Daily Polichicks - Thursday

There was no Daily Polichicks on Wednesday because Tuesday's night edition covered all of the hoopla about Wednesday's big news, the end of the Democratic primary.  Here's your Daily Polichicks for Thursday.  Read up!

Campaign '08:

Hillary Clinton has announced that she will concede the Democratic primary race and and announce her support of Barack Obama on Saturday.  After a long contest, impatient Democrats are eager to sew up the primary season and get on to the general election.  "I don't know what the heck she needs this extra time for," said longtime Clinton supporter Rep. Charles Rangel. [The Washington Post]

Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination for president on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech and the 55th anniversary of the racially motivated, brutal murder of 14 year old Emmitt Till. African American lawmakers are in disbelief (and all giddy about it). [Politico]

Frenemies Barack Obama and John McCain are working together (say what?!) on a good-government bill that will open federal government contracts to public scrutinty by posting them on a website.  An earlier version of the bill was known as the "Google for government" act. [The Hill]

John McCain has challenged Barack Obama to 10 duels (wars of words so to speak). [The Washington Post]

John McCain raised a whole heckuva lot of money in May. $21.5 million, which is more than he's ever raised before. Barack Obama's peeps might call that chump change, as their campaign raised $31 million in April; but McCain's total is still nothing to sneeze at. [The New York Times]

Following Barack Obama's win, the DNC announced that it will no longer accept money from lobbyists or political action committtees.  Also, Chairman Howard Dean will keep his job, as Obama has no plans to replace him. [The Washington Post]

 

U.S. News:

Times, they are a changin'. Barack Obama's primary win excites many, who now believe America can move past a history of racial discrimination. The Los Angles Times reports:

"I never thought I'd live to see this day," said retired pharmacist Arthur Dees, 80, marveling at Barack Obama's triumph. Dees, an Army veteran, recalled that he attended Dwight D. Eisenhower's inauguration in 1953, but was not welcome in any downtown Washington hotel or restaurant.

"They were all segregated," he said, as he shopped at a mall in Wheaton, Md., a blue-collar community 12 miles north of the White House. Fighting back tears, he added, "My people have always had doggone names. We were darkies. Then colored. Next they called us Negroes. After that, we were black. Now, we're Afro-Americans. But with Obama, we're going to be just Americans. Won't that be something!"

 

World news:

Overseas, people are psyched about Barack Obama's primary victory [The Washington Post]

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