Senator Bob Casey endorses Barack Obama.
** NORTH CAROLINA: BIG OBAMA LEAD. After the Rev. Wright firestorm, Barack Obama’s lead in the increasingly pivotal North Carolina primary on May 6th dipped to the low single digits. Last week, the freshman Illinois senator campaigned there, as did the New York senator and the former president. The upshot of last night’s Public Policy Polling tracking poll? Obama 54%, Clinton 36%. He leads everywhere but in the mountains.
** ICK(ES). In case you missed it, the not entirely late LA Times has a profile of Hillary Clinton’s changeable agent Harold Ickes. This guy is a real piece of work. “His enthusiasm for no-holds-barred politics sometimes rattles friends and foes alike. Ickes once got so carried away that he bit another political operative on the leg. Now, some 35 years later, at age 68, he has mellowed so little that it could happen again.”
Sweetie, you try biting me on the leg and we are publishing your obituary. With not a lot of effort on my part, incidentally. Things just happen naturally.
** KENTUCKY: HILLARY’S BEST STATE? With Hillary Clinton’s numbers dropping around the country, we may have found the best state left in America for the former Democratic presidential frontrunner. That would be the Bluegrass State, Kentucky. (I was last there for the Kentucky Derby, some years ago.) According to this poll, Clinton, in a closed Democratic primary, leads Barack Obama, 58% to 29%. Not that it will make a bit of difference in the outcome.
** WHERE THEY ARE TODAY.
Barack Obama campaigns in Lancaster and Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Hillary Clinton campaigns in Harrisburg and Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania.
Bill Clinton, the ultimate trouper for his wife — or is he? — campaigns in Portland, Salem, and Bend, Oregon. All very familiar turf for NWN. Here’s a tip: Obama wins big.
John McCain kicks off his my-biography-is-the-story-of-America tour (somewhat discussed on NWN) in Meridian, Mississippi.
** PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON’S CALIFORNIA CONVENTION SUPERDELEGATE HAUL: 0. There is a long form. That is the short form. And the ultimate bottom-line end result of this year’s California Democratic Party convention. Aside from Jerry Brown wowing the crowd on Saturday. Which was also not exactly a surprise to anyone paying attention here.
** 24/7 LIVE TV NEWS FEED FROM RUSSIA TODAY. Russia has re-emerged as one of the world’s great powers. Click here for a live TV news feed on your computer, bringing you English-language, jargon-free, fast-paced coverage of global and Russian news from the new Russia Today channel.
You probably already know about CNN International, BBC World, and Al Jazeera. Russia Today, which also features culture, entertainment, and sports, is based in Moscow and is owned and operated by the TV Novosti division of Russia’s state news agency, RIA Novosti.
While it’s quite foolish to expect to see, say, criticism of Vladimir Putin on Russia Today, the channel is very interesting nonetheless. The NWN live link to RT does not constitute an endorsement of the channel’s views. It’s presented as an otherwise unavailable new media window.
** CHRONIC TECH PROBLEMS CONTINUE ON NWN. They especially affect commenting in the Forum. Sorry for the continuing difficulty.
** TRACK GLOBAL AND U.S. ENERGY PRICES IN NEAR REAL TIME VIA BLOOMBERG ENERGY MARKET WATCH. Crude oil is trading in the $105 to $106 per barrel range.
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