June 26th, 2008
07:30 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Negotiating "unity"

Morning folks....

Lots of headlines....the biggest this am has to be: NORTH KOREA REVEALS ITS NUCLEAR SECRETS TO THE WORLD.... North Korea took a step closer to easing international fears about its nuclear activities when it released documents expected that will hopefully detail its plutonium stockpile to China. Under an agreement hammered out in six-nation talks that included the United States and China, North Korean leaders agreed to provide a full account of the plutonium, and "acknowledge" concerns about its nuclear proliferation and uranium enrichment activities. North Korea will also continue to cooperate with a process to ensure that no further activities are taking place. I guess diplomacy does work...

While the White House is a buzz with North Korea news, the rest of Washington is preparing for the FIRST JOINT appearance of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Tickets are hard to come by, unless you are a Clinton donor....The details appear to be top secret....we think it starts at 5:30 and we hear it is at the Mayflower Hotel. NO PRESS, NO CAMERAS....but hopefully LOTS OF CASH....Candy Crowley will be digging on this for us today...

We will also look at this Clinton-Obama merger...once rivals on the trail, now coming together as ONE...The NY TIMES reports: With the help of one of Washington’s best-connected lawyers, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are negotiating a thicket of complicated issues, like how to repay Mrs. Clinton’s campaign debt and her role at the Democratic convention. The talks come as they try to leave behind their intense rivalry and work out a plan to cooperate this fall. They have actually hired famed contract negotiator Robert Barnett to broker the deal......

BUT not so fast...not everyone is happy about this merger...The Financial Times reports: Angry diehards snub Clinton call for unity...In her concession speech less than three weeks ago, Hillary Clinton urged supporters to transfer their loyalties to her rival: “Today I am standing with Barack Obama to say ‘Yes we can’,” she said. “We will make history together as we write the next chapter in America’s story.” BUT there still a few angry Clinton supporters setting up Internet sites AGAINST supporting Barack Obama....doesn't sound like "unity" or even "harmony" to me....Jessica Yellin reports on this...

Randi Kaye stays in North Carolina and continues to dig on the alleged murder of Army Specialist Megan Lynn Touma...what happened in that hotel room where her body was found?

Gary Tuchman tells the tale of an 86 years old man who literally has to row a boat to get to his home in Foley, Illinois...."And he won't let me help him row." says Gary. This 86 year old guy has no phone..lives in a cluttered house with water rising..and boat parked outside. "Which I had to push cause it got stuck in mud...he won't leave because of his dog PeeWee who he wants to stay with him." The town is devastated. City hall is under water, but the stars and stripes still flies proudly above it.

And Anderson looks at the crisis in Zimbabwe....The move from dictatorship to democracy– looks like this in Zimbabwe...Women and children being chased by a gang loyal to President Robert Mugabe....ordinary citizens paying the price of change...THOMAS WOODS, SR. ASSOCIATE FELLOW HERITAGE FOUNDATION says "We are witnessing a dictator who has declared war on his own people, and is instigating a campaign of terror across the country." Ever since opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai beat Robert Mugabe THREE MONTHS AGO in the presidential election...the African nation has fallen into bloody chaos. Tragic....


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  1. Pat

    "BUT there still a few angry Clinton supporters setting up Internet sites AGAINST supporting Barack Obama…."

    In my HO the people setting up these sites should spend the time assessing what their future will be should John McCain become their next President! The Clinton Supporters should spend this time thinking about what is Best for Americans and putting their anger and disappointment aside. Their Candidate was able to rise above for the good of the party and the country. If they are true Hillary supporters then they should believe and value her decision to support Obama and follow her lead now. If they can't, then they aren't a loyal Hillary supporter or a true Democrat.

    June 27, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  2. Sam

    Any chance of a story about the health effects of all the smoke from the Califronia wildfires that has blanketed the enire San Francisco Bay area from the Oregon border down toWatsonville? The winds are supposed to shift today, so we'll get smoke from the Monterey fires rather than the Walker fire. It does make for a beautiful sunset if you can stand the effects of the smoke until sundown. Staying inside all day with the windows shut just isn't an option for more tha half of the people affected. The air quality is at it's worse in such a large area as it has been in over 20 years. Dr. Gupta – where are you!!

    June 26, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  3. Tracey Anderson - Boston, MA

    I would have to say it would be best if something bad were to happen to the former Knight.

    I know that it is not political correct or Christian (which I am) but tyrants like this man need to be exterminated.

    June 26, 2008 at 12:17 pm |
  4. Carol

    I don't know if the 360 blog is a good idea for you guys or not.

    I read the blog (along with several other blogs and news sites) at different times of the day, while I'm at work.

    Lately I find, the more I read the blog ........... the less I watch the show.
    I feel like I've already heard everything you're going to talk about.

    I haven't watched 360 at all for about two weeks. Don't get me wrong, I like the show. It just seems like a rerun of what I've already read (and sometimes seen through video links).

    You may toss this email, if you like. It's just a little useless feedback from an 'avid', turned 'sometimes', turned 'hardly ever' viewer.


    June 26, 2008 at 11:50 am |
  5. Cherisa

    Thank you for finally covering the crisis in Zimbabwe. I look forward to Anderson's report this evening.

    June 26, 2008 at 11:01 am |
  6. Annie Kate

    Its good that North Korea is revealing their nuclear stores and capabilities. Perhaps diplomacy did work on this – and maybe with the environmental crisis the world faces with climate change the concept that we all need to live together and work together for a better world is finally getting some traction.

    It was said on the show last night or the night before that it is customary for the nominee to help the other candidates pay off their campaign debt. So Obama in helping Clinton out is just doing what others have done in the past. Obama needs a lot of the people that voted for Clinton to carry the general election this fall so working together benefits him just as much as it does her

    Being an independent voter I read these blogs with dismay – the Democrats don't appear to want to unite. In fact the winners (Obama supporters) act as bad if not worse than the losers (the Clinton supporters). Lets find some common ground and put the us vs. them mentality aside. Maybe then we can get some change going.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 26, 2008 at 10:21 am |
  7. deborah, OH

    Anderson & all,
    Good morning. Am glad that N. Korea is revealing some of its nuclear secrets to someone–thay make me very nervous about EXACTLY what they do have. And, in particular, it would be nice to know about their plutonium stockpile, & their possible capabilities.

    You asked Hillary supporters what they were feeling now about Obama–I'm still not sure who I will support–just too many questions left for me. I am glad Candy is covering Unity for us–she makes things clearer, & always adds a bit of humor.

    The story of the poor soldier is so sad. And the elderly gentleman is so brave & proud. Both people break your heart.

    Just read another article on Zimbabwe before coming here. Tyrants killing their peoples is nothing new, & will probably always happen. But it does make one think about how 'easy' our elections seem, & how desparate the people in Zimbabwe are to have an election. As I have said before, this kind of story is Anderson's forte–so keep us informed.

    Have a good day–can't wait to the show. (Had HEAVY storms in central Oh. last night. Many people without electricity this A.M.–now some flooding.)

    June 26, 2008 at 9:17 am |
  8. Michelle

    Oops forgot. The North Korea story should be
    really interesting. Can you guys give us the 411
    as to how this all came about ? And why does
    the Bush Administration think now is the time to
    lift sanctions ? I nominate the croc in the bar from
    down under for the shot. Hey he even posed for pics
    according to CNN.com.

    June 26, 2008 at 9:12 am |
  9. Michelle

    Thanks for covering Zimbabwe. Will 360 be doing anything
    on Iraq as well. I saw that 10 American soldiers have died this
    week in Iraq. Gary Tuchman always seems to find the most
    interesting stories.. I am looking forward to the stage craft for
    the Dems unity tour. My guess is U2's "One" will be playing in
    the background. It will be interesting to see what song will be

    June 26, 2008 at 8:59 am |
  10. Cindy

    Too bad the media isn't allowed in to the top secret meeting of Hillary's money men and Obama. I'd like to know what goes o there! Why are they being so secretive anyway!? Is Obama afraid that he can't make any back room deals with the press there? HMMMM

    And I don't believe for a second that there is or will be any kind of unity in the Dem party. There was too much mud slinging and too many feelings got hurt. Besides that, how can there be harmony when Obama's supporters still down Hillary's supporters every chance that they get!? Seems to me that Obama has a long row to hoe to get any kind of resemblance to unity.

    I feel sorry for what is going on over there in Zimbabwe but really what are we supposed to do? We can't send in our military or anything. We have done all that we can with sanctions! Besides...we are not the saviour that has to run in and save every country that has problems. We can barely deal with our own country, just look at it!


    June 26, 2008 at 8:22 am |
  11. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    The North Korea news is really big. If countries put the same amount of time and money into renewable energy sources that they do for nuclear arms we would be well on our way to fixing this global energy crisis.

    I find it annoying all this Obama/Clinton talk. There is no merger here. She has lost the nomination and I don’t think she will be his VP so why all the fuss about her. And what kind of deal is Robert Barnett brokering? This does not sound like the change Obama has built his campaign on, brokering deals and these two negotiating her role at the convention as well as her debt. I thought this campaign and election was about the American people and the issues we are struggling to deal with. Not about how to appease Clinton and her supporters. Newsflash to them…..Their are more people living in this country and this election should revolve around us all not just them.

    Obama should owe nobody anything except the American people. He doesn’t owe Clinton a thing so she should just take her seat and shut up at the convention, and then pay her own debt off. To me she is being more of a distraction than an asset to his campaign.

    June 26, 2008 at 8:16 am |
  12. Eric Gannon

    This North Korea declaration and Presidential response this morning have demonstrated one thing that the Presidential advisors have overlooked before the parading Bush appeared on TV. His declaration that within 45 days N.Korea will be taken off the "state sponsor of terrorism list" has far reaching implications. These implications have demonstrated that the state sponsor list has absolutely no validity and are merely a tool the U.S. uses to punish non-conformists. Indeed, N.Korea was on this list mostly as a result of its agents' sabotage and bombings throughout asia, and these actions are not stopped by this "Declaration".

    What a joke the U.S. "terrorism" label has now become and this mockery of a label being taken away because of nuclear disarmament has now made other holders of the terrorism label look less deserving of it, among them Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria

    June 26, 2008 at 8:08 am |

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