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Wednesday, April 9, 2008



McCain, Obama, Clinton to appear on 'Idol' tonight

For the first time in any of their respective campaigns, presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain are all uniting for one cause: "American Idol." The three wanna-be Commander-in-Chiefs will each make an appearance on tomorrow night's "Idol Gives Back" special that aims to raise funds to benefit various U.S. and international charities.

... the guest list for "Idol Gives Back" (airing Wednesday, April 9 7:30-10:00 PM ET/PT on FOX) reads like a who's who of Hollywood.


Rove does his best 'Bubba' on O'Reilly show

Bill O'Reilly was joined by Karl Rove on the Factor last night, and the lengthy interview ended with an appeal by the host to get Sen. Hillary Clinton to come on his show.

... But the real gem was at the end of the interview, as Rove got to show off his very own Bill Clinton impression. He may be "Bush's Brain," but his "Bubba" is dead-on.  VIDEO



Obama dominates Clinton among college graduates

Gallup: National Democrats remain strongly divided by education as to their preferences for their party's presidential nomination, with less well-educated Democrats supporting Hillary Clinton, while those with college and postgraduate educations are just as strongly skewed toward Barack Obama...


Report: Jimmy Carter to meet with
Hamas leader in Syria

Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly preparing an unprecedented meeting with the leader of Hamas, an organization that the U.S. government considers one of the leading terrorist threats in the world.







John McCain... today's headlines with excerpts

Howard Dean:
McCain not a strong candidate

DEAN: "We're going to beat Senator McCain.
He's not a strong candidate. He's wrong on
Iraq, he's wrong on health care, he's wrong on
home mortgages. He's wrong on almost
everything that the American people
want to do."

McCain manager looks ahead to November

Beyond planning for states to target in November, Davis is beginning to consider how to frame the contrast with Barack Obama, and how to beat back attacks from national Democrats. McCain can make the claim that he is the more experienced candidate, Davis said, because his is an experience of bringing change, offering the best of both worlds. "We're not going to concede change to a guy who's not changed anything in his career...."

Sen. Rockefeller apologizes
for McCain military slam

Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a Barack Obama supporter, apologized to John McCain Tuesday for suggesting to a West Virginia newspaper that the Arizona senator does not care about “the lives of people” caught in the wars he champions, dating back to his Navy service in Vietnam.



Radio host sticks to his 'warmonger' barb

... this morning, Schultz showed he's not going to apologize or tone down his words.

"Labeling a candidate is not being disrespectful," Schultz told CNN host John Roberts. McCain's policies, Schultz said, "fit the description, there's no question about that. ... John McCain has no end game in Iraq. ... (He) is saber rattling with Iran. ... The man is a warmonger."





Hillary Clinton... today's headlines with excerpts

Hillary reiterates opposition to Colombia trade pact

Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged Tuesday to defeat a free-trade agreement with Colombia, even as her presidential campaign was kept on the defensive by disclosures related to the proposed pact.

Her camp acknowledged reports that Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, supports the deal with Colombia. The New York senator's campaign also was hit by another call for the outright ouster of longtime aide Mark Penn...



Elizabeth Edwards backs Clinton health care plan

Edwards said she believed Clinton's health-care plan was more inclusive than that of Obama's.

"You need that universality in order to get the cost savings. … I just have more confidence in Sen. Clinton's policy than Sen. Obama's on this particular issue," she said.




Roger Simon: Where did the tables turn?

Where did the Hillary Clinton campaign first go wrong? How did she go from inevitable to in trouble?

I think it all began with the very first contest: Iowa.

Iowa is where Clinton needed to strangle the Barack Obama campaign in its crib...

Rove: Hillary's run 'horrific' campaign

"She has run a horrific campaign," said Rove. "It has been astonishingly bad. ... [Obama] has strategically always run a better campaign than she has tactically."

Howell Raines: Bill Clinton is race-baiting

"He has sought to, in a low key way, remind people, 'Hey, this guy is black,'" Raines said of Clinton during a panel discussion at a journalism awards banquet sponsored by The Week magazine.

As editorial page editor of the New York Times in the 90s, Raines frequently penned scathing attacks on the former president.

Paglia: Hillary's slick willies

... the male staff who Hillary attracts are slick, geeky weasels or rancid, asexual cream puffs... All those seething beta males are versions of her sad-sack brothers, who got the short end of the Rodham DNA stick.



Barack Obama... today's headlines with excerpts

Obama hints at abandoning public financing

“We have created a parallel public financing system where the American people decide if they want to support a campaign they can get on the Internet and finance it, and they will have as much access and influence over the course and direction of our campaign that has traditionally been reserved for the wealthy and the powerful,” Obama said...


Obama advance team: 'Get me more white people'

The Tartan’s correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, “Get me more white people, we need more white people.” To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, “We’re moving you, sorry. It’s going to look so pretty, though.” ...




Even with polls tightening, Obama's camp still sees 'deficits'

On a conference call with reporters, deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand said recent polls showing Hillary Clinton’s lead in Pennsylvania shrinking are much more optimistic than what the campaign is seeing.

“We’d love to be ahead but the fact of the matter is that we have substantial deficits in the state and we are working to close it,” Hildebrand said.

Does international enthusiasm for Barack Obama hurt him?

....Is this a cause for celebration? Maybe in the short term. In the long term, Obama is going to disappoint the world in one of two ways: He could go the Bill Clinton route—that is, having to choose between world popularity and tough realities. Or he could do things the Kerry way and lose to the candidate less favorable in the eyes of the world, prompting, once again, headlines like the one that appeared in Britain's Daily Mirror the day after the 2004 election: "How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?"





Ralph Nader... today's headlines with excerpts




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