Thursday, June 5, 2008

6/5 Morning News: Clinton to End Her Bid for the Presidency

News Items
Clinton to suspend her campaign on Saturday
Hillary Rodham Clinton will end on Saturday her historic bid to become the first woman president but Barack Obama said he won't be hurried into a decision on whether to make her his running mate.
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'She Could Accept Losing. She Could Not Accept Quitting.'
LA Times:
Clinton to end campaign Saturday and endorse Obama
Wash Post:
Clinton Pullout Likely Saturday
CBS:
Clinton To End Campaign, Back Obama
ABC:
Clinton to Concede Race to Obama Saturday
ABC:
Clinton's Historic Bid Falls Short
FOX:
Clinton to Congratulate Obama, End White House Bid
FOX:
Clinton Expected to Drop Out This Weekend, Endorse Obama
FOX Blog:
Clinton To End Campaign on Friday
CNN:
Clinton plans exit as Obama gathers more support
The Caucus:
The Long Goodbye
The Caucus:
The Early Word: Now We Know

Blacks elated, incredulous after Obama win
They watched on television as Barack Obama basked in a standing ovation and read off his thank-you list. They listened to him claim the Democratic nomination for president. They sat glued to the news for hours, as if repetition might make the scene more real.
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Foreign reaction to Obama's claim is favorable
Across the globe, pundits and politicians of all stripes competed for hyperbole on Wednesday to applaud Senator Barack Obama's claim of victory in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, almost as if he had already been elected to the White House.

Barack Obama: A run for the ages
"I think this will be in a class by itself," said John Hope Franklin, who at 93 is the dean of the American historians who think and write about race. Obama's campaign "is the most radical, far-reaching, significant [undertaking] by any individual or group in our history," he said.

Barack Obama, Crossing A Milestone
Barack Obama and his wife Michelle walked into history's arms last night - and gave a wink to the future, CBS News national correspondent Byron Pitts reports.

How Obama Did It
In an exclusive interview, the first insurgent Democrat in decades to dethrone a frontrunner tells of his path to victory...

Obama vs. McCain, by the map
That question is on the minds of strategists plotting the Democratic Party's drive to retake the White House. In national polls, Obama runs about even with Republican John McCain, but he cannot win the 270 electoral votes he needs unless he picks up states that Bush won.

For Clinton, a key group didn’t hold
By mid-March, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign knew it had a problem with what it had once assumed was a reliable firewall — its support among superdelegates.

Clinton’s Congressional Supporters Forced Campaign Suspension
Major Garrett reports that it was pressure from three high-powered House Democrats that finally forced Hillary Clinton into setting a date to suspend her campaign for the nomination.

Clinton Unlikely as No. 2
Supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton suggested she would like to be Sen. Barack Obama's running mate, but close advisers to Sen. Obama are signaling that an Obama-Clinton ticket is highly unlikely.
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Obama on Winning: “I haven’t had time to think about it.”
Today as news broke that Hillary Clinton would soon help to unify the Democratic Party by announcing her support for her one-time rival, the Obama camp remained silent. “No thanks,” a senior staffer wrote when asked to respond to the news.

Obama expects GOP to attack his patriotism
A day after he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday that he expected an organized Republican attack on his integrity and patriotism because “it’s very hard for them to talk about where they want to take the country.”
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Barack Obama On The Road Ahead
CNN:
Obama says he's humbled by victory, confident of party unity

Obama aims to make openness an issue
Obama plans to open his fundraisers to reporters and clamp down on DNC fundraising from insiders.

Obama names a Kennedy to help pick vice president
Barack Obama turned to the hunt for a running mate Wednesday, with Hillary Rodham Clinton's supporters urging him to put her on the ticket now that she's decided to back his inevitable nomination.

Obama In Heated Conversation With Lieberman
While it was unclear what the two were discussing, the body language suggested that Obama was trying to convince Lieberman of something and his stance appeared slightly intimidating.

Israelis and Palestinians Greet Obama’s Message to Jewish Voters with Skepticism
Barack Obama is trying to persuade Jewish voters that he will maintain Washington's pro-Israel stance. Israelis, however, are less convinced.

Obama to campaign in Virginia with Webb
Newly minted Democratic nominee Barack Obama will kick off his general election campaign on Thursday with a pair of campaign stops in Virginia, signaling that the Illinios senator thinks he can turn the once solidly-red state into a Democratic pick-up this fall.

GOP fears Obama's money machine
A review of campaign finance data offers not one ounce of good news and barely any hope for the McCain campaign’s ability to compete with Obama’s fundraising prowess.

Warning Signs For McCain And Obama
Now that the two major parties have their 2008 presidential nominees, looking back at the primary election exit polls can tell us something about what lies ahead in the general election match-up between Barack Obama and John McCain.

At AIPAC, Obama and Clinton Move On
When Clinton spoke a few minutes later, it wasn't the content of her speech that was striking; strongly pro-Israel, it pretty much matched her former rival's. But the context was completely different. Her eyes rimmed with red, her face a little puffy, the New York senator look exhausted--and perhaps a little defeated.

Michelle Obama to be guest-host on ‘View’
The popular ABC daytime talk show had invited her to be a guest this month, but she sent back word that she would like to be a host like Cindy McCain did in April, said Bill Geddie, the show’s executive producer.

McCain to Obama: 'Meet Me in New York--and then Iowa and New Mexico and...
Let the debate over debates begin. At a town hall meeting this morning in Baton Rouge, John McCain announced that he'd sent Barack Obama a letter suggesting they campaign together at joint forums this summer.
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McCain urges Obama join him in town hall meetings
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McCain challenges Obama on town hall meetings
CBS FtR:
McCain Letter to Obama Calls For 10 Joint Town Hall Meetings
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Obama Open to Town Hall Debates With McCain

McCain Draws Battle Lines for General Election
Before Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., could assume the mantle of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, his Republican counterpart, Arizona Sen. John McCain, was ready and waiting to attack.

McCain Makes Play for Clinton Supporters
How angry are Hillary Clinton’s supporters? Angry enough to leave the Democratic Party behind and vote for John McCain?

McCain raises record cash in May
John McCain broke a personal fundraising record in May raising $22 million, Fox has learned. That figure tops his most recent record in April–when he brought in about $18 million. McCain attended fundraisers almost every day last month...
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McCain still at odds with some colleagues
Hill Republicans are still sorting out how to run with a nominee with views different from their own.

McCain's Day Marked By False Statements And Gaffes
Appearing at a press conference in Louisiana on Wednesday, McCain claimed that he had supported "every investigation" into the flawed response to Hurricane Katrina, when, in fact, he had twice voted against creating a commission to inspect the tragedy.

DNC to Forego Lobbyist, PAC Donations
With Barack Obama as their future nominee, the Democratic National Committee is adopting his policy of no longer accepting donations from federal lobbyists or political action committees.
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Obama making imprint on DNC organization
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Obama Camp Sets New Money Guidelines

Oprah Does ‘Happy Dance’ Over Obama Primary Victory
Oprah Winfrey says she’s been “doing the happy dance all day” because Senator Barack Obama has become the presumed Democratic presidential nominee.
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Oprah 'doing the happy dance' over Obama win

Who said senators can't be president?
In a single stroke, the '08 contest wipes away old adage that senators make ineffective presidential candidates.

Hamas Un-'Endorses' Obama
Sen. Barack Obama's speech to AIPAC has convinced Hamas that he and Sen. John McCain are interchangeable. If the group had its druthers, neither one would win.

Rezko Found Guilty
Per the AP, a federal jury found Chicago political fundraiser Tony Rezko guilty of 16 of 24 counts in his corruption trial. Rezko "was accused of scheming to get bribes from businesses seeking state contracts."
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Obama Fundraiser Found Guilty Of Fraud

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Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday, day one of the General Election, shows Barack Obama attracting 43% of the vote while John McCain earns 41%. When “leaners” are included, Obama retains a two-point edge, 47% to 45%.

51% of Democrats Back Obama-Clinton Ticket
Fifty-one percent (51%) of Democrats polled in a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey think Barack Obama should pick Hillary Rodham Clinton as his running mate, even as the former first lady and her surrogates push for a so-called Democratic "dream ticket."

CBS Poll: Obama Leads McCain
Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama holds a six point lead over his Republican counterpart John McCain, a new CBS News poll finds.

Polls: Obama, McCain locked in dead heat
One day after the general election officially kicked off, a new CNN "poll of polls" suggests Barack Obama and John McCain are locked in a tight race for the White House.

78% Would Vote For Black Candidate; Less Sure of Friends
Nearly four out of five Americans (78%) polled since Barack Obama clinched enough delegates to be the Democratic nominee say they could vote for an African-American for president, but they think only 61 percent of their family, friends and co-workers are willing to do the same.

General Election Shaping Up as Change vs. Experience
When Americans are asked why they would support either Barack Obama or John McCain in November's general election, Obama supporters (26%) are most likely to stress that he would bring about change and a fresh approach,...

An Early Gallup Road Map to the McCain-Obama Matchup
As the general election campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain unofficially gets underway, many of the typical Democratic-Republican divides in the electorate -- such as those by religion, gender, marital status, and income -- already appear to be in place.

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Commentaries
Obama's win brings hope and excitement to U.S.
"I never thought I'd live to see this day," said retired pharmacist Arthur Dees, 80, marveling at Barack Obama's triumph. Dees, an Army veteran, recalled that he attended Dwight D. Eisenhower's inauguration in 1953, but was not welcome in any downtown Washington hotel or restaurant.

Dems struggle to heal wounds on Hill
As Obama made victory lap, there was no road map for healing party wounds.

Would the dream ticket be a nightmare?
Should Barack Obama choose Hillary Clinton as his running mate? Does he have to?

Barack Obama has captivated the world
No one's tossing confetti or releasing balloons, but U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's ascent to likely Democratic Party presidential nominee has captivated many of those watching the American political contest abroad.

The pros and cons of Clinton as a running mate
Memo to Barack Obama: Now that you've named three people to help you pick a running mate, they surely will list the pros and cons of Hillary Rodham Clinton. And no doubt some kibitzers will do the same without your encouragement.

First Thoughts: Obama's Wider Map
About two months ago, we unveiled our early look at the electoral map. And this being the second official day of the general election, now's as good a time as any to see where we stand in the McCain vs. Obama race.

The Note: Drama Club
It hasn't been pretty. It's lingering a little too long. But Democrats who feared a messy, divisive end to a too-long campaign that's been both of those things can breathe a little easier: It all ends on Saturday.

Can Obama say no to Clinton?
Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday that he and Sen. Hillary Clinton will be "having a conversation in the coming weeks," but will they talk about sharing the ticket?

A Shared Father
Four years after his death, Ronald Reagan's daughter reflects on how the former president would have felt about the current race for the White House.

Let the Second-Guessing Begin!
Let the recriminations begin. After one of the greatest upsets in American political history, journalists, historians and bloggers will be talking for years about what happened.

Sizing Up A McCain-Obama Battle
Let the general election campaign begin. In broad terms, Democrats have reason to be optimistic: The electoral landscape is presently more favorable to a Democratic nominee than at any time in recent memory.

Same As It Ever Was
To mark Barack Obama's first day as the Democratic Party's presidential nominee, here's a little reminder ... that even as he made his debut on the national stage at the 2004 convention, two of the major factors that fueled his meteoric rise were already on display: Soaring rhetoric--and fawning pundits:...

Starting Gate: Don’t Leave Angry
Just leave. That’s the unmistakable message that’s been delivered to Hillary Clinton by the media and even some Democratic since Barack Obama sealed enough delegates to become the presumptive nominee.

Can Hillary Unite the Party?
Though she lost the nomination, Clinton ran a remarkable campaign, says Joe Klein. But what she does next is crucial...

Analysis: Obama, McCain set up hot campaign issue
The hot dispute between John McCain and Barack Obama about the wisdom of talking to Iran appears likely to retain its heat through the presidential campaign and enliven it.

The Running Mate Dilemma
For Barack Obama, the choice of a vice president is a test of his self-confidence and his vaunted judgment. Should he seek to mollify the disappointed Clinton supporters, especially among his party's women?

Hillary's Latest Provocation
Just when it seemed on the last Tuesday of the presidential primary season that Hillary Clinton would bow to the inevitable, she enraged Democrats who expected her to start strengthening Barack Obama as nominee.

Obama, The New Majority, And The Race (Card) Ahead
Although Latinos voted largely for Clinton in the primaries, and Asian Americans appeared split, there are still few indications that they may shift to McCain.

My Dinner with Barack
The biggest surprise at the fundraiser dinner last night was who was there: in addition to the usual suspects, their were at least two strong (former?) supporters of Hillary.

Bill Is The One Who Owes Hillary
One must assume that Hillary did it for herself as well as for Bill -- Hillary was never a wallflower. She made definitive decisions.

Obama at AIPAC: Some Doubts Eased, Others Created
Hard-line supporters of Israel have been pushing Obama, and for the most part, his speech pushed all the "right" buttons -- however, his reference to Jerusalem raises some concerns.

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