July 31st, 2008
09:36 PM ET

Friday Buzz: Candidates and Twins

Lisa Ort
AC360° Producer

Hi everyone! Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar:

RAW POLITICS: Both candidates are in Florida on Friday.  Sen. McCain delivers a speech in the morning and makes an appearance at a concert in the evening.  Sen. Obama will be at a town hall meeting in the morning and at a BBQ in the evening. 

COMBAT TOURS SHORTENED: Starting August 1st the combat tours for U.S. military forces in Iraq will be reduced from 15-months to 12-months.

CLINTON FUNDRAISER FRAUD CASE: Scheduled date of court hearing for Norman Hsu, former fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. He has been charged with various fraud charges.

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: The eclipse will be visible from northern Canada, northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and China.

ANNUAL TWINS FESTIVAL: Twins from around the world gather at this annual twins festival in Twinsburg, OH.  This is the largest twins festival in the world.

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  1. John

    Paul Eckert for Reuters just reported that, "U.S. agents can seize travelers' laptops (and any other hard and software) from anyone entering into the U.S., INCLUDING U.S. citizens, without suspicion of wrongdoing". This has gone too far! This goes beyond illegal wiretapping in my opinion and is a serious erosion of person freedom. I want to know who is responsible for this and fire their ass! Everyone write your representatives immediately.

    August 1, 2008 at 7:57 am |
  2. robert

    Whoever becomes president must solemnly swear (or affirm) they will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of their ability to: preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The United States Constitution addresses the issue of religion in two places: in the First Amendment, and the Article VI prohibition on religious tests as a condition for holding public office. It this is true, mentioning Sen. Obama’s religious affiliations should not be mentioned. It doesn’t matter what religion he is or if he’s an atheist. The bottom line is that he qualifies to run for the office of President. Whether Protestant (52 percent), Catholic (37:7 percent), southern Baptist, Jewish (1.3 percent) and between 0.3 and 0.5 percent each for southern Baptist, Mormons, Jehovah witnesses, Christ Scientist, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Unitarian Universalist., agnostics, atheists. The values we are suppose to have as Americans seem to be in more jeopardy than whether Sen. Obama is a Muslim or Christian, the main fact is that the constitution of the United States says people should not be judged by their religion. When blacks were murdered and hung in the United States although they burned crosses in the name of religion; their religious groups were not cited as evil as the United States seem to label Muslims as evil for the actions of revenge Bin Laden may have done for his father being killed in Sept of 1967 by an American pilot. There was a lot of corruption going on during that time in American history. The late Marvin Gaye had words in one of his song that said: “Only love can conquer hate.” Why do some people always have some race of people to hate, maybe because they really hate themselves?

    August 1, 2008 at 3:15 am |
  3. Keith S

    Larry, a lot of countries say people are citizens if their dad (or sometimes either parent) was a citizen of that country.

    As with the USA, it is really just an offer to grant citizenship expeditiously to the children of citizens.

    The child doesn't get to vote in that country's elections, doesn't get to serve in their military, can't get a passport, unless he goes to that country and formally accept what really is just an offer of citizenship.

    August 1, 2008 at 2:58 am |
  4. Keith S

    CNN's credibility is shattered when the only coverage it gives Obama is criticism.

    The only coverage CNN gives press darling McCain is his attacks on Obama. CNN skips reporting McCain's mental slips. The public has a right to know McCain is having progressively more trouble thinking as time goes by.

    August 1, 2008 at 2:51 am |
  5. Daniel

    They're going to Florida? That raises the question of how Obama can secure a significant edge there: Choose Russ Feingold as his V.P. And Feingold makes the most sense as VP not just in Florida, but on a host of crucial issues:
    1) As a Jewish senator, he reassures voters–especially on Florida–about Obama's sensitivity to and seriousness about the security and well-being of Israel. (And he pre-empts any thought of McCain choosing Lieberman as veep.)
    2) As a Wisconsin senator, he buttresses Obama's slipping margins in the northern mid-west: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan–all key battlegrounds kin November
    3) As a man who has the deep courage of his deep principles–demonstrated over many years on a myriad of issues–he reinforces Obama's pledges to bring "a new politics" to Washington, and the nation.
    4) As one who has expressed open and outright differences with Obama as recently as last month on the FISA and telecommunications-immunity issues, he would make concrete Obama's idealistic promises to work productively even with those who oppose him–thus reestablishing Obama's bona fides with independents and open-minded Republicans.
    5) As a co-sponsor of McCain-Feingold, he will bring a rare insight and understanding of Obama's opponent, and offers a unique perspective and personal experience for the campaign ahead.
    6) As a member of the following committees–Committee on the Judiciary; Committee on Foreign Relations ; Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; Select Committee on Intelligence; and Committee on the Budget–Feingold brings deep expertise and experience on all of the most crucial issues facing the electorate in this election.
    6) Most importantly, Feingold embodies the characteristics of presidential leadership, sound judgment, American principles and straight talk that are at such a premium in 2008.

    Given the tactics and strategy that the McCain campaign is signaling that it will follow, there is no better choice for Obama’s VP than Russ Feingold.

    August 1, 2008 at 2:41 am |
  6. lampe

    Here's aquestion for you CNN? How come the remarks made by Ludacris barely made one nights news, but the remarks that Imus made, were played over and over again. Don't you think calling Sen.Clinton a *itch, or saying that Sen. McCain should be paralyzed in a chair, or the The White's are scared cause if Obama becomes POTUS their going to paint the White House Black. Are these comments not as offensive to you, or is it that you really don't care because they are all about White people? Maybe you could ask Roland why he's not offended by these remarks. Where's Sharpton and Jackson now? I guess it's okay to be a black racist by not a white one.

    August 1, 2008 at 2:41 am |
  7. mike lyman

    Instead of showing us how much profits the oil companies why not have some balance, like how much do these companies pay the gov't in taxes each quarter, or how much would the price of oil be if we were allowed to tap our own resources in the last 30 years, and if we were allowed to build more refineries.
    Why not bring up Congress, they are the real problem, they have blocked everything. 700 million per year goes out to countries that mostly hate us, and they don't have a problem with that??

    August 1, 2008 at 2:41 am |
  8. David Crawley

    I love what CNN has done showing more of what the candidates are saying and much less of those empty, vapuous, "analysts".

    August 1, 2008 at 2:00 am |
  9. Sharon TX

    They are getting close in Florida. A fight up for grabs for sure. I didn't think Obama should have debated McCain when he asked but after all of the mess about race, Brittiany, an on and on, I think it's time Obama steps up and puts McCain in his place. Out of the race.

    August 1, 2008 at 12:20 am |
  10. Patania, North Carolina

    I really feel bad for people in this country like those in Copperhill, TN. There is an evil called racism that is at the root of this country. You will find in intwined in the trees and buried with the grass seeds and when you see and hear people like in Copperhill, TN, say that they still believe that Obama is Muslim, you see this evil raises it's head. I believe that it is just in white elderly people and others who just won't let go of that prejudice, racist mentality......Jesus himself could come and say that Obama is Christian, when racism and prejudice is within you, you will always gravitate to negative comments about someone who is not white or looks different. (this is not everyone's thoughts) But I do feel that those who have let go of the evil of racism should stand up against it when they see or hear it! If not, than you condone it because you tolerate it as if you accept it. Racism.

    Sad, it is at the root and core of this country, and I don't think we will ever get rid of it! From the country side to the city condos, racism is in this country and it is so embedded....the other nations are watching us closely with this election. They are not hindered by race, they are far more advance than we, yet we are the nation that is more diverse....doesn't say much for us! SAD!

    August 1, 2008 at 12:14 am |
  11. Dwight from NY

    In the asinine postulations by rural white Americans who are obviously disconnected from the real world, I find it very disrespectful that Senator Barack Obama is the constant target of their idiotic prejudice. What is it that they fear? The people in Copperfield Tennessee who were interviewed are clearly uneducated and are the sole reason why the Electoral College still seats the president and not the popular vote as it was used because the general consensus back then was that “The People” were not smart enough to elect a president. The comments from the residents in static town who has a problem with Senator Obama presented some of the most childlike reasons for their peculiar positions. The one guy who made the statement that that Barack Obama’s name does not sound Anglo-Saxton is a good supporting fact of how detached and disconnected they are from the real world in many respects. One, nobody in the media ever pointed out that the Minister of Defense of Israel is named Ehud BARACK. There is a silent war on Muslims and Islam in this country and it is very unfair for Muslims to be treated so scornful because of the fear that has been pounded into our brains so that we would support the Iraqi occupation. The people need to grow up Christianity did not start in with Anglo-Saxton … Do they really think that Jesus was the name of the man who is the center piece of Christianity ….well not true. The letter J did not come about until the 1800’s. Jesus was called Yeheshua, Iesus, Isa. These people have no clue and need to respect the fact that in this country we practice religious tolerance. No Muslim would or could deny being Muslim as it is against Islamic Jurisprudence to do so. Wake up rural America and join the rest of us as we make strives for change.

    August 1, 2008 at 12:07 am |
  12. Connie

    Oooooo, Larry. Now I'm scared. Obama is a KENYAN! McCain doesn't need your help to slime his opponent, it appears he has that covered in his daily script written by his handlers. I guess that makes McCain a Panamanian since he wasn't born in the U.S. Why don't you start worrying about our failing economy, the corruption in government, the illegal Iraq War, our non-existent health care system? Leave the over-the-back-yard fence gossip to the teenagers and children.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:46 pm |
  13. Fraser

    Regarding the greyhound bus incident, does anyone have any idea why this happened???

    July 31, 2008 at 11:44 pm |
  14. George c Mallette

    OIL: Drill Yes Drill become the worlds producer of oil which we sell for not less than $80 @brl whicxh could payoff our national debt.

    So EXXON made 12 Bil most will be paid in taxes. Let's say you say OK for the govt to dictate how EXXON spends it's $ You are next , you just lost your control of your hard earned $. BAD CHOICE!!!!

    July 31, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  15. Greg

    all this yak about obama being muslim or not... if some people are going to believe whatever they want; regardless of what the candidates say, fine. But if their not going to have faith or trust in our government leaders than they don't deserve air time and interviews from our already busy CNN correspondents ? If they believe that all politicians will lie to get in office than why would they vote, why do they follow politics, and why should we even care who they support?

    July 31, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  16. penny from North Carolina

    'It shows America is still a racist country. But why did put such a "LOSER" like McCain as the token to display that emotion. And Obama was RIGHT about Republicans would emphasize his race Newt Gingrich made the comment to Shawn Hannity tonight (7/31/08) "You know he is half black ". That is ignorance on the institutional level. McCain is a POW and has been married 2X. Why did this women leave him , "as he say, " My friend who is she?"

    July 31, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  17. Larry

    Didn't make the live blog tonight:

    With regards to obama being student in Indonesia, only cnn and the obama camp went and asked the principal about the school and he said it was not a religious school; has anyone followed this up? Was obama adopted by his step-dad? Did Barack’s surname change? Where is Barack’s birth certificate? There is no dual citizenship for Indonesia or Kenya, yet Kenya says he is a Kenyan citizen from the day he was born, obama has never relinquished his Kenyan citizenship.

    July 31, 2008 at 11:02 pm |
  18. Annie Kate

    Its wonderful that combat tours are going to be shortened; I'm sure the military families are happy with this one. Just to change the subject a little bit – does Bush have any plans to send troops to Afghanistan that have been asked for as the violence rises there from the Taliban and al Queda?

    Too bad we won't be able to see the solar eclipse down here in the south. I'd love to see it – hopefully someone will photograph it and/or film it.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 31, 2008 at 9:50 pm |