June 19th, 2008
06:41 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Floods, First ladies and feet?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/19/art..vert.leveefailure.jpg caption="A break in the Indian Grave levee caused flood waters to rush in north of Quincy Illinois, Wenesday." width=292 height=320]

Morning folks...

This just in: Another levee breach...The swollen Mississippi River's relentless push downstream claimed new tracts of low-lying farmland overnight in the breach of a levee north of St. Louis. The 150-foot breach, in Winfield, Missouri, sent flood waters racing toward a secondary levee and prompted emergency officials to issue evacuation orders for residents east of Winfield, according to Andy Binder, a spokesman for Lincoln County.

A quick flood re-cap: Water spilled over two levees on the Mississippi River on Wednesday, bringing the number of levees compromised in recent Midwest floods to 20...More than 28,000 people have registered for FEMA assistance, $2 billion in disaster aid has been allocated to areas in the Midwest...At least two dozen people have been killed in the floods and 148 have been injured...AND between 35,000 and 40,000 people evacuated the area, putting just about 600 people were in shelters...and it ain't over... President Bush and John McCain, though NOT together, tour the flood zone today....Gary Tuchman will be LIVE with the latest...

On the political front...Sen. Barack Obama is now leading Sen. John McCain in the crucial swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, according to a new survey. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows him leading McCain by 12 points, 52 to 40 percent in Pennsylvania...In Ohio, a state Obama lost to Sen. Hillary Clinton by 10 points in March, he's leading McCain 48 to 42 percent. And in Florida, where he did not campaign this primary season and lost an unsanctioned Democratic contest, he leads McCain 47 to 43 percent. BUT BUT BUT...most headlines this morning are not focused on these "swings" but rather the "swings" being thrown by each campaign at each others spouses...OK...OK it is early, i was trying to be funny...

Anyway...the jabs allegedly continue this morning...

Cindy McCain appears on GOOD MORNING AMERICA and the early read is that she took a shot at Michelle...Can you say CAT FIGHT..."I don't know why she said what she said," Mrs. McCain explains in an interview with ABC News' Kate Snow. "Everyone has their own experience. I don't know why she said what she said, all I know is that I have always been proud of my country." A reference to remarks Mrs Obama made at a Wisconsin rally during her husband's fight for the Democratic presidential nomination against Sen. Hillary Clinton when Michelle said "for the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of country..." ....John King is with Cindy McCain in Vietnam today– this week she travels to Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia to renew her ties to programs like Operation Smile - and King will try to set the record straight...

Tom Foreman is Keeping them Honest tonight...Al Gore the other night tried making the argument that McCain is nothing more than a third Bush Term, a familiar refrain from the Obama camp. If the label sticks, Obama could be in good shape come the fall. But just how similar are McCain’s positions to Bush’s? We should take a look at a few issues – not just the economy, Iraq and climate change -but health care, abortion rights, American diplomacy, immigration…Tom gives us the facts....

PLUS...Investigators are pursuing a variety of theories in their quest to unravel the mystery of six human feet that have washed up on the shores of British Columbia in the last 11 months. The sixth foot turned up Wednesday - a right foot in a man's size 10 black Adidas athletic shoe, police said. As in the previous cases, however, immediate answers as to the foot's origin eluded detectives...Randi Kaye will try and get a "leg up" on this bizarre mystery...

Get it "leg up" - ok ok i am done...that is ALL for now...but it is really early...and i need more coffee...so who knows where the news will take us...

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Michelle, McCain is not Bush, despite how much the Democrats would like to link them. Obama is certainly NOT pro-life.

    June 19, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  2. Patrick

    I wonder if this will run strong down to New Orleans? that would suck.

    June 19, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  3. michelle: Ont,Canada

    As a Canadian I don't have much say in americain politics but if given the chioce I would nver consider voting for Mcain it would just be antoher Bush term .It is important as a cathoilic voter as I am that the canidate must be pro life and fight for the good of all life and and to
    protect the lives of all it's citezens.

    June 19, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  4. Carol

    I am REALLY sick of hearing about the two potential first ladies. Is this a presidential election or are we choosing the king and queen of our jr. prom?

    Honestly, I can't stand either one of them, and the less I see of them the better. I did not watch 360 last night because I figured it would be all about Michelle on The View – yuck – too much for my stomach. She is beyond obnoxious and mixed with that bunch on The View....... omg, can't even imagine........

    I probably won't watch tonight either if it's going to be all about Cindy. I saw a brief clip of her on a morning news show. She was walking around dressed, by her stylist, in jeans and a baseball hat so she can give us the impression that she gives a crap about whatever it is she's trying to sell us. No thanks.

    Let's get back to real news – like what's Brittany doing lately?

    June 19, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    Cindy McCain should probably not comment. People who live in glasshouses should definitely not throw stones. A lot of things that have come out about her I would not call being American like. You not only have to be able to talk the talk but walk the walk.

    June 19, 2008 at 12:46 pm |
  6. Jolene

    I've heard of footprints in the sand but never an actual foot on the beach and 6 of them to boot (no pun intended....). Very mysterious. Looking forward to the report.

    Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    June 19, 2008 at 12:33 pm |
  7. Lou

    Hi there, I am from Canada and the leading theory on these mysteriou feet is that they came from a plane crash right in that area in 2005 where no bodies were ever recovered.

    June 19, 2008 at 10:42 am |
  8. Annie Kate

    Six feet washed up on a beach? That is wild – except of course for the owners of the feet. I can hardly wait for that story.

    The political sniping just goes on and on – I agree with what Anderson said last night – the next 4 or 5 months are going to seem like years. I'll be glad when its all over and hopefully no recounts will be necessary!

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 19, 2008 at 9:59 am |
  9. Jason Carter, Crystal Lake, IL

    Okay, making jokes about body parts washing ashore is just poor taste and displays a disturbing callousness on the part of the writer. Please be a little more sensitive with your tone in the future.

    June 19, 2008 at 8:48 am |
  10. Alex

    Did anyone ask whether the levees protecting Baghdad have been fixed by the US Army Corps of Engineers? Something tells me the answers is yes....

    June 19, 2008 at 8:40 am |
  11. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Hey everyone…I don’t know what else to say about the flooding. Wish I lived close by to help out in someway. What is the purpose in Bush and McCain touring these flood zones besides photo ops? (I really am curios if someone could answer)

    Why is it that the only comments we hear from Cindy McCain are ones criticizing Michelle Obama? The “really proud” comments are so old. To be honest I too am “really proud” of this country right now. I would not have guessed a black man could be the next president. I am sure Cindy McCain has always been really proud of her country, it has always worked in her favor. She was born with a silver or better yet platinum spoon in her mouth with everything handed to her. Easy to be proud of something that was just spoon fed to you versus a women who has literally worked for everything she has thus far. Being the first black women to stand where she is standing and seeing her husband Barack possibly becoming the next president, I guess she is “really proud” of this country. McCain really should watch her mouth because there are boat loads of skeletons in that closet of hers from addiction to drugs, stealing drugs, adulteress. I think the Obamas have more class and grace than to throw that back in her face but she still should watch out because I could see some other people being more than happy to bring it up.

    I know John King already interviewed her but I hope he asks her about her own past and why when she only speaks it's to criticize Michelle.

    June 19, 2008 at 8:18 am |
  12. Cindy

    Man...will this flooding ever end!? It seems like it has been going on and on and on. I heard it may take two weeks just to get the water out from some places there. I just hope that the weather cooperates and the levees hold so that they can get back to normal.

    I hope FEMA does a much better job this time at helping these people than it did during Katrina.

    Why are Cindy and Michelle going at it? I just don't get the reasoning behind that! They both just need to chill, fall into the background and let their husbands talk about the issues. We could care less about their pettiness.

    I've been hearing about those feet that keep washing up on the shores of Canada. I am glad that you all are finally covering that story. I am interested in seeing what they say is happening.


    June 19, 2008 at 8:03 am |

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