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Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Obama claims milestone, Clinton wins Kentucky

Even though Senator Hillary Clinton trounced him in the Kentucky primary, Obama still picked up picked up a portion of the delegates there and he also won yesterday's other primary, in Oregon. That gave him more than half of the 3,253 delegates being chosen by voters in the long season of primaries and caucuses -- and left him within about 70 delegates of clinching the nomination.

Next: Florida and the final three

Two weeks to go. That's how long there is before the final Democratic presidential primaries. But before voters go to the polls in Puerto Rico (June 1), Montana and South Dakota (both on June 3), the campaign takes a swing through Florida...

Democratic race turns to Florida

Clinton was planning to return to Florida today — her first campaign stop in the state since her election-night victory there — to expound on what she sees as the need to count the original results.

Obama is also set to hold a big rally in Florida, and while he has said he is committed to seating both states’ delegates, his campaign has made it clear that they would not accept the original tallies.

The impasse between the two candidates could very well move to what some Democratic leaders fear most — a perceived smoke-filled-room deal that alters what many view as the will of the voters...


Poll: Obama leads McCain nationally

According to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday, Obama, who was tied with McCain in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup last month, moved to a 48 percent to 40 percent lead





Kennedy: brain cancer... tumor 'very bad news'

Many of us may not have heard the term "malignant glioma" before today. In short, it's a cancerous brain tumor -- and the diagnosis now facing Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

"This is very bad news," said Dr. John A. Wilson, associate professor of neurosurgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The word glioma comes from "glia," the gluelike cells that hold the brain together, said Dr. Lynne Taylor, a fellow with the American Academy of Neurology. A glioma is a primary brain tumor, one that begins in the brain without spreading from another location in the body. The word "malignant" indicates that it's both cancerous and rapidly growing. ..








John McCain... today's headlines with excerpts

Cuba is topic as McCain continues attack on Obama

here in a critical swing state to again argue that Mr. Obama is too willing to talk to America’s enemies.

The question of how to engage controversial foreign foes has emerged as perhaps the central dispute between Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, and Mr. Obama, his likely Democratic opponent.

Mr. McCain accused Mr. Obama on Tuesday of shifting his position on normalization of relations with Cuba, saying he voiced support for it previously but was now offering caveats. In doing so, Mr. McCain homed in anew on Mr. Obama’s stated willingness to conduct a dialogue with controversial foreign leaders.

McCain supports free-trade agreements with Latin America

John McCain on Tuesday laid out his plans for strengthening democracy and U.S. influence in Latin America, vowing to extend free-trade pacts throughout the region and to continue isolating Cuba until the communist-ruled island frees political prisoners and allows multiparty elections.

The promises to uphold a hard line against the regime of Fidel and Raul Castro earned the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee cheers from the mostly Cuban American crowd at a town hall meeting in southwest Miami...

McCain vows to keep U.S. trade embargo on Cuba

John McCain told Cuban-Americans Tuesday that he would maintain the decades-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba if he is elected president, and he attacked Barack Obama for his willingness to meet with Cuba's leader...

McCain strategist leaves, won't campaign against Obama

A senior adviser to Republican presidential candidate John McCain said on Tuesday that he was stepping down to keep a commitment he made not to campaign against Democrat Barack Obama.

Mark McKinnon, who was in charge of the McCain campaign's advertising message, said he was still backing the Arizona senator, but that he was simply moving from active campaign participant to cheerleader...

Judges stance bolsters McCain

Prominent conservatives and activists are indicating they will put aside their differences with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and rally their supporters to his side because of one issue: federal judgeships.

In big gatherings and small, in e-mails and one-on-one conversations, conservative opinion leaders fear a Democratic president, especially Sen. Barack Obama, will use the presidential power to appoint federal judges who will remove references to God and religious symbols from public places...






Hillary Clinton... today's headlines with excerpts

Clinton campaign debt soars to $31 million

Clinton's campaign debt has now soared to nearly $31 million, according to numbers crunched early this morning by The Times' campaign finance guru, Dan Morain.

She added another $9.5 million in unpaid bills to vendors this past month alone, pushing her total debt to vendors and herself to the new astronomical figure, about a 50% debt increase in one month.

Clinton fades even in a victory

Pundits on MSNBC, perhaps stung by the Clinton campaign’s accusations of sexism against that channel and its parent network, kept emphasizing that Mrs. Clinton had run out of time. Keith Olbermann compared her to Wile E. Coyote going over a cliff in the Road Runner cartoons. Mr. Russert marveled that Mrs. Clinton had the gall to act as if the delegate count were a mere “loophole” and that only the popular vote mattered. He reminded viewers that the “elected delegate race is over; Obama has won that.”

Clinton sees many reasons to stay in

in private conversations and in interviews, Mrs. Clinton has begun asserting that she believes sexism, rather than racism, has cast a shadow over the primary fight, a point some of her supporters have made for months. Advisers say that continuing her candidacy is partly a means to show her supporters — especially young women — that she is not a quitter and will not be pushed around...

Clinton claims sexism in campaign

"I think that both gender and race have been obviously a part of it because of who we are and every poll I've seen show more people would be reluctant to vote for a woman to vote for an African American, which rarely gets reported on either," Clinton said. "The manifestation of some of the sexism that has gone on in this campaign is somehow more respectable or at least more accepted. And I think there should be equal rejection of the sexism and the racism when and if it ever raises its ugly head. But it does seem as though the press at least is not as bothered by the incredible vitriol that has been engendered by comments and reactions of people who are nothing but misogynists."

Clinton raises $22 million in April

The Clinton campaign announces that it raised $22 million in April. The Obama campaign raised $31.3 million and the McCain campaign raised $18 million.






Barack Obama... today's headlines with excerpts

Obama's April fundraising passes $31 million

Aided by his army of small donors, Senator Barack Obama bested Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain in April fund-raising, taking in $31.3 million and ending the month with more cash on hand than either rival...

Obama all but declares victory

Barack Obama all but declared victory in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday night even as Hillary Clinton buried him in Kentucky—a juxtaposition that placed the Illinois senator’s great strengths and electoral weaknesses on dramatic display...

Obama declares bid is 'within reach'

“We have returned to Iowa with a majority of delegates elected by the American people, and you have put us within reach of the Democratic nomination for president of the United States of America,” Mr. Obama said in an address on Tuesday night, standing in front of a moonlit Capitol in Des Moines.

Even as Mr. Obama moved closer to making history as the first black presidential nominee, he stopped short of declaring victory in the Democratic race, part of a carefully calibrated effort in the remaining weeks of the contest to avoid appearing disrespectful to Mrs. Clinton and alienating her supporters. Instead, he offered lavish praise for his rival over 16 months...

Obama's strategy now faces a bigger test

with a three-day swing through Florida, Obama begins his effort to organize his way to victory in November. Nowhere will that be more daunting than Florida, a Republican-leaning battleground state where Obama has not appeared in public for many months...

... In recent days, the Obama campaign has shifted as many as 15 staff members to Florida, launching a massive voter registration drive targeting young people and African Americans.







Ralph Nader... today's headlines with excerpts





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