Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Morning Buzz
Morning folks!!! Well, the first votes have been cast in the NH primary. The residents of Dixville Notch picked McCain & Obama, Hillary Clinton was shut out....There are lots of political headlines to wrap your arms around today, plus a rare winter tornado and Dr Phil is getting his hand slapped for trying to help Brittany... Soooo grab your coffee, there is a lot to get through this morning...

Top Stories

At least 2 dead in Missouri tornadoes
Severe weather raked southwestern Missouri on Monday night, killing at least two people and leaving a path of destruction across two counties, authorities said.

Rockets fired into Israel from Lebanon
Two Katyusha rockets were fired into northern Israel from Lebanon on Monday night, an Israeli police spokesman said.

Bush to visit an ambivalent Israel
For seven years, President Bush has been a distant defender of Israel, working from Washington to tilt America's policies in the Middle East more firmly behind its longtime ally.

Afghan bomb kills coalition 2 soldiers
A roadside bomb killed two soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition in eastern Afghanistan, and a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a border police patrol in the south, killing a policeman, officials said.

Bush Admits Economy Faces Challenges
President Bush, in a marked shift from his usual upbeat economic assessments, conceded here on Monday that the nation faces "economic challenges" due to rising oil prices, the home mortgage crisis and a weakening job market.

Raw Politics

Obama and McCain get early win
Sen. Barack Obama won seven of the 10 votes cast for Democrats in the first balloting of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday in the northern hamlet of Dixville Notch, while Sen. John McCain won the Republican balloting.

Little New Hampshire Could Hold Big Significance
A few months ago, New Hampshire's reputation for delivering spellbinding primary elections was in danger. But if trend lines hold, a pair of contested primaries Tuesday will deliver outcomes with potentially enormous significance.

In state where independents rule, GOP losing sway
Kevin Duval, who works behind the counter at Roy's convenience store here, voted for George W. Bush in 2004. The country was at war and he felt he should 'leave the apple cart the way it is." Now, angry over the Iraq war, the economy and Republicans in general, Duval says "it's time for a party change."

Their last bids
Hillary Rodham Clinton choked up. Barack Obama flubbed his lines. Even Chuck Norris, Mike Huckabee's action-star sidekick, was laid low.

Bill can't make Hillary younger
Bill Clinton joked Sunday night he is unable to change some of wife Hillary's chief differences with rival Barack Obama, the latest comments from the former president to cause a stir on the campaign trail.

The Guy With the Bus Is on a Roll
For the moment, at least, the John McCain of yore has returned. The 2008 model Straight Talk Express is a cheap version of the 2000 model, befitting a low-budget operation. But old-time McCainiacs are on board..

2 Hopefuls Share Little but Appeal to Youth
It has the feel and look of a transformative moment, this tidal wave of young voters buoying the disparate campaigns of Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.

Clinton Braces for Second Loss
With Barack Obama strongly favored--even within Hillary Clinton's camp--to win a second straight victory in today's New Hampshire Democratic primary, both rivals are looking to the next battle grounds. But his momentum threatens to swamp her in the next two states as well and shows signs of fracturing her support in the party establishment.

Colin Powell praises Obama
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell praised Barack Obama on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, crediting the Illinois Senator for breaking barriers while running as "an American man" who can represent the entire nation.

Crime & Punishment

Sharpton in Escape Case, but Prosecutor Is 'Upset'
A three-week odyssey appeared to be reaching an end on Monday for one of two men who escaped from a New Jersey county jail here last month, a day after the Rev. Al Sharpton said he had received a request to broker a surrender.

Man charged helped police find hiker's body
The body of a young woman missing since New Year's Day has been found, and the man charged with her disappearance led investigators to her body Monday evening, officials said.

Keepin' them Honest

Problems with farm bill remain
The head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says lots of work remains to be done before a new five-year farm bill can escape President Bush's veto pen and become law.

A Safety-Net Hospital Falls Into Financial Crisis
Like tens of thousands of Atlantans over the last 115 years --like Gladys Knight, the soul singer, and Vernon Jordan Jr., the presidential confidante; like more than one in three babies born here in the last decade--Ms. Vaughn entered the world at Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the nation's largest safety-net hospitals.

What YOU will be TALKING about TODAY

Dr. Phil criticized
Dr. Phil's public brand of tough love sometimes makes him tough to love, particularly among mental health professionals who are accusing television's self-help guru of making an uncalled-for house call on Britney Spears this week.

NBC pulls plug on Golden Globes broadcast
Hollywood's awards season locomotive was derailed Monday when NBC pulled the plug on its highly rated Golden Globes, choosing not to broadcast on Sunday what promised to be a virtually celebrity-free ceremony.

LSU sends Ohio State to another BCS loss
Les Miles unleashed an ear-piercing whoop, then leaned back and exhaled as if he had been holding his breath all night. "I just had to do that," the LSU coach said. Easy for him to say, now that he has the BCS national championship trophy.

Boy glues hand to bed to avoid school
A 10-year-old Mexican boy dreaded returning to school after Christmas break so much that he glued his hand to his bed. Sandra Palacios spent nearly two hours Monday morning trying to free her son Diego's hand with water, oil and nail polish remover before calling authorities, police chief Jorge Camacho told The Associated Press from outside the northern city of Monterrey.
Posted By CNN: 5:48 AM ET
It is my sincere hope that Barack Obama can sweep the entire state of New Hampshire and beyond. We need fervent change for the better in this country, and folks have to have the courage to stand up and bring about that kind of strong and positive change, by voting for an extremely talented and focused candidate such as Barack Obama.

Continously voting for the same old washington insiders such as Hillary Clinton and a few others, would be very risky business. We don't need the potential for more scandals.

Instead, what we need is more unity and a sense of family and pride in this country, while keeping good jobs here in the USA. Well if given a decent chance, Senator Obama is going to tackle all of those issues for us, and much more, if everyone will just have the courage to stand strong with this eloquent gentlemen, and do what is right for this country and the world at large.
Posted By Anonymous Joseph / Wentzville, MO : 7:19 AM ET
Barack Obama has a heart of gold, and is prepared to really help this country out of the serious level of distress that it finds itself in. Frankly, if Hillary Clinton is elected our president, then it's my belief that the terrorist in this world will have a field day in this country, and especially abroad, because they will view a woman president as a sheer sign of weakness.

Unfortunately, that is just one of the many reasons that Benazir Bhutto was murdered. So it just makes sense that Senator Obama is our best choice here for President of the United States.
Posted By Anonymous Larry / Lincoln, NE : 7:28 AM ET
Maybe if Bush would have paid more attention the the economy at the beginning of this term there wouldn't be a mortgage crisis, a weakening job market and there WOULD be an alternative fuel source. However, the focus has been not on the United States but on a war that no one except administration wanted. And now with 300+ days left until the election the Prez has decided that the American people are important. Hopefully our next president and their administration will be able to turn things around and institute changes that will benefit the American people and make things better.
Posted By Anonymous Marcia, Warren MI : 7:35 AM ET
The voters in New Hampshire are being up front and honest about what they see. They then go to the polls to make their selections, get out of the way, and let the story reveal itself to the world before them.

The intelligent and astute people of Iowa got it right as far as what this country needs in a leader, and I believe that the voters of New Hampshire will follow in that same courageous and historic tradition.

Obama for 2008!!
Posted By Anonymous Donny / San Diego, CA : 8:17 AM ET
The Bush trip to Mideast seems bizarre.

His previous trips to mideast tend to be quick and made in some secrecy.

Now, he is going to "parade" for nine days in some of the most dangerous parts of the world.

Is he "asking" for an attack on himself? Why? Did Dick Cheney suggest the trip:)?

I hope he doesn't expect to end his term by dying in Jerusalem.

Bill Delameter
Quincy CA 95971
Posted By Anonymous Bbill Davis : 8:20 AM ET
Can u guys ease up on Dr. Phil (I always think of Quick Draw) McGraw? I just heard on the radio that he was ASKED to see Brit Brit by her parents.

Now her parents, you should rip apart verbally. They are trying to sell their daughters to the media. They suck.
Posted By Anonymous Twilight Sky : 8:55 AM ET
Elections - whatever.

Economy - sucks, but what can you do?

Britney - meh.

The big news of today:


According to Variety, ABC has ordered a new season. Woohoo!!!
Posted By Anonymous Michelle, MN : 12:29 PM ET
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