Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Morning Buzz
Happy New Year!!!! 2007 ended with Benazir Bhutto topping the headlines and it seems 2008 is beginning much the same way. There are still many questions surrounding her death. BUT there are lots of political headlines to chew over, too. SOOO grab your coffee, it is time for the Morning Buzz....

Top Stories

Doctors Cite Pressure to Keep Silent On Bhutto
Pakistani authorities have pressured the medical personnel who tried to save Benazir Bhutto's life to remain silent about what happened in her final hour and have removed records of her treatment from the facility, according to doctors.

Reward for Bhutto killers' identities
The Pakistani government has offered a reward to anyone who could identify two suspects from last week's killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

State Department denies it ignored danger to Bhutto
The State Department denies it ignored security dangers surrounding former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto when she returned to Pakistan.

Kenya: 145 killed since Friday; 33,000 forced from home
Kenyans ventured warily out in search of food on Tuesday after the post election violence that had convulsed the country for four days generally calmed, but many shops remained shuttered and sporadic tribal violence continued.


Raw Politics

CNN poll: Favored candidates in both parties in dead heat
With two days to go until the Iowa caucuses, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Tuesday shows both the Democratic and Republican presidential nomination races tied at the top.

Poll: Obama, Huckabee leading rivals
Presidential contenders rang in the 2008 election year with near-constant campaigning on Monday as a poll showed Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee leading their rivals with three days remaining before the Iowa caucuses.

What if Iowa settles nothing for the Democrats?
Iowa is packed with presidential candidates and hundreds of campaign aides, advisers and contributors. Twenty-five hundred representatives of news organizations have been granted credentials to cover the caucuses Thursday night, twice as many as in 2004. Rarely has a political event been so intensely anticipated as a decisive moment, at least on the Democratic side. But what if it is not decisive?

Groups spend heavily to sway races
Spurred by a recent Supreme Court decision, independent political groups are using their financial muscle and organizational clout as never before to influence the presidential race, pumping money and troops into early nominating states on behalf of their favored candidates.

Romney attack ads misrepresent facts
Two negative ads recently launched by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has spent more on advertising than any other candidate, either misrepresent his rival's records or include distortions, according to a CNN analysis of the commercials.

Bloomberg in '08?
Money could smooth the way toward getting on the ballot in all 50 states as an independent candidate

Chelsea Clinton turns down 9-year old
It's one thing for Hillary Clinton's campaign to turn down interview requests for the candidate's daughter, Chelsea. But can't a 9-year old reporter catch a break?

Pelosi's year
Nancy Pelosi crashed through a glass ceiling when she became the first female House speaker a year ago. That turned out to be the easy part.


Crime & Punishment

Hulking boy killer changes justice system
They called him Iron Man, a hulking teenage football player with a baby face and winsome smile who lived with his parents in a small ranch house in the Buttonwoods section of town.

Woman who tried to kill President Ford freed
Sara Jane Moore started the new year Tuesday a free woman more than three decades after a bizarre assassination attempt on President Ford that still baffles even her own attorney.

Keepin' Them Honest

Katrina Recovery Official Leaving Job
The Federal Emergency Management Agency official who for the past two years has led the agency's troubled Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts will retire Thursday.

Some aid for Minn. bridge victims stalled
Within days of the Minneapolis bridge collapse Aug. 1, area charities created a fund to help survivors and quickly raised $1.1 million. Almost five months later, the Minnesota Helps — Bridge Disaster Fund has given out only $104,000 to aid individual families.


AC360 folo (updates on stories covered by AC360)

Calif. school hires photographer to catch Mexican students
Children are more likely to shield their faces than to smile when Daniel Santillan points his camera. Santillan's photos aren't for any picture album or yearbook --they help prove that Mexican youngsters are illegally attending public schools in this California border community.



What YOU will be Talking about Today

Letterman's Return
Robin Williams will be David Letterman's first guest upon the return of his "Late Show" on CBS Wednesday.
Woman Escorted Off Bus For Reading Bible Aloud
A passenger on a Fort Worth bus says the T. Bus Service discriminated against her religion.
Posted By CNN: 6:09 AM ET
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Politics that is the buzz word for 2008, and there are only 307 days until the election. Iowa is in two days, New Hampshire in a few more, but what about the other states, lets say Michigan. Hilary is on the ballot here in MI, but no other Democratic front runners, all the major Republican candidates are, too bad because we in MI have long memories come election time. Think union support candidates, that's what made this country what it is - the common man. OK, I do wear my opinion on my sleeve, but only when the issue involves my state and those who live there.
Posted By Anonymous Marcia, Warren MI : 8:19 AM ET
I hope 2008 isn't going to be "The Year of Things Blown Out of Porportion." Romney's misinforming ads, the press down Chelsea Clinton's throat for continuing a policy, and kicking a woman off a bus for reading to her kids?
Naturally, Romney and Huckabee are both clamoring for media attention as we get down to the final days before the caucuses; they're going to be launching ads that say "I am the best choice, they're not, that's that."
Chelsea Clinton wasn't being rude or snotty when she told the 9-year-old reporter she wouldn't give a statement. She's made it clear she's NOT going to talk to the press, and she politely refused to comment. What's the big deal, I wonder?
And the woman on the bus who was reading the Bible to her kids... Honestly, I can't see why it's such a bother for the bus company. Plenty of people talk and shout and laugh and fight on public transportation. This woman was reading to her children, and it shouldn't matter WHAT she was reading. She has every right to read to her kids, and I found it ridiculous she was actually kicked off the bus.
Well, Happy New Year! Nice to ring in the year with some fun news, hmm?
Posted By Anonymous Christianna : 10:06 AM ET
I was so happy to see the morning buzz! You must have had a pretty low key night!

I am looking forward to the Letterman show tonight. It will be refreshing to have some new shows.

One more thing...what is the big deal about answering a question from a 9 year old,Chelsea? Not a good move on her part. She seems cold and uncaring. Hmm, that sounds familiar.

Have a good day...
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 10:42 AM ET
The trouble in Kenya reminds me of my 1993 trip to Nairobi when I ended up at the US Embassy and the Nairobi Police Department. They were beating citizens in the next room....the yells and screams I'll never forget. And they were hauling in truckloads of children on flatbed trucks .... having picked them up off of the streets during the night. I knew then that there was some serious trouble in this little corner of the world. I'm sad. For ordinary, poor, helpless citizens there.
Posted By Blogger Lewis : 11:06 AM ET
I live in Rhode Island and it was a very scary time here when the Heaton murders happened. He was certainly old enough to know right from wrong when all these brutal murders were committed. I hope they continue to find ways to keep Craig Price in prison. There is no rehabilitation for this animal. I hope 360 goes more in depth on this story.
Posted By Anonymous Cheryl, Johnston RI : 11:43 AM ET
heard your resolution last night... seems u have kept to it on the first day of the new yr... wish you a very happy new yr 2008. It was very impressive to see u in karachi on the 30th and at times sq on the 31st... that too in two extreme situations... keep up the great job.
Posted By Anonymous S : 12:07 PM ET
Happy New Year. It would appear 2008 is chiming in with a full plate of news. Somethings never change at the stroke of midnight.

Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.
Posted By Blogger Lorie Ann : 12:38 PM ET
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