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Friday, March 7, 2008

News Round Up

Back on trail, Obama and Clinton trade digs
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (Reuters) - U.S. Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton questioned each other's sincerity and leadership on national security and the economy on Friday as they geared up for the next tests in a grueling struggle for the White House.

What Will Happen in Wyoming on Saturday?
Wyoming uses a two-tier system for awarding delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this August. On Saturday Wyoming Democrats will undertake the “first determining step” that uses a combined caucus/convention process to allocate pledged delegates.
Each of the state’s 23 counties will hold their convention throughout the day, with the last one scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. MST (6 p.m. EST), where attendees will participate in a “presidential preference vote.”

Dems Prospect for Votes in Weekend Wyoming Caucuses
Its population may be sparse, but in a seemingly never-ending Democratic primary season, Wyoming for once is claiming its share of high-stakes national attention.

Clinton lowers expectations in Wyo.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A day before Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama were to compete for a small scattering of delegates in Wyoming, Clinton cast herself as the underdog and said the odds are not in her favor. Clinton's campaign has sought to set low expectations for the Saturday caucuses in Wyoming as well as next week's primary in Mississippi, states where her campaign believes Obama has a better shot at winning.

Obama, Clinton Campaigns Quietly Work Toward Compromise on Fla., Mich. Delegates
Very quietly and very delicately, the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns have begun back-channel communications to find common ground that can break the stalemate over the seating of Florida’s and Michigan’s delegates.
Discussions are in very early stages, with more expected over the weekend, sources tell FOX News. The players at the national and state parties, and state governments, understand that any fix will have to be acceptable to both candidates. Neither side wants to give the other a possible advantage.

How Does Obama Feel About America?
Barack Obama's words are often attractive but oddly concealing. His speeches are all balm and mood. It's all very well to seek, as Obama claims, to transcend old categories, to reject the "old politics." But then what? This graceful rhetorician leaves you wondering: Who is he really? What does he want for himself and for his country?
In search of answers that go deeper than the Congressional Record, I read his first book, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance." Once you get past the happy surprise of finding a politician who can actually write, the book contains some disquieting elements.

Obama defends ability to handle crisis
CASPER, Wyo. - Looking ahead to Saturday's caucus, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama had to cope with some pesky issues of the recent week, defending himself against an ad that ran in Texas and the fallout from a former adviser's remarks. His presidential rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, won the Ohio and Texas primaries Tuesday after questioning Obama's fitness to handle crises.

Obama rejects adviser's comments
WASHINGTON - A former adviser to Barack Obama who resigned Friday after calling rival Hillary Rodham Clinton "a monster" said Obama may not be able to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within a year as he has promised on the campaign trail.

Obama Adviser Resigns Over Monster Comment
WASHINGTON -- A Barack Obama adviser resigned Friday after calling rival Hillary Rodham Clinton "a monster."
Samantha Power, an unpaid foreign policy adviser and Harvard professor, announced her resignation in a statement provided by the Obama campaign in which she expressed "deep regret."

Enthusiasm Tilts Toward Obama in Pa.
STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- For Edwin David, who served with the famed World War II unit of black fighters known as the Tuskegee Airmen, Sen. Barack Obama is an easy choice.

Obama Aide Resigns After Calling Clinton a ‘Monster’ in Interview With Scottish Paper
An adviser to Barack Obama who called Hillary Clinton a “monster” during an interview has resigned, apologizing for the remark amid pressure from the Clinton campaign.
Samantha Power, an unpaid foreign policy adviser to Obama and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, made the offending comment during an interview with the Scottish newspaper The Scotsman.

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