Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Morning Buzz
Good Morning!!! What an exciting finish in the N.H. primary last night. AND that seems to be dominating the headlines this morning... Many had written both John McCain and Hillary Clinton off, but today they are calling them BOTH the "comeback kids." McCain's victory in N.H. was NOT a huge surprise, but how did the polls get it sooo wrong on the Democratic side. Who will stay in? Who will drop out? Hillary, Obama, Romney, Huckabee and McCain are in it, for sure!!! BUT will Edwards, Richardson, Paul and the others drop out? Tough call....Sooo grab your coffee and let the games begin....

Top Stories

Clinton wins back women
Solid support from registered Democrats and women in New Hampshire were crucial Tuesday as Sen. Hillary Clinton rebounded from her third-place finish in last week's Iowa caucuses.

A 'very personal victory' for McCain
Sen. John McCain's victory in New Hampshire's Republican primary Tuesday came with the help of critics of a war he supports and independents who gave him the edge eight years ago, exit polls found.

New Hampshire's Polling Fiasco
There will be a serious, critical look at the final pre-election polls in the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire; that is essential. It is simply unprecedented for so many polls to have been so wrong. We need to know why.

Voter turnout in NH sets record
Voters excited about competitive races in both parties set a record for turnout in New Hampshire's primary Tuesday.

Bush in Israel
President Bush opened his first presidential trip to Israel on Wednesday, seeking to build momentum for stalled Mideast peace talks and clear up confusion about whether the United States is serious about confronting Iran about its suspected nuclear ambitions.

Kenya Crisis Worsens
The political mood darkened again in Kenya on Tuesday, with opposition leaders cooling to the idea of negotiations with the government after the president unilaterally made major cabinet appointments, a move that set off riots across the country almost immediately.

Rise Seen in Trafficking of Enhanced Ecstasy
Methamphetamine-laced Ecstasy is flowing across the Canadian border into the United States, according to a warning last week from the federal government to public health and local law enforcement officials.

Raw Politics

Clinton's stunning victory
In a stunning comeback at a do-or-die moment for her campaign, Hillary Clinton pulled out a narrow primary win here Tuesday night that breathed new life into her candidacy and immediately stoked the fiery intensity of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Fresh starts for Clinton, McCain
Powered by women voters and the Democratic faithful, Hillary Rodham Clinton rallied to a surprise victory Tuesday in the New Hampshire presidential primary, echoing the 1992 comeback that launched her husband to the White House.

A Show of Emotion Heard 'Round the World
It was not that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton teared up. It was all the times she did not.

Crime & Punishment

Escapee Caught Just Six Blocks From the Jail
Law enforcement officers arrested an escaped prisoner Tuesday night, finding him in an apartment just six blocks from the Elizabeth, N.J., jail from which he and another inmate broke out more than three weeks ago, the police said.

CHICAGO Panel backs payouts in 3 police-related cases
The Chicago City Council's Finance Committee voted Tuesday to settle three police-related cases for a total of $1.25 million.

Keepin' Them Honest

Katrina's victims ask for huge checks
Hurricane Katrina's victims have put a price tag on their suffering and it is staggering--including one plaintiff seeking the unlikely sum of $3 quadrillion.

Vets miss out on benefits
Many veterans never receive the federal and state benefits to which they're entitled because they're unaware they qualify for health care, tax breaks and other compensation, local liaisons to former troops say.

Air Force may shrink its F-15 fleet
The Air Force will probably order dozens of its F-15 fighter jets permanently grounded because of crucial structural flaws, significantly reducing the number of planes available to protect the United States, officials said Tuesday.

Ac360 folo

L.A. grand jury issues subpoenas in Web suicide case
In a novel approach, prosecutors are looking at charging a woman who posed as a boy and sent cruel messages to teen with defrauding MySpace.

Suicide prompts Mo. to mull law change
Adults who use the Internet to harass children could be charged with a felony if Missouri lawmakers agree with a proposal made Tuesday by a state panel formed after a taunted teenager's suicide.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY

Pair wheel corpse to store to cash check
Two men wheeled a dead man through the streets in an office chair to a check-cashing store and tried to cash his Social Security check before being arrested on fraud charges, police said.

Dairy linked to 3 deaths
At Whittier Farms dairy, the fifth-generation owners brag of the quality of their Holstein cows and still deliver milk right to your door, in glass bottles. Customers like the products because they are a hormone-free taste of old New England.

Posted By CNN: 5:36 AM ET
Hypothetically, let's say in the end Clinton wins the Presidency with 35% of the votes and Obama comes in second with 30%, I always wonderered, what the result would have been if voters who didn't vote for either of them had a chance to vote again for one of these two. My point being, people who don't vote for the top contenters are pretty much disregarded since they wasted their vote on say the 3rd runner up. Why not have a ballet letting you order your choice from all contenders. This way, you can for disregard voters first choice for Romney or something and let their second or third choice of either clinton or Obama be worth something in the end, so they would still have a vote in who wins between the two.

I just find it a complete waste that a large majority of votes go to waste, and also, people who know they're vote may go to waste may not vote for someone they think may not be top 2. This is just wrong in my opinion...

Any thoughts?
Posted By Anonymous ScottieB33 : 7:20 AM ET
Good morning, AC! I love this forum! Well both Hillary and Barack now have a win a piece now. Hillary needed the win in New Hampshire, because her back was against the wall, so she squeaked out a win.

Now the real test will be in Michigan, and of course on Super Tuesday February 5Th, which will clearly define who our next president may be.

But for Gods sakes, I just hope it doesn't turn out to be Hillary. But could it really get any worse that what we have in office right now?
Posted By Anonymous Carla / Billings, MT : 7:30 AM ET
Well there is no doubt that this will be a real dog fight to the finish line for Barack and Hillary. They are obviously both formidable opponents to one another, although Hillarys recent win was not by any means a cake walk.

I could care less what happens on the Republican side. The real race is with the democrats, because america is fed up with Republican politics. Enough said!
Posted By Anonymous Terry / Belleville, IL : 7:39 AM ET
It was not guaranteed that Senator Barack Obama would go undefeated in this highly charged political race. This is not the New England Patriots football team, which most people know, went an astounding 16-0 this season, to be undefeated during the regular season.

As a real warrior for fairness, justice, hope, change and equality, Senator Obama will unselfishly press on for the sake of this country and the free world at large.
Posted By Anonymous Wayne / Wentzville MO : 7:59 AM ET
Whew I need some coffee! Stayed up too late watching the election coverage. Which I thought was GREAT by the way!

I wasn't suprised at all by McCain's win. I quite expected it. But I was a little suprised over Hillary's win. But I have to say that I am glad that she won Obama was getting a bit smug thinking he had it in the bag! Glad he got knocked down a few notches! I think Hillary won because not as many young people came out, Obama had to share the independents, more women voted for her, and more older people came out to vote for Hillary.

This election is really getting good now! We have no clear cut front runner on either side! That is going to make it WAY more interesting!

I am glad that the prosecuters are looking into charging the mom that posed as a boy that led to the teen commiting suicide!! She needs to be punished along with her kids if they had anything to do with it! Which I am very sure they were the ones doing it and the mom is trying to take up for them!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 9:25 AM ET
I am an American woman of African American decent and I have not made up my mind yet on whom I will cast my ballot. However, the comments that I overwhelmingly hear from the pundits and commentators concerning why black’s and especially black women should support Senator Obama have really started to irritate me. Why it is the assumption that all blacks should support Obama’s candidacy, we are individuals and think as individuals or should.
My five year old daughter and I were picking out a new place mat for her spot at the dinner table, she had several choices one of which was the pictures of the U.S. Presidents, she took a moment to look at the faces and said “I don’t want that one” when I asked why she replied “There are no girls on it”. Her concern was not that there were no black faces but no one she identified with.
Please give the voters more credit than voting based on what you tell us to be concerned about and for just one moment consider that we are voting based on personal convictions. If it is truly the desire of this nation to move past judging people by the color of their skin then don’t expect someone to vote based on what we all say shouldn’t be a criterion for judgment.
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