March 27th, 2008
09:39 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/27/08

Anderson anchors from Los Angeles again tonight.

We'll begin with breaking news. Barack Obama weighing in, again, on his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, as ugly new statements associated with the reverend emerge.

Also tonight, the economy and what Democrats say they'll do to fix it.

And much more.

We'll start posting comments at 10p ET and close the blog at 11p ET.

Filed under: Live Blog
March 27th, 2008
06:11 PM ET

Afternoon Buzz

The deadly fighting between Iraqi troops and Shiite militias rages on.  1, 2, 3...  The U.S. military is under orders to count its arsenal of nuclear weapons after a shipping fiasco.  The Dems reveal their own plans to revive the U.S. economy, if elected.  The L.A. Times is apologizing to Sean "Diddy" Combs after a reporting snafu.  And, should gold flow from the fountain of youth? Here's your Afternoon Buzz:  

Top Stories
Dozens killed as Iraq fighting rages 
42 people were killed Thursday in Kut, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq's Interior Ministry said, the latest casualties in three days of clashes between militias and Iraqi security forces.

Pentagon: Inventory ordered on all U.S. nukes 
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has formally ordered the Air Force, Navy and Defense Logistics Agency to conduct an inventory of all U.S. nuclear weapons.

Bear Stearns CEO sells stake 
Bear Stearns, Co. Chairman James Cayne on Thursday sold his holdings in the embattled investment bank ahead of its expected acquisition by JP Morgan Chase.

Raw Politics
Dems go after McCain on the economy 
Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on Thursday laid out their proposals to reinvigorate the economy as they attacked Sen. John McCain's plan as ineffective.

McCain, Romney campaign together 
In a show of Republican unity, one-time bitter foes John McCain and Mitt Romney raised money and campaigned together Thursday in... 

Senator calls for sweeping election reform 
Sen. Bill Nelson on Thursday proposed an overhaul of U.S. presidential election laws, saying the dispute over delegates in Florida and Michigan has exposed a flawed nominating system

360 Follow
Family seeks $8 million over airport death 
The family of a New York woman who died in police custody at the Phoenix airport in September filed an $8 million claim against the city Wednesday, the first step in filing a wrongful death suit.

Arrest made in hoax Craiglist baby ad 
Police arrested a Dallas man Wednesday afternoon on a charge of placing an advertisement on Craigslist offering an infant for sale, although he never had an infant in his care.

Boyfriend of woman on toilet arrested 
A man whose girlfriend sat on a toilet for so long that the seat adhered to her body has been arrested in a separate case.

Crime & Punishment
Police: Mom shots kids, carries gun on campus 
A mother killed her two children Thursday and then went to the nearby college she attended and brandished a gun before handing the weapon to a health counselor, police said.

Who's is stealing iPhones? 
Two men are facing charges of stealing hundreds of iPhones from a Salem, New Hampshire Apple store and reselling them.

What YOU will be TALKING about TONIGHT
L.A. Times apologizes for Piddy-Tupac story 
The Los Angeles Times apologized for using documents that were apparently fabricated in a story implicating associates of Sean "Diddy" Combs in a 1994 assault on rapper Tupac Shakur.

Golden facial 
Spa strikes gold with 24-carat facial

Yes, Running can make you high 
The runner’s high: Every athlete has heard of it, most seem to believe in it and many say they have experienced it. But for years...

Filed under: The Buzz
March 27th, 2008
05:26 PM ET

Erica Cam: Behind the scenes


What’s on tap for 360° tonight? Check out Erica Hill's web-only preview, and find what the 360° staff has in store for tonight.

Filed under: Behind The Scenes • Erica Hill • Gary Tuchman
March 27th, 2008
05:11 PM ET

Erica's News Note: Coffee can save your life

From $70k a year to a food bank in a matter of weeks – how does it happen? For one California mom, all it took was being laid off. Bills were already piling up before she was let go, but trying to pay a $2500 a month interest-only mortgage along with everything else finally got to be too much on Good Friday, which is when she turned to the food bank… in tears. FULL STORY

Chances are we all know someone being hit hard by the credit crunch. Consumer confidence hit its lowest level in five years this month, and from the people I’ve talked even casually, there’s not a lot of confidence the economy will turn around any time soon. It’s issue #1 for many voters, and the candidates know it. FULL STORY

Today, both Democratic candidates used the opportunity to tout their economic plans, and to blast John McCain’s, but are any of the three (a) realistic and (b) would they stand a chance? Suzanne Malveaux is digging into this one for us tonight.

The student who asked Chelsea Clinton about her mother’s handling of the Lewinsky scandal – and its effect on her campaign – is now talking.


Filed under: Erica Hill
March 27th, 2008
03:20 PM ET

Is Obama too liberal?

Throw it out there and see if it sticks!


He says he's a progressive... a post-partisan uniter. But others brand Barack Obama with the L-word. Is he "too liberal" to be President? Watch Randi Kaye's report 360° tonight, 10 ET

That’s what some say Barack Obama’s critics are doing by labeling him a “liberal.”

A recent study by the National Journal found Obama has the most liberal voting record in the Senate. His democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, was ranked 16th, even though out of 267 votes, they only differed on 10. Obama’s camp says Hillary Clinton is subject to the same critique. It’s also worth noting, the study itself is being criticized for counting many votes Obama missed while campaigning and skewing the results.

So the question is, with Obama’s promises to reach across the aisle and bridge black and white, young and old, Republican, Democrat, and Independent, can he do that if he’s viewed as a Liberal?


Filed under: Barack Obama • Randi Kaye • Raw Politics
March 27th, 2008
12:26 PM ET

Why Michigan won't redo its primary

Much to Hillary Clinton's chagrin, the state of Michigan looks like it will NOT have a re-do primary. The back story of why legislation failed to authorize a new election is quite interesting. 

Two Michigan state senators, who just happen to be co-chairman of the state's Obama campaign, led the effort to convince fellow legislators the plan wouldn't work.

Michigan got penalized for holding its primary too early, and as of now, its delegates don't have a place at the Democratic National Convention.

Hillary Clinton wants a re-do primary in Michigan; her campaign feels she would likely win there. Obama has not backed a re-do, and has said it would be complicated to do. His chairmen in Michigan talked about that "complicated" concept to fellow legislators, and now they have essentially killed the legislation.

Did that happen because of legal issues, overworked election clerks, and proposed private money funding the election? Or did it fail for partisan reasons?

– Gary Tuchman, 360° Correspondent

Programming note: See Gary's report on 360° Friday night at 10p ET.

Filed under: Gary Tuchman • Raw Politics
March 27th, 2008
07:16 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good morning folks....Floods, planes being grounded and yes, according to the Generals on the ground in Iraq "the troops are feeling the strain" - really? Surprise, surprise!!! In Raw Politics the Democratic infighting continues, while John McCain lays out his foreign policy plans...AND check out the latest in the death of Carol Gotbaum in Crime & Punishment...her family has filed an 8 million dollar wrongful death suit, the police responded immediately by saying "if she was so sick, why was she traveling alone?" AND greeting cards for inmate? What will Hallmark think of next? There are lots of headlines to chew over this morning...Sooo grab your coffee and lets get this headline party started...

Top Stories
Arkansas braces for more flooding...
Arkansans sandbagged their front doors and pumped out their flooded basements Wednesday as a historic crest on the White River moved downstream, and a flooding expert said the state will have to deal with high water for weeks.

U.S. planes grounded...
The nation's aging airline fleets, already struggling with high fuel costs and growing passenger demand, delivered another blow to travelers Wednesday as American Airlines and Delta Air Lines canceled hundreds of flights while planes were reinspected for compliance with federal maintenance rules. More disruptions are expected

Florida apologizes for slavery...
The Florida Legislature formally apologized Wednesday for the state’s "shameful" history of slavery, joining five other states that have expressed public regret for what Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, recently called America’s “original sin.”

Saddam paid for US congressional delegation...
Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency footed the bill for a U.S. congressional delegation's trip during a buildup to the Iraq war, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday in the case of an Iraqi-born U.S. citizen charged with spying for the Iraqi government.

Troop strain...
Behind the Pentagon's closed doors, U.S. military leaders told President Bush they are worried about the Iraq war's mounting strain on troops and their families. But they indicated they'd go along with a brief halt in pulling out troops this summer.

U.S steps up strikes in Pakistan...
The United States has escalated its unilateral strikes against Al-Qaeda members and fighters operating in Pakistan's tribal areas, partly because of anxieties that Pakistan's new leaders will insist on scaling back military operations in that country, according to U.S. officials.

Raw Politics
McCain outlines foreign policy...
Sen. John McCain, carefully distancing himself from President Bush and seeking to sound a moderate tone, called Wednesday for stronger ties with allies and cautioned that American power "does not mean we can do whatever we want, whenever we want."

New poll: Clinton takes a hit...
As expected, one of the two major Democratic candidates saw a downturn in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, but it's not the candidate that you think. Hillary Clinton is sporting the lowest personal ratings of the campaign. Moreover, her 37 percent positive rating is the lowest the NBC/WSJ poll has recorded since March 2001, two months after she was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.

Clinton backers send letter to Pelosi...
Top fundraisers for Sen Hillary Clinton's campaign upbraided House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) yesterday for suggesting that Democratic superdelegates should back the candidate with the most pledged delegates and urged her to respect the right of those delegates to back whomever they choose at the end of the primary season.

Obama warns of "you're on your own society..."
Presidential candidate Barack Obama, largely ignoring his Democratic rival for now, ridiculed likely Republican nominee John McCain on Wednesday for offering "not one single idea" to help hard-pressed homeowners facing foreclosure.

Dem party divide runs deep...
Political tension between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton is inflaming Democrats' emotions as it spills over into the electorate with more voters threatening to defect from the party should their candidate lose the presidential nomination.

Finding political news online...
Senator Barack Obama's videotaped response to President Bush’s final State of the Union address — almost five minutes of Mr. Obama’s talking directly to the camera — elicited little attention from newspaper and television reporters in January.

McCain's daughter view of her dad...
"McCain Blogette" seems an oxymoron: a senior citizen and his presidential campaign chronicled by the Facebook generation.

Keeping them Honest
GPO profits go to bonuses and trips...
When the government's main printing agency booked $100 million in unexpected profit it went on a spending spree: large bonuses to top managers, trips to Paris and Las Vegas, and an official photo of the boss that cost $10,000.

U.S. unconcerned about erroneous shipment...
After Taiwanese officials reported in early 2007 that four packages they had received from the U.S. military did not contain the helicopter batteries they had expected, U.S. officials suggested that Taiwan simply dispose of the incorrect items - which turned out to be parts for U.S. nuclear missiles.

Crime & Punishment
Family seeks $8 million...
The family of a woman who died last year while in police custody at Phoenix, Arizona's, Sky Harbor International Airport filed an $8 million claim Wednesday against the city of Phoenix and its police department, the first step in filing a wrongful death suit.

Peterson search will continue...
Assured early on by authorities that her sister, Stacy Peterson, did not leave home by choice, Cassandra Cales is more determined than ever to know what happened to the young Bolingbrook mom who vanished five months ago.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Greeting cards for inmates?
Ever find yourself struggling to craft the perfect sentence for a loved one who's, um, serving a sentence? Now, you have a friend in the greeting card business.