Barack Obama says “Hasta la vista, baby” to the not so good Rev. Wright.
** SCHWARZENEGGER DISCUSSES CALIFORNIA’S FUTURE WITH MICHAEL MILKEN IN LIVE WEBCAST THIS AFTERNOON. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s discusses California’s infrastructure and future with financier Michael Milken in this live webcast at 1 PM. This is part of the Milken Institute’s annual conference on California in LA. Milken, of course, is the famed ’80s junk bond pioneer and corporate raider. Convicted of various irregularities, after being pursued by, among others, then-prosecutor Rudy Giuliani, Milken — who I profiled on the occasion of his 50th birthday in 1996 — has reinvented himself as a philanthropist and futurist. And lest you think he lost his “ill-gotten gains” from the ’80s. He still ended up, best as I could tell over a decade ago, with over a billion dollars.
** POLLS. OBAMA LEADS NATIONALLY, LEADS BIG IN NORTH CAROLINA. In the new Rasmussen tracking polls, Barack Obama holds the lead over Hillary Clinton nationally, 47% to 43%. He has a significant lead in North Carolina, 51% to 37%.
NEW WEST NOTES is still being sorted, as the saying goes, following the tech transition to a new software platform (ironically, the original software platform when NWN was hosted on the LA Weekly server in 2006) late in the day on Monday. So things will be slower here until the site is sorted.
Incidentally, I have been on the road, developing a new video show to be webcast on PJ Media. It features insiders in the presidential campaigns, those of John McCain, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.
** ISNT IT INTERESTING? How the biggest problems for Barack Obama are proving not to be on the right, which has huge problems with regard to public disdain for them, but the left?Consider. Without Bittergate, prompted by an activist blogger financial supporter of Obama writing on the pro-Obama Huffington Post, Obama was moving up in Pennsylvania. Consider. Without his pastor, who supposedly has devoted his life to promoting black people, Obama is moving up in Indiana and North Carolina, enough to squeeze the remaining life out of the Hillary Clinton candidacy. For fans of irony, this campaign has it all.What Wright, who was clearly something of a crank, even at his best — and it ain’t like I don’t know a lot of folks like that, on both ends of the spectrum — is trying to do is quite obvious. Extend his 15 minutes of fame and make himself the new Al Sharpton. And he has a new book to sell. Color me shocked.
** WHERE THEY ARE TODAY. Barack Obama is in Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana. Hillary Clinton is in South Bend, Portage, Lafayette, and Kokomo, Indiana. Bill Clinton is in Apex, Sanford, Lillington, Dunn, Hope Mills, Lumberton, and Whiteville, North Carolina. John McCain is in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
** 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, which I know as a former DemRussia advisor, 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.
** TRACK GLOBAL AND U.S. ENERGY PRICES IN NEAR REAL TIME VIA BLOOMBERG ENERGY MARKET WATCH. Crude oil is trading between $116 and $117 per barrel.
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