March 26th, 2008
06:51 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good morning folks....There are only a few headlines to chew over in Top Stories today. So grab your coffee and head right to Raw Politics... But definitely scroll down to What YOU will be talking about TODAY  and read about an outrageous story about a Walmart employee involved in a traffic accident and who is now being sued by Walmart for medical bills...Randi Kaye will have that story tonight on AC360.  

Top Stories
Floods in Arkansas...
Volunteers armed with sandbags held back water springing up from under a rural levee Tuesday as the White River continued its highest surge in a quarter-century through eastern Arkansas.

Iraq PM gives deadline...
Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday gave gunmen in the southern oil port of Basra a three-day deadline to surrender their weapons and renounce violence as clashes between Shiite militia fighters and Iraqi security forces erupted for a second day.

Pilot suspended after gun fires in cockpit...
A US Airways pilot who accidentally discharged his handgun in the cockpit during a flight has been suspended from the federal program that permits pilots to carry firearms and has been removed from flight duty pending the outcome of an investigation, the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday.

Raw Politics
Clinton seeks to soften impact on Bosnia statement...
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton tried Tuesday to put a softening spin on her misstatement that she ran from sniper fire at an airport in Bosnia as first lady, saying the comment was a mistake that “proves I’m human.”

Presidential hopefuls mum on social security & medicare...
With the presidential campaign going full tilt, a new government report on a big national problem is usually followed by volleys of rhetoric from the candidates. But on Tuesday, when the annual report on the precarious state of Medicare and Social Security came out, the reaction was not exactly deafening.

Obama posts tax returns...
The 2000-through-2006 tax returns for Sen. Barack Obama and his wife were posted on his campaign Web site Tuesday, part of an ongoing effort to paint Sen. Hillary Clinton as a secretive politician who has failed to disclose key information.

McCain: Life experience shapes views...
On Sept. 28, 1983, a freshman Republican took to the House floor and did something unexpected: He opposed President Ronald Reagan's plan to keep U.S. troops in war-torn Lebanon.

Meghan McCain offers her own straight talk...
Meghan McCain, who blogs about life inside her dad's presidential campaign, is not terribly interested in matters of policy, but she is acutely attuned to matters of footwear.

Obama and the "L" word...
Sen. Barack Obama offers himself as a post-partisan uniter who will solve the country's problems by reaching across the aisle and beyond the framework of liberal and conservative labels he rejects as useless and outdated.

Obama foreign-policy views draw criticism...
Barack Obama is drawing fresh fire for pledging to hold direct talks with foreign adversaries, an approach both Hillary Clinton and John McCain say they will hit hard.

Chelsea: "I do not think that is any of your business"
Chelsea Clinton had a quick retort Tuesday when asked whether her mother's credibility had been hurt during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Keeping Them Honest
250 sick in Colorado...
Crews started pumping chlorine through this southern Colorado city's water system Tuesday to rid it of salmonella bacteria that has sickened nearly 250 people.

Cigarette company paid for cancer study...
In October 2006, Dr. Claudia Henschke of Weill Cornell Medical College jolted the cancer world with a study saying that 80 percent of lung cancer deaths could be prevented through widespread use of CT scans.

Crime & Punishment
Parachute from D.B. Cooper found?
The FBI is analyzing a torn, tangled parachute found buried by children in southwest Washington to determine whether it might have been used by famed plane hijacker D.B. Cooper, the agency said.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Walmart sues employee  involved in traffic accident...
Shank suffered severe brain damage after a traffic accident nearly eight years ago that robbed her of much of her short-term memory and left her in a wheelchair and living in a nursing home.It was the beginning of a series of battles - both personal and legal - that loomed for Shank and her family. One of their biggest was with Wal-Mart...

Program NOTE: Randi Kaye has this report tonight on AC360 

Family ties..Obama related to Pitt? Clinton to Jolie?
Perhaps, now the candidates will play nice.For all their insistence on how unlike they are from one another, the three U.S. presidential candidates share some noteworthy family connections, the New England Historic Genealogical Society has found.

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Carmen

    Sadly CNN is missing the boat.
    Not only are they allowing Hillary to get away with changing the subject about her bold faced lie but are aiding in her stirring up mess. I see that it is more beneficial to the network to keep this kind of trash going, but wherther you know it or not many blogs are trying to boycott you. and that will affect that precious bottom line.If money is the bottom line maybe you should look past todays story line and to the future of CNN as a whole and start covering the issue more fairly. Quit letting Hillary dictate the conversation.

    March 26, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  2. Derek Duncan

    Hillary, Bill, and the professional political hacks they employ--a calculated negative campaign of lies, distortions, and win-at-any-cost.. Sounds like George Bush to me! Is it not obvious why Obama is so popular with the American public. Yep, if Clinton is nominated, this lifelong Democrat will be voting for McCain as will millions of other Democrats!

    March 26, 2008 at 1:05 pm |
  3. Mike, Arkansas

    I dont see why people are against how Obama wants to handle foreign policy by talking to our enemies? I mean how else are we going to have change if we keep doing the same thing and not try to compromise and get along? Everyone in this world is different. They dont have to be a democracy. Why do americans think the other countries hate us?? Because we push what we believe as a whole, as morals, as policy, as religion, as punishments of crime, as way of life.. on others. Already Iraq is now turning into an equal rights movement for women. Sure that can be a good thing.. but it can be a bad thing because that was and always been their way of life. Its their beliefs. Americans in the past have just wanted everyone to be just like us to get along and that is not the right type of thinking.

    People can have their own way of life and living and laws that are different than Americans and still compromise for trade, peace and understanding etc. Obama can do that... Its obvious Hillary and McCain cannot. They like to keep the tension there.. then when we get terrorized because of it, they cry about it and start a war.

    March 26, 2008 at 11:42 am |
  4. nancy

    I have no doubt that Ms. Clinton exaggerated the Bosnia story, but the media attention this has gleaned is even more exaggerated! Mr. Obama has merely made "honest mistakes" when he LIED about his alleged involvement in various political endeavours, and once again, the media made nice about it, with all the CNN pundants, at the sound of his name, going into a strange utopia. Yes, he is a great speaker when his speech-writers deliver great material for him, but when he is asked the tough questions on the fly, he takes as long as George Bush to answer. That tells me he is not as confident and presidential as he and his campaign would have us believe. Do we really want another 4 years of this? America, wake up! His is a junior senator with no real leadership experience! Don't be snowed by the idea of a new prophet crying in the wilderness. He is no Martin Luther King Jr. John McCain, you must be licking your chops and already making renovation plans for your new Jan 09 residence!

    March 26, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  5. Christina - Notre Dame, IN

    I just want to thank AC360 for covering these airline problems which so often go under the radar. I fly frequently and am really concerned about the irresponsibility of airlines. Not only do they schedule too many flights and overbook, but apparently there are also serious safety and security violations. I know some people argue that exposing weaknesses in the airlines is playing into the hands of terrorists, but these problems won't be dealt with if they aren't addressed.

    Also, I think you have been very fair in your coverage of the election. You all do a great job.

    March 26, 2008 at 11:06 am |
  6. SUNNY

    If McCain is related to Laura Bush then I'm voting for McCain. I love the way she carries herself in the way it reminds me of how John Mc
    Cain carries himself. On the other hand, we need a president with a little spunk. I don't who I'll vote for yet or if I'll vote. IT doesn't matter if you vote or not. That is the bottom line.

    March 26, 2008 at 10:53 am |
  7. joanne osinkowski

    Very well said Betty:) as For Dani Barack is not being selfish is he not entitled to a little rest and relaxation with his family. At least he puts his family first which in my opinion makes him a caring human being. Would you not put your family first, I know I would.

    March 26, 2008 at 10:19 am |
  8. Kathy Cash

    Flying bullets......running from sniper fire, with my daughter.....I think I would remember the details! Around my house my teenage daughters are joking that ........they are tired they have a lot of homework and they "mispoke.........."

    Lying is not "mispoke...........Exaggerating.........."

    Whe will the politicians, especially the Clintons learn that they cannot change the facts to meet their needs!

    If Obama loses I am voting for McCain!

    March 26, 2008 at 9:39 am |
  9. Dani

    It's nice Obama can vacation in the middle of a heated race for the Whitehouse. Maybe if he gets there he can "pull a Bush" and stay on vacation for a couple of years. What a joke. I'm glad I voted for Clinton. Obama already shows he is more in it for himself than the people of the nation. Most people would try to relax after the race, not in the dead heat with their rival. Good judgment, I think not.

    March 26, 2008 at 9:35 am |
  10. Betty

    Hillary should examine herself before speaking so boldly about leaving a church when the minister makes questionable statements, that reflect his own personal experiences. She may fail to realize that spiritual relationships is biblically compared to one body, as is also a marriage. We may never know if Barack and Minister Wright have had discussions about his controversial statements over the years, but his spiritual bond with that minister is none of our business, just like her spiritual bond with President Clinton is none of our business. After the embarrasement and humiliation that she and the nation suffered behind her husband's act of pure lust, many may wonder why she didn't leave her spiritual relationship, her marriage. But again, that's her personal decision. Can she afford to cast the first stone?

    March 26, 2008 at 9:26 am |
  11. james martin

    here is a part of a speech delivered by Dr. Martin L. King Jr. at his church Ebenezer baptist on Feb 4, 1968: "God didn't call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war. ...And we are criminals in that war. We've committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I'm going to continue to say it. And we won't stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation. But God has way of putting nations in their place," King then predicted this response from the Almighty: "And if you don't stop this reckless course, I'll rise up and break the backbone of your power,"

    My questions are: "As a black man who just learned that King made these comments, am I supposed to reject and denouce Dr. King?" Is Dr. King's patriotism now questionable? Should he be removed from our childrens history books and the day set aside as a national holiday be revoked?

    My answer is Hell no and God Damn anyone who suggest otherwise!!! A pastor no matter what size his congregation is, or the color has the absolute right to speak on the evils of the society we live in and implore people to not be passive when they recognize wrong doings. More importantly, it is past time for white America to be so thin skinned when the wrongs of this nation are called into account and to stop trying to use justifiable black anger over legitimate wrongs inflicted on us for decades as a weapon against us by portraying us in the media like lunatic hoodlums about to call for white genocide.

    I have sent this speech to Lou Dobbs, and the rest of the CNN crew but no one had the guts to/or seen fit to use this to quench the furor re Rev. Wright, and now I hear Mrs. Clinton remarks and wonder if she who claims to be a stalwart and champion of blacks and more importantly Dr. King, would now publicly denouce and reject him over these comments and whether or not if he was alive today would sit in his church?

    March 26, 2008 at 9:10 am |
  12. Cindy

    I can not see how a pilot was flying a plane and his gun went off shooting through the cockpit! What in th world was he doing messing with his gun while in flight!? Was he showing it off, playing with it or what? That right there is why pilots don't need to be able to carry guns on planes! He could have killed someone or worse shot something that would have made the plane lose control and crash. How stupid could you possibly be!?

    So Clinton embellished a little about her Bosnia trip...so what! All of them have done it a lot in their careers. No big deal! It's not like it really hurts anything. She didn't lie or make up something on an important issue so who cares!?

    It's funny that these candidates have no problem calling each other out on the stupid stuff that doesn't matter but when it comes to the issues that really matter they all seem to clam up and say nothing!

    I really could care less at seeing any of their tax returns. I don't care what they make each year. That is their business not ours! The only ones that want to see that are the ones who are money hungry and want to gloat over it. I guess they get off on that stuff! It's time we get back to the real issues and stop fussing over crap like who releases their tax returns! That doesn't matter in the long run!

    So it seems some of these candidates are related to people that they swear they hate or don't want to be like! It's funny that Obama is related to Bush....he'd probably be just like him in office too!

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    March 26, 2008 at 8:28 am |
  13. Wayne, Wentzville MO

    Hillary's mega lie about her visit to Bosnia, is just further testimony to the fact that she's not at all suitable to be our commander in chief, by any stretch of the imagination. If she became president, how could we ever expect to achieve peace in Bosnia, or any other part of the world, with her being so terribly divisive with lies, etc?

    We need unification in this country, and the world, and only Obama can provide that at this time.

    March 26, 2008 at 8:03 am |
  14. Fred O, Clearwater FL.

    That was a whopper of a bald faced lie that Hillary told about her visit to Bosnia. There's just no excuse for that kind of fabrication, no matter how you slice or dice it. Obama's situation was a bit more excusable and understandable, because his former pastor, blindsided him, and he was "shaken up" as a result.

    But as many have already said, Hillary is not presidential material, and I fervently agree with that.

    March 26, 2008 at 7:24 am |