding the war in Iraq. ..."

Clinton drops hospital story from stump speech
"A hospital has raised questions over the accuracy of the story, and Clinton's campaign has said although they had no reason to doubt the story, they were unable to confirm the details. ..."

Obama's Trip Out West
"In North Dakota yesterday, he greeted the crowd with an "uffta," which means "oh my!" in Norwegian as he received a hockey stick from the University of North Dakota Men's Hockey Team. ..."

Deal on Mich., Fla. unlikely before June
"A deal to allow delegates from Florida and Michigan to participate at the Democratic National Convention is unlikely before summer, party chief Howard Dean said Sunday. ..."

Obama tailors message to Western voters
"Hunting for votes out West, Democrat Barack Obama on Saturday rejected the idea that the region's sparsely populated states aren't important in the presidential race and renewed his promise to appoint a high-level adviser on Indian issues if elected. ..."

Rendell criticizes Penn, hints he should be fired
"A key backer of Hillary Clinton's White House bid gave her top strategist Mark Penn a less than ringing endorsement Sunday, following news Penn had met with the Colombian ambassador to promote a free trade agreement the New York senator opposes. ..."

Dodd: Clinton’s Supporters Getting “Nervous” About Long Race
"Obama-backing Senator says she has the “right” to stay in but seems to nudge her on CNN’s “Late Edition,” raising specter of down-ballot races: ..."

Just the Tree of Us
"Driven by public concern, all the candidates agree that action is needed to slow global warming. No matter who's elected, America's policy will be different a year from now. ..."

Dean warns Dems of divided danger
"Howard Dean warned on Sunday that a Democratic Party that’s still divided come convention time could hand the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presidency. ..."

Hillary: This 'is Not a Coronation'
"At a town hall in Eugene, OR yesterday, Hillary Clinton was asked by man in audience who is supporting Obama whether her attacks on Obama were hurting the Democratic Party. ..."

Clinton: No State Will Be Overlooked
"Hillary Rodham Clinton demonstrated her new commitment to campaign in all the remaining contests by appearing this weekend in Oregon and Montana, states that most polls and experts say are likely to vote for Barack Obama in primaries in May and early June. ..."

Clinton predicts more 'twists and turns'
"Hillary Clinton on Sunday predicted “more twists and turns” in the primary battle with Barack Obama during a campaign event in Montana — one of the last two states to weigh in on the Democratic presidential race on June 3. ..."

Clinton Defends Iraq Vote: Says “I’m Willing to Be Held Accountable”
"During a campaign rally in northwest Montana, Hillary Clinton defended her vote for the war in Iraq saying “I’m very comfortable that I made a sincere vote based on my best assessment at the time, and I am more than willing to be held accountable for it. ..."

Rendell to Superdelegates: Wait Until June
"Gov. Edward G. Rendell and Senator Bob Casey, both of Pennsylvania, squared off on behalf of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (Mr. Rendell) and Senator Barack Obama (Mr. Casey) on the NBC Sunday morning news program. ..."
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Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows Barack Obama holding an eight-point lead ever in the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. ..."

WRAL News Poll: Obama Has Double Digit Lead in N.C.
"In the latest WRAL News poll, 56 percent of likely voters said they would give Obama their support in the Democratic primary. Thirty-three percent chose Clinton, and 11 percent were unsure. ..."

Election 2008: Iowa Presidential Election
"In Iowa, the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Barack Obama leading John McCain 46% to 42%. However, McCain leads Hillary Clinton 51% to 36%. ..."

American Research Group, Inc. - PA
Clinton - 45%; Obama - 45%

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Commentaries
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains 3-Point Edge Over Clinton
"Gallup Poll Daily tracking for April 3-5 shows 49% of national Democratic voters saying they are most likely to support Barack Obama for the party's presidential nomination, while 46% prefer Hillary Clinton. ..."

No campus surge for Obama in Pa.
"Yet in a tough contest where Obama will need every vote he can get, it’s unlikely that one of his most loyal constituencies will be able to provide him with much of a boost. ..."

'Raw Politics': DeSoto goes to the White House
"Campaigns are tough. Up before dawn to work the radio shows and stop by the diners, three stump speeches in three towns before noon, kiss a baby, pet a dog, pose for a photo, sign an autograph. Ride a bus, hop a plane, in cars, out of cars. ..."

Obama's lawyer days: brief and not all civil rights
"The head of his former firm says he did good work. But not all of it was related to voting and civil rights. ..."

It's New Beer's Eve: How Do Clinton, McCain, Obama Relate to Beer?
"Barack Obama, according to the Washingtonian's bar mole, doesn't drink. "I'd give Obama sparkling water," she says. Yet Obama has had a beer named for him twice. ..."

Our First Black President?
"Will Americans vote for a black president? If the notorious historian William Estabrook Chancellor was right, we already did. ..."

An Issue of Legitimacy and Democracy
"There have been some who have tried to read my comments last week on CNBC's SquawkBox as stepping back from my support of Senator Clinton. Nothing could be further from the truth. ..."

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