March 18th, 2008
06:52 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks....Well, there seems to be some good "dish" in Top Stories and in What YOU will be talking about TODAY... A NY paper is reporting that the NEW NY Governor admits he had an affair while married to his current wife, the NEW FIRST lady of NY...and the former Governor of NJ is claiming he and his wife used to engage in three-way sex. Yikes...TMI, too much information, in my opinion!!! AND is the Madonna marriage on the ropes? That is what some are sayin'.... 

In Raw Politics...the race issue is rearing it's ugly head again in the race for the Democratic nominee. Barack Obama plans to confront it head on... He will give a major speech in Philly, today.  AND no re-vote in Florida!!! BUT there is a glimmer of hope in Michigan, a June 3rd re-vote is the rumor.... There a lots of headlines to chew over this morning, so grab your coffee and let's get to it....

Top Stories
NEW NY Governor admits to affair...
New York Gov. David Paterson, who took over the state's top job Monday after Eliot Spitzer resigned amid a prostitution scandal, has admitted he and his wife Michelle had affairs during a rough patch in their marriage several years ago, a newspaper reported.

The Governor's affair...
The thunderous applause was still ringing in his ears when the state's new governor, David Paterson, told the Daily News that he and his wife had extramarital affairs.

He said, she said...
He says it's true. She says it's not. Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey says he and his wife Dina Matos McGreevey used to engage in three-way sex with his ex-aide and driver.

Fed poised to cut rates...
The Federal Reserve is expected to aggressively lower interest rates in its intensified battle against the credit crisis and spreading economic weakness. The question is whether all of the effort will turn the tide.

The Fed to the rescue...
Investors dumped stocks of the nation's major investment firms yesterday after a rescue plan for one of the biggest, Bear Stearns, exposed unexpectedly large cracks in the foundation of the financial system.

SCOTUS takes up gun issue...
Shelly Parker wants to know why she cannot keep a handgun in her house. As a single woman she has been threatened by neighborhood drug dealers in a city where violent crime rates are on the rise.

U.S. adapts cold-war idea to fight terrorists...
In the days immediately after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, members of President Bush’s war cabinet declared that it would be impossible to deter the most fervent extremists from carrying out even more deadly terrorist missions with biological, chemical or nuclear weapons.

Violence in Tibet continues...
The Dalai Lama urged Tibetans to show restraint Tuesday, saying that "if things become out of control," his "only option is to completely resign," The Associated Press reported.

Raw Politics
Obama to address race issue today...
Sen. Barack Obama, confronting ongoing questions about inflammatory sermons delivered by his former pastor, announced Monday he will deliver a "major address" on race and politics in Philadelphia on Tuesday in an attempt to move beyond the controversy.

Congregation defends Obama former pastor...
The Rev. Jeremish Wright spent 36 years teaching this congregation how to recognize injustice, and his parishioners sense it all around them now. On Sunday, more than 3,000 of them filled Trinity United Church of Christ on the city's South Side to pray for their former pastor. They read a handout that described Wright's newfound infamy as a "modern-day lynching." They scrawled his name in tribute on the inside of their service programs and applauded as Wright's protege, the Rev. Otis Moss III, stepped to the pulpit.

No Florida re-vote...
Florida Democrats scrapped plans Monday to redo the state's presidential primary, turning to national party leaders to find another way to resolve the political stalemate over the disputed January nominating contest.

New poll re: Super delegates...
A majority of Democratic voters say it would be unfair for Hillary Rodham Clinton to win the presidential nomination through the support of "super delegates" if she lags among the convention delegates elected in primaries and caucuses, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

Economy on the campaign trail...
For months, the top presidential candidates have focused on showing a war-weary public that they have what it takes to be the next commander in chief. But on Monday, as the Iraq war entered its sixth year, they faced a test with far more relevance to the everyday lives of Americans: whether they could serve as economist in chief.

Crime & Punishment
Fugitive arrested...
Chicago police arrested a man Sunday night in Chinatown they believe is a fugitive long-sought in connection with a California 1998 double homicide and featured on the Web site of the TV program "America's Most Wanted."

Keeping Them Honest
DOD delayed brain scans...
For more than two years, the Pentagon delayed screening troops returning from Iraq for mild brain injuries because officials feared veterans would blame vague ailments on the little-understood wound caused by exposure to bomb blasts, says the military's director of medical assessments.

2.4 million toys recalled...
Federal safety regulators recalled an additional 2.4 million potentially deadly Mega Brands magnetic toys Monday, at least 14 months after learning there might be problems with some of those products.

Probe reveals doctor payoffs...
A settlement to end a federal investigation into potential kickbacks to U.S. doctors is shining light on hundreds of agreements under which surgeons across the country receive trips, meals and consulting deals from artificial-hip and -knee makers.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Spears to pay Federline...
Britney Spears was ordered by a court commissioner Monday to pay ex-husband Kevin Federline $375,000 to cover his attorney fees in their child-custody dispute.

Is Madonna marriage on the ropes?
Madonna is squashing suggestions that her marriage may be ending."I am delighted to confirm that Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ritchie remain happily married," the pop star's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, said in a statement Monday.

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. bill

    I think Obama used this "big" speech as a way to get free publicity He said almost nothing new but added about his white Grandparents and mother which he stuck in closet until he thought to bring them out. I was so disappointed with the media allowing for a speech just for him to push his politics. So this pastor is like a family member? Well if one of my family members were to speak that trash I would confront them and if they chose to continue I WOULD distance myself. So that dont wash his words are empty and more to the point the pastor is not family he is Obama mentor and personal spiritual adviser! His "GOOD JUDGEMENT" has me wondering..................

    Anyone but Obama 08'

    March 18, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Maybe SOMEBODY will be talking about Brittney Spears and Madonna – but not I. I'm still waiting for those interest rate cuts to be reflected in my credit card statements. See, I've already spent money helping the economy - now I must pay it back. I suppose I could declare bankruptcy and let the feds take on my losses. But they'd just use my taxpayer money to bail out the bank so I still have to pay. Might as well own up to my debt and continue to pay on it.

    It would be nice to have a story on why we aren't seeing the lower interest rates on our credit cards. How are the interest rate cuts really being used?

    And unfortunately, for the next 9 months I still have a President who doesn't panic when everything is falling down around him, who just wants me to hang in there and everything will right itself. (Of course, I'd like to know when that will be so I can batten down the hatches and know how long I will need to stockpiles supplies for the wild ride.) What's that saying about the person who remains calm while all else is in turmoil - doesn't get it? I'd really like to know what alternate universe he's living in so that I might join him there.

    March 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  3. madu

    In this election time i read 2 children books FIRST DAUGHTER EXTREME MAKEOVER AND FIRST DAUGHTER WHITE HOUSE RULES. The author is MITALI PERKINS. After reading these books i understood the American election. My children also read and got interest in politics . Iwanted to tell all the adopted children that you are loved and readthis book thanks

    March 18, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  4. Susan

    Fed Poised to cut rates:

    Cutting rates by the Federal Reserve Bank ( which is not a bank ) seems to be the norm for the past couple years. Allen Greenspan had done this many times in his term of Fed Chairman and I believe has caused what we are seeing today. He gave us a fake economy. All this has done is put cheap money in the market and has, in part caused the morgage and credit card mess that some find themselves in now. Everytime there is a crisis in the market we just lower interests and the borrowing goes on.

    The Fed to the rescue:

    The Fed bailing out Bear Sterns sets a bad president. Which investment house will the tax payers be bailing out next? They were the ones who bought all those bad mortgages to sell to their clients as investments. They should pay the price for their bad judgements, not the tax payers.


    March 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm |
  5. Belinda

    Anderson: Relevant to the Obama-Clinton race, would you please address an impt. question: Is the media in an "over correction" mode? If so, what has been the impact on Senator Obama and his campaign for President? Since Hillary Clinton complained that she was always being asked the first question during debates and implied that perhaps the media was treating her unfairly, the media has reacted in two ways. First was the short period of analysis during which we watched media sources debate if their coverage was biased for or against a candidate. Apparently, media concluded it had been too critical of Clinton and/or too lax on Obama because media has now proceeded to a near obsession with Obama. Yes, it is true that issues such as his Pastor's inflammatory statements and Tony Rezko need to be addressed. To his credit, Obama has, both in his speeches and in indepth published interviews with media (ex. Chicago Tribune), addressed these issues with honesty and integrity. However, one has to ask: When is this "overcorrection" phase going to end and media return to "fair and balanced reporting" of all candidates? When is the media going to stop being led by the Clinton campaign? Thank you for your coverage of this and other issues. Belinda

    March 18, 2008 at 12:33 pm |
  6. tracy adams

    Barack Obama spoke directly and clearly about racism in the united states today. He made it clear that the time is now for change. I'm hoping the media gets back to some even-handedness in its reporting and gets off the Hillary love-fest. Barack Obama should and will be the democratic nominee for president – I hope CNN gets back to being a newscast and quits giving the politics of division undo time in its reporting. Its about time to get back to issues that affect all of us in this country: the economy, the illegal war in iraq, education and mostly the environment. Please, please, please quit being the enquirer and start being a news show!!!

    March 18, 2008 at 12:26 pm |
  7. Nicole Willis

    I am offended and appalled at the media and their plot to bring down Obama before he can even get in office. HINT for the media: check out who endorsed and funded McCain....Anti-Christ Haggee who states that the refugees of New Orleans deserved what that got when Hurricane Katrina almost destroyed New Orleans. So is this the way America wants to be known as a big fat RACIST country that exploits other races so the whites can continue to get rich while all other races stay at the bottom of the economic chain? WAKE UP latino's WHITE AMERIACA is exploiting you also once the buildings are constructed, roadways are paved and America becomes beautiful again...the first thing that will be done is DEPORTATION OF THE ILLEGALS.... WAKE UP PEOLE......
    I think Obama should strongly push for REVOLUTION just like this is the only way there will be some type of stability among races, genders and religions.
    Anderson Cooper and your friends make sure you report the news not your own personal feelings....that is the true meaning of a journalist. HEY ANDERSON COOPER TAKES SOME SPEECH CLASSES BECAUSE YOU ARE A TERRIBLE SPEAKER.....ALWAYS SAYING UHHHMMMMMMMMM
    Just as Haggee stated about New Orleans maybe the same applies to the tornado that just occurred in Alanta maybe this was punishment to you journalist for not reporting the truth and nothing but the truth about all presidential candidates and their families.

    Waiting for your response!!!!! please respond!!!!!please...please....please respond!!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 at 10:56 am |
  8. Robin

    Good Morning, 360:

    'Rainy day in KY, and I missed y'all's show last night. Sad, too, because other than the BBC Report, CNN is kind of my life-blood to what's behind the headlines.

    Anyway, I was just curious about whether anyone was going to follow up on the Sinbad story running on the rest of the net. Cheryl Crow was another name mentioned by both, ...Mr. "Bad" (I know that's not right, I just think it's funny), and Sen. Clinton, has anyone asked Ms. Crow her recollection? 'And are we sure the previous two are talking about the same trip?

    Kudos to the new NY governor, and his wife. I believe owning one's truths, before someone else makes a charge of out of it/them, is the best way to proceed, and, I for one appreciate that whatever challenges or agreements led to their infidelity, they at least seemed to make peace, or be at peace with it, before bringing it before us. -I don't care for details from anyone else's bedroom, and I tend to believe that people who are satisfied in their own, even if there's nothing going on in them, don't require vicarious participation in others'.

    I believe Madonna is nasty, Britney's broken, and a lot of these other low to no talent people we have thrust into celebrity are damaged. I wish that the media would stop reporting on them; maybe some "alone time" would allow these individuals to realize how far removed they are from anything semblant of normalcy, and allow them to get credible help.
    I have a feeling we may be seeing another crash-and-burn, like Anna Nicole, before this year's out. If it's not at the hands of unscrupulous confidantes, it will probably be their wreckless behavior, but keeping them in the spotlight isn't helpful or healthy.
    'Hey, you've got "Keeping Them Honest." Has CNN considered an arts segment, like NPR's World Music, ...something along the lines of a "Real Talent Showcase"? Mr. Cooper, and his compatriots ravel quite a bit, it would interesting to see some undiscovered gems. I believe your audience trusts your judgement (that's all of you, contributors, etc.), that could be interesting...

    Anyway, just a few thoughts on an overcast day. I don't know if anyone reads these things, but I thought I'd share, nonetheless.

    March 18, 2008 at 10:30 am |
  9. Kathy Barringham

    Read article in WSJ March 18 "The Obama Bargain" by Shelby Steele on page A23. People need to expand their perspective about the Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Most of what I hear on CNN and other networks has a bias toward Obama and anti Clinton. The article suggests that Hillary Clinton is running against more than this man and instead against the "need for white innocence." It would be refreshing to hear a news network provide a wide perspective of thought rather than impose only one comfortable viewpoint. Of the commentators on CNN, only Anderson Cooper has been courageous enough to get out of this box.

    March 18, 2008 at 9:51 am |
  10. Edward Lawhead

    The news is emphasizing interest rate cuts helping individuals with mortgages. But don't forget about the senior citizens, baby boomers, and younger americans who prefer bank CDs in this volatile stock market environment. CD rates have been driven down dramatically due to the Fed interest rate cuts which results in less disposable income for those individuals using their CD interest to live on. Less disposable income means less purchasing power in the marketplace which affects the economy due to fewer dollars being spent and circulating in the system. Just a thought. Thank you.

    March 18, 2008 at 9:36 am |
  11. Jo Ann

    Well, I see that 360 is still lusting after ratings. I can’t believe your top stories are about old affairs that the new governor of NY and his wife had during a difficult time in their marriage and a McGreevey three-way that cannot be proven. These stories should have been far down the list. The Obama speech, the economy, and the possible re-vote in Michigan are more important in my opinion.

    Lately the Morning Buzz has looked liked the front page of the National Enquirer. Give it a break already!

    Jo Ann
    North Royalton, Ohio

    March 18, 2008 at 9:13 am |
  12. Dia

    I want to know why people arent bringing up the fact that Barack Obama is interracial, and raised by whites for the majority of his life. So how can he be racist or not seem to consider whites in his race for the white house!

    March 18, 2008 at 9:10 am |
  13. Cindy

    Well I guess Gov. Paterson decided to spill the beans about the affairs before the press found out and ran with it. What's up with all of these elected officials? Can they not stay faithful to their wives or what?

    And I am totally wondering why would you go out and tell all of your sordid details of your sex life!? I mean come on don't they have any decency? It is definitely TMI in my opinion. I could care less what they are doing as long as it isn't affecting their job or they aren't using our money to do it with.

    I'm looking forward to Obama's speech today to see what he has to say about his former pastor and the ensuing scandal. I bet he sticks to the script of he didn't know. Which I just can't believe.

    I can't believe that Obama's church is calling what is going on in the media a modern day lynching of Pastor Wright. That is just ludicrous! Nobody is making up stuff he is the one that said all of the racist crap. They must really agree with it to see it that way. Makes you wonder how much Obama truly agrees with it since he has been there 20 years.

    I am glad there will be no Florida re-vote. They don't deserve one.

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    March 18, 2008 at 9:09 am |
  14. Victor Cornfoot

    Well it appears marriage problems in New York have gone to a whole new level.

    March 18, 2008 at 8:48 am |
  15. Karen from Virginia

    I'm so fed up with hearing the Fed's will drop the current interest rate.........ITS NOT HELPING ME!.....I STILL HAVE CREDIT CARDS THAT ARE STILL SKY HIGH IN INTEREST.....HOW ABOUT HELPING THE PEOPLE DOWN HERE THAT SPEND MOST OF THE MONEY.................

    March 18, 2008 at 8:24 am |
  16. Steve Wikind

    I though your interview with Obama friday night when he was making the rounds was so sweet and soft.I thought you were a newsman the only person at CNN worth listening to. You changed our listening habits!!!!!Singing G–Bless America!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 at 7:31 am |
  17. Jennifer from Ohio

    What's up with McGreevey? How low can someone go to report the details of his sex life?? WHO CARES??!! Your wife has been put through hell, you have humiliated her, and now you're pulling her through the mud with the divorce and mentioning threesomes. Shame on you!

    March 18, 2008 at 6:58 am |