March 25th, 2008
06:28 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...here are your headlines for Tuesday March 25... Soooo grab your coffee and lets just get to it....

Top Stories
Bush given Iraq plan with steady troop levels...
Troop levels in Iraq would remain nearly the same through 2008 as at any time during five years of war, under plans presented to President Bush on Monday by the senior American commander and the top American diplomat in Iraq, senior administration and military officials said.

Flash flood warnings...
Forecasters issued flash-flood warnings for parts of Arkansas' prairie as the state's largest water surge in a quarter-century continued its way downstream.

Detroit Mayor charged...
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was charged with perjury and other offenses Monday - and got a stern lecture about the importance of telling the truth - after a trove of raunchy text messages contradicted his sworn denials of an affair with his chief aide.

New P.M. in Pakistan...
Yousaf Raza Gilani was sworn in as Pakistan's new prime minister Tuesday by the same man he blames for jailing him for five years - President Pervez Musharraf.

Raw Politics
New Poll - it is tie...
On the national front, Democrats are virtually evenly split over the candidacies of Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the newest tracking poll shows.

Worried Dems wish for dream ticket...
What are the odds Democrats will field a "dream team ticket" with Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton combining forces?

Obama test: Can a liberal be a unifer?
At the core of Senator Barack Obama's  presidential campaign is a promise that he can transcend the starkly red-and-blue politics of the last 15 years, end the partisan and ideological wars and build a new governing majority.

McCain "we are succeeding in Iraq"
Fresh off his eighth Iraq visit, Sen. John McCain declared Monday that "we are succeeding" and said he wouldn't change course — even as the U.S. death toll rose to 4,000 and the war entered its sixth year.

Clinton calls for $30 billion to help economy...
Senator Hillary Clinton  returned to one of her major campaign themes Monday — the economic impact of the home mortgage crisis — and called on Congress to provide $30 billion to help states and communities lessen the number of foreclosures.

Indiana could be where it all is decided...
Something unusual appears to be developing in the Democratic presidential race in this state: a fair fight.

Jack Kevorkian for Congress...
Jack Kevorkian, the assisted-suicide advocate who served eight years in prison for second-degree murder, announced Monday he's running for Congress as an independent.

Keeping Them Honest
Study finds earmarks in education...
Congress set aside a record $2.3 billion in pet projects for colleges and universities last year for research on subjects like berries and reducing odors from swine and poultry, according to an analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education to be published on Monday.

Crime & Punishment
Va Tech families offered settlement...
Families of those killed in the Virginia Tech massacre would receive $100,000 each under a settlement the state is proposing to prevent lawsuits, according to a victim's relative who received a copy of the proposal.

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Ayaya (New York)

    Hillary Clinton should respectfully get out of the race because she is polarized, divisive and she is running for Clinton third term presidency. Watch her narrating a well-composed lie about dodging sniper fires in Bosnia. Her lie is already destructive for democratic party if you listen to Rush Limbaugh and others. Should Laura Bush contest for presidency come seven years. No! She is destroying the party chances in general election.

    March 29, 2008 at 1:32 am |
  2. comfortablynumb

    just because I am 19 doesn't mean I am ignorant. Just because I choose to call Obama by his middle name doesn't make me a racist. It shows my stance on his campaign and shows that I-unlike many, obviously-am not BLINDED by his light. So don't attack me as a racist.
    I am not pro McCain, anti Hillary, or anti Obama, and I will be the first to say that they all have their weak spots, none are stellar. I simply stated my views earlier and put the "I know, I know" to stop the EXACT thing you are doing in questioning my depth of knowledge on who I support. I do my homework.
    Obviously, the lack of republicans in our country has no impact on making a voters decision since four of the last five presidents have been republicans, and rich peoples votes count no more than the less fortunate people's in our country, so what does that have to do who is elected? And republicans should be fewer and fewer...PLEASE.

    March 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  3. Kent, Illinois

    I've watched for too many years while Republicans, who by the way are the smaller portion of Americans, convince the many to accept their arguments and vote Republican.

    At no time in my life, have I seen such a division of rich people to poor people in this country. If we look at peoples reasons for choosing a specific party, we would see that the party differences are great.

    It's very difficult to see people who are going without, or are challenged financially by this mess in this country, choose to be or vote Republican. Every election, the Republicans should be fewer and fewer. Eventually, the 2 party process will cease.

    March 25, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  4. Freethinker

    Wow! Kent..................Numb really threw out the hate. 19 yrs old and spewing racial hatred against Obama. Kinda left me Uncomfortably numb.

    March 25, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  5. comfortablynumb

    actually kent-
    i am 19, a fist timer. I do not affiliate myself with a "party" at all, and think people who are a die hard supporter of one party are only hurting our country. I just feel that none of our candidates stand out as a great option for our country, McCain included...but he has our concerns closer to his heart than either of the dem candidates, so that is why I said it.

    I am not "blindly voting" republican or democrat, as many others are, I am stating that I believe everyone has some garbage to say about every candidate, so I know what many people have to say about McCain. I have looked into him, contrary to your belief, and feel he is more qualified than Hussein or Hillbillary, but thank you for the concern. I feel that I have good enough vision to make a responsible vote.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  6. Freethinker

    The leaders of Pakistan tell Bush they will continue to fight terrorism? What doesn that mean? You have Bin Laden INSIDE your country and you know it. What are you doing about it Pakistan?

    March 25, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  7. Sandra Marien

    Hey, Ida

    Weren't you listening when Obama said he had never heard the Wrights' crazy, racist comments? Wasn't that lying?

    March 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  8. Midwest

    This Democrat DOESN'T wish for a dream ticket. That would be a NIGHTMARE ticket. The last thing Obama needs is Clinton baggage dragging him down in November.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  9. Joe Pellegrini

    David Caruso & Gordon Ramsay in CSI Nightmares.

    March 25, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  10. Illinois Truth

    McCain, Bush, Cheney, what's the difference? Reminds me of the movie Shrek..........in the movie, the king makes the statement " Some may die...........but........that is the sacrifice I am willing to make".

    March 25, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  11. Kent, Illinois

    Comfortablytnumb..............you raise the point of being a McCain supporter then say "I know, I know". Are you saying you are blindly voting republican because ARE are a republican? Let's vote for the correct candidate reguardless of being democrat or republican.

    March 25, 2008 at 12:59 pm |
  12. Sara

    Anderson, I have watched your career for years and felt you rightly deserved the spotlight in your fabulous reporting from New Orleans. Your disgust and visible frustration and outrage over the appallingly slow response to help those poor people woke up a sleeping America to the realities of an administration who disregards the needs of anyone other than deep pocketed campaign contributors.

    Watching your nightly obsession with Pastor Wright and now the new pastor at UCC is especially upsetting. What happened to you and why have you allowed your show to be used for tabloid journalism? Last night, pontificating (and even having a panel discuss!) whether or not the new pastor was off base defending Pastor Wright was not only a display of white, well heeled media types telling viewers what is acceptable sermons from black pastors, but it was a major waste of time. The look on Candy Crowely's face said it all. She looked just as annoyed by the feigned concern as your viewers are. Get off this. Isn't there other stories you can talk about? Try the one about the subliminal sales job being done by McCain and Bush and Cheney to attack Iran. I know it's not as fun as highlighting loud singing and clapping at a black church and wondering out loud if that behavior is inappropriate, but it's got potential death. LOTS of death. And we know death brings good ratings. Try it. You might reclaim your once good reputation while helping to avert another potential disaster, saving millions of lives.

    March 25, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  13. Kent, Illinois

    Ida, I agree with you. Hillary will do or say anything to get elected. Her ego is so large she runs off at the mouth and doesn't even think of what she is saying. Truly shameful. It is very hard to watch.

    March 25, 2008 at 12:46 pm |
  14. Kent, Illinois

    Our govt should put billions of dollars forward to employ a nationally funded workforce. Our country could benefit by fixing the infrastructure and at the same time putting money in the pockets of the people of this country so they can pay on their mortgages, gas, credit cards. We did something like this way back when but I can't remember what it was called. Thanks

    March 25, 2008 at 12:41 pm |
  15. Cecil

    Hillary Clinton should leave her daughter out of her political lies. Chelsea was there on the Bosnia trip; I am sure she felt bad about her mother's untruth. Hillary should not involve her child in her political sins; she makes a bad example. Also, if Hillary Clinton wants to improve U.S. image around the world. How does it look to the Bosnian people if she lied about a trip to their country? I am sure this story and the video tape of her visit are being played in Bosnia. This is a matter of trust and whether Hillary will say and do anything to get elected.

    March 25, 2008 at 12:02 pm |
  16. comfortablynumb

    I agree. I love reading your comments. You seem very connected with what you write and you put your opinion out there on almost all of the posts.
    They def need to get Kilpatrick out of office, I mean seriously, with all the crap going on lately it would be stupid not to get him out. His actions have warranted it.
    I don't really support the Clinton/Obama ticket anyway, especially since I am a pretty big McCain supporter (I know...I know). Why would I want Hillbillary or Obama as my VP if I didn't want them to win at all in the first place? Doesn't seem to make sense to me. I am just ready for the dem candidates to turn back to real issues, which is where they seem to be heading now, thank God. But it may be too late for the dem winner, as McCain has probably been taking note for the last three weeks, ready for an attack down the road if neccessary.

    March 25, 2008 at 11:58 am |
  17. Michelle

    Thank goodness the polls show the American public
    is a whole lot smarter than the pundits. Americans know
    there are way more important issues that matter to this
    country that are more pressing. I am assuming the
    American public is giving Obama props for taking the
    issue head on and not letting things turn into more
    of a circus,

    March 25, 2008 at 11:31 am |
  18. Maya

    It would be nice to see a bit more international coverage – sometimes I see the headlines – such as the one about the new Pakistan PM here but no coverage for example about what is happening in Tibet.

    March 25, 2008 at 11:25 am |
  19. Scott Lindquist

    I am getting really fed-up with CNN's lack of fairness in covering the Democratic race. You have been obsessed with Obama's pastor and his incendiary remarks, however you have TOTALLY IGNORED Rev. John Hagee's incendiary remarks blaming gays and blacks for Hurricane Katrina. He has also advocated total war with Iran to hasten Armageddon. McCain sought out his endorsement and what with McCain's remarks that we'll be in Iraq for 100 years and that there will be more wars; it's very frightening to think that we may elect another president who advocates war for no reason. McCain has also sought out Rev. Jerry Falwell, who made similar statements that natural disasters are God's curse for gays, abortion and feminism. This radical right-wing agenda is frightening. It's time for the press to do its job and find out the truth instead of just fanning the fires of intolerance and scandal.

    March 25, 2008 at 11:25 am |
  20. cassie

    No, Barack Obama being so liberal cannot be a unifier. Hillary Clinton's supporters have been so unfairly treated there is going to be fallout all over including the media when this is all over even if Hillary wins. When Barack Obama lies about his being in hate based sermons on AC360 and days later says he was indeed in such type sermons within what the media dubbed his "historic speech", he is not called out. Yet there is breaking news when some inconsistencies are found in statements of a trip that did happen when Hillary Clinton was first lady. Also Obama's church called the investigation into their senior paster the Crucifixtion, yet when James Carville calls Bill Richardson "Judas" a huge deal is made of it's reference to Jesus. Liberalism here seems to condone hate speeches. Love begets love and violence (anger)begets violence. Damning America – hate or love? No matter what the context. The African Americans need ot deal with reconcialiation as was done in the Truth and Reconciliation forum used to quell anger in South Africa.
    As I see it, neither Barack Obama nor his new or old minister are anywhere near that yet. They espouse radicalism then justify it. So, it is probaby going to take a mix-raced forum in America headed by someone else (possibly Al Gore or Bill Clinton or an historically Black American) to truly quell emotions so raw.

    March 25, 2008 at 11:08 am |
  21. Frances

    Clinton simply lied. She put this same information in her book. Read it for yourself.

    March 25, 2008 at 10:30 am |
  22. Sally

    Why is it that CNN is not reporting that Hillary Clinton voted that the Floriday and Michigan primaries would not count. And now feeling that having them count may giver her an edge..... she now is on the stump reporting how "unfair" Barak Obama is for holding back on something they BOTH agreed on.

    Here we go again Hillary. You voted for the Iraq War.....opps
    And you agreed that Florida and Michigan primaries wouldn't count.........opps Hillary's spin is not working with the American people. This needs to be solidly reported. It speaks volumes for an individuals character. Do we really want these opps......in a President. I can not stand any longer her "SPIN"........Does she really feel the American's memory is so short.

    I at one time was a Hillary supporter. No longer. Every time I hear her "back offs"...........I keep hearing: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman"...............

    March 25, 2008 at 10:28 am |
  23. Ram

    It is a great news that Mr.Gilliani has been elected as the Prime minister of Pakistan. Gilliani & Musharaff both have conducted themselves very gracefully. Now it is high time that all political parties & Musharaff lead the country towards Democracy & prosperity. They can do it on their own. They do not need Billions of US dollors of military aid but certainly need some economic help. I hope that there will not be any part of revenge taking in Pakistan as we have seen in the past. Musharaf, I think is a good man. Good relationship with India is very necessary. They can learn a lot from their brother (India) country and make Pakistan a prosperous Nation. Pakistan also needs its military for certain actions. They need to convert radicals to Nation building. Now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Allah hu Akbar (God is Great).

    March 25, 2008 at 10:26 am |
  24. Deanna Grissom, Katy Texas

    Obama handled with kid gloves? What planet are you media watching from? Obama has taken sooo many hits that his poll numbers went down last week.
    As for Hillary taking hits? Just going with facts here, as has been done with Obama, she has been in the news over lying about Bosnia and NAFTA. With her taking a stand that the voters in MI and FL were being disenfranchised by Obama she left herself open to be slammed in the media. I mean lets be honest here this woman voted to disenfranchise those voters and now that she is losing the race all of a sudden Obama is disenfranchising those voters? Those are quite news worthy...not a sign of the media playing dirty with Clinton.
    That's the problem with supporters from both sides. They want to sling the mud and not deal with the real issues that arise. Obama has had to deal with his choice of pastor and sitting in that church for 20 years and keeping silent. Choice he made and now he is paying the price for that choice but I have yet to see anyone from his camp gripe that he is being treated unfairly over it. They may try to defend his actions and explain away those of his pastor but that is called debate and it is healthy. People learn from it so stop griping about what is happening to your candidate and educate yourself on the real issues that deal with the choices your candidate made and then debate those same issues. It is how we learn.

    March 25, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  25. gloria

    I am sickened about the childish bickering and the he said and the she said. People should be more worried about the democratic platform and what it stands for. We are leaving John M. completely wide open while they just have too sit back and smile at all of this foolishness. Why doesn't this country wake up, people have a right to their private lives, if not breaking the law. The democratic party has or had a huge chance to turn this country around and they are throwing this away giving the repubs a clean shot. What about the other preachers spewing hate and condoning it,,,while knocking someone's lifestyles. On the other hand they preach, you will get forgiveness when you meet your maker. It is fine and dandy for them to condone hatred to people different from their views. I am sick of this media feeding frenzy and don't want my children and grandchildren to observe this every waking moment. The other commentators preaching about the poor and drugs abuse, get real, they are nothing but junkies with their illegal scrips as well. Give us some news that is noteworthy,,what is happening with the democratic party,,where could we go, what could we accomplish? The way things are going, it is not going to happen. I am ashamed. Easy victory for John M.

    March 25, 2008 at 10:03 am |
  26. Ida

    Obama and Hillary are not saying the same thing... one is telling the truth and the other one is lying. She has the experience to lie, and she will be ready to lie on day one. Lies you can believe in should be the campaing slogan.

    March 25, 2008 at 10:01 am |
  27. Cindy

    I think that we all knew that Pres. Bush would keep the troop levels the same in Iraq for the rest of his term. Atleast he isn't wanting to add more.

    I can't believe that Kilpatrick is still in office!! Can't they find some way to kick him out? Who wants a mayor that acts like him and uses the publics money to have affairs? He is another one that obviously thinks that he is above the law.

    No wonder the polls are tied Obama and Hillary are basically saying the same things. They need to distance themselves from each other to show that they are different.

    And there is NO way that they'd run on the same ticket! They hate each other you can tell! Plus one of them would have to bow down to the other for the VP spot and I don't ever see that happening!

    Jack Kevorkian for congress! Well he does see what needs to be done and goes for it no matter the cost! Maybe he is what is needed to get the others up and running! Or atleast out of office!

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    March 25, 2008 at 8:27 am |
  28. J. Hudson

    The Democratic contest seems to be a lopsided affair at least from my standpoint. Hillary is constantly assailed for her views by the media while Obama is continuously handled with the proverbial 'kid glove.' Why? Race should not be an issue just as sex should not be an issue however, when it raises its ugly head answers need to be provided. Why did Obama meet with Fruit of Islam Leader Louis Farakhan, whose teachings include the death of the 'white devil'? What would have been the fallout if Hillary had met with the Grand Wizard?

    March 25, 2008 at 8:04 am |

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