Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Biden has deep ties to Rezko accomplice

BY DAVE MCKINNEY Staff Reporter/dmckinney@suntimes.com

DENVER -- No matter what help Barack Obama might get from Sen. Joseph Biden, his newly named vice presidential running mate won't give Obama much cover on the Tony Rezko front.

Biden has described himself as a 30-year friend of a key figure in the Rezko trial who's pleaded guilty to a federal extortion charge in Chicago and is awaiting sentencing...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Kennedy to appear, may speak at convention

The Democratic convention opens today amid a backdrop of memorable happenings: a tribute to Ted Kennedy and perhaps his last major public appearance; the drama surrounding the Clintons; the historic run of a white woman and black man; and the political involvement of the remaining heir to Camelot, Caroline Kennedy.

Darlene Superville, AP writer writes, "Ailing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy prepared to attend, and possibly speak at, the opening of the Democratic National Convention on Monday as Barack Obama unleashed a mocking ad seeking to link rival John McCain with President Bush and what it suggested were his failed economic policies.
The musical "Don't Know Much" commercial signaled that the Democrats' gathering would be as much about skewering McCain as about unifying the fractured party after a protracted primary season that split supporters between Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Clinton, meanwhile, made her first convention appearance at a breakfast for New York Democrats. As supporters waved "Hillary Made History" signs, she preached unity—and took a shot at McCain.
"Now I understand that the McCain campaign is running ads trying to divide us," she said, referring to recent GOP television spots using Clinton's own earlier words against Obama. "I'm Hillary Clinton, and I do not approve that message," she said, to raucous laughter and applause.
Kennedy, who is being treated for a malignant brain tumor, is a beloved figure within the party, and the Massachusetts senator's last-minute appearance at the Pepsi Center is a way toward unification as the four-day convention opens amid signs of acrimony between Obama and Clinton delegates..."



Bejing Olympics

Carnival theme closes Olympics in Beijing
The Associated Press
Published: August 24, 2008

With a carnival-themed extravaganza, China concluded its debut as Olympic host Sunday after 16 days of nearly flawless logistics and superlative athletic achievement that coexisted awkwardly with the government's wariness of dissent and free speech.
To a large extent, the emergent superpower got what it had sought from the Games: a dominant effort by its athletes to top the gold-medal standings for the first time and almost glitch-free organizing that showcased world-class arenas and cheerful volunteers for the largest-ever peaceful influx of foreign visitors.
As a bonus, two athletes gave what might be among the greatest performances in Olympic history - Michael Phelps with his eight gold medals in swimming, Jamaica's ebullient Usain Bolt with three golds and three world records in the sprints...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Obama introduces Biden as running mate

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama introduced Sen. Joe Biden to the nation as his running mate Saturday, telling supporters that he is "a leader who is ready to step in and be president..."The McCain campaign quickly pounced Obama for introducing Biden as "the next president of the United States" before quickly correcting himself to say "vice president." "Barack Obama sounded as though he turned over the top spot on the ticket today to his new mentor, when he introduced Joe Biden as the next president," McCain spokesman Ben Porritt said. "The reality is that nothing has changed since Joe Biden first made his assessment that Barack Obama is not ready to lead. He wasn't ready then and he isn't ready now."
Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, brings decades of experience that could help counter GOP attacks on Obama's lack of experience in foreign policy.
Biden abandoned his own White House run after a poor showing in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses. He also ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination but dropped out after charges of plagiarism in a stump speech. Biden is serving out his sixth term, making him Delaware's longest-serving senator.

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