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Archive: 3/04-4/04

Monday  5/24/04

GOP: We’ll crash party: Repubs want equal time if Kerry snubs nomination  5/24/04 Boston Herald 

Sunday  5/23/04

Florida - Eroding: Bush's Cuban Support  5/23/04 Newsweek: "President George W. Bush may have to do without Republicans like Fernando Amandi. A Miami Cuban-American and retired corporate executive who voted for Bush in 2000, he has become disenchanted with the administration, particularly with its handling of policy toward Cuba and Latin America. Bush "talked a good game" against Fidel Castro, says Amandi, "but I didn't see much follow- through." Now Amandi is backing Sen. John Kerry, raising cash (more than $100,000 so far as a vice chair of Kerry's national finance committee) and offering advice on policy. Amandi says: "I've been impressed by [Kerry's] much more substantial vision.""

Friday  5/21/04

Ryan casts shadow on Obama  5/21/04 Illinois Leader: "Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan is casting a shadow on his opponent Democrat Barack Obama, news sources statewide are reporting on Friday. The "shadow" is a 24 year old Ryan staffer, Justin Warfel, who has the unenviable assignment of following Obama around the state Capitol, to media events and public appearances with a mini-cam and tape recorder in hand."

Obama Weary Of Opponent's Video Camera  5/21/04 WBBM 

Thursday  5/20/04

McAuliffe statement on Cuban Independence Day  5/20/04 Democratic Party 

BARACK OBAMA'S MIRACULOUS CAMPAIGN - Race Against History  5/20/04 New Republic: When I first ran for state Senate ... [people] would call me 'Yo Mama.' And I'd have to explain, 'No, it's O-bama'--that my father was from Kenya, from Africa, which is where I got the name ... and that my mother was from Kansas, which is why I talk the way I do." ...Obama is one of the very, very few African American candidates since the civil rights era to whom these constraints don't seem to apply: Despite having run as a black progressive, he managed to win over white, blue-collar Democrats across the state in this winter's Illinois Senate primary, taking 53 percent of the vote. That's nearly unheard of in a seven-candidate field, one which included multimillionaire Blair Hull; Dan Hynes, the scion of a prominent Chicago political family (and the current state comptroller); another African American candidate; and a prominent Latino. Integral to Obama's success are the factors he cites in his speech: his unusual racial and cultural background. Whereas many working-class voters are wary of African American candidates, whom they think will promote black interests at the expense of their own, they simply don't see Obama in these terms. This allows him to appeal to white voters on traditional Democratic issues like jobs, health care, and education--just like a white candidate would."

Tuesday  5/18/04

Poll: Obama ahead of Ryan by 8 points in Senate race  5/18/04 Chicago Sun Times 

Kerry’s Secret Plan to End the War  5/18/04 Newsweek 

Obama's lead down to 8 points in Ill.  5/18/04 Washington Times 

Monday  5/17/04

MCCULLOUGH: Obama -- Oh No!  5/17/04 Illinois Leader: But even more importantly than his radical views on a woman’s right to kill the child in her womb - Obama strongly supports the progressive - pro-homosexual movement that is oppressing the masses and will begin to be tested this week across America in the newly formed illegitimate institution of “gay marriage.”

Sunday  5/16/04

This election, unlike 2000, may be a rout  5/16/04 CSM 

Friday  5/14/04

Police Union Rejects Bush, Backs Kerry  5/14/04 AP: "Presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry on Friday collected the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, a police union that backed President Bush in the 2000 election."

A Kerry Landslide?  5/14/04 Washington Monthly 

Wednesday  5/12/04

Warm Reception for Possible First Lady  5/12/04 Black World Today: "Introducing Mrs. Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, to an audience during the National Action Network’s annual "Keepers of the Dream" dinner and award celebration at the Sheraton last Saturday, the Rev. Al Sharpton recalled how he had met someone "who may be the First Lady." "It was during the debate in South Carolina and they asked me who I would most like to spend time with and I said Mrs. Kerry," Sharpton began. "Not because she is vivacious...but because she is a critical thinking person, and I believe America is ready for a First Lady who says what she means and means what says." "

Tuesday  5/11/04

Obama has 16 point lead in Illinois Senate Contest  5/11/04 PR Newswire 

Monday  5/10/04

Activists undaunted at Kerry's opposition to reparations, launch petition drive to deliver million signatures to Congress  5/10/04 Final Call 

Saturday  5/8/04

Sharp Policy Changes Will Follow Firestorm over Iraqi PoW Abuses  5/8/04 Debka: "The US presidential campaign has likewise taken an unexpected turn. DEBKAfile’s Washington sources report exclusively that, as recently as ten days ago, Senator John Kerry’s campaign staff had resolved to drop Iraq as its focal issue after receiving startling new intelligence data. North Korea, the Democratic team had discovered, did not have only two nuclear bombs as generally believed but eight, all operational. Kerry would have argued that the Bush White House, because of its obsession with Saddam Hussein’s overthrow and Iraq – where no WMD was found, had neglected a front far more hazardous to the security of the United States and its allies, i.e. North Korea’s expanding nuclear arsenal. The development of the Iraqi prisoner crisis persuaded the Democratic presidential contender to abandon his North Korean strategy. The imagery from Abu Ghraib has proved even more radioactive in its effect on America than eight North Korean nuclear bombs."

Thursday  5/6/04

Poll: More Now Say Removal of Saddam Not Worth Cost  5/6/04 AP 

Approval rating lowest for Bush  5/6/04 Bloomberg: "Bush's approval rating fell to 46 percent this month from 49 percent in March, and his lead over Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry dropped by 3 percentage points, giving him support from 43 percent of registered voters to Kerry's 40 percent, according to data published by Quinnipiac University's Polling Institute. Kerry's support was unchanged from March."

Wednesday  5/5/04

Debate Continues on Diversity of Kerry Campaign Staff  5/5/04 Black America Web 

Who is John O'Neill? CNN's Blitzer failed to probe partisan ties of Kerry critic  5/5/04 Media Matters: "O'Neill is one of several Vietnam veterans who have criticized Kerry and called into question the decorations he received for his service combat. O'Neill is associated with the newly formed group "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," which held a press conference on May 4 that was promoted by the Media Research Center's Cybercast News Service and highlighted by The Drudge Report on May 3. According to Cybercast News, "Hundreds of former commanders and military colleagues of presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry are set to declare in a signed letter that he is 'unfit to be commander-in-chief.'" "

Disney Has Blocked the Distribution of My New Film... by Michael Moore  5/5/04 Michael Moore 

Tuesday  5/4/04

The Making of George Bush, Macho Man  5/4/04 Alternet: "The American people may not yet have made up their minds about their leaders, but the media certainly have. Whatever its outcome, Election 2004 has already been cast as the battle between the strong but stubborn George Bush and the nuanced but flip-flopping John Kerry."

Cain, Majette Seek U.S. Senate Seat  5/4/04 Black Enterprise: "Republican Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, Inc. and Denise Majette, a Democratic U.S. congresswoman from Georgia, are positioning themselves to make history as each makes a run to secure the seat of retiring Senator Zell Miller. Experts say this may prove to be a far more daunting task than either anticipates."

Smear Boat Veterans for Bush  5/4/04 Salon: select the view the ad option to gain entry for 8 hrs - "The "swift boat" veterans attacking John Kerry's war record are led by veteran right-wing operatives using the same vicious techniques they used against John McCain four years ago… O'Neill has been assailing Kerry since 1971, when the former Navy officer was selected for the role by Charles Colson, Richard Nixon's dirty-tricks aide… Spaeth's partisanship runs still deeper, as does her history of handling difficult P.R. cases for Republicans. In 1998, for example, she coached Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel, to prepare him for his testimony urging the impeachment of President Clinton before the House Judiciary Committee. She even reviewed videotapes of his previous television appearances to give him pointers about his delivery and demeanor… Until now, Hoffmann has been best known as the commanding officer whose obsession with body counts and "scorekeeping" may have provoked the February 1969 massacre of Vietnamese civilians at Thanh Phong by a unit led by Bob Kerrey -- the Medal of Honor winner who lost a leg in Nam, became a U.S. senator from Nebraska and now sits on the 9/11 commission… "One of the myths due to die as a result of Vistica's article is that which holds the war could have been won sensibly and cleanly if the 'suits' back in Washington had merely left the military men to their own devices," Caldwell wrote. "In this light, one of the great merits of Vistica's article is its portrait of the Kurtz-like psychopath who commanded Kerrey's Navy task force, Capt. Roy Hoffmann." "

Stakes high in Kerry TV ad blitz - $25 million push scheduled in 19 'battleground' states  5/4/04 SF Chronicle 

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth  5/4/04 "Goals are to restore honor of Vietnam vets; Rebut John Kerry’s unanswered lies; Bring the truth about Kerry’s service to the public."

Kerry needs to articulate vision for black America  5/4/04 USA Today: by DeWayne Wickham

Sunday  5/2/04

Kerry Hears Veterans' Concerns  5/2/04 NYT: ""How is that they have you on the run?" asked Repps Hudson, a Vietnam veteran, according to an account by a pool reporter. Mr. Kerry appeared irritated and insisted the Republican attacks were not so effective. "Americans aren't listening to all that junk," he said. But Mr. Black seemed unpersuaded. "He doesn't know where he serves or what time period it was," he said of Mr. Bush's Air National Guard stint. "It should be made an issue. Because if he can send someone else's son to go fight or die, where were you doing your service?" "

Kerry Struggling to Find a Theme, Democrats Fear  5/2/04 NYT 

Thursday  4/29/04

Iraq war is a dagger at heart of U.S. economy  4/29/04 Newsday: "Economically, the Iraq war is more like Vietnam: insidiously underestimated, sold to the public and Congress on false premises, improperly budgeted and inadequately taxed. During the Vietnam years, there was also economic growth at first. But then came creeping inflation, followed by worldwide commodity shocks, the oil crisis of 1973, international monetary disorder and a decade of economic troubles. Could it happen again? Yes, it could. Did Team Bush think through the economics of a long and costly war? There is no evidence it did. It counted on the war being quick, cheap and self-financing. If it thought about the long-range economics, there seems to have been only one goal: control of oil."

Support for War Is Down Sharply, Poll Concludes  4/29/04 NYT: "Mr. Bush's approval rating for his handling of Iraq was 41 percent, down from 49 percent last month and 59 percent in December. The survey held hints of trouble for Mr. Kerry as he seeks to introduce himself to an electorate that knows relatively little about him. While 55 percent of Mr. Bush's supporters said they strongly favored the president, only 32 percent of Mr. Kerry's supporters strongly favored their candidate. Sixty-one percent of voters said Mr. Kerry says what he thinks people want to hear, versus 29 percent who said he says what he believes. The Bush campaign has attacked Mr. Kerry for months on that score, portraying him as a flip-flopper with no convictions. On the same question, 43 percent said Mr. Bush says what people want to hear and 53 percent said he says what he believes."

Wednesday  4/28/04

Anti-war Nader might steal votes from Kerry  4/28/04 Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: "In 2000, Nader received 2.7 percent of the vote. The latest Gallup Poll, taken April 5-8, gives him 4 percent. A Newsweek poll of 18- to 29-year-olds found 12 percent backing Nader, “at the expense of John Kerry.” And Democrats have to be worried about a survey in New Hampshire last month that found Nader with 8 percent. But they should worry more as they look at Iraq. The war there is not going well. In the first 18 days of April, 99 U.S. soldiers were killed, and, at that rate, another 1,000 will die before the election."

Tuesday  4/27/04

Kerry's Foreign Policy Trap  4/27/04 Alternet: "However, in light of the dramatic increase in U.S. casualties in Iraq – 720 as of this writing – the resumption of fighting in Fallujah – a city that has already experienced more than 1000 dead, including hundreds of woman and children – and the daily suicide bombings and insurgent attacks, it is becoming increasingly clear that the battlefield for the election will not be the economy, education, the environment or even same-sex marriage. It will be the president's war on terrorism, his failed occupation of Iraq, and his other "visionary" foreign policy initiatives. On these issues Kerry has chosen to march nearly lock-step with Bush."

Saturday  4/24/04

The image turning America against Bush  4/24/04 Independent, UK: "Speaking from her home in New Jersey, Mrs Niederer said: "They killed my son and they did not permit me to be there to see the coffin. They said it was for health reasons, and ... they did not want the public to see it and they did not want the newspapers there." She added: "They don't want any of this being shown because it's reality. A coffin strikes home. If you don't see the coffin you just say: 'Oh, there's another one who has died.' But when you show the coffin, you show families, you show people and emotions. This is what they are doing ­ this is what they do not want you to see." "

Thursday  4/22/04

The GOP Masters the Internet  4/22/04 Alternet 

Washington Wrap  4/22/04 CBS: "* Kerry and the Lobbyists * Earth Day Brings Out the Environmentalist in Bush * MoveOn PAC Plans to Raise Historical Amount of Money * Money Keeps Coming for Dean"

Tuesday  4/20/04

Apocalypse Please  4/20/04 Guardian, UK: "We can laugh at these people, but we should not dismiss them. That their beliefs are bonkers does not mean they are marginal. American pollsters believe that between 15 and 18% of US voters belong to churches or movements which subscribe to these teachings.7 A survey in 1999 suggested that this figure included 33% of Republicans.8 The best-selling contemporary books in the United States are the 12 volumes of the Left Behind series, which provide what is usually described as a "fictionalised" account of the Rapture (this, apparently, distinguishes it from the other one), with plenty of dripping details about what will happen to the rest of us. The people who believe all this don't believe it just a little; for them it is a matter of life eternal and death. And among them are some of the most powerful men in America. John Ashcroft, the attorney-general, is a true believer, so are several prominent senators and the House majority leader, Tom DeLay. Mr DeLay (who is also the co-author of the marvellously-named DeLay-Doolittle Amendment, postponing campaign finance reforms) travelled to Israel last year to tell the Knesset that "there is no middle ground, no moderate position worth taking." So here we have a major political constituency - representing much of the current president's core vote - in the most powerful nation on earth, which is actively seeking to provoke a new world war. Its members see the invasion of Iraq as a warm-up act, as Revelations (9:14-15) maintains that four angels "which are bound in the great river Euphrates" will be released "to slay the third part of men." They batter down the doors of the White House as soon as its support for Israel wavers: when Bush asked Ariel Sharon to pull his tanks out of Jenin in 2002, he received 100,000 angry emails from Christian fundamentalists, and never mentioned the matter again."

Kerry hones statements on the Vietnam War  4/20/04 IHT: "Senator John Kerry has distanced himself from contentious statements he made three decades ago after returning from the Vietnam War, saying that his long-ago use of the word "atrocities" to describe his and others' actions was inappropriate and "a little bit excessive." "

Nader Asks for Antiwar Vote and Urges Iraq Pullout Date  4/20/04 NYT 

Monday  4/19/04

Lack of Resolution in Iraq Finds Conservatives Divided  4/19/04 NYT: ""Those of us who favored a more muscular approach to American foreign policy and a more Wilsonian view of our efforts in Iraq find ourselves pitted against more traditional conservatives, who have more isolationist instincts to begin with, and they are more willing to say, `Bring the boys home,' " Mr. Weinstein said. Richard A. Viguerie, a conservative stalwart and the dean of conservative direct mail, said the Iraq war had created an unusual schism. "I can't think of any other issue that has divided conservatives as much as this issue in my political lifetime," Mr. Viguerie said. Recent events, he said, "call into question how conservatives see the White House. It doesn't look like the White House is as astute as we thought they were." "

Poll: Bush support holds despite Iraq, 9/11 hearings  4/19/04 USA Today 

Bush's Re-election Strategy  4/19/04 Znet: "Paul Wolfowitz and his fellow neocons in this Administration have shaped their Middle East policy around the brilliant premise that the US should start treating Arab governments like the spineless, mindless bunch of sheep that they are. The US knows that none of these governments have any legitimacy with their own people--they certainly should know since they helped create most of them. These governments exist by virtue of the military and/or financial might of the United States. So why on earth pay them any mind. Just go about your own business old chap. Now it's election time, and Karl Rove and his crew know that this President has nothing going for him except the prospect of spreading fear in Americans' minds. If the majority had a problem with him last time, then he' s really in trouble this time around, unless he can get back on firm war footing once again. When President Bush told Iraqi guerillas to go ahead and 'bring it on,' he meant it. And just in case the Iraqis don't bring it on, he must have thought, then let the Palestinians, or the Egyptians, or heck, even those tree-hugging Canadians for all I care. He needs his war, a war that is never-ending, or at least one that can take long enough so that brother Jeb can make himself at home too on Pennsylvania Avenue one of these days."

Sunday  4/18/04

Veep vs. Kerry in guns faceoff  4/18/04 NY Daily News: "Kerry fired his own salvo earlier, saying "most voters don't know that [President Bush and Cheney] are standing against major police organizations and breaking their promise to renew the assault weapons ban, which helps keep military-style assault weapons out of the hands of criminals and terrorists." Tom Mauser, whose son, Daniel, was killed with an assault weapon at Colorado's Columbine High School, marched to the hall wearing his slain son's shoes. He had hoped to urge Cheney to back the assault weapons ban, but guards turned him away. Conventioneers yelled "Get a life" and "Vote for Bush." "

Kerry Holds Three-Point Advantage; No Real Movement; American Electorate Hardened And Polarized, New Zogby International Poll Reveals  4/18/04 Zogby 

Saturday  4/17/04

"Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy" a/k/a the Kerry Report transcripts  4/17/04 Memory Hole: "The rare landmark Senate hearings on the narco-corruption of officials and intelligence agencies in the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Chaired by Senator John Kerry."

Kerry assails Cheney, Rove on Vietnam They 'went out of their way to avoid' service, candidate says  4/17/04 Washington Post: "Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said Friday he is tired of having his commitment to national security questioned by Republicans who never served in the military, and he singled out Vice President Dick Cheney and White House senior adviser Karl Rove by name, saying they "went out of their way to avoid" service during the Vietnam War. In unusually pointed and personal language, Kerry condemned his rivals, who are airing a television commercial that questions the judgment of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee on national security issues and attacks him for voting against the $87 billion authorization funding for Iraq and Afghanistan."

Friday  4/16/04

Kerry's inner circle lacks color  4/16/04 CNN 

GOP launches attack on Kerry's social views  4/16/04 LA Times 

Thursday  4/15/04

John Kerry: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory  4/15/04 Black Commentator 

War Coverage Shifts Dramatically  4/15/04 BopNews: "As a media junkie, I trace the loss of press timidity back to one specific event: Robert Novak's outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. After years of spin and overtly politically motivated policies, that single event is where the White House "jumped the shark." I suspect it was the event that crossed the line for many professional journalists."

Bush’s disappearing financial advantage - Did the president’s campaign spend too much money too fast?  4/15/04 MSNBC: "Since early March, the Bush campaign has been advertising at a rate of $9 million a week. But the campaign is now cutting that in half after seeing the president's election message pushed aside by the attention around 9/11, and by the daily attacks on American troops in Iraq. "The bad news is overwhelming them right now, and I think they've got a predicament," says former Dean campaign manager and MSNBC analyst Joe Trippi. The predicament gets worse when you look at where the Bush campaign started financially and where things stand today: The president raised a record $180 million, and half of that was budgeted for campaign operations, the other half for pre-convention advertising. But of the advertising budget, $90 million, the Bush campaign has already spent at least $40 million. By comparison, John Kerry has spent about $10 million. The huge imbalance only seems to have affected views about Kerry and taxes. Most voters think Kerry will raise taxes, but in the 18 states where the president has been attacking him, independent Democratic groups have been counterpunching with ads of their own ... and Kerry's favorability ratings remain steady."

The Kerry Tribes - The seven factions fighting for control of his campaign and his presidency.  4/15/04 Slate 

Friday  4/9/04

On Condoslezza Rice-- Reflections on the Wicked Witch of the West  4/9/04 Black World Today 

Wednesday  4/7/04

Uprising in Iraq could derail Bush  4/7/04 Guardian, UK: "But Republican senator John McCain said Mr Bush should avoid the mistakes of the Vietnam war: "We have to tell the American people that we are in this for the long haul. We cannot say, as we did in Vietnam, that the light is at the end of the tunnel." Other members of the president's party, raised the alarm over the emergence of the Shia militia and general unravelling of security. Senator Chuck Hagel, told the Washington Post the US was "dangerously close" to losing control in Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, responded to calls for reinforcements by saying that the US military presence in Iraq was unusually high at 135,000."

Tuesday  4/6/04

Powell rebukes Kennedy in rare political foray  4/6/04 AFP 

Aristide, Bush, Chávez, Kerry: When Presidents Collide - U.S. Political Campaign Plays With Latin American Fire  4/6/04 NarcoNews 

Monday  4/5/04

Kennedy Compares Bush to Richard Nixon  4/5/04 AP 

Saturday  4/3/04

Democrats pinning high expectations on an Illinois senator  4/3/04 Boston Globe: "The state senator from Chicago's South Side is no longer a quiet stranger in political circles. Obama, 42, is suddenly a darling of the party -- someone who could tip the balance of power in the US Senate as an early favorite in the general election race. If he wins, he will become the third black member of the US Senate since Reconstruction."

Campaign 2004: Kerry taps Internet to raise $50 million in three months  4/3/04 NYT 

Former White House Aide to Take Post at NBC  4/3/04 NYT: "Anna Perez, who recently directed communications at the National Security Council [for Condaleeza Rice], will become chief communications executive for NBC, the network announced yesterday."


Friday  4/2/04

Black Senator on the Horizon?  4/2/04 Black World Today: "Obama racked up 52 percent of votes cast in the state's March 16 primary, crushing six opponents. His nearest competitor was only able to muster about half of winner's totals. The general election will hinge on independent voters, who didn't participate in the primary, said Bositis, of the Joint Center, a think tank that specializes in Black politics. Illinois has been leaning Democratic in recent elections -- with voters logged at about 42 percent Democrat, 33 percent Republican and 25 percent Independent, Bositis noted. Illinois also has elected Blacks to every statewide office except governor, including sending former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, a Black woman, to Washington, he said."

Thursday  4/1/04

McKinney Foe Majette runs away - for the Senate  4/1/04 Black Commentator: "Denise Majette’s prospects for a second term in Congress were iffy at best. Her 2002 victory was massively assisted by a national media campaign of slander against McKinney. Majette’s racially polarizing campaign concentrated on maximizing the white vote in a district almost evenly split between African American and white voters. Majette joined the Congressional Black Caucus on the strength of less than 20 percent of the black vote, but backed by over 90 percent of an abnormally large white turnout – including tens of thousands of white Republicans who crossed over to vote in the Democratic primary election. Majette was unlikely to duplicate this feat in 2004. Georgia Republicans, with their own primary contests to worry about, are unavailable to knock out Democratic candidates in this year’s Democratic primary elections. And while the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and others promulgated the myth that Majette’s election heralded the emergence of a new cohort of comfortably middle class, conservative-leaning black voters, no serious observers now believe Majette has a base among Dekalb County Democrats – least of all Denise Majette herself."

Kerry Speaks to B.E.  4/1/04 Black Enterprise 

'I saw papers that show US knew al-Qa'ida would attack cities with aeroplanes'  4/1/04 Independent, UK: "A former translator for the FBI with top-secret security clearance says she has provided information to the panel investigating the 11 September attacks which proves senior officials knew of al-Qa'ida's plans to attack the US with aircraft months before the strikes happened. She said the claim by the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, that there was no such information was "an outrageous lie"."

Bush vs. Kerry: Fascism takes on old fashioned imperialism  4/1/04 Radio Progresso 

German Elite Back Kerry Over Bush in U.S. Election  4/1/04 Reuters 

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