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Friday, March 7, 2008


McCain leads Obama in cross-over votes

...contrary to conventional wisdom, numbers emerging from polls and primary results show that Sen. John McCain — who has alienated conservatives as he courts independents and moderate Democrats — holds an advantage over Sen. Barack Obama in the race for crossover votes.

There are now more McCainocrats than Obamacans — about 14 percent of Democrats say they would vote for Mr. McCain today instead of Mr. Obama, but just 8 percent of Republicans say they would vote for the Illinois Democrat, according to a Pew Research Center survey on Feb. 28.




DNC Chair Dean urges do-over in Florida, Michigan

officials in both states to come up with plans for how that can be done so their delegates can be counted at the national convention in late August.

"All they have to do is come before us with rules that fit into what they agreed to a year and a half ago, and then they'll be seated," Dean said Thursday during interviews on network and cable TV news programs.

Dean said the parties will have to find the money to pay for new contests.


Party donations show GOP edge

For all the success that Democratic presidential candidates have had in raising money — taking in a combined total of over $500 million in the current race — the Republicans are beating them in one crucial area of fund-raising: the money being raised by the parties themselves.

The Democratic National Committee ended 2007 nearly flat broke, with cash of $2.9 million and debts of $2.2 million. Since then it has raised some money, paid down debt and managed to put $3.7 million in its piggy bank. This compares, however, with $25 million that the Republican National Committee has in cash on hand, after having raised $97 million since the beginning of 2007.


RNC snaps up domain names At least 25 domain names related to Hillary Rodham Clinton have links to the Republican National Committee: the names were either registered by the R.N.C. last year or showed up on servers the committee uses. Half a dozen seemed to guess at Mrs. Clinton’s eventual running mate, like, referring to Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland.

The day after Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses, the R.N.C. snapped up at least 20 domains related to his candidacy. Some of them may signal the party’s future strategy: and The party has also begun preemptively registering domains that could be used to attack John McCain, like,, and ( was taken.)


Latinos seek citizenship in time for voting

A lawsuit filed Thursday in a federal court in New York by Latino immigrants seeks to force immigration authorities to complete hundreds of thousands of stalled naturalization petitions in time for the new citizens to vote in November.

The class-action suit was brought by the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund on behalf of legal Hispanic immigrants in the New York City area who are eager to vote and have been waiting for years for the federal Citizenship and Immigration Services agency to finish their applications. The suit demands that the agency meet a nationwide deadline of Sept. 22 to complete any naturalization petitions filed by March 26.

Latino groups hope to summon the clout of the federal courts to compel the Bush administration to reduce a backlog of citizenship applications that swelled last year.





John McCain... today's headlines with excerpts

McCain begins to take charge at RNC

The Republican National Committee tomorrow will announce the appointment of three top John McCain loyalists to help coordinate the party's effort with McCain's campaign and to lead the joint voter contact program, according to GOP sources.   Also involved in the effort will be Rudy Giuliani's former campaign manager.  


McCain non-commital on Veep choice

During his first campaign appearance since clinching the GOP presidential nomination, McCain said he has not even begun looking at vice presidential candidates.

"You know, obviously, we have just begun that process, and we, in fact, have not even outlined how we're going to go about this," McCain said at a news conference after he and Crist shook hands with people at a diner. "We're looking at how the process was conducted by other candidates and nominees of their party.

McCain balanced public temper with private acts of compassion

Little known beyond his family and small circle of friends, McCain has a softer, compassionate side that co-exists with his temper. Those who have seen him in private moments and in personal relationships say the Arizona senator has demonstrated extraordinary kindness, bringing to the political realm a human dimension often obscured by the heat of the moment.

... McCain, 71, has acknowledged his temper, saying he ``works all the time'' at taming it. ``Every time I lose my temper, I've regretted it,'' he said in a 1998 interview.

see also: Hothead McCain

Pelosi points finger at McCain on outsourced controversy

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House speaker, said Boeing had been on course to supply the US Air Force with tankers until Mr McCain "intervened".

"My understanding is that it was on course for Boeing before. I mean, the thought was that it would be a domestic supplier for it," Ms Pelosi told reporters.

"Senator McCain intervened, and now we have a situation where the contract may be - this work may be outsourced."

see also: Boeing blame game played on McCain




Hillary Clinton... today's headlines with excerpts

Clinton again raises running with Obama

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday again raised the possibility that she might run with rival Sen. Barack Obama on the same Democratic presidential ticket.

Speaking to voters in Mississippi, where Sen. Barack Obama is expected to do well in next week's primary, Clinton said, "I've had people say, 'Well I wish I could vote for both of you. Well, that might be possible some day. But first I need your vote on Tuesday."

Clinton weapon double-edged sword in Pennsylvania

Together, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell make an odd pairing. Clinton is the model of message discipline, a politician whose steely demeanor and unerring ways cause voters to question her authenticity. Rendell, a strong Clinton supporter, is the exact opposite, a loose-lipped, gregarious backslapper whose gaffe-prone ways only underscore his genuineness.

In the six-week run-up to Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary, the two will test the limits of their relationship. Clinton is likely to discover that few Democratic politicians can deliver as much to her campaign as Rendell—or inadvertently inflict as much damage.

Hillary signals support for Florida, Michigan re-votes

"I'm going to let the leadership of both states see what they think is the best approach," Mrs. Clinton told reporters here when asked about the possibility of a revote in both states.

Hillary launches assault on Obama's foreign policy experience

Apparently convinced that her attacks on Barack Obama's national security preparedness helped her win this past Tuesday, Sen. Hillary Clinton gathered retired military leaders to continue her frontal assault on Obama's foreign policy experience.

"The voters shouldn't have to wonder whether their president is ready at three in the morning when the phone rings," said Lt. Gen. Joe Ballard, in one of several statements assailing Clinton's rival. 

"Sen. McCain will bring a lifetime of experience to the campaign; I will bring a lifetime of experience; and Sen. Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002," Clinton said today after her event with the military leaders.

Hillary raises $4M online after Ohio, Texas & Rhode Island wins

"We're going to have the funds we need to keep this campaign going, to keep Hillary Clinton's message out there," senior adviser Ann Lewis said in a teleconference with reporters.

Archivists block release of Clinton papers

Federal archivists at the Clinton Presidential Library are blocking the release of hundreds of pages of White House papers on pardons that the former president approved, including clemency for fugitive commodities trader Marc Rich.

That archivists' decision, based on guidance provided by Bill Clinton that restricts the disclosure of advice he received from aides, prevents public scrutiny of documents that would shed light on how he decided which pardons to approve from among hundreds of requests.

Clinton's legal agent declined the option of reviewing and releasing the documents that were withheld, said the archivists, who work for the federal government, not the Clintons.

The decision to withhold much of the requested material could provide fodder for critics who say that the former president and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, now seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, have been unwilling to fully release documents to public scrutiny.

Bill Clinton's $700,000 stock windfall

The spring before his wife began her White House campaign, former President Bill Clinton earned $700,000 for his foundation by selling stock that he had been given from an Internet search company that was co-founded by a convicted felon and backed by the Chinese government, public records show.

Mr. Clinton had gotten the nonpublicly traded stock from Accoona Corp. back in 2004 as a gift for giving a speech at a company event. He landed the windfall by selling the 200,000 shares to an undisclosed buyer in May 2006, commanding $3.50 a share at a time when the company was reporting millions of dollars of losses, according to interviews.






Barack Obama... today's headlines with excerpts

Obama aide calls Hillary 'a monster'

In an unguarded moment during an interview with The Scotsman in London, Samantha Power, Mr Obama's key foreign policy aide, let slip the camp's true feelings about the former first lady.

..."We f***** up in Ohio," she admitted. "In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio's the only place they can win.

"She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything," Ms Power said, hastily trying to withdraw her remark.

  • Obama apologizes for aides' comment

  • Aide has now resigned from Obama campaign

Obama blowout: raised $55 million in February

Barack Obama raised a record $55 million in February for his presidential campaign, eclipsing rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's own substantial fundraising for the month. All told, Obama has raised $193 million during his yearlong bid for the White House.

Obama vies to push back, stay positive

As the Democratic primary race enters a new, critical phase, Barack Obama's campaign is wrestling with how to respond forcefully to Hillary Clinton's recent attacks on his record without violating the positive, uplifting spirit at the core of his message.

Obama's arsenal is limited by his insistence that his campaign not engage in below-the-belt attacks. Asked by reporters Tuesday how far he was willing to go, Obama said he would not "change the tone of our campaign" or "do things that I'm not comfortable with.

"Just remember," he said. "What we've been doing has worked."

That is partly true - Obama, despite losing three of four primaries Tuesday, still leads Clinton in the race for delegates. But Clinton, believing that her fusillade against Obama on trade and national security contributed to her campaign-saving wins in Ohio and Texas, has gained a head of steam and shows no signs of letting up. And Obama acknowledges her attacks on him have worked...

Obama cited in Rezko opening statement

Barack Obama is only a bit player in the federal trial of his former fundraiser and friend Antoin “Tony” Rezko, but it didn’t take long for the name of the Illinois senator and Democratic presidential candidate to be raised in court.

In his opening statement Thursday, Rezko’s lead defense attorney, Joseph Duffy, mentioned Obama and five other politicians in explaining Rezko’s motivation for political involvement.





Ralph Nader... today's headlines with excerpts





Ron Paul... today's headlines with excerpts

Ron Paul moves on from presidential campaign

"Elections are short-term efforts," Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, told supporters in a Web video tonight. "Revolutions are long-term projects."

Paul indicated that the 2008 presidential campaign portion of his revolution is over.

An earlier version of this report indicated that Paul would "drop out" of the race. In the video, Paul did not use the words "drop out," opting instead to say the campaign is "winding down," and he encourages supporters to still cast votes for him. But he referred to his campaign in the past tense.

"We are still in the early stages of bringing about the changes that this revolution is all about," Paul said in the video. "Let us hope that we can one day look back and say that this campaign was a significant first step that signaled a change in direction for our country. Our job now is to plan for the next phase."

see also: Ron Paul 'winds down' prez campaign






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