Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Morning Buzz
Good Morning ALL!!! I am back. The skiing was fantastic...20 inches of snow is some parts of New England yesterday, I should have stayed in Vermont!!! But it is back to reality and the Morning Buzz... Our web folks made some tweaks to the buzz, what do you think?

Today is another big day in politics...the Michigan Primary. Will McCain pull out a win, again? Or will Romney claim victory in the state he was born in and his father governed??? BUT don't count Huckabee, Giuliani or Thompson out, yet....This race is way too close to call at this point....For the Democrats, Hillary is the ONLY major contender on her party's ballot -- but that doesn't guarantee a victory!!! S000 grab your coffee it is time for the morning buzz...

The ATM card of slain Marine Maria Lauterbach was found in a Durham, North Carolina, bus station over the weekend and the truck of the Marine suspected of killing her was reported in the area, police said Monday.
A snowstorm raced across northern New England Monday after burying parts of Massachusetts, dumping as much as 20 inches of snow in some places and forcing classes to be canceled at hundreds of schools.
Military officials said that about 3,200 Marines are being told to prepare to go to Afghanistan--a move that will boost combat troop levels in time for an expected Taliban offensive this spring.
The Iraqi defense minister said Monday that his nation would not be able to take full responsibility for its internal security until 2012, nor be able on its own to defend Iraq's borders from external threat until at least 2018.

One of Michigan's weirdest and wildest presidential primary seasons ends today with two big concerns...
John McCain has an automatic advantage Tuesday when Michigan votes.
Alternately promising and pleading, Republican Mitt Romney on Monday asked Michigan residents to vote for him in a primary election that could either rejuvenate or mortally wound his presidential campaign.
A demand for change, the issue that drove record-breaking turnout in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary this month, is echoing nationwide.
As health care generates debate in this year's presidential campaign, about 68 percent of Americans say individuals should be required to have medical insurance, with government help for those who cannot afford it, a survey released on Tuesday found.
Jarvis Jenkins and Kytu Ivory are two black voters with two very different ideas about the racial tensions that have flared between presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has eaten beef tacos in East Los Angeles and sat on the living room couch of a working-class family in a largely Hispanic neighborhood here for 30 televised minutes. At a rally of the culinary workers' union in the shadows of the Strip here one night, Senator Barack Obama pumped his fist and chanted with the crowd, "Si, se puede; si, se puede; si, se puede!" or, "Yes, we can!"

Giuliani says he's an agent of change
Republican Rudy Giuliani declared himself a "change agent" on Monday, saying he brought more change to New York City than any other mayor.
After the trench warfare of Iowa and New Hampshire and the upcoming skirmishes in a handful of states, a very different battle awaits the presidential candidates on Feb. 5: the biggest and most challenging single day in a recent campaign for a party nomination.

Fifth-grader Christopher Rodriguez sat down Thursday at his piano for his weekly lesson, arched his fingers over the keys and began to play.

The federal government sued Monday to gain access to land owned by a Texas city whose mayor has been highly critical of a planned U.S.-Mexico border fence.

Megachurch leader charged with perjury
An 80-year-old leader of a suburban mega church who is at the center of a sex scandal has been charged with lying under oath for saying he had sex outside marriage with only one other woman, court documents show.

In this farming community where nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies, residents are abuzz over reported sightings of what many believe is a UFO.

Britney Spears went to a courthouse Monday but abruptly left amid a swarm of paparazzi without attending a hearing in her child-custody battle with her ex-husband, missing a chance to try to persuade a commissioner to restore her visitation rights to her two little boys.
Posted By CNNBLOG: 12:25 AM ET
Good Morning,
I understand it's all about politics, but what about those poor kids in Washington DC who mother is charged with murder?? How do that many people (I'm sure it's more than 6) fail not just one child, but 4???
Posted By Anonymous Cheryl, Johnston, RI : 6:51 AM ET
So what if Mitt was born in the state and his father was governor, where has he been all these years. Why didn't he worry about his home state when things started to go bad, maybe it would have made a difference. But coming back now and saying he was born here and that MI is in his DNA just so he can get votes just doesn't cut it with this MI resident.
Posted By Anonymous Marcia, Warren Mi : 7:37 AM ET
I am very excited about the Michigan primary! I hope, I know, Anderson will have plenty to say about it tonight. I still have that giddy feeling of anticipation before election results come in. Can it last? I hope so!
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 7:44 AM ET
Morning...glad you decided to rejoin us again! Hope you had fun skiing while the rest of us were working! LOL BTW...I like the new and improved Buzz! Well except that the stories need spaces in between them. They are all jumbled together. You can't tell where one ends and the other begins. Other than that it's all good.

It's about time they send more help over to Afghanistan. I've been saying they should do that for a while. Things are getting ugly there. We need to nip it in the bud before it really gets nasty.

And I've always figured that we'd be in Iraq for the long haul. So it's no suprise to me that the Iraq defense minister is saying that they'll need us to stay and help them until 2018 or more.

Well another primary! I hope that McCain wins. He seems to be the only honest candidate that we have on either side! But I think it may be close with him and Romney.

People are saying that they want a change...well I hope they realize that this change isn't going to happen over night! It may take years and years to fix our broken government and the mess that we are in. So they better not expect too much too soon no matter who wins the presidency. And if any candidate says that they can fix things right off the bat then they are lying!

What else is new with Britney!? It's sad really! She seems to have some really bad emotional problems. I hope she gets help before it's too late. I feel the worst for her two little boys who don't understand why they can't see their mom. That is the saddest part.

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 8:31 AM ET
Thanks for the Morning Buzz! All eyes are on the Michigan Primary. Personally I think that Mitt Romney is going to be seriously disadvantaged if he doesn't win Michigan. As you mentioned he already has an advantage in being from Michigan, but McCain has also gained a lot of momentum recently...

By the way, what ever happened to international politics? Elections are exciting, but am I the only one who has noticed the dearth in international headlines? And how come nobody is mentioning North Korea's missed Dec. 31 deadline? I'd love to hear more less discussed stories.
Posted By Anonymous Anthea, Beijing, China : 9:23 AM ET
*sigh* Mandatory health insurance is all well and good -- for those who can afford to pay for it. What about those who can't? What's the cutoff for those who have enough other responsibilities that an extra $200 a month or more is just not possible?

This situation with the missing Marine is disgraceful. Why is there no cooperation in cases such as these? Is the pissing contest of "we found him first!" really more important than capturing a murder suspect? How utterly ridiculous.
Posted By Anonymous Jeana, Los Angeles, CA : 1:23 PM ET
I am so very very disappointed with CCN coverage of the Democratic primaries that words cannot adequately describe. The race-gender war is being pushed by the media --CNN and Fox being the ringleaders.

Now, if you were doing your research you'd have known that the Obama-Muslim email was likely generated by the Republicans who see the religion story as the best way to kill two birds with one stone. Your little story featuring the email followed by a story on Bill Clinton was intended to point the fingers at the Clintons--right? I pretty sure that's what you’re hoping for. Well listen up I got one of the emails and it came from a Republican acquaintance.

Bill Clinton is correct to speak up about Obama’s voting record. Had he not done so we'd never have known Obama's votes in the Senate were pretty much the same as Hillary’s. As a Black woman I'll be voting for Hillary Clinton not because of her gender or because her husband is the "first Black president" as you all like quoting but because she speaks to the issues and coupled with her experience she is more likely to get the job done.

As to Barrack Obama I’m very proud of his achievements. However if he is smart he'll ask himself why it is the media is giving him a "pass." Is it possible you all fear that if you put him through the fire you have been doing to Hillary for the last 16 years you’ll be perceived as racist?

When and how did CNN gather to itself so many whims and cowards incapable of saying or doing anything contrary to the polls which in turn are administered by people equally afflicted? Very disappointed.
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