March 14th, 2008
06:54 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good Morning!!! It is Friday and what a news week it was!  I think many are still in shock over the fall of  NY Governor Eliot Spitzer. Who would have thought? It is a story that is still dominating the headlines...

BUT there are lots of headlines to get through in Raw Politics today...from what to do with the Florida vote, to allegations that Saturday Night Live is pro-Hillary, to Obama catching up to Hillary in the super delegate count...so take a look.

BUT scroll down to What YOU will be talking about TODAY– there is a great story about a woman who donated her kidney to a stranger who had a caffeine fix... and you know I LOVE caffeine!!!

Top Stories
U.S. is examining Spitzer funds...
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Gov. Eliot Spitzer used campaign funds in connection with his meetings with prostitutes, including payments for hotels or ground transportation, three people with knowledge of the investigation said.

Client 9, Client 10?
FBI Director Robert Mueller is bright and engaging, although he didn't engage two questions about the Eliot Spitzer case when he met Wednesday with the Tribune editorial board. He did, though, get us thinking anew about the unnamed "Client 10" who allegedly arranged to have a call girl flown to Chicago - and thinking, too, about all the other johns who risk personal ruin as this tawdry case continues to unfold:

Dupre's myspace page...
In three days, Ashley Alexandra Dupre went from being an unknown 22-year-old aspiring musician to the fifth most-searched subject on Google because of her alleged sexual encounters with New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

They watched Spitzer, they watch you, too...
Every time you swipe your credit card, take cash out of an ATM or transfer money into your bank account, a sophisticated network of computers is keeping track.

Economy hammered...
Almost everything seems to be going wrong for the American economy at once. People are buying less, but most things are costing more. Mortgage rates are rising, the dollar is falling and prices of key commodities like oil are leaping from one record high to the next.

Raw Politics
Thumbs down on Florida Primary solution..
Florida Democrats, searching for a way out of their mess of a presidential contest, unveiled a detailed plan Thursday for rerunning the state's primary election by mail. There was one big problem: Hardly anyone who mattered liked the idea.

Is SNL pro Hillary?
For three decades, "Saturday Night Live" has prided itself on skewering politicians of all stripes with equal zeal, from Chevy Chase's clumsy Gerald Ford to Darrell Hammond's sighing Al Gore.

Obama budget vote could come back to bite him...
Republicans yesterday forced Sen. Barack Obama to vote against what they labeled his own $1.4 trillion spending plan, cobbled together from his presidential campaign promises — one of a series of budget votes that will provide political fodder for the rest of the election year.

Clinton opens her home...
Having mastered the art of town-hall meetings on the campaign trail, Sen. Hillary Clinton is now holding them in a more comfortable setting: her living room.

Dems fret over warring words...
Democrats are increasingly worried about their chances for victory in November after a series of attacks by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on rival Sen. Barack Obama's leadership, credibility, readiness as commander in chief and, now, his ability to win the White House.

Obama has cut into Hillary delegate lead...
Barack Obama has pulled almost even with Hillary Clinton in endorsements from top elected officials and has cut into her lead among the other superdelegates she's relying on to win the Democratic presidential nomination. 

Michigan do-over...
Michigan Democrats are close to an agreement with presidential candidates Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama  to hold a do-over primary.

Keeping Them Honest
Senate rejects earmark ban...
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly shot down an effort Thursday night to ban "earmark" spending for one year - quashing an effort backed by all three senators seeking the presidency

Crime & Punishment
Killer smiles as jury recommends death...
A jury recommended the death penalty Thursday for a man who murdered a hospital security guard and a sheriff's deputy after escaping from custody.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Sheriff suggests charges after woman stuck to toilet...
A sheriff in Kansas is recommending charges in the case of a woman who sat on her boyfriend's toilet for so long that her body became stuck to the seat.

One latte, one kidney, please!
Every day for three years, Annamarie Ausnes went to her local Seattle Starbucks for her usual morning coffee. She developed a casual relationship with the barista that soon percolated and ultimately saved her life.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Elaine

    The world is justifiably laughing at the hypocrisy of the US pushing democracy on the rest of the world, when the Democrats (small or large cap) can't enfranchise the people of their own country (Michigan and Florida). It doesn't matter what else happens in the race for President, the world will remember that groups of people were not allowed to vote - and use the fact to justify discrimination in other countries.

    March 14, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Maybe it's time we really did overhaul government and start over. I really don't think that what we currently have is what our Founding Fathers had in mind. A Continental Congress may just be what we need to go back to. Let the 50 governors meet annually and select a "spokesperson" to be our international representation. I am truly tired of my tax dollars being used to fund other states' projects. It is particularly painful as CA gets like 80-cents back for every dollar it sends to the feds. And yet so much of this country depends on our success (CA – not the US – is, what, the 6th largest economy in the world?). If the state's want something, that's what we have state taxes for. Our federal government needs to concentrate on those things that affect us as a whole – military, interstate commerce - not individual state pet projects. Maybe then my federal taxes will drop and I'll have more money to spend fueling my economy, which fuels the US' which helps to fuel the world's.

    I have mixed feelings on the do-over for Michigan and Florida. Coming from California, I so well understand the feeling of not having your vote counted in the primaries. This is the first year since I registered to vote that I wish we had stayed with a June primary because in so many years past, the nominee was already decided by the time it came to us. I'm sure it is no different for Michigan and Florida. I also think the DNC and RNC were short-sighted in their seeking "punishment" against the states for actually wanting a say in the nominating process. A do-over would be unfair Clinton, who had the foresight to keep her name on the ballot and pop in to say 'hi'. And yet it is unfair to Obama because he followed the rules. Maybe they should simply award a 51-49, 55-45, 60-40 percent to both candidates, with the majority going to Clinton.

    As to Spitzer, it's only news in NY at this point. Well, and to the other side of the aisle who has the right to gloat this time about the downfall of the Dem.

    Hey, how are those space walks going? Wonder if they'll have prostitution issues on the Space Station. Maybe we can use the prostitution slant to seque back into real news? Just a thought.

    March 14, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  3. Elizabeth (Betty)

    I have watched CNN since Ted Turner came up with the concept, what is going on now? It seems that Rupert Murdock has taken over. What is up with the news now is no longer news worthy the subjects are not informing the public they are demeaning in context and content what is going on there is Fox news and I hear you say the most trusted name in news, I beg to defer that there is no news just Tabloid Gossip, no substance this is a sad day for the Media!

    March 14, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  4. alwynpeter

    With the advent of a recession coming full steam ahead are the little people really interested with the antics of the new york gov.? It's sad to notice that the little people have resorted to burning down their homes to stop them from falling to the banks. We are seeing so called future candidates for the post of the president of America putting each other down or even clapping their hands in glee knowing they have wrapped up their nominations. But the big question in the little peoples minds is will they have a job tomorrow. How are they going to support their families. With forclosures on their homes where are they going to live. Stop this hypocrisy. Think of the little people. It's bad enough to listen to the current CEO of this great nation lying through his teeth that America will pull through this challenge, it's like Katerina hitting the bay all over again. Please stop pulling the wool over the eyes of the little people again. A lot of them are suffering. Will the politicians stop lying to the people. Do something. The current chair person of the Fed isn't doing a good job. Are these politicians waiting for thousands of americans kill themselves before any form of action is taken. Stop bothering about other nations and start thinking for americans. An economically strong America is better than one that's trying to be the policeman of the world. I sincerely hope and pray that your great nation will not face the bitterness of the last great recession of the 1930's. Ask not what the country can do For you but what can you do for the country. Bring home all the american companies would be a begining.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  5. Kris Shanahan


    Why no coverage or outrage about disenfranchising 1.7 million Florida voters? Does no one care and only Lou Dobbs pretend to care? Is the media so behind Barack they don't care about Florida voters?

    MODERATOR: Kris, Joe Johns has had reports on the Florida primary for the past two nights on 360°. And he's of course keeping his eye on any new developments.

    March 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  6. Michiko

    Andersen: I just watched a CNN report on the Tibet protests. Heartwrenching footage via Beijing (being represented as depicting Chinese police dragging away what looked like a Tibetan nun who was crying) may actually have been of Indian police or paramilitaries. What seems to give it away is the khaki, British style uniforms of the Indians as opposed to the blue/green Chinese uniforms. Perhaps CNN will carefully look into human rights violations at the Indian as well as the Chinese ends. Democratic India particularly owes a duty to protect the Dalai Lama and his gracious, kind, peaceful people to whom it gave refuge after 1959 . As a starting point, the Manmohan Singh government in New Delhi ought to be prohibiting the use of any violence against the Tibetan refugees (or anybody in India for that matter) and defending the rights of these unfortunate refugees to demonstrate and march peacably. I used to live in New Delhi and my hair stylist there was a lovely , hardworking, vibrant, trendy Tibetan girl. A photos of two Tibetan girls being brutalized by Indian policewomen in todays "San Francisco Chronicle" (the city where I now live ) made me fear for my hairdresser's safety and for that of all Tibetans. Should we really be going to the Olympics? Keep up the good work Andersen.

    March 14, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  7. Goodheart

    Regarding Florida, why is the Democratic Senator there Bill Nelson having such a hard time getting consensus on what to do? This guy seems very ineffective. Look at Michigan.... they are well on their way to a re-vote on June 3 while Florida continues having election issues. Why is Florida consistently such a problem when it comes to voting?
    Other big states like California and Texas seem to manage, but not Florida.

    March 14, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  8. Marie Mattingly

    We have always watched your broadcast – especially on Katrina. We have been very disappointed though, on your coverage of the Democratic Primary! It is very obvious that you are slanted toward Obama. We think it is very important to know of Rev. Wright and Obama's relationship. The Reverand seems to be a hatemonger and
    Obama considers him a mentor. The Sen. has been a member of his church for 20 yrs.! We now watch Fox News during your time slot to get full coverage of all the candidates.

    March 14, 2008 at 12:56 pm |
  9. Steve Bank

    The Chinese continue brutal oppression(Tibet) and forced cultuiral genocide without any response from our government.

    The only difference between Venezuela and China is that China allows US business to exploit cheap Chinese labor. We vilified Cuba only when Castro nationalized the economy. We supprted bural bannan republics as long as US business had free reign.

    When do we learn from history? After hoiurs at the bar the Chinese Communist Party likley has manyy good laiughs at how they are exploiting us.

    When we watch a Chinese space launch it should have a sign 'Poweed By US Dollars'

    March 14, 2008 at 12:47 pm |
  10. Susan

    It does not surprise me that the Senate rejected the one year ban on
    "earmark" ( or pork spending ) by Congress. Bringing back money to their districts is how they all get re-elected by the voters who benefit from the " earmarks ". We citizens must be sending out mixed signals to our politicians who represent us. On the one hand we think Congress spends to much money on pork spending, but on the other hand we citizens benefit in some way by the dollars that are brought back to out states and districts. The cycle will continue as voters will continue to re-elect those who bring " goodies" back to us.

    The Democratic party is just becoming ridiculous with this back and forth attacks. Put them all in the " time out " chair.

    Can AC 360 do an investigative report on why ( and there may be many reasons ) the price of oil is so high now. We here in the US have always enjoyed rather cheap oil as compared to the rest of the world. I watched a program done by Miles O'Brien in which the additive
    Ethanol was discussed. The oil companies say that this is suppossed to be better for the environment, but according to Miles O'Brian it is more expensive to refine and is not any better for the environment. Are companies like ADM ( who is a big corn processor and also contribute money to both D's & R's ) and also get subsidized by the US government one reason ( of many ) as to why gas is so high. I know that there could be a number of reasons, but I would like to find out why it is so dang high now. You will never get an honest answer from the oil companies and I have tried.



    March 14, 2008 at 12:06 pm |
  11. Emily

    Can someone tell me why the media is glamorizing the hooker the NY governor used? What kind of a message do you want to send out to the teens? Shes getting famous for being a slut and a whore – why splash her photo and all about her all over the news and give her publicity? She is helping destroy marraiges and selling herself – who knows what kind of diseases she has? Please stop making whores and hookers some great story.

    March 14, 2008 at 10:52 am |
  12. P. Watnanabe

    I can find nothing regarding Bush's approving the raise of ozone levels.

    March 14, 2008 at 10:46 am |
  13. jgirl

    How is it that invited commentators and experts on 360 can say that the men who buy sex from prostitutes are just "normal people" (as Spitzer's professor said)? And no one questions that comment. Why is it that Spitzer may not be arrested, while already 4 people from the prostitution ring have been arrested? It doesn't make sense that it is a crime to sell sex, but not to buy it. We end up arresting 14-year old girls while the guy who bought sex wtih her goes free. Let's try turning things around, like in Sweden. There, it is a crime to buy sex, not to sell it. Demand drops, prices drop, and the thugs that run prostitution rings and kidnap underage girls to sell look for more lucrative business.

    March 14, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  14. Cindy

    I think everything that can be said, done, reported or shown has been on the Spitzer case so can we PLEASE move on from it. We don't really care!! MOVE ON!!

    I see the Dem and Reps are acting just like children!! Reading that article about them being in Washington voting just made me think of a bunch of grade schoolers fussing over who is the best or smartest in class. And these are the people that we chose and are choosing to run our country!? They all need to grow up!! Do they have to make a show out of everything that they do? It's beginning to get a bit ridiculous if I say so myself.

    I personally don't think that Mich. or Fla. deserve a do-over. They should have stuck to the plan and not deferred from it. And the plan to do a mail in vote will not work. There is really no way to prove if the votes are even counted or if they make it there to be counted. They ought to just halve the delegates between the two and be done with it. That way it is done and over and no one has to pay for anything.

    Are we the least bit surprised that the senate shot down the ban on earmarks!? I mean come on they are the ones getting them. Do you really think that they are going to stop putting money in their own pockets! I don't!! The only way earmarks will ever be stopped is if we get rid of all of the Senate and start over with honest people who are out to fix this nation and not line their pockets. Otherwise they are here to stay and we will continue paying for crap that doesn't even matter.

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    March 14, 2008 at 9:17 am |
  15. Jo Ann

    Interesting. Is it just an oversight that there is no mention of Pastor Jeremiah Wright’s comments and their possible affect on Obama’s campaign in this morning’s Buzz? In my opinion it is more important than a report on Spitzer's prostitute’s My Space page.

    Jo Ann
    North Royalton, Ohio

    March 14, 2008 at 8:00 am |