March 2008 Archives

 

 

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Meghan McCain campaigning with dad, John McCain. The other blonde in the pic is eBay bigwig Meg Whitman (talking to McCain). Photo by Heather Brand for mccainblogette.

All you'll ever need to know about first daughter wannabe Meghan McCain, courtesy of The Washington Post:

[Meghan] told MTV she thinks Barack Obama is "sexy." She has a teeny tiny tattoo of a star on her foot. ("I have always been drawn to people with tattoos," she writes on her blog.) She's been known to drink beer on primary nights when she's really stressed out. She adores the stylings of the corset-wearing burlesque stripper Dita Von Teese, and she told GQ she thinks the uber-trashy bisexual hook-up show "A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila" is "hilarious!"

Read the whole article here.


On a visit to the Butler University Bulldogs, Chelsea Clinton showed that she can be quite the bulldog herself.  When a student asked Chelsea if she thinks the Monica Lewinsky scandal hurt her mother's credibility, she quipped, "...I do not think that's any of your business."


Do. Not. Mess. With. Chelesa.

Barack Obama just has one Obama Girl, but John McCain has a whole flock of chicks.  The McCain Girls. And they are going to do a special performance just for us Polichicks. Shhhh... Show's starting.

And now heeeeeeeeeeere's (drumroll please!) The McCain Girls!!!  (Cheers and applause)


 



 


The stars of Stop Loss, a drama about a soldier who returns from Iraq only to find that he has to go back, talked to real U.S. troops to prepare for their roles.  Ryan Phillippe shares what he learned from the toops in the video above.  Co-stars Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also share their experiences with the troops here.

"The [Holocaust] fills us Germans with shame.  I bow before the victims.  I bow before the survivors and before those who helped them survive."

~ Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, in a speech delivered to the Isreali parliament on Tuesday

We've always wondered why Americans find it so difficult to publicly say the same about the shameful parts of our history, like enslaving African Americans, killing Native Americans, putting Japanese Americans in concentration camps and enforcing racist Jim Crow laws against African Americans.  America has a lot to be proud of, yes.  But why is it so hard for many Americans to acknowledge the parts of our history that were just plain wrong?

Recording star Sarah McLachlan recorded this public service announcement for the ASPCA. She asks, "Will you be an angel for a helpless animal? Every day innocent animals are abused, beaten and neglected, and they're crying out for help."

 


Here's how you probably remember Sarah best, performing her hit song "Adia."

Energy conservation is a huge issue that is on the rise today.  While not everybody has the means to install solar panels or to switch our energy sources entirely, there are simple ways that we can individually make a difference.  So, put on your burlap skirt, grab your re-useable water bottle, and check out these energy saving tips!

 

Domino's Top Ten Energy Saving Tips [Domino]

 

How to Help Save the Planet [Cosmopolitan]

 

~ Candice

 

 

So the Daily Polichicks isn't exacly daily, but here's the latest scoop for Friday.

Campaign '08:

Si se puede! Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, who dropped out of the presidential race earlier this year and is the nation's only Latino governor, has endorsed Barack Obama for prez. "I believe [Barack Obama] is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America's moral leadership in the world," Gov. Richardson said in a statement. [The New York Times]

Somebody peeked at Barack Obama's passport file. [The Los Angeles Times]

U.S. News:

Willie Green served 25 years for a murder that he didn't commit.  Upon his release, he sobbed, touched a cell phone for the first time, and was fascinated to see a small handheld device open a car door from a distance. "The system that put me in here was the same system that got me out," he said. "It's not perfect, but it's the best system in the world." Now that's patriotism. [The Los Angeles Times]

How do you rip off baristas?! If it weren't for them, we'd all sleep through the work day and American productivity would be way down.  Starbucks has been ordered to pay over $100 million in back tips that the company swiped from innocent baristas and gave to evil management. Scrooge must totally be running that joint. [The Los Angeles Times]

The world would be more perfect if every jam were a free jam.  So Apple just might let us download all the songs our little hearts desire totally for free. [CNN]

Verizon and AT&T Wireless won extra airwaves and licenses eBay style. The two telecommunications giants were the top bidders in a government auction. [AP]

World News:

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has the Dalai Lama's back, and she doesn't appreciate China's attempts to dis him and his Tibetan peeps. "As a freedom-loving people, if we don't speak out about the Chinese oppression, then we have lost our right to speak on human rights," Pelosi said. [CNN]

Actresses Hayden Panettiere and Rosario Dawson, cyclist Lance Armstrong and recording star Josh Groban talk to Larry King about why everyone should vote.  So watch them here and vote!

Barack Obama Larry King.gifBarack Obama will do an hour-long interview with Larry King tonight. Submit your questions for Obama hereLarry King Live airs on CNN at 9 p.m. EST.


 


"Choose or Lose Presents Clinton & Obama Answer Young Veterans" will air Thursday on six MTV channels and www.chooseorlose.com at 6 p.m. EST.  During the hour long special, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will engage in a frank discussion with young veterans about the war and veterans issues. (John McCain was invited but couldn't participate due to scheduling conflicts.)


One participating young veteran is Cristina Correa, a 23 year old Army veteran who was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait.  Below she shares her experiences as a deployed soldier and as veteran back in the States: 


What women experience in combat


"Women can't be in combat jobs, although they can be in combat units.  I was in a transportation battalion. I drove on the road,  and I know many women who were truckdrivers who were on the road almost every day.  And they get improvised explosive devices;  IEDs explode in front of them all the time.  They get sniper fire. They experience the same things men do."


What she wants to hear from the presidential candidates


"What I want to hear from candidates is that they are going to take care of soldiers when they come back.  And they're are going to take care of the soldiers while they're [deployed]."


Did the military take care of her when she got back to the U.S.?


"I came back from Kuwait, my second deployment, in July, and I went to the Veterans Hospital [in Los Angeles, where I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder].  Unfortunately at this hospital and in the area we only have therapy groups for men, exclusively men. We don't have any for women, which was a big shock, because you're going to tell me I have post traumatic stress disorder and then tell me you can't give me any counseling. To me that was obviously very sexist that even though you're going to classify me with post traumatic stress disorder,  you can't give me any help because i'm a woman.... I haven't gotten counseling because of that."


You can watch iother young veterans tell their stories here.


 

The speech

The Obama campaign describes the speech Obama delivered today like this: "Barack Obama speaks in Philadelphia, PA at Constitution Center, on matters not just of race and recent remarks but of the fundamental path by which America can work together to pursue a better future."

The video is definately a must watch if you want to be in the know.


Pundits and viewers are giving Obama's speech on race the thumbs up.  One polichick wrote in: "That was incredible.  I can't believe that speech was made in my lifetime."  You can read the speech here, compliments of The New York Times.

 

Barack Obama will make a speech in a few minutes about race in America.  This country has been divided racially since its inception and hundreds of presidential candidates have come and gone through the years, so we don't get why the pressure and responsibilty to address race and find unifying solutions falls on Barack Obama. 

But whatever... we'll watch the doggone speech.

 

manolo-blahnik-brown-sequined-pumps.jpgGive a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.

~ Bette Midler

Preach, Bette. Preach!

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Meghan McCain (right) with friend La-Toria Haven is not afraid of McDonalds.

In response to those who pressure women to be a size 0, Meghan McCain published this essay on her website:

Inner Beauty

by Meghan McCain

As you may have noticed, I seldom use the Blogette as a medium to discuss social or political issues unless I feel particularly compelled to do so. This is one of those times. One of the unintended consequences of my dad becoming the presumptive Republican nominee is the increased level of public scrutiny on him and our family. Of course I expected more than my fair share when I decided to put myself out there and write a blog on the campaign; however, I've been surprised by critical comments regarding my weight and body shape.  It recently reached a ridiculous level when someone handed me a business card for a plastic surgeon and suggested I needed liposuction. I am proud of my curves and have always loved my fuller figure, as should every woman who is not a size "0".  I want to be a positive role model for my little sister and all of the other young women who read my blog and help perpetuate a more positive image for women, regardless of their body size. I feel empowered to tell everyone that it's important to maintain a healthy weight that works for them - not everyone is going to be model thin, nor should they expect to be. To every young girl reading this blog, it is inner beauty and happiness that makes a person beautiful, not a number on a scale.

Elton John will perform at Radio City Music Hall to raise money for Hillary Clinton.

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Campaign '08:

Geraldine Ferraro resigned from the Clinton campaign after causing drama by saying that the only reason Barack Obama is the frontrunner is because he's black.  He's just "lucky," she said. [The Washington Post]

 

U.S. News:

Eliot Spitzer Scandal

Oy-vey.  New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned Wednesday after an FBI investigation linked him to a prostitution ring. He reportedly paid a call girl $4300 for a tryst. [The New York Times]

So what do you get for $4300 anyway? [The Washington Post]

And how did the Times get the scoop? [The New York Observer]

Ask anything. The New York Times editors and writers who worked on the Spitzer story will answer your questions about the scandal here. [The New York Times]

Actor Alec Baldwin gives his two cents on the Spitzer scandal. [The Huffington Post]

Other U.S. News 

1 in 4 teen girls carries an STD. [AP via CNN]

 

World News:

The U.S. isn't as cool overseas as it used to be.  The "magic is over,"  says the French Foreign Minister. [International Herald Tribune]

Campaign '08:

Mississippi voters say eenie meenie miney mo in Democratic primary today. 33 delegates are up for grabs there. [CNN]

Hillary Clinton may be in second place, but that didn't stop her from offering frontrunner Barack Obama the veep consolation prize. Perplexed?  So was Obama: "First of all, with all due respect, I've won twice as many states as Senator Clinton. I've won more of the popular vote than Senator Clinton. I have more delegates than Senator Clinton. So, I don't know how somebody who's in second place is offering the vice presidency to somebody who's in first place." [The Washington Post]

Hillary Clinton's campaign is plagued by catfights and brawls. [The New York Times]

Actor Alec Baldwin opines on what experience should tell us about the presidential candidates.  It tells us to vote for Barack Obama, he says. [Huffington Post]

 

U.S. News:

Oh dear.  Another politician has been caught with his pants down.  New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been linked to a prostitution ring.  Well, he did promise in his campaign commercials to "bring passion back to Albany." [The New York Times]

New York Lt. Governor David A. Patterson could make history as New York's first African American governor and the nation's first legally blind governor if Governor Eliot Spitzer resigns. [Reuters]

 

World News:

Just when you think you're being good, you get screwed by a rules change. The Vatican updated its list of sins. Better check the new rules to see what thou shalt not do now. [AP via AOL]

 

cear_scarlet_natalie_v.jpgScarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are on the cover of W Magazine this month.  In an interview inside the magazine, the two actresses reveal that they are as different as Mary and Anne Boelyn, the sisters they portray in The Other Boelyn.  One major difference?  Their politics.  Scarlett supports Barack Obama, while the undecided Natalie seems to be leaning toward Hillary Clinton

Right now, though, fighting the rumour mill is less important for Johansson than fighting for her presidential candidate of choice, Barack Obama.  She spent several days in Iowa in January, working the phone banks on his behalf and talking to high school and college students about the importance of caucusing.  "I will continue stumping for Obama until he's elected," she declares.  "The past eight years have been painful for a lot of people.  We're in a state of emergency."

A fellow political junkie, Portman is still struggling to decide betwen Obama and Hillary Clinton.  She can't help remembering how impressed she was when she met the latter, who was sponsoring a FINC-backed bill that went before the Senate.  "I met about 10 representatives that day and Hillary was by far the sharpest.  Did you read Gloria Steinem's op-ed piece?" Portman asks, citing Steinem's January 8 column about Clinton in the New York Times. "Hillary's just so experienced."

Campaign '08:

On John McCain's To Do list: (1) get some love from the press, (2) find BFF, (3) shake money maker at events across the country.  (Popular event theme? If you ain't got no money take your broke a** home.) [AP via MSNBC]

Politicians, the new celebrities.  Paparazzi, the new political journalists. US Weekly expands celebrity coverage to include campaign candidates. [The New Yorker]

Barack Obama and Tony Rezko are linked in the news.  What's the deal?  The Obama Rezko Primer will clear things up.  (The gist is that Obama had nothing to do with Rezko's legal troubles, but he should have known that rolling with Rezko would throw shade on his game.) [AP via Yahoo]

Barack Obama focused on work, not celebrity, in the Senate. [New York Times]

Hillary's got a brand new bag. Inside is a strategy to win the popular vote, get Florida and Michigan delegates seated, and undermine Obama's credibility. [The Sunday Times (UK) ]

Tucker is out.  MSNBC cancels show but will keep host Tucker Carlson on board as a political commentator to cover campaign '08. [Media Bistro]

U.S. News:

Get high on tap water?  Drugs found in drinking water across the U.S. [AP via CNN]

Wire creator, Mystic River author and other novelists protest drug laws. [NPR]

World News:

Spain re-elected President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.  After taking office in 2004, Zapatero's first move was to pull all of Spain's troops out of Iraq. [CNN

Barack Obama has won the Wyoming caucuses with the support.  Here are the results:

Barack Obama: 59%

Hillary Clinton: 40%

Who am I?

 

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Obama Rolling Stone.jpgRolling Stone has endorsed Barack Obama for president:

Obama has emerged by displaying precisely the kind of character and judgment we need in a president: renouncing the politics of fear, speaking frankly on the most pressing issues facing the country and sticking to his principles. He recognizes that running for president is an opportunity to inspire an entire nation.

and

On the matter of experience and capability, he has run an impressive, nearly flawless campaign -- one that whupped America's most hard-boiled political infighters. Indeed, Obama was far more prepared to run a presidential campaign -- from Day One -- than Senator Clinton.

Amidst high praises for Obama, the magazine went Simon Cowell on Hillary Clinton

All this was made clearer by the contrast with Hillary Clinton, a capable and personable senator who has run the kind of campaign that reminds us of what makes us so discouraged about our politics. Her campaign certainly proved her experience didn't count for much: She was a bad manager and a bad strategist who naturally and easily engaged in the politics of distraction, trivialization and personal attack.

Rolling Stone has several Barack Obama features in the magazine and on its website this month:

Cover Story: Barack Obama'a Machinery of Hope

Photo Story: Barack Obama, A History in 64 Pictures

An Endorsement: Barack Obama for President

Samantha Power, Barack Obama's foreign policy advisor, called Hillary Clinton a monster, offending monsters across the nation.  "Yo, she didn't have to dis us like that," said the Lovable Green Monster, President of MWA (Monsters With Attitudes). "Hillary Clinton happens to not be a monster, but if she were, what's wrong with that? People always stereotype us as the scary monster in the dark, the monster under the bed, the monster in the closet.... I mean, come on!  There are more people in the closet than monsters!  Ms. Powers needs to apologize and acknowledge that we are more than what she's read in some children's book."

 

Campaign '08:

Holy cash cow! Barack Obama raises $55 million in February, smashing fundraising records and beating Hillary Clinton by $20 million. [The Washington Post]

Obama senior staffer calls Hillary Clinton a "monster."  [The Scotsman (UK paper)] (Hat tip: Politico)

Shirley Chisolm, an African American congresswoman who ran for president in 1972, paved the way for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. "I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo," she wrote in her book The Good Fight. "The next time a woman runs, or a black, a Jew or anyone from a group that the country is 'not ready' to elect to its highest office, I believe that he or she will be taken seriously from the start." [Seattle Post-Intelligencer] (Hat tip: Black Superwomen)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not run for president.  [MTV News]

Democratic candidates raised more money than Republican candidates, but the RNC is raising more money and has more cash on hand than the DNC. [The New York Times]

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard and trailblazer for women corporate executives, will chair the RNC's Victory organization, which is the party's primary voter contact organization. Fiorina is one of three top John McCain loyalists appointed to senior RNC positions to help facilitate communications between the party and the campaign. [Politico]

 

U.S. News:

Green Bay Packer Brett Favre says retires and says a tearful goodbye to football fans.  Favre is the NFL's only three time MVP and holds several other playing records. [AP]

Foreclosures hit an all-time high and are up 71% from a year ago. [Money]

Abraham Lincoln's 1864 letter to 165 children who petitioned him to free America's "little slave children" goes up for auction at Sotheby's this spring.  The letter has an estimated worth of $3 to $5 million and is expected to become the most expensive Lincoln letter ever sold.  Sotheby's will also auction off over 100 writings by other American presidents and historical figures. [AP]

 

World News:

A gunman killed eight students at a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem.  The attack may hurt U.S. efforts to broker peace in the Middle East. [The Washington Post]

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This is was on The Daily Show few days ago, but it's both funny and informative enough to post now.  Better late than never, right?  NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and Jon Stewart discuss campaign bias and the relationship between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

 

Just when you think ain't nothin' goin' on but the rent...

Campaign '08:

A frenemy moment: John McCain scores the endorsement of former rival and unpopular president George W. Bush. [The Los Angeles Times]

Michigan and Florida leaders meet to see if they can get their delegates seated at the Democratic convention, after the DNC stripped them of this right because the states moved up their primaries against party rules. [CNN]

The Democratic primary race is best described by Barack Obama 's sister, Auma Obama: "This is like a football match. The game continues."  Auma and Barack's gandmother, Sarah Obama, keep tabs on the election from Kenya, and grandma is not happy about what she feels are rivals' attempts to hate on her baby. "Untruths are told that don't have anything to do with what Barack is about," she said in her local Luo language."I am very against it." [AP]

U.S. News:

   

Helen Keller at 8 w Anne Sullivan.jpgResearchers have found a rare, 120 year old photograph (above) of Hellen Keller with her teacher Anne Sullivan.  Hellen, who was blind, deaf and mute, had a special relationhip with Anne, who taught her how to communicate in sign language.  The photo is thought to be the earliest of the two together and the only one with a doll, which was Hellen's first word. [AP]

A blast damages the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square. [The New York Times

Terrible news. Actor Patrick Swayze has pancreatic cancer, but his doctor says he is responding well to treatment. Swayze starred in Dirty Dancing and Ghost. [People]

Investment firm Goldman Sachs & Company will donate $100 million to teach business to women in Africa, the Middle East and other developing counties. [The New York Times]

A new California university offers classes in "cannabusiness," where students learn to grow, bake, and sell weed.  The DEA doesn't like the course curriculum, but one student says the classes are "way cool." [MTV News]

"You hear it all: 'You're white trash. You're a welfare mom. Why'd you have kids if you can't feed them?' " said Melissa Kurtz, a single mother in Wyoming.   Climb Wyoming, a nonprofit organization, gives single mothers like Kurtz a chance by offering them training in male-domintated, blue-collar trades like hydraulics and pipefitting.  Of note: While Wyoming was once a progresive place for women (women demanded the right to vote in 1869, elected a woman to public office in 1900, and elected the state's first woman governor in 1925), today Wyoming women fight economic barriers like the nation's highest gap between men's and women's pay and a divorce rate 30 percent above the national average.    [The New York Times]

World News:

China upholds its controversial family planning law that limits families in cities to one child and those in rural areas to two. [BBC]

Many Democrats are hoping for a "dream ticket" with both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on it.  That's not so farfetched, Clinton hinted Wednesday morning on The Early Show.

Harry Smith: We talked to a lot of people in Ohio who said there really isn't that significant a difference between you two and they'd like to see you both on the ticket.

Hillary Clinton: "Well, that may be where this is headed but of course we have to decide who's on the top of the ticket..."

See for yourself here.

Campaign '08:

Hillary Clinton is back.  She won Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island in Tuesday's primaries.  Rival Barack Obama won Vermont.  On the Republican ticket, John McCain won all 4 states and scored enough delegates to snag the Republican nomination. [The New York Times]

Mike Huckabee dropped out of the presidential race Tuesday.  "It's been a heckuva run," he said. [CNN]

Why hasn't Katie Couric, the highest paid news anchor, moderated a debate? Some say CBS News hasn't hosted a debate because of cost and lack of organization, leaving Katie disappointed. [The New York Observer]

Chelsea Clinton and Meghan McCain have totally different styles.  Each is helping her parent on the campaign trail in her own way. [Politico]

Jack McCain talks about his life as a McCain in the Navy and shares this advice from his dad: "'Don't lie, cheat or steal - anything else is fair game." [Navy Scout]

 

U.S. News:

The gym at Harvard is off limits to men a couple of hours each week to accomodate Muslim women who cannot work out in front of men. This policy is causing drama on campus, as some students think it's unfair while others don't mind it.  [CNN]

Jack Nicholson dishes on why he won't run for office ("I like my job."), his advice to friend Warren Beatty who just might run for office ("...I remind him that we've  got the best job.") and how he wishes politicians would stop calling celebrities "Hollywood nitwits" ("They can't get along without us.") in Part 2 of his interview with MTV News.  (We told you about Part 1 -where he endorses Hillary Clinton- here.)  [MTV News]

 

World News:

Cubans are frustrated by government restrictions that forbid them to travel to foreign countries, access the internet or use facilities, like hotels, that are reserved for tourists.  There's not much hope that new president Raul Castro, brother of Fidel, will do much to change this. [The Los Angeles Times]

 

 

It was a good night for Hillary Clinton and John McCain.  Here are the results of the evening:

RepublicansJohn McCain swept all 4 states: Vermont, Rhode Island, Ohio and Texas.  Mike Huckabee won zip and  dropped out of the race.  McCain also snagged enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination.

DemocratsBarack Obama won Vermont.  Hillary Clinton won Rhode Island, Ohio and the Texas primary.  No word yet on who won the Texas caucus.

 

 

Obama st patricks day shirt.jpgSay "Top of the mornin' to ya" and "I love Barack Obama" at the same time by sporting this special edition O'Bama t-shirt on St. Patrick's day.  It's available here for $20.08.  Rumor has it that you will get 20% off your purchase if you type in the promotion code TEXT.

See.  Obama is not a muslim.  He is a leprechaun.

Hillary lovers, scroll down to read about a special edition Hillary tee by Marc Jacobs.

Hillary Clinton was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night.  She's pretty funny actually.

 

26_marchillaryt_lgl.jpgThey say all fashion is cyclical and what goes out of style is sure to come back in.  Such is the case with the Hillary Clinton tee by Marc Jacobs. The shirt is available again in Marc Jacobs stores for $38.  It's 100% cotton, union made and and all proceeds go to Clinton's presidential campaign. Jacobs originally designed the tee in 2004 to raise money for Clinton's senate campaign.

The Clinton camp contacted Jack Nicholson and asked him to do something to show that he supports Hillary Clinton for president.  He came up with the video below. 

MTV News interviewed Nicholson about how the video came about, why he supports Clinton and his thoughts about the campaign. When asked if he thinks women are harder on Clinton than men are, he said, "They're always the toughest on one another -- and thank heavens or [men would] all be destroyed." You can read the full interview here.


 


Hello Polichicks! 

Today is Super Tuesday 2!  Voters in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island will vote in primaries today. After the polls close, we should have answers to all those questions that have been keeping us up at night:

After 11 straight losses, will Hillary Clinton get her groove back?  Or will Barack Obama put the final nail in her coffin? Will John McCain finally rid himself of that pesky Mike Huckabee who just won't quit?   Or will Huckabee get that miracle he's been praying for?

Stay tuned. We'll find out tonight.

 

Campaign '08:

Why chicks dig (or don't dig) Hillary Clinton in Austin, TX.  [The Washington Post]

John McCain is super nice to the press.  Will all that sucking up give him an edge? The experts say yes, but McCain says no: "To think that somehow [there's an advantage] because I tell a corny joke, that's just baloney." [The Los Angeles Times]

The Clinton remix:  A humbled Bill Clinton with shorter speeches, smaller audiences and a more anxious tone campaigns for his wife in Texas. [The Los Angeles Times]

Good news for Clinton.  Most Dems want her to stay in the race if she wins Ohio or Texas. [The Washington Post]

The Cinton and Obama healthcare plans.  What's the diff? [The Washington Post]

Let's hope this isn't a sign of where the economy is headed: the presidential campaigns have been really, er, economical when it comes to feeding their economic advisors. One advisor said he was surprised by "how much I like eating out of vending machines."  Read on to see which malnourished economist is advising your favorite candidate. [CNN Money]

 

U.S. News:

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama aren't the only game in Texas.  The Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs are in a tight race to win the #1 spot in the NBA Power Rankings. [Sports Illustrated]

Latino is the new black. A new law in a Northern Virginia county encourages police to stop Latinos and check their immigration status for any reason.  Well, not just any reason.  Only if they commit a serious crime, like jaywalking. [The Washington Post]

Drew Barrymore donated one million dollars to the United Nations World Food Programme on Oprah. Click here to follow her good example.As U.N. Ambassador Against Hunger, Barrymore has traveled to Kenya to feed children.  [People]

Why you might want a second opionion: two-thirds of hysterectomies are unnecessary. [CNN]

 

World News:

"No one likes [Americans]," said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, after meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and other Iraqi leaders. "We believe that the [American] forces which crossed oceans and thousands of kilometers to come to this region should leave this region and hand over the affairs to the peoples and government of this region." [CNN]

Condi Rice is in the Middle East to help make peace between the Isrealis and Palestinians, but she refuses to say whether she supports a cease-fire. [The Washington Post]

The U.S. Military has executed an air strike in southern Somalia.

Update:  U.S. air strikes targeted members of al-Qaeda.  News reports say that 27 people, mostly civilians, were killed.  See BBC, Associated Press, and Al Jazeera English.

Here's Black Eyed Pea's frontman Will.i.am's latest video supporting Barack Obama.  The video, titled We Are the Ones, features celebrities Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, George Lopez, Kerry Washington, Regina King, and the voice of Macy Gray.

Will.i.am previously produced Yes We Can, a viral video sensation that was viewed over 5 million times on YouTube. Yes We Can features celebrities John Legend, Scarlett Johansson, Common, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kate Walsh, Tatyana Ali and more.

Camapign '08:

The Latino youth vote is growing.  400,000 U.S. born Latinos have or will turn 18 in time to vote in the presidential election. [AP

John McCain faces early campaign troubles, such as accusations of an extra-marital affair, problems with the FEC, low fundraising, and a party rival (Mike Huckabee) who just won't quit. [Politico]

Women voters are split along class lines.  More educated, higher income women support Barack Obama, and less educated, working class women are with Hillary Clinton.  This is not so good for the Clinton campaign, which banked on sweeping women. [The Washington Post]

Barack Obama is "just like us." Check out this slideshow about how Obama is just a regular dude. [US Weekly]

U.S. News:

Condolences go to Elizabeth Edwards, who lost her father Saturday in Chapel Hill.  Vincent Anania was 87 years old and will be buried in Arlington National Cemetary. [CNN]

The first African American police officers in Georgia couldn't drink out of the "whites only" water fountain in the station house, arrest a white suspect unless a white officer was present, or use the station locker room to change into their uniforms.  They also couldn't participate in the Georgia state-supported supplemental police officers' pension program until 1976.  So retired African American police officers who began service before 1976 now receive a pension that is hundreds of dollars less per month than their white counterparts.  They have fought for a equal pension benefits for years, but the state of Georgia just won't budge.  "We can't fix everything for everybody," said state Sen. Bill Heath, chairman of the Senate Retirement Committee. So, sadly, our retired heroes will spend their golden years in court. [CNN]

World News:

Marion Cotillard, who won the Oscar for Best Actress just days ago, said in an interview that she believes the 911 attacks and 1969 moonwalk were hoaxes.  About 911, she said that the Twin Towers were expensive to maintain and were destroyed because it would have been too expensive to modernize them. [The Guardian (UK paper)]

A new BBC documentary claims that Mick Jagger escaped assasination by the Hells Angeles in 1969.  Jagger allegedly feuded with the gang over concert security. [AP]

Back from Afghanistan, a humble Harry said "I wouldn't say I'm a hero,"  and that he's "looking forward to having a bath." [People]

Vladimir Putin's friend, Dmitry Medvedev, won Russia's presidential election in a landslide victory, taking 70% of the vote.  Some unhappy Russians say the election was rigged.  [CNN]

History:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar blogs about the achievements of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, an African American surgeon who was the first of any race to perform open heart surgery.  Dr. Williams is also known for co-founding the National Medical Association for African American doctors, when the American Medical Association refused allow African American members. [The Los Angeles Times]

 

 

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