May 2nd, 2008
09:26 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/2/08

Tonight, the Indiana and North Carolina primaries are just days away.  We’re on the trail with both candidates as they vie for the 218 delegates that are up for grabs.  And the presumptive Republican nominee was in Colorado where he said "My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will - that will then prevent us - that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East.”  What did he mean by that?  And how could it play out in the election?

There’s a video floating around the internet that we’re going to take a look at.  It’s a scene from "The War Room," the documentary of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.  The clip in question shows then Clinton campaign manager and current Hillary Clinton adviser Mickey Kantor uttering what sounds like a derogatory term for the people of Indiana.  We don't know who released this tape but we do know that it's not true.  We’ll take a look at other hit jobs like this and the impact they have on campaigns. 

And we’re tracking severe weather in Arkansas.  At least seven people were killed and at least 13 people were injured by what may have been a tornado. 

Be sure to check out our new live web camera from the 360° studio. Tonight the shot will show Anderson behind the scenes on the set. We’ll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

Filed under: Live Blog
May 2nd, 2008
08:58 PM ET

Who is Barack Obama? What does he really believe?

Jason Rae
Democratic superdelegate supporting Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, and student at Marquette University in Wisconsin

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GOP strategist Ed Rollins raises some important questions about Senator Barack Obama, writing in an earlier blog on this site: Who is Barack Obama ? What does he really believe?

Ed is completely correct that Senator Obama is extremely articulate and extremely ambitious. He is extremely bright. But what Ed doesn’t tell you is just how much Senator Obama cares about this country.

Instead of getting a high-paying job after law school, like his classmates, Senator Obama returned to his home of Chicago and worked as a community organizer. He helped communities struggling in a weakening economy. He helped families who need extra assistance. Sure, he could have been out in the courtroom making millions, but instead he focused on helping people, something he will do as president. That is why he has already proposed the “Making Work Pay” tax credit of up to $500 for American workers, and $1,000 for working families. This will cut taxes for 150 million Americans. Senator Obama is committed to fighting for working class families.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Jason Rae • Raw Politics
May 2nd, 2008
03:20 PM ET

Beat 360° – 5/2/08

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Good afternoon. It's time for 'Beat 360°.'

Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption. Our staff will get in on the action too.

Tune in every night at 10p ET to see if you are our favorite! Can you Beat 360°?

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Filed under: Beat 360°
May 2nd, 2008
11:58 AM ET

Children of Polygamy: Broken Bones, Broken Spirits?

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Carolyn Jessop
Former FLDS Member/Co-Author with Laura Palmer of ESCAPE

Editor’s Note: Child Protective Services (CPS) in Texas this week reported that 41 of the young children removed from the compound of the polygamist FLDS sect in Texas had had broken bones, nearly 10 percent. That’s far higher than the 1 percent among children in the US general population. An FLDS lawyer questioned the CPS report and called its release "unethical." However, Carolyn Jessop, who was married to the man now running the sect, says corporal punishment of children in the FLDS was common and sometimes severe enough to break bones, and access to doctors was strictly limited. Here is an account from her best-selling book:
One night after we were both asleep, Merril called prayers. Our children were pulled out of bed and ordered upstairs to pray. Wendell, Cathleen’s son, who was not quite two, was asleep in his crib. He was cranky and fussy after he woke up. Merril told Barbara to take Wendell into the next room and discipline him.   

Barbara took Wendell into the room where she had beaten Patrick and let him have it. When Barbara beat a baby she would typically spank him until he was blue in the face from screaming. Then she would stop, order the baby to stop screaming, and start beating him again when the hysterical child continued to scream. Eventually the baby would collapse from exhaustion when he was too weak to cry. 

Wendell’s pitiful screams went on into the night. Everyone at prayers was required to wait until Barbara returned. But when she didn’t return, Cathleen’s other children were ordered to bed. None of them dared wake up Cathleen to tell her what was happening to Wendell.   

Barbara took Wendell into Cathleen’s bedroom and laid him beside her.   

Cathleen awoke when she heard Barbara’s voice. “Wendell will grow up and do what his father needs him to do. Wendell will be a good man some day.”   

Cathleen bolted up in bed and asked Barbara what she was doing.   

Barbara continued stroking Wendell and saying, “Good night, Wendell, you will learn from these lessons how to be a good man.”   

Then Barbara left the room.   

Cathleen looked at her small son and saw how battered and bruised he was. His clothes were still soaked from his tears and sweat. Cathleen awakened her other children and asked them to tell her what had happened. At first they were too terrified to tell. But she persisted and heard about the call to prayer and the attack on Wendell. Her children told her they saw Barbara take Wendell into another room and heard him screaming after she shut the door.   


Filed under: Barclay Palmer • Carolyn Jessop • FLDS update • Polygamy
May 2nd, 2008
11:51 AM ET

Here's why Republicans have changed their minds about Democrats

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John King
CNN Chief National Correspondent

Politics is a business of numbers, and the numbers still favor Barack Obama. But they are changing in ways that give Hillary Clinton some hope, and have dramatically changed how Republicans look at the presidential election.

In a world of so many polls and so many findings within those polls, a few stand out:

-Six in 10 Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Jeremiah Wright, Senator Obama’s former pastor. (This from the latest CNN Opinion Research Corporation survey.)

-Nearly four in 10 Americans (38 percent) have an unfavorable opinion of Senator Obama in the latest CNN polling – up 10 points from the beginning of the year.

-Half of Americans think a McCain presidency would bring policies different from the Bush Administration's.

-And this from a new Pew Research Center national survey: Senator Clinton’s lead among whites who did not attend college has increased from 10 points in March to 40 points now.

In his analysis of the new Pew data, research director Andrew Kohut writes, “Fewer Democrats ascribe positive qualities to Obama than did so a month ago, with white working-class Democrats, in particular, expressing more skeptical views of the Illinois senator. Since late February, his unfavorable rating has risen six points among all Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters. At the same time, Clinton’s unfavorable rating among Democratic voters also has increased by seven points.”


Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • John King • Raw Politics
May 2nd, 2008
06:45 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks.....It is Friday!!!

There doesn't seem to be a ton of news out there today...so with the North Carolina Primary and the Indiana Primary ONLY FOUR days away, we will do a lot of politics tonight. Candy Crowley will cover the democrats for us from Indiana today. Hillary spends the day in North Carolina, BUT Obama splits his time between Indiana and North Carolina...the race has tightened up in the tar heel state...

Here are few of this morning's political headlines for you to chew over...

USA TODAY: Obama Narrows Superdelegate Gap...The Democratic nomination race is murkier than ever. Hillary Rodham Clinton is rising in the polls while Barack Obama is gaining ground among superdelegates who will decide the winner.

WASHINGTON POST: Clinton Defends Gas Tax...With polls showing signs of erosion in his candidacy, Sen. Barack Obama sought Thursday to shift the focus of the Democratic campaign away from the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. and back to the economy and his dispute with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton over her proposal to suspend the federal tax on gasoline.

WASHINGTON TIMES: Mccain Sets Sights on Moderates...Faced with a crumbling Republican Party image, Sen. John McCain is gambling on a general-election strategy that relies on winning over conservative Democrats and independents, breaking with President Bush's 2000 and 2004 game plan of focusing on the party's core voters.

NYTIMES: Clinton May Be Hopeful, But Barack Rolls On...Have Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chances of winning the Democratic presidential nomination improved as Senator Barack Obama has struggled through his toughest month of this campaign?


Filed under: The Buzz