Monday, June 2, 2008

6/2 Morning News: The Endgame?

My apologies for the lack of weekend updates. I'm happy to say that the reason for this was that I was getting everything ready to propose to my girlfriend of 2 years (and friend of 7 years). I asked and she said yes last night!

Now it's just on to wedding planning and costs... :-)
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News Items
Clinton camp converging on New York Tuesday, and shedding staff
Members of Hillary Clinton's advance staff received calls and emails this evening from headquarters summoning them to New York City Tuesday night, and telling them their roles on the campaign are ending, two Clinton staffers tell my colleague Amie Parnes.
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FirstRead: Hillary to Hold "Celebration Night" in NYC

Days Are Numbered In Democratic Race
A "fixed finish line" is in place for the determination of the Democratic Party nominee, says Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who feels it is unlikely Sen. Hillary Clinton will remain in the race all the way to the convention.
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FOX: Two Primaries to Go Before Demands Rise for Democrats to Mesh
TIME: Dems' Endgame Means More Games
The Caucus: The Early Word: A Week To Remember

Obama Resigns 20-Year Church Membership
Barack Obama has resigned his 20 year membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago in the aftermath of inflammatory remarks by his longtime pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and more recent fiery remarks at the church by another minister.
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CBS:
Obama Explains Why He Left His Church
Wash Post: Obama Quits Longtime Church Over Inflammatory Comments
LA Times: Plenty of soul-searching at Obama's former church
FOX: Father Pfleger - Case Closed?
CNN: Obama quits church, citing controversies
Swampland Blog: Obama Leaves His Church

Obama Appeals for Veterans’ Support in South Dakota
Sen. Barack Obama briefly outlined what he would do as president to help veterans Sunday, then hugged, shook hands and posed for photos with about 100 vets and their families and friends.

Obama Advantage Grew From Long-Term Plan
Clinton hinged her whole campaign on an early knockout blow on Super Tuesday, while Obama's staff researched congressional districts in states with primaries that were months away. What they found were opportunities to win delegates, even in states they would eventually lose.

Obama Won't Wait for Clinton Concession
Asked if Obama would wait to get a concession call from Clinton before claiming the nomination, Dunn said the onus was on Clinton now that the Democratic Party has firmed up the number of delegates needed to claim the party's nod.

Obama Breaks Out an Old Favorite
Before approximately 2,000 people and with the Corn Palace behind him, Obama brought up his favorite story from the campaign in South Carolina. It involves a little old lady from Greenwood, S.C.

Babies and Pancakes for Obama in S.D.
"Hey sweetie, do you know you are an Obama supporter?" he told little Kayleaonna Kelley as he took her off her grandmother's hands. "Yes you are. You are wearing an Obama sticker."

His Mobile Ministry
Politicians have long sought the counsel of faith leaders. Obama's got 100 dialing in to pray for him.

Clinton seeks to go after Obama superdelegates
As Barack Obama turns to concentrate on his general election challenge, his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton is mounting a last-ditch campaign to stay relevant in what is left of the Democratic presidential contest.
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Wash Post:
Clinton: Campaign Is "Alive And Ongoing"
Politico: Clinton: 'It is not over til it’s over'
CNN: Clinton says she's not ready for 'political obituary'
CNN: Clinton reviewing 'options' — but says superdelegates could shift

Clinton To Superdelegates: “We Are Winning The Popular Vote”
“We are winning the popular vote,” Clinton told the crowd, but she reminded supporters eager to see Clinton as their nominee that Democratic Party rules do not award the nomination to a candidate based on popular vote, rather through delegate votes.

Clinton Easily Wins Puerto Rico
But Clinton’s newly defiant campaign against her own party leaders may have been blunted by low turnout in the island territory while her rival edged ever closer to the nomination.
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FirstRead: Hillary: 'Let's Keep Fighting'
CBS: Clinton Overwhelmingly Wins Puerto Rico
Globe: Clinton rolls to Puerto Rico win
The Caucus: Winning Again, Clinton Weighs Her Options
CNN: Clinton claims victory in Puerto Rico
Newsweek: Puerto Rico moves Obama closer to nomination
Newsweek: Clinton wins Puerto Rico but Obama gains delegates

Clinton may lose key supporters soon
Pointing the way to a peaceful end for the tumultuous presidential primary campaign, some key supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that they accepted a new finish line in the race for delegates, a threshold Barack Obama could reach as soon as this week.

Vilsack says it's over
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, one of Hillary Clinton's most ardent supporters, said Sunday it's time for Hillary Clinton to acknowledge she has lost her bid for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton May Challenge Party's Delegate Math
Democratic Party leaders are predicting that the presidential slugfest between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will end this week, possibly as early as Wednesday.

During Clinton’s Hurried Election Day Photo Op, No Time For Questions
In what has become a well-known election day routine, Hillary Clinton made a local retail stop in hopes of ginning up press coverage as voters head to the polls. But unlike previous Election Day visits, there was no press conference and her visit lasted less than 10 minutes.

Clinton makes popular vote pitch in new ad
In the latest sign Hillary Clinton isn't yet preparing to bow out of the presidential race, the New York senator is launching a new television ad Monday that highlights her claim she is beating Barack Obama in the popular vote.

Clinton ponders next move in marathon race
The race all but over, Hillary Rodham Clinton is determining how to end her historic candidacy with her dignity intact and future secure.

Dems Vote To Seat Fla., Mich. Delegates
After a day of fiery debate and closed-door meetings, Hillary Rodham Clinton picked up a net total of 24 delegates Saturday from the states of Florida and Michigan as the Democratic Party took a step forward in resolving the dispute over the delegations from those two states...
Related Articles:
Globe:
Accord, furor over Mich., Fla. delegates
ABC: Scenes from a Divorce

Obama rally at GOP convention site has Democratic ghosts
It was with a bit of fanfare that Barack Obama's campaign this weekend announced that the Illinois senator would hold his final primary night rally of the year Tuesday on Republican turf.

The Invisible Impeachment
As the Democratic primary season nears a close, the candidates have talked about dozens of policies, fended off a host of attacks and studiously avoided one topic: the impeachment of President Clinton.

American Indians Are Key Voting Bloc in Montana, South Dakota
“I want you to know that I will never forget you,” Obama told the crowd, who had not seen a visitor of such political importance since Lady Bird Johnson came to the Montana reservation in the 1960s. “You will be on my mind every day that I am in the White House.”

Drudge Report keeps campaigns guessing
GOP operatives fret that the powerful Drudge Report is no fan of John McCain, and seems to be trumpeting Barack Obama.

McAuliffe: Obama has Latino 'problem'
Clinton uses P.R. results to argue that Obama has a problem with Hispanic voters.

McCain slams Obama over Middle East at pro-Israel forum
John McCain Monday called for tougher worldwide pressure on Iran and painted his potential rival Barack Obama as naive about the Middle East.
Related Articles:
Stumper: McCain: Phasers on Stun
The Caucus: In AIPAC Speech, McCain Hits Obama on Iran, Iraq

McCain admits mistake in using Petraeus picture for fundraising
His admission came hours after the Barack Obama campaign criticized an e-mail showing McCain shaking hands with the general who has been commanding U.S forces in Iraq.

McCain's "Right Arm" In War On Terror Has Never Been To Iraq
John McCain has routinely touted his resoluteness in combating Islamic extremism. When Rudy Giuliani dropped out of the Republican primary and endorsed his former challenger, the Arizona Republican responded with due praise:...

Retired Air Force General McPeak Bashes McCain
Retired Air Force General Tony McPeak, a national security adviser to Barack Obama, dropped the hammer on Sen. John McCain today, telling the Washington Times, "It doesn't take very long to uncover national security issues that McCain is weak on...

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Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that John McCain and Barack Obama are tied at 45%...

Obama Has Edge In Montana, Poll Says
Demographically, the state would seem to suit rival Hillary Rodham Clinton almost perfectly - overwhelmingly white and rural. But political observers and a statewide poll suggest Obama has the advantage here.

Election 2008: Connecticut Presidential Election
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Connecticut finds Barack Obama attracting 47% of the vote while John McCain earns 44%. Given that choice, 4% would opt for “some other candidate” while 5% are not sure.

Americans Favor President Meeting With U.S. Enemies
Large majorities of Democrats and independents, and even half of Republicans, believe the president of the United States should meet with the leaders of countries that are considered enemies of the United States.

Gallup Daily (Yesterday): Obama Maintains 10-Point Lead Over Clinton
Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Barack Obama continuing to hold a 52% to 42% lead over Hillary Clinton in the presidential nomination preference among Democratic voters nationwide.

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Commentaries
First Thoughts: The End Game:
With Florida and Michigan now resolved, and with the magic number now at 2,118 delegates, the focus is all about the end game -- for Clinton and Obama.

Starting Gate: “Wheezing” At The End
But for all the excitement about this election and the way it has energized the process, it isn’t exactly winding down with a bang for the front-runner.

Hillary Clinton's choice
Her choice is this: She can nurture hopes of winning the White House in 2012 or beyond; or she can make a lasting legislative mark in the Senate. It's unlikely that she can do both.

The Note: Lonely Hearts
Clinton Soldiers On, But With Obama Within Striking Distance, Endgame Presents Itself

Just How Low Will They Go?
With 'elitist' a choice slur, candidates are trying to win over the new 'It' demographic: 'low-info voters.'

McAuliffe: Obama Has A Hispanic Problem
At this point a thinking person has to ask the question: why has there not been any correction by team Obama to the "Latino problem?"

In Bowing Out, 7 Things Hillary Clinton Must Say to Meet the Standards Set by Hilary Rosen
I know that when Hillary Clinton bows out, she will state her strong support of Barack Obama, but that is not enough. She needs to include the following in the speech ending her campaign.

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1 comment:

ali1265 said...

Congratulations Cris! I have been with my spouse for 12 years and it really does get better with time, all the best!

Fatima Ali