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May 6th, 2008
09:39 PM ET

No live blog tonight

Anderson won't be able to blog tonight but make sure to watch him and the best political team on television report the results from the primaries in Indiana and North Carolina. 


Filed under: Live Blog
May 6th, 2008
08:12 PM ET

Things You Will Hear Most Often on Cable TV Through Wednesday (Depending on What Happens…)

Courtesy Time.com/istock photo/various networks


Mark Halperin
360 contributor and senior political analyst for TIME magazine

1. “She did what she had to do.”
2. “She didn’t do what she had to do.”
3. “John McCain is the big winner tonight.”
4. “No matter what, Clinton can’t overtake Obama’s lead in elected delegates.”
5. “There is no way the Democratic Party is going to take the nomination away from an African-American who is the winner of the elected delegate race.”
6. “It was the fight over the gas tax that did it.”
7. “This leaves us right where we were.”
8. “Look at how he did with white, working-class voters in the exit poll.”
9. “People are going to start telling her she needs to get out of this race.”
10. “Once again, he missed a chance to put her away.”
11. “Evan Bayh – he really worked it.”
12. “She’s a fighter.”
13. “He looks tired.”
14. “No doubt about it, the Democratic Party is in chaos.”
15. “Could there be a dream ticket?”
16. “This thing goes on and on.”
17. “Unbelievable!”
18. “Reverend Wright really hurt him.”
19. “Reverend Wright really had no effect.”
20. “This is really about 2012.”


Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
May 6th, 2008
10:42 AM ET

Rising Gas Prices: A perfect storm

Michael Klare is the author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy

Michael Klare is the author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy

Michael Klare
Professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College

It is natural to seek the culprits for today’s high oil prices so they can be roundly punished – and maybe, in the process, we can see some relief at the gas pump.

The big oil companies are obvious candidates, given the colossal profits they’ve been reporting over the past few days. On Thursday, Exxon Mobil posted first-quarter earnings of $10.9 billion, its highest ever except for the fourth quarter of 2007, when it raked in $11.7 billion. But while the oil giants are certainly amassing vast fortunes at our expense, the rise in gasoline prices is the product of many factors – some building for many years – not the greed of oil companies alone.

Two underlying conditions are at the root of our current dilemma: FULL POST


Filed under: Michael Klare • Oil
May 6th, 2008
06:40 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

IT IS DECISION DAY in Indiana and North Carolina...The polls have been open for 30 minutes already in Indiana and JUST opened in North Carolina. VOTER turnout is expected to be HUGE today...A LOT on the line today for both candidates. Analysts say Hillary MUST win one of the two states to justify staying in the race...but will or can Obama finally seal the deal and win BOTH states? It is just TOO CLOSE to call...ALL eyes BETTER be on CNN tonight...Anderson and the "best political team on TV" will take to the air at 7pm to and will have all the analysis and all the votes...

A quick look at the morning papers...It is ALL politics...take a look...

CNN: Indiana & North Carolina –The Final Round...In all, 187 delegates are at stake in Indiana and North Carolina. Clinton, the junior senator from New York, knows that the results in these two states could shake up the race.

WASHINGTON POST: Two Candidates, Two States and One Big Day...On a final, fevered day of campaigning, Sen. Barack Obama looked to voters in Indiana and North Carolina to reverse a string of defeats in key states, while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fought to keep her improbable comeback hopes alive with a pair of strong showings.

POLITICO: Clinton Fate Hangs In The Balance...If Hillary Clinton wins in either Indiana or North Carolina Tuesday, the primary election terrain suddenly begins to look more favorable to her than at any other point since Super Tuesday Feb. 5.

CNN: Clinton Goes Negative in Last Minute Ad...Hoping the proposal to suspend the gas tax will resonate with working class voters in Indiana and North Carolina, the Clinton campaign launched a last-minute ad in those states Monday that sharply attacks rival Barack Obama for not supporting the measure.

LATIMES: Indiana May Feel Coattail Effect in the Fall... FULL POST


Filed under: The Buzz