Monday, January 07, 2008
Morning Buzz
Morning Folks!!! IT is MONDAY!!! Only 24 hours until round 2 of the Obama v Hillary match up ...It is looks like Obama is NOW leading in most polls out this morning...Is it due or die for Hillary? There are lots of headlines to chew over in Raw Politics this morning. Also, many folks are cleaning up out west from all the rain and snow....So grab some coffee, it is Morning Buzz time...


Top Stories

Ice slows cleanup in flooded Nev. town
Many residents who fled nearly 300 homes damaged by a canal rupture were able to return, but had to contend with as much as 8 feet of water in places and sheets of ice over yards and streets.

Hiker death
A man charged with kidnapping a missing hiker in Georgia is scheduled to make a court appearance Monday as investigators try to determine whether evidence links him to other crimes.

Bhutto to blame for her assassination
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination was her own fault, the country's president, Pervez Musharraf, said in an interview on U.S. television.

2 bombings kill at least 7 in Baghdad
A double bombing killed at least seven people and wounded 25 Monday outside the Baghdad office of a government agency that cares for Sunni mosques and shrines, witnesses and a hospital official said. A police officer, however, put the death toll as high as 14


Raw Politics

Obama takes lead
Two days before New Hampshire's Democratic primary, Sen. Barack Obama has opened a double-digit lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton in that state, a new CNN-WMUR poll found Sunday.

Obama up by 13 points
Sen. Barack Obama has opened up a 13 percentage point lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the battle for votes in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll conducted in the state from Friday through this afternoon. The results were just released.

Clintons fight for primary rebound
With their presidential hopes and political legacy on the line, Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband battled across New Hampshire on Sunday, fighting to become the comeback couple of the 2008 race.

Candidates Spar
Front-running presidential candidates in both parties sniped at each other Saturday night as they debated three days before Tuesday's first primary.

Retracing Steps, McCain Is Feeling Rejuvenated
Senator John McCain's presidential campaign wheeled out a confetti gun on Saturday in Peterborough to boom a festive end to his 100th town-hall-style meeting. It was the same place he began his New Hampshire primary campaign of 2000.

Bill Clinton Is Finding Less Spark
Is this what it would have been like had Elvis been reduced to playing Reno?

Bloomberg 'o8?
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and a dozen current and former elected officials from both parties arrived in this college town Sunday evening with little fanfare but grand ambitions.

Bruised in Iowa
After candidates who portrayed themselves as agents of change won the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney--the Democratic and Republican stalwarts defeated there--embraced the lesson, swiftly and drastically changing their campaigning styles.

GOP Doubts
Exploiting a deep well of voter revulsion over partisan gridlock in Washington, Sen. Barack Obama is promising to do something that has not been done in modern U.S. politics: unite a coalition of Democrats, Republicans and independents behind an agenda of sweeping change.

Crime & Punishment

Court Will Hear Lethal Injection Case
Death-row inmates are asking the Supreme Court to order states to use different drugs or tighten their procedures to reduce the risk that prisoners will suffer excruciating pain during their executions.

Authorities find grisly scene in Texas
Deputies responding to a 911 call in this East Texas town found a gruesome scene: a human ear boiling in a pot on a stove top and a hunk of flesh impaled on a fork sitting atop a plate on the kitchen table.

Justice on hold in Ga. murder trial
The case stunned the nation: A man on trial for rape at the Fulton County Courthouse overpowered a sheriff's deputy, took her gun and allegedly went on a killing rampage.


Keepin' Them Honest

Clemens sues accuser
Roger Clemens beat Brian McNamee to court, filing a defamation suit against his former trainer, according to the Houston Chronicle.


What YOU will be talking about TODAY

Spears Released From Hospital
Television's "Dr. Phil" McGraw said Britney Spears was released from a hospital Saturday but still needs psychological help, the syndicated programs "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider" reported in a press release.

Posted By CNN: 5:47 AM ET
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Hunk of flesh-not the best visual while reading the AM news and eating breakfast...Ew. It sounds like the case in New Orleans a while back where this man who'd survived the city after Katrina did similar things to his girlfriend. What is this world turning into?

Onto Hillary's purported demise. Two states don't determine an entire election. Of course if the Dems don't pick her, they stand a better chance of winning. I think she stands for old Democratic Party, and I personally can't stand the thought of another four years of Clintons in the White House. Wasn't the Bush dynasty enough of a legacy disaster to not need another one? She brings same old, same old back. And that doesn't work. Of course Obama is too new and inexperienced to run this country and deal with world leaders. Good talk doesn't guarantee good actions. So, that leaves another election where the Dems chose duds for the White House, Republicans go in because of electoral votes, and we're back to that proverbial square one. Until something else gets thrown into the mix...This is entertaining.
Posted By Anonymous Tammy, Berwick, LA : 8:38 AM ET
It is just terrible what happened to the Georgia hiker. She should have never gone out alone. It is so sad.

Moving on to politics, I can't wait for the primary coverage to begin tomorrow night. I enjoyed John King on Saturday!
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 9:01 AM ET
Round two of Hillary vs Obama? Have you folks forgotten that there are other candidates in the Democratic race. I'm thinking of John Edwards who came in SECOND in Iowa while Mrs. Clinton came in third. How come there is no coverage of Edwards? This is not a two person race as much as the media would like to think so.
Posted By Anonymous Katherine, Escanaba Mi : 9:15 AM ET
The Clintons have had their chance already, when Bill was in office. Now it's time for a fresh start with the dramatic and electrifying Barack Obama, leading the way for us.

No other candidate has been able to produce such powerful messages of change and hope, the way Barack has. He is a true leader and we all need to get behind him, and help to get this country back to where it should be nationally, and on the global stage.
Posted By Anonymous Leo / Hazelwood Missouri : 10:39 AM ET
Hopefully AC will talk about the potential issues that arise from Obama's plans for uniting both Democrats & Republicans.

When you amalgamate two opposing forces - other than AC360 who will 'keep them honest' when there's no advantage to do so.

I don't know, maybe it is what America needs.
I value our global ties.
But when I hear these 'hope' and 'change' catch phrases I think.
Would it be so wrong to have someone in the Whitehouse that has a connection to a recent time when America wasn't so disliked by the international community?
Although I don't agree with most of her policies, surely Hilary would be the fastest to mend the Bridges burnt by Bush?
Posted By Anonymous willontech : 11:22 AM ET
Jamie,
The New Hampshire primary should be pretty interesting!! It seems to me that Hillary has lost her steam and Obama's is picking up! But I still won't count her out just yet! But if she does bad this go round then she is in trouble. It seems to me that people aren't buying her spin.

I watched ABC's debates and LOVED them. That is the type of debates that I want to see everytime! Where the moderator throws out a question and the candidates all get to answer and talk to each other about the issues. That way the candidates can't try to spin stuff because they are very quickly called on it. CNN needs to do some of their debates in this manner! Just a suggestion!

I've been keeping up with the missing hiker Meredith Emerson here in Georgia. I can't see why women will risk going alone hiking in this day and age! It is just WAY too risky!! When she went missing I knew someone had gotten her unfortunately. Now they have this Hilton guy that was the last person to be seen with her. They even found him while he was in the middle of trying to wash his van out with bleach! Then right down from his house in a dumpster was her wallet and clothes and her dog was found at a Kroger beside the dumpster. Doesn't take a genius to see he is guilty!! The GBI is even looking at him for some other murders here in Georgia. I hope that they can atleast get him to tell where her body is for her family's sake!

I just can't believe that Brit is out again! I hope for her kids sake that she gets mental help very soon! If not I am sure she will end up like Anna Nichole Smith unfotunately!

So Anderson is doing 360 from New Hampshire tonight!! I can't wait!

C-Ya then!!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 11:30 AM ET
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