Saturday, May 24, 2008

5/24 Morning News

News Items
The Early Word: RFK Fallout
In a campaign whose one-thing-after-another nature rivals that of any National Lampoon movie, the latest twist seems to have shocked even some of the most jaded observers.

Sources: Clinton, Obama supporters discussing exit strategies
Several close friends and supporters of Hillary Clinton tell CNN they are pushing for a "graceful exit strategy" that would allow the Clinton and Obama camps to come together, and for the New York senator to save face should she fail to become the Democratic nominee for president.

Obama pledges to make up 'lost time' in Florida
Democrat Barack Obama said Friday that he wishes he could have spent more time in Florida over the past few months when DNC rules prevented Democrats from campaigning in the Sunshine State.

The Road to the White House Goes Through Puerto Rico?
Who would have thought that seventeen months into this nomination process, the two leading Democratic presidential nominees are battling it out in – Puerto Rico? Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have taken their campaigns to a territory with no constitutional right to vote in the general election...
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RFK Jr Weighs In On Clinton’s Assassination Talk
Clinton supporter Robert F Kennedy Jr thinks people shouldn’t take offense to her comments about his father’s death in June of 1968. “It is clear from the context that Hillary was invoking a familiar political circumstance in order to support her decision to stay in the race through June.

Hillary’s Bad Day
The steadily deteriorating mood on the Clinton campaign took a steeper dip than usual today in the wake of the candidate’s reference to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.
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FOX Blog: Obama Camp on Clinton’s Bobby Kennedy Comment

Clinton: Democratic nomination process needs to change
In the face of Barack Obama’s insurmountable lead among pledged delegates, Hillary Clinton on Friday again declared victory in the popular vote and suggested the current nominating process fails to represent the true will of American voters.

Possible Fundraising Problems and a VP BBQ for McCain
While John McCain is hosting a barbeque this Memorial Day weekend for three people who are widely believed to be on his vice-presidential short list, he might need to be paying more attention to his fundraising.

McCain's Preholiday Document Dump
It was probably no accident that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., released his medical records today just before the long Memorial Day weekend, just as it was probably not a coincidence that it took place amid speculation about who his running mate will be.

McCain's Ambien Use: a Security Threat?
The revelation that presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain has taken the sleeping pill Ambien during his travels raises concerns that the rare side effects of the medication could impair his judgment.

Too Much Sun for Obama?
Perhaps all the sunshine here in the Sunshine State is getting to Barack Obama. On his third day of campaigning in the state, Obama notably flubbed the name of the city where his campaign rally was taking place.

Virginia trio draws veep notice
Virginia’s sudden rise to prominence as a leading “purple” state has made its top politicians a hot commodity this year.

In McCain Camp, Lobbying Is A Family Affair
Charles R. Black Jr., the senior adviser to Republican John McCain whose work for foreign dictators has led Democrats to call for his ouster, is not the only lobbyist in the family volunteering on the senator from Arizona's presidential campaign.

Obama’s Lobbyist Connection
Axelrod says there are still huge differences between him and top McCain advisers, including the fact that he doesn't work in D.C. But his corporate clients do have business in the capital.

Bush to be main attraction at McCain fundraisers
The White House says there's a reason that President Bush's efforts to raise money for the John McCain campaign next week will take place behind closed doors. A White House spokeswoman says the McCain camp always keeps the press out of fundraising events.
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Politico: Bush scales back McCain events

‘They’re Both Electable’
A Demcratic superdelegate on why he came out for Clinton this week.

Canadian Government Probes Leak of NAFTA Document in U.S. Campaign
Canadian government investigators looking into the NAFTA leak controversy involving presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama said Friday that two top Canadian officials didn’t leak confidential information.

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Polling Results
Newsweek: The White Stuff
Even as he closes in on the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Sen. Barack Obama is facing lingering problems winning the support of white voters--including some in his own party.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows John McCain attracting 46% of the vote while Barack Obama earns 44%.

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Commentaries
The Rev. Wright Connection Still Haunts Obama
Evidence for this comes in the exit polls from the West Virginia and Kentucky primaries on May 13 and 20. In both, about half the voters -- and these are voters in the Democratic primary -- said that they believe Obama shares Wright's views...

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