Thursday, May 29, 2008

5/29 Evening News: Michigan and Florida...

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A Guide to the Florida and Michigan Delegate Debacle
No Michigan or Florida delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this August?
Unthinkable, right? Well thinkable, maybe, but it probably won't happen.

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A Potential Compromise
ABC: Disenfranchised Decision Makers? Fight for Fla., Mich.
FOX: Michigan Dem Says State Delegate Plan ‘Fatally Flawed’
Stumper: The 'Florigan' FAQs, Part I, The 'Florigan' FAQs, Part II
TIME: Dems' Endgame: Florida, Michigan

Character and the Primaries of 2008
If campaigns for president are in part a battle for control of the master narrative about character, Democrat Barack Obama has not enjoyed a better ride in the press than rival Hillary Clinton, according to a new study of primary coverage by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism...

Democratic Leaders Pushing to Avoid Convention Fight
Democratic heavyweights are already talking about how to push the undeclared superdelegates who will pick the Democratic nominee into someone's corner.
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ABC: End Game
FOX: Reid Calls for Swift End to Democratic Race
CNN: Pelosi, Reid working together to end uncertainty over nomination
CNN Ticker: Pelosi prepared to 'step in' to end race
Huff Post: Democratic Leaders: Time to End the Primary
The Caucus: Democratic Leaders Lean on Superdelegates

Day in Delegates: Obama 2-1
Obama picked up the support of West Virginia congressman and superdelegate Alan Mollohan. Obama now actually leads Clinton 4-3 in superdelegate endorsements in a state she won by 41 percentage points.

Clyburn Says Tune In Tuesday
After a few days of seeming to endorse, Clyburn finally declared himself to be “undeclared.” Well, Clyburn tells the Stamford Advocate in Connecticut that he will unveil his pick at 11am Tuesday -- while voters in Montana and South Dakota are going to the polls...

Obama Health Summary
"In short, his examination showed him to be in excellent health," Dr. David L. Scheiner writes. "Senator Barack Obama is in overall good physical and mental health needed to maintain the resiliency required in the Office of President."
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Doctor: Obama In Excellent Health
CBS FtR: Obama Gets Clean Bill of Health
FOX: Obama Camp Releases Doctor’s Report
Newsweek: Obama's doctor: Democrat is in 'excellent health'
CNN: Obama in 'excellent health,' doctor says

Obama Ready to Declare Victory Tuesday?
After more than a year of campaigning and five months of contests, as it stands now, the Obama camp is finally ready to declare victory after the nation’s final contests June 3rd. According to the campaign’s count, they are just 44 delegates away ...
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FOX: Obama Camp Says Democratic Race Will Be Settled in 6 Days

GOP senator's wife donates to Obama
According to Federal Election Commission records, Mrs. Hagel donated twice to Obama's campaign in February for a total contribution of $500. The contributions were first reported by the Washington Post...

Obama played hardball in first Chicago campaign
As a community organizer, he had helped register thousands of voters. But when it came time to run for office, he employed Chicago rules to invalidate the voting petition signatures of three of his challengers.

Bush’s laws will be scrutinized if I become president, Obama says
If elected president, Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama said one of the first things he wants to do is ensure the constitutionality of all the laws and executive orders passed while Republican President George W. Bush has been in office.

McCain Declares Mosul "Quiet" On Same Day As Three Suicide Attacks
Moreover, McCain's claim that Mosul is "quiet" was disproved earlier today in grim fashion. Three suicide bombings -- two in Mosul and another in a surrounding town -- left 30 Iraqis dead and more than two dozen injured, according to press reports.

McCain Ties to Veterans’ Group Criticized By Obama
John McCain is straining to keep up with his own conflict-of-interest policy as Barack Obama’s campaign took fresh shots at the Republican Thursday for retaining advisers who are part of an independent group attacking the Democratic front-runner.

Clinton may not win, but draws fans
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton is like a boxer in the final rounds of a title bout, with fans cheering her as a relentless fighter and critics calling her a spoiler who should throw in the towel.

McClellan: I'm "Intrigued" By Obama
"Sen. Obama talks about changing the way Washington works. They better have a specific plan for doing that if they're gonna actually be the president of the United States, because it is difficult to do."

McCain raising cash off Obama Iraq visit issue
McCain hit Obama again today on not visiting Iraq since early 2006 at a townhall meeting near Milwaukee in addition to sending out a fundraising appeal to supporters focused on the issue.

Hillary Hints At Obama/McCain Iraq Spat
She also made sure to mention that she’s traveled to Iraq enough to get to know the principles in the war torn country; Obama has been only once. “I’ve been there three times. I’ve met with the leaders of all the factions,” she told the crowd.

White women cold toward Obama
Barack Obama’s favorability ratings among white women have declined significantly in recent months, particularly among Democrats and independents.

Axelrod Exclusive: Obama Strategist Rips McCain, Defends Himself Against Lobbying Charges
He continued: "The fact that he goes to Iraq and gets a tour apparently does little to provoke the kinds of questions that should be asked, and what Sen. Obama has been asking since the beginning...."

McCain starts defining Obama
The Republican nominee-in-waiting is increasingly uttering campaign trail criticisms, previewing likely themes and laying the foundation for an eventual full-blown effort to try to ill define — and derail — his expected Democratic rival.

Fallout From McCain's Rebuke Of Ministers
"He wants us to support him, but as soon as his back was against the wall, he overreacted. He is now less likely to get the evangelical vote and will have a difficult time getting strong endorsements from other ministers," said Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr....

Presidential Candidates May Miss Climate Vote
In a press conference Wednesday McCain defended his decision to skip the vote, and outlined his opposition to the bill.

Hillary: It All Comes Down to Tuesday
Saying it "really all does come down to next Tuesday," Hillary Clinton said that the enthusiasm she's seen among South Dakotans proves that she was right to fight to the bitter end of the campaign calendar.

Hillary 'Livin' La Vida Loca'
Clinton also got the, um, coveted endorsement of Puerto Rican pop singer -- and former soap opera star -- Ricky Martin, five days ahead of the Puerto Rico primary.
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Hillary Clinton’s Livin’ La Vida Loca, Picks Up Ricky Martin Endorsement
CNN Ticker: Livin’ La Vida Clinton

I'll See Your Ricky Martin, and Raise You a Jessica Alba
the group responsible for March's pouty "Yes, We Can" video this afternoon released "Podemos con Obama" (above), a similar clip starring John Leguizamo, George Lopez, Paulina Rubino, Luis Guzman, Frankie Needles, Lila Downs and (heart be still) Jessica Alba...

Clinton’s Latest Claim: She’s The Most “Fiscally Responsible” Candidate
On her last day of campaigning in South Dakota, Hillary Clinton told a group of supporters huddled inside a ballroom that South Dakotans should pick her on Tuesday because of her economic experience.

Read Into This What You Will...
We in the Hillary Clinton traveling press corps were just alerted that the sign-up page for transportation and hotel rooms was updated for the coming week. Interestingly, it allows us to sign up for travel after June 3, the final primary day -- right up through June 6....
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CNN Ticker: Clinton campaign plans to keep going — but isn't saying where

Clinton Up With First Ad in Montana
"It's time to level the playing field against the special interests," Clinton says as mountainous Montana scenery flits across the screen. (Video available at the link)
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CBS Horserace: Clinton Out With Montana Ad
CNN Ticker: Clinton launches TV ad in Montana
The Caucus: Clinton and Friends Out With 3 New Ads

Puerto Rico Dems Show Little Interest in Primary
Perhaps it had to happen sooner or later: a Democratic presidential primary where voters just don’t care.

Lobbyists Everywhere
Longtime Clinton adviser Harold Ickes lobbied Congress on behalf of New York institutions that are slated to receive hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. But the Clinton campaign denies any impropriety.

At Obama’s Church, Chicago Minister Says Clinton Felt ‘White’ Entitlement
Another Chicago minister is causing headaches for Barack Obama after he told the Democratic candidate’s church congregation Sunday that Hillary Clinton felt entitled to the presidency because she’s white.
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The Caucus:
Obama ‘Disappointed’ by Pastor’s Remarks

McCain camp hits Post reporter
Top adviser sends a memo attacking Jonathan Weisman for showing "reckless disregard for key facts."

CNN: Murdoch predicts McCain will lose
Rupert Murdoch offered a dire prediction Wednesday for John McCain's chances in the general election. He will lose in a landslide, the News Corp. chairman said at a California conference, according to Reuters.

Cold or No Cold?
John McCain’s presidential campaign caused a bit of a buzz when it abruptly sent out an e-mail to reporters Thursday saying his public events the following day—a town hall and news conference--in Pennsylvania were being canceled.

Website Allows Obama Supporters To Set Agenda
If you're looking for a prototypical model that offers a whiff of what this manner of participatory democracy might look like, look no further: a group of Obama supporters have launched, which purports to be "the unofficial campaign think-tank":...

Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Back Up By Double-Digits
Barack Obama has, for the moment, re-established a double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton in national Democratic voters' nomination preferences in Gallup Poll Daily tracking, 52% to 42%.

Clinton has double-digit lead in Puerto Rico
According to the new survey conducted for the newspaper El Vocero and Univision, the New York senator is leading Barack Obama there 51 percent to 38 percent among all adults...

Election 2008: Mississippi Presidential Election
The strong racial divide is highlighted by the fact that Obama earns 44% of the vote in a sample where 36% of the voters are African-American.

Election 2008: New York Presidential Election
50% of New York Democrats Say Clinton Should Drop Out of White House Race...

The End Of The Road?
But while Clinton may be sending a signal that she is going to stay in the race beyond the end of the primaries and perhaps through to the Democratic National Convention, the leaders of her party have other ideas.

The drama of Hillary Clinton
Never a dull moment, but is that a good thing?

How McCain Can Win
1) Running Left If McCain runs as a traditional conservative -- just repeating a mantra of no new taxes, support for the conservative social agenda, and a continued presence in Iraq -- he's toast. Instead...

Cafferty: Clinton’s “I’m more electable” working?
While Clinton has toned down her attacks on Obama in recent weeks, she has implied that if he becomes the nominee, the Democrats could lose in November....

Campaign 2008: The Electoral College
According to the latest polls, if the election were held today: Obama would receive 260 electoral votes, McCain would get 240, and the remaining 38 are too close to call.

John McCain, the Cowardly Lion
McCain -- who just weeks ago said of the Climate Security Act, "I hope it will pass," -- now says he won't show up to vote on it. He won't vote against it, mind you. He just won't show.

Nowhere To Go But Back
If McCain's opposition to Jim Webb's new GI Bill isn't all the proof we need that he won't do enough for our veterans, then I don't know what is.

McCain's Incoherence on Global Warming Reaches New Heights
Yesterday, Sen. John McCain said he does not support the Lieberman-Warner global warming bill. Three weeks ago, he had a different view.

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People Power Granny said...

It looks like the primaries are finally over, but Hillary Clinton hasn't withdrawn from the race yet, while Obama says he's the winner! Whom would you like to see as his running mate? Should it be Hillary herself? People Power Granny asks you to read my my post about this tonight and vote in my poll regarding if Hillary should be his running mate.