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The Primary-O-Rama Goes On… And On…

Tuesday, 02.19.08 Posted By: Millie

Tonight is another “results night” in the land of primaries and caucuses! Wisconsin, Hawaii and Washington State to be exact. That means we’ll be seeing more of this…

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And this…

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And this…

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And this…

I’d like to buy a “A”, Pat.

Ahh, but who am I to complain??? I really am looking forward to the Texas Primary Night, when John will be zig-zagging his fingers all over our state. Who knows, maybe I will show up on one of his google image maps when he zooms in to Harris County!! I just hope nothing embarrassing shows up if he goes to street view, LOL!

On an interesting note, Obama is currently stumping just a few blocks away from me, at the Toyota Center right here in downtown Houston.

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And Bill Clinton is also at a downtown hotel this evening campaigning on behalf of Hillary. Lots of traffic at the moment ’round these parts. I’m actually hearing helicopters buzzing overhead as I type this!

Now for some non-election news… John was involved with the All-Star Summit in New Orleans over the weekend. I’m not exactly sure when he was there or what his schedule was like over the last few days because he had been filing reports from the CNN studio throughout the weekend as well. Anywho, here are some pictures from the All-Star Summit Website. These were from last year’s event (There are no 2008 pictures on their site yet.)

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Enjoy and have a fun night tonight watching John play at the magic wall!!!

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A “Rebel Endorsement”

Tuesday, 12.18.07

Doesn’t today’s post title conjure up this image?

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Actually, the post title is from a phrase CNN used to describe a recent political endorsement, a story reported on while John guest hosted The Situation Room yesterday:

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An unusual endorsement, one that CNN called a “rebel endorsement”, is that of 2000 VP candidate Joe Lieberman officially supporting John McCain. Lieberman, the former Democrat (now turned independent) made this decision citing the fact that both he and McCain want to appeal across party lines. They also have the same stance on major issues, such as supporting the surge in Iraq.

Amazingly, Lieberman even took the time to make some swipes at the Democrats about their position about the war! (Umm, I wonder… how is that exactly appealing across party lines?)

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Yesterday John also opened up discussion about a new foreign policy spat between Huckabee and Romney. Huckabee stated in an article for Foreign Affairs magazine that President Bush has an “arrogant bunker mentality” Huckabee clarified that he didn’t say Bush was arrogant, but that the policy was arrogant. Romney, however, used this latest twist to add fuel to the fire that is a war of the words on the campaign trail.

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John led a round-table discussion of this “arrogant” issue with Candy Crowley, Gloria Borger and JackCafferty:

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On the Obama-Clinton side of the campaign, the issue of the day was: who has more experience? Well, actually that issue has been around for quite some time, but it, too, has a new twist: Now Bill Clinton himself is going on the record speaking about this topic. He is making some television rounds, saying Obama is compelling and attractive, but he is only a “symbol” of change, whereas Hillary is the “agent” of real change.

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All in all, just another day in the life of the 2008 campaign, wouldn’t you say? Have a great one and see you soon!

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Another Nor’easter, Another Debate…

Friday, 12.14.07

John reported yesterday night live from the set of AC360 in New York. As if the rough Iowa weather wasn’t enough for him! The storm that pounded the midwest has now traveled east…

I watched the news this morning and apparently there are concerns about another Nor’easter forming up and down the east coast… I am watching all of this from the comfort of my Houston home where it is dry as a bone and I am wearing a t-shirt, short pants and flip flops… ah, you gotta love this southern weather.

*Attempts best Scarlett O’Hara accent*

I simply don’t know how I could ever survive up north.

But -ahem- I digress…

Yesterday, the Democratic candidates debated in Iowa. Like the Republican debate earlier this week, it was the last chance for the candidates to present themselves to voters before the ever-important caucus coming up in just a few short weeks.

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On AC360, Anderson Cooper described the debate as not a “slugfest” but a “lovefest”. Candy Crowley (who’s looking pretty good lately, I might add) said, “You have never seen six such agreeable people”.

Maybe the Democratic candidates – along with the Republicans – have figured out that the backlash from the negative debates in the past has caught up with them and now they want to do something about it! Whatever the reason, thankfully yesterday’s debate was a civilized affair.

John appeared on AC360 last night with his analysis of the debate.

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He was back in the New York studio and sitting alongside Joe Klein. David Gergen joined them via video to complete the roundtable.

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John said Hillary Clinton used to have advantages over her rivals when it came to the bigger issues, but now as the campaign is going on (and on…), voters are seeing that the differences are really not that big after all.

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He says that philosophically, all the Democratic candidates are generally coming from the same mold. However, he says what voters really are looking for is someone new and different. While Hillary may not be new or different, candidates such as Obama and Huckabee are. They are the ones to watch because voters are “tired” and want change.

Personally, I’m not exactly tired yet of the campaign season. (Ask me oh, in half a year or so, and I might answer differently! lol!) Kidding aside, though, now is when things are going to get interesting, when we will be seeing how the candidate field on both sides will be narrowing down in the next few weeks and months…

Isn’t it around then when you can safely say, “They are dropping like flies”?

Ah, it’s Friday and I’m doin’ the TGIF dance! Have a great start to your weekend, everyone!!

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The Coop In Congo = The King On AC360

Tuesday, 10.30.07

John subbed last night on AC360 for Anderson, who apparently is in The Congo at the moment on special assignment for 60 Minutes. Hopefully we will be seeing more of John the entire week!

AC360 began with Larry King tossing it over John and mentioning how he (John) would be smiling all night because the Red Sox won the World Series!

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The program started out with an update on the California Wildfires.

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Officials are worried that the shifting winds will pick up again in the next few days. They are also looking for an arsonist in an F-150 white Ford pickup truck. There is currently a $250,000 reward out there for any info on who started the fires – hopefully that will be enough to entice someone to come forward with information about this horrible, horrible tragedy.

The program then moved on to FEMA‘s fake press conference recently exposed by the media. John’s career advice to FEMA is “Don’t fake it.”

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He rightfully pointed out, “Making matters worse — much worse — real reporters who weren’t given enough advance notice to get to that event in person were able to call in and listen to the fake Q&A, but were not allowed to ask their own questions.”

Following the FEMA piece was a political round table discussion about Barack Obama and what is at stake for him politically, upcoming in Iowa.

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There were some funny moments during the discussion:

Gloria Borger questioned Paul Begala about whether he ever leaked a story to the press, and John piped in, “He left that to Carville.”

And what metaphor did Paul Begala use to explain how Barack should execute his political strategies? “It’s like wooing a girl. Back in the Reagan administration, when I was dating my now wife, I didn’t say, you know, I’m going to pretend that we run out of gas, and then I’m going to slip my arm around. Then I’m going to blow in your ear, sweetheart. No, you just blow in the girl’s ear, Barack.”

Next up was a heartbreaking story about child labor in Indian sweatshops where clothing for The Gap is manufactured.

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It’s a shocking story: children working as slaves, abused and brutalized by their keepers. The product of their labor? Clothing to be sold by a leading U.S. retailer.

Alina Cho reported that many children work 16-hour days at a sweatshop in India. The children sleep on the roof. A child doing beadwork looks even younger than 10. Children come from poor villages to India’s capital, New Delhi, crammed onto trains nicknamed the “Child Labor Express.” Their parents are conned because they sell their children for as little as $20, with the promise that more money will come.

All of this is going on, even when it is against the law for companies in India to hire kids under the age of 14! John broke down the “raw data” for us.

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“Last year, India’s child labor act was expanded, and now covers 59 professions deemed hazardous for children. Punishment for those who break the law, jail for up to two years and a fine as high as about $500. No word yet on whether justice will be served in the Gap case, but the retailer does tell CNN it will give the children money, access to schooling, and job training that will come in handy when they are legally allowed to work.”

After the disturbing GAP story, another cautionary report: meat tainted with e-coli and the USDA’s slow response at getting this information out.

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Randi Kaye reported on a recall that was too late for a 15 year-old high school sophomore who got sick after eating E. coli-tainted meat from frozen hamburger patties purchased at Wal-Mart. At first doctors weren’t sure if she was going to survive. Luckily, the young lady did, but not after experiencing some horrible side-effects from eating the meat.

Rounding out the show, John interviewed Rick Sanchez (CNN’s guinea pig!) about his conversation with Gernarlow Wilson; we received an update about one of the FBI’s most wanted being found in Canada; and a story was featured about the rebirth of Chocolate Jesus and all its controversy.

And of, course, what would AC360 be without Tom Foreman’s Raw Politics? I thought last night’s graphics were exceptionally funny!

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(Candidates getting ready for the November YouTube debate to be held in Florida)

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(Scary Halloween costumes!)

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(Dick Cheney goes on another hunting trip – this time for Democrats!)

Does Tom Foreman have a “Best of Raw Politics” series? If not, I seriously recommend that he put one together!

I’ll end this afternoon with last night’s Shot of the Day: This amazing football video showing 15 lateral throws on a game-winning drive. The game was between Trinity University and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi . (Trinity won, BTW!)

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