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March 28th, 2008
07:08 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...It is Friday!! Thank GOD!!! In honor of it being Friday, I won't bore you with the details of today's headlines...Soooo grab your coffee and let's go...

Top Stories
U.S. joins offensive...
U.S. forces in armored vehicles battled Mahdi Army fighters Thursday in Sadr City, the vast Shiite stronghold in eastern Baghdad, as an offensive to quell party-backed militias entered its third day. Iraqi army and police units appeared to be largely holding to the outskirts of the area as American troops took the lead in the fighting.

U.S. suspends Afghan arms dealer...
U.S. investigators are looking into accusations that a company hired by the U.S. military supplied corroded and decades-old Chinese ammunition to the Afghan Army and police

Puerto Rico Governor indicted...
Puerto Rico Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila and 12 associates, including his former administrative director in Washington, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy, fraud and tax crimes during three recent political campaigns.

Tibet tension lingers...
From behind bars, the young man fidgeted. His eyes flickered over to a policeman standing nearby as he debated how to answer a very sensitive question.

New Central Command Chief...
One of the Army's most Iraq-savvy generals is taking charge, at least temporarily, of arguably the most important command in the U.S. Military, with responsibility for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Raw Politics
Dodd says STOP...
Q: As I mentioned earlier, you were the General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Now, you know that a lot of Democrats feel that this increasingly bitter race between Obama and Clinton is hurting the party. First of all, do you think that is true, and secondly, if you were in charge, what would you do? Dodd: Well, I think it is hurting

Obama would have left church...
White House hopeful Barack Obama suggests he would have left his Chicago church had his longtime pastor, whose fiery anti-American comments about U.S. foreign policy and race relations threatened Obama's campaign, not stepped down.

Three candidates, three proposals for the economy...
The deteriorating economy took center stage in the presidential election Thursday as Democrat Barack Obama called for tighter regulation of financial markets and rival Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed more retraining for displaced workers, creating a sharp contrast with Republican John McCain over how much the government should intervene.

Clinton details health plan...
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview on Wednesday that if elected president she would push for a universal health care plan that would limit what Americans pay for health insurance to no more than 10 percent of their income, a significant reduction for some families.

Obama bus tour...
When he steps aboard a campaign bus in Pittsburgh on Friday, Senator Barack Obama begins a six-day journey across Pennsylvania and its complex political landscape, one that is largely favorable to his rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Obama-Bloomberg ticket?
It was only hours after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg finally made it clear that he was not running for president that his chief political guru, Kevin Sheekey, suggested that he would be the perfect running mate for Senator Barack Obama.

Obama rewriting rules for online contributions...
When Christen Braun decided it was time to learn more about the presidential candidates, the 28-year-old high school teacher from suburban Pittsburgh turned to Google - right where Sen. Barack Obama's campaign was waiting for her. 

Crime & Punishment
Learn english or go to jail...
A judge known for creative sentencing has ordered three Spanish-speaking men to learn English or go to jail

Keeping Them Honest
Hundreds of flights canceled or grounded, why?
Hundreds of flights were canceled Thursday as mechanics for American Airlines and Delta Airlines inspected wiring in aircraft to ensure the planes met federal safety rules.

Tapes destroyed...
When officers from the Central Intelligence Agency destroyed hundreds of hours of videotapes documenting harsh interrogations in 2005, they may have believed they were freeing the government and themselves from potentially serious legal trouble.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Parents pick pray over treatment...
Police are investigating an 11-year-old girl's death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Rob, Arvada, CO

    The democratic party has reached the critical boiling point as we've seen during this break in the primaries. Hillary needs to step down and unite the party again to support Barack, if we have any chance of winning the Office in November. The fighting and divisiveness have gotten so ugly that Al Gore is not helping any by sticking his nose in it. If you put your hand in the middle of a dog-fight, you're probably going to get bitten. Both sides need to call truce to hostilities and work on getting our candidate who is Obama into the Whitehouse.

    March 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  2. Lesli

    Hey buddy

    No one's giving Hillary a pass on Bosnia, but this post is about Obama. Asking us to comment on apples when we're trying to make orange juice.

    Besides, Obama destroyed his own credibility on this one. Actions (or in this case his non-action – because he didn't leave the church) speak louder than words. His words are useless now, and he seems to be unelectable, since this will hang over his head until Novemeber. I can't see the GOP leaving this alone.

    March 28, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  3. buddy

    Why are you guys giving Hillary a free pass on the Bosnia and other lies/exaggerations.

    While trying to destroy Obama's credibilty due to Wright's comments.

    Shouldn't a politician be held accountable for their own words and actions rather than the views of others.

    March 28, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  4. Bob from Traverse city Michiganbo

    Anderson your incessient replaying of Reverend Wright's ranting sermon has convinced me. There's no way I would ever vote for Reverand Wright for president or any other political office! Please leave the feeding frenzy to the right wing talking radio heads and move on to something else. Senator McCain will soon have his own "guilt by association" issues when the eventual democrat nominee focuses their attention on his cow-towing to the bush/cheney extremists.

    March 28, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  5. angela tucci

    Obama the "would have" candidate!

    Obama says, "I would have voted against the war in Iraq
    if I had been in the senate then."

    Obama says, I would have left my church if I had heard
    those remarks from my pastor."

    How convenient to be the would have candidate!

    March 28, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  6. Bill

    Obama trying to keep cleaning up Wright story is absurd. First he never heard such, then said he did, now Wright apologized so ok? Sorry, but I would never ever belong to such a hate driven church or
    endorse a pastor that is in poor area yet retiring in million dollar home the church built and Obama gave huge charitable contributions to.

    I believe that the democratic leadership has lost it for us. Wish we could impeach but unhappily we never got to elect the leadership. Seems we actually dont' get to elect anyone. Caucus with union leaders breathing down and publically making you vote? Every state different rules? A crime for a republican to vote democratic? Dean getting to hand pick 25 logyalist so rules committee is a set up?

    Nothing about the democratic party leadership seems to be about democracy. Obama doesn't seem to also not believe in democratic elections or would want to insist on Florida and Michigan "popular" votes to count even if feels should be do over in Michigan (he ran millions of dollars in ads in Florida primary season and only one to do so). What happened to American democracy? What happened to media impartial coverage?

    March 28, 2008 at 12:58 pm |
  7. Pat M.

    Obama is giving us more of his'just words' when saying he would ha ve left his church if Rev. Wright had not retired. Rev. Wright has been preaching-and printing-the same racist content for the 20 years that Obama has been going so it doesn't take much intelligence to see thru this latest comment of Obama. I really hope that the Media does not give Obama a pass on this like you have been giving him a pass ever since his speech. It is an insult to your intelligence and to the intelligence of the American public for the media to have become mere puppets for Obama. We all know what Hillary is like . But we count on shows like CNN to dig up the unsavory stuff on candidates we don't know much about so that we can be better informed before making our decision on who to vote for. I, also, read somewhere excerpts from Michele Obama's thesis at Princeton. There seem to be real issues about her mindset regarding blacks and whites. I feel the American public would appreciate research into this as well. Race is already an issue in this campaign-not because Bill Clinton made it an issue, but because Obama made it an issue so that he vcould polarize the black voters for himself. If the Obamas feel this way, then we need to dig into their mindsets and get to the bottom of it. This is not going to go away!!

    March 28, 2008 at 10:49 am |
  8. david w.

    As an outsider (Canadian) I would not presume to comment on your election other than to say the choice of candidates may be the best in recent memory. Rather, I should like to comment on a matter of journalistic ethics.
    For the past two weeks, CNN has been running articles and commentaries day and night on the Obama/Wright blowup and each and every time, concurrent with the story or commentary, a clip appears on the screen of the Rev. Wright in his white sparkly robes running around and flapping his arms like Foghorn Leghorn. Last night, Anderson Cooper whom I respect as a journalist asked Candy Crowley a seemingly rhetorical question to the effect of "Obama has already answered questions about his relationship with Rev. Wright. What more can he say?" And then, lest the viewing public associate Obama with what may have been the most intelligent, insightful and moving speeches in decades, while she responded, on the right hand side of the screen, there again was Forhorn Leghorn. In first year ethics, I believe it's called guilt by association rather than due process. It's not unlike running a two week series on race relations in Mississippi today, and for the entire series on the right hand side of the screen showing a picture of the KKK hangning an innocent black man.
    I have always thought that CNN was a class news organization. Come on guys. Show a little class.

    March 28, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  9. Donna R.

    Barack Obama "now" claims that if he had know about his pastors controversial words and if the pastor had not retired he would have left the church. He seems to be back tracking on what he has said in his speech. He had said: that he did know about his Pastor/mentor/friend controversial statements and he did hear them in church. He claims that his Pastor has apologized to him, the key word: to "him". This Pastor has been in hiding ever since this has come out. If Obama wasn't running for the highest office of the land this would not be that much of a concern, but the words that Reverend Wright has spoken in his teachings of the church, have been Sen. Obama's lessons. Which brings the question of Senator Obama's beliefs and his view of the world. I feel that the senator is not being truthful with us, and it will hurt us in the long run.

    March 28, 2008 at 10:09 am |
  10. J. Burton

    Obama , Clinton, McCain, they act like little children who’s playing a game..
    He said that, she lied on me, sounds like my grandchildren ages 13 down to 3.
    His friends are shady her friends are sneaky, gee wiz there in politics they have no dignity
    The media like their untrusty probative friends edge them on, talking about this one today and tomorrow the other so the bickering goes on.
    No one’s perfect and we’re not always right.
    We all have some things we’re ashamed of hidden in our life,
    It shouldn’t be about race, gender, or who has the best dirt on the other,
    STOP PLAYING THIS GAME!. This Nation is in trouble! Fix it, Stop placing BLAME!
    Tell me what you plan to do about this war, these high prices , loss of jobs, everyday living.
    How you plan to get me health care I can afford, and how my grandchildren are going to collage when this house payment I can’t afford!
    Don’t make me promises, make it right, I am an American, for me stand up and fight!
    The rich get richer and the average keep struggling, Don’t sit smug upon capital hill while I keep budgeting .
    Grab some pride and grow some balls, stop this bickering for this order is tall..
    Just give me a candidate I can trust, who’ll stand by THEIR WORD, not play this game of such Give me a TRUE PRESIDENT so America can mend stop slinging mud, you’re all sneaky my friend!

    J. Burton
    Va.

    March 28, 2008 at 9:42 am |
  11. Lesli

    I am still wondering why Obama sat in the pew and listened to the things his pastor said.

    Now he's saying that he would have left the church if the Pastor had not been stepping down anyway? Friend or not – what type of discussions went on between the two. Did Obama ever question him onhis obvious hatred or try and fight for better race relations with his pastor?

    If Obama says he'll fight for better race relations then why didn't he start with this pastor.

    I can't believe this kind of sermonizing has only gone on the past few weeks or months or whatever time frame its been since he decided to retire/step down. How convenient for him.

    It seems like Obama is saying this to save face, and frankly I feel its too little to late.

    March 28, 2008 at 8:53 am |
  12. Cindy

    We all knew it would take the U.S. army to go in and quell this fight going on in Sadr City. The Iraqi's still aren't ready to deal with anything even after five years! That is a bit ridiculous! When are they going to step up and take control of their country!?

    I think that Dodd is right. All of this infighting between Obama and Hillary is creating a rift in between the two's supporters. They need to get back to the issues and stop all the childish fussing. It is doing neither of them any good. Plus it's making them look stupid.

    I don't believe a word Obama says about him and his church! If he would have left the church because of what Wright said well why didn't he!? He sat there for 20 years and heard that mess and he is saying he would just now have quit if Wright wouldn't have retired!? Why didn't that happen within that 20 years? He is just running his mouth trying to smooth over the Wright fiasco! He is nothing but another smooth talking politician who tries to say what he thinks we want to hear! People get a clue!! He is as bad if not worse than Hillary. Atleast with her you know what you are getting. With him he hides it all and tries to smooth talk over everything. And NO..I don't support either of them!

    Finally the candidates are getting back to the real issues that we need to hear about! Now if only the media would cover that and leave the sensationalistic junk out of their shows! HINT..HINT...I'm talking to you 360 and Anderson!!

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    March 28, 2008 at 8:48 am |
  13. Dr Chris Farrands

    For many of your viewers, the biggest news is going to be how to get out of Heathrow airport in London -its too big, too nasty and unbelievably incompetent right now. My advice to all your listeners coming to Europe or using London as a hub is go through Manchester or Amersterdam or Paris instead -find out what a decent airport is like and never ever use Heathrow or British Airways. I speak from deep personal experience and can show the scars.

    March 28, 2008 at 8:39 am |
  14. Erica

    Anderson Cooper/CNN staff, it appears that you are having a hard time obtaining current event content for your broadcast. I have been a faithful AC 360 watcher, however last night was an example why I have had more interest watching MSNBC lately. Rev. Wright's sermons are so old news right now, and we're really tired of watching it. Please don't continue losing the rest of our viewers to more current and relevant shows like those on MSNBC. I can help you find relevant news content if you need help, we want to hear about issues that matter or that are current for that matter.

    March 28, 2008 at 8:32 am |