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Obama Tells Supporters: Stop Measuring White House Drapes! Watch For Joe The Plummer….

October 16, 2008

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama warned his supporters to guard against overconfidence on Thursday as he and underdog Republican rival John McCain opened a 19-day sprint to Election Day.

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent, Reuters

The two candidates hit the campaign trail — Obama raising money in New York and McCain holding a rally in Pennsylvania — after their third and last presidential debate on Wednesday, a testy face-off that made an Ohio plumber famous.

So far, all the stars seemed to be lining up in Obama’s favor. He leads in national opinion polls and in many of the battleground states where the November 4 race will be won or lost.

Traders betting on future events in the political prediction markets are overwhelmingly predicting an Obama victory, giving the Illinois Democrat a better than 80 percent chance of winning.

But Obama pointed out to deep-pocket contributors at a fund-raising breakfast in Manhattan that he was supposed to win New Hampshire last January in the Democratic primary but lost the state to Sen. Hillary Clinton.

“For those of you who are feeling giddy or cocky or think this is all set, I just have two words for you: New Hampshire,” Obama said.

“I’ve been in these positions before when we were favored and the press starts getting carried away and we end up getting spanked,” he said.

NEW POLITICAL STAR

The new star in U.S. politics — at least for a news cycle or two — is Joe Wurzelbacher, “Joe the plumber,” who told Obama at a campaign stop that he wanted to buy a small plumbing business in Holland, Ohio.

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Obama Measuring White House Drapes? Predicting Landslide, Plans Big Election Night Party

October 16, 2008

It’s not a done deal yet, but all indications are that campaign officials are leaning toward Hutchinson Field on the south end of Grant Park as the site of their election night party.
By Jay Levine
CBS Channel 2, Chicago

The field is home to softball diamonds, the popular summer Lollapalooza music festival and was the site of the mass pope John Paul held in Chicago nearly 30 years ago.

If Grant Park is chosen as the venue, it would not be the first big outdoor event for Obama. He announced his presidential run outside the old state capitol in Springfield on a very cold day last February and gave his nomination acceptance speech at Denver’s Mile High Stadium.

CBS 2 first reported last month that Grant Park was on Obama campaign officials’ shortlist. They tentatively decided on it late last week. The negotiations with the city and park district have begun. Security arrangements are reportedly starting to take shape, and Mayor Richard M. Daley reportedly said it was a great idea.

The record low for Nov. 4 in Chicago is 15 degrees. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine asked Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President Jerry Roper what he anticipated for the night.

“Weather’s never a problem Chicago. We know how to handle it,” Roper said. “And there’ll be a lot of warmth that night, if indeed it does take place in Grant Park.”

Roper added that the event would be a “huge economic boost for our city.”
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Above: Senator Obama (L) and Senator McCain at the final presidential debate, October 15, 2008.  Photo from Getty Images

“People have been following Barack Obama around the world, and the world will have their eyes on Chicago that evening,” Roper said. “With the Pope’s visit from 30 years ago, to Lollapalooza, this city knows how to handle big events. … We’re prepared.”

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Musharraf party to nominate PM candidate

March 22, 2008
By LAUREN FRAYER, Associated Press Writer 

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Allies of President Pervez Musharraf said Saturday they would field another candidate for Pakistan‘s prime minister after withdrawing their original nominee a day earlier.
A combo of recent pictures of Pakistan's front-runners to become ... 
A combo of recent pictures of Pakistan’s front-runners to become Pakistan’s new prime minister from Pakistan’s slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto party, clockwise from top, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chaudry Ahmed Mukhtar, Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Yousaf Raza Gillani, seen in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

The reversal appeared to be due to a disagreement between the country’s two main pro-Musharraf parties.

One of the parties, Karachi-based Mutahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, withdrew its candidate as a “good will gesture” to slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto‘s followers, who won the most parliamentary seats in elections last month.

The MQM withdrew Farooq Sattar’s candidacy late Friday after meetings in London and Karachi, said lawmaker Haider Abbas Rizvi.

But Musharraf’s own party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, said Saturday that it planned to field a candidate to be announced Sunday. Party chairman and president Chaudry Shujaat Hussain said the Sattar’s withdrawal did not reflect the will of all pro-Musharraf lawmakers.

“We will contest the election. We have made this decision,” Hussain told reporters Saturday in Islamabad.

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Vietnam releases rights activist

February 1, 2008

January 31, 2008

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Vietnam has released imprisoned dissident writer Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, but continues to hold other dissidents under house arrest, Human Rights Watch said.
Tran Khai Thanh Thuy 
Thuy was arrested April 21, 2007, on charges of “causing public disorder.” She was released Thursday following an unpublicized trial in Hanoi, at which she was sentenced to nine months and 10 days, or time served, the rights organization said in a release.

Thuy, 47, was the 2007 winner of the Hellman/Hammett prize for persecuted writers. She was one of an estimated 40 activists who have been imprisoned or held under house arrest during the past 18 months in Vietnam, Human Rights Watch said.

Those being held include human rights lawyers, opposition party members, underground publishers, religious activists, Internet dissidents and labor union leaders.

“Like the dozens of other peaceful dissidents who have been jailed, Tran Khai Thanh Thuy should never have been arrested in the first place,” said Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. “The Vietnamese government should stop locking people up simply for expressing their views.”

Lindsay Lohan Finds Her Way In A.A., Drinks Life From the Bottle

January 5, 2008

Peace and Freedom Note: We have decided to read more about the “media people” who influence our children and our culture.  Most of them are not worthy of anyone’s attention….

By Allison Moore
HD Diva

Washington, D.C. (January 5, 2008) — Hollywood hottie Lindsay Lohan was caught taking a swig from a champagne bottle on New Year’s Eve during her licentious tour of Capri, Italy.

That would be just fine — hey, do as the Romans do, huh? — but Lohan is supposedly recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. She pled guilty to drunken driving and cocaine possession last year in Los Angeles.

The Associated Press reports that her attorney claims the New Year’s misstep was just a one-time thingy.

Swear.

“After being handed a champagne bottle while on a dance floor in Italy on New Year’s Eve and drinking from it, the good news is that Lindsay immediately stopped, called her sponsor, and got herself back on track,” said the attorney, the alliterative Blair Berk.

We hear that she didn’t inhale, either.

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Lohan dressed for church.

Berk’s statement might be believable — if Lindsay wasn’t also seen in Italy this week making out with three different men over a 24-our period.

“Unfortunately, Lindsay has to share her ‘one day at a time’ with the entire world,” Berk said.

One day at a time. Or, one man at a time?

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Persuasive Huckabee changed a state, his way

December 22, 2007

By Adam Nossiter and David Bar
The New York Times
December 22, 2007

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – In more than a decade of presiding over this state, Mike Huckabee produced a legacy like few other Republican governors in the South, surprising even liberal Democrats with his willingness to upend some of Arkansas’s more parochial traditions.

A review of his record as governor shows that, beginning in 1996, he drove through a series of changes that transformed education and health insurance in Arkansas, achievements that were never tried by most of his predecessors, including Bill Clinton.

But he is also remembered in the state for a style of governing that tended to freeze out anyone of any party who disagreed with his plans. He did not, for example, seek Mr. Clinton’s conciliatory middle, or try to court skeptical state lawmakers. Though he was considered as persuasive a speechmaker as he had been a pastor, Mr. Huckabee largely kept his own counsel — in politics, ethics and a singular clemency policy that continues to haunt him.

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