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Obama slams corporate agriculture Baltimore Sun, United States the Washington insiders who matter to me live in Washington County, Iowa, not Washington, D.C. ....... $1.3 billion in federal farm subsidies is going to people "who aren't even farmers." ...... "You've got farm money going to Fortune 500 companies. Meanwhile, for an expensive steak, a small farmer gets less than a dollar. For a loaf of bread, it's a dime. That's what's happens when rural policy gets made in the backrooms by lobbyists in Washington," Obama said.
Barack Obama apologizes for attack on Clinton
Will Obama Survive the Fox News Attack Machine? Blogcritics.org, OH So what do you do if the negative attacks happen even before the race begins? Worse yet, what if the attacker is a multi-billion dollar media conglomerate who can coordinate their message through television, radio and Internet outlets? ..... She said, "I don't think America is ready for a Muslim President." This marketing bomb had hit its target. ....... Since the beginning of 2007, Fox has taken it upon themselves to make weekly personal attacks on Barack's character, religion, family, personal history and legislative record. At the last count they produced over 37 negative stories, almost one per week, since before he announced his candidacy. As a United States Senator, Obama might seem like fair game until you actually read the articles. He's accused of being a cocaine addict, a muslim, a socialist, a terrorist sympathizer, a black radical and of being related to Osama Bin Laden himself. ....... some television viewers and radio listeners can't tell fact from fiction
Bhutto’s Persona Raises Distrust, as Well as Hope New York Times
Gov't commits to make Nepal Sambat as national calendar
So's Your MotherMcCain v. Giuliani gets personal
Can't get enough of Barack Obama? Los Angeles Times Tim Russert devoting the whole hour to Barack Obama .... The only one to get a dedicated show, though, is Obama
Obama: Clinton has too much baggage Chicago Sun-Times “If you start off with half the country not wanting to vote for you, you don’t have a lot of margin for error” ...... he has no history of “generating anger among Republicans.” ...... only 2 percent of the Iowa population is African American. ..... New polls to be released soon will show front-runner Clinton dropping some in New Hampshire. And Democrats meet for another debate in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Fear of a dynasty denies Hillary Clinton votes Times Online concerns that two dynasties – the Bush and Clinton families – could dominate American politics for 28 years. ...... “I feel like an old racehorse who is semi-retired,” he said with self-deprecating charm. “Every now and then they drag me out of the barn and see if I can make it round the track one last time.” ........ Barack-Stars, 17-year-old school pupils who are entitled to vote in the Iowa caucus if they turn 18 by November 4, 2008, election day. ........ Obama’s innovative organisation has paid more attention to mobilising the teenage vote than any other campaign. ....... there’s something about Hillary’s nature . . . As a kid, I don’t feel she gets me. She seems too uptight.” ...... Dynasticism brings with it a sense of deterioration. It is dispiriting
Clinton looks to widen her lead
Clinton Campaign Acused for the Second Time of Planting a Question ...
Pakistan a "pressure cooker", journalists expelled Reuters transmissions of BBC and CNN have been blocked ...... "He is the chief justice, he is the real chief justice," Bhutto blared over a megaphone, after police trucks blocked her way to Chaudhry's residence. ...... Bhutto plans to lead a "long march", actually a mass motor procession, from Lahore on Tuesday to put more pressure on Musharraf to revoke emergency rule, restore the constitution and the sacked judges, quit as army chief, hold elections in January, and release thousands of detainees. ...... She will go to Lahore, the city where the pulse of Pakistani politics beats strongest ........ Musharraf briefed army commanders telling them the emergency had been a very difficult decision but necessary to ensure effective governance, maintain efforts against terrorism and provide for a stable political transition .... "dictatorship causes fanaticism"...... "The choice must not be between the military or the militants. The choice must be for the will of the people for democracy" ...... The uncertainties have unnerved foreign investors and domestic markets.
Benazir Bhutto Is Permitted to Leave Home
When the Patient Is a Googler Susan had chosen me because she had researched my education, read a paper I had written, determined my university affiliation and knew where I lived. ...... They talk a lot. I often wonder, while waiting for them to pause, if there are patients like this in poor, war-torn countries where the need for doctors is more dire. ....... engineers, as a class, are possibly the best patients. They're logical ........ There's so much information (as well as misinformation) in medicine — and, yes, a lot of it can be Googled — that one major responsibility of an expert is to know what to ignore. ....... A seasoned doc gets good at sizing up what kind of patient he's got and how to adjust his communicative style accordingly.
LAPD Criticized Over Muslim 'Map' The LAPD's counterterrorism bureau plans to identify Muslim enclaves in order to determine which might be likely to become isolated and susceptible to "violent, ideologically based extremism," said Deputy Chief Michael P. Downing on Thursday. "We want to know where the Pakistanis, Iranians and Chechens are so we can reach out to those communities," said Downing, who heads the counterterrorism bureau. ...... There are an estimated 500,000 Muslims in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.
New York State Democrats Celebrate Strategic Victories in Republican State Senate Districts Across New York Democrats maintained their majority in Nassau, expanded it in Suffolk, picked up seats in Monroe and Onondaga and won a new majority in Dutchess County ...... Democrats won major victories in the backyards of vulnerable Republican State Senators including Kemp Hannon, Joe Robach, Tom Morahan, John DeFrancisco and Caesar Trunzo .
US Strategy for Pakistan Looks Increasingly Fragile New York Times they still believe that a power-sharing agreement between Ms. Bhutto and the general can survive. “We hope we’re seeing a little bit of political theater here,” a senior State Department official said. ........ the subsequent speech by Ms. Bhutto to the nation that was broadcast on official Pakistani television. .... administration officials said they were worried that if Ms. Bhutto had gone ahead with her planned rally, she might have been killed. ....... staging political campaign rallies in stadiums and arenas, and not out in the streets, in order to address safety concerns. ....... The United States is underestimating popular discontent with military rule, they say, and the ability of open elections to stabilize the country.
Violence In Nepal
San Francisco Bay oil spill spreads
A Planetary System That Looks Familiar New York Times 41 light-years from here ..... detecting rocky planets like Earth is probably beyond the current technology
It's On: Obama, Edwards And Clinton (No, The Other One) Invade Iowa MTV.com
Obama's GOP anger management
Obama: Race won't hurt me in Iowa
How women view Clinton in Iowa. Slate Women overwhelmingly favor Clinton in polls in the state. They're also the ones who give her the edge over her rivals when polls measure voters who say they've picked their candidate and won't change their mind. ........ The first thing I noticed talking to women who both support Hillary and those who are undecided is that a general conversation about the presidential race pretty quickly gets to gender. ....... "It was the woman in her that won. Men have some abilities. Women have others, and she could just rise above them all." ........ a win for her would bring America in line "with other progressive nations that have had women leaders." ....... They would think about their own experiences of being a woman in a man's world. ...... she found herself yelling at the television when she saw a recap of the Philadelphia debate. "They were so mean and nasty to Hillary," she said outside of the Oelwein middle school. "It made me like her even more." ......... Of the more than a dozen women I talked to, only one had actually seen the debate—a Clinton campaign county chairwoman who declared it obvious that the men found it easier to attack a woman than a man. The other women, whether they were supporting Clinton or not, seemed to take it as an article of faith that the men had ganged up on her, as Seltzer suggested. Of the men and women who dislike Clinton, no one mentioned that she'd inappropriately used her gender. The nearly universal complaint was that she was too calculating and dishonest, which was actually the argument put forward by those men at the Philadelphia debate. ......... She is quick to say at every event that she's not running merely as a woman, which of course serves to put the issue front and center.