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January 07, 2008 Kucinich's Last Minute ABC Debate Scramble
The Hollywood Reporter's Paul J. Gough writes about the behind-the-scenes legal scuffle that took place in the final hours before Saturday's ABC News/Facebook debates. Rep. Dennis
source: mediabistro.com: TVNewser

January 07, 2008 RE: Dennis Kucinich
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January 07, 2008 After the Forum...
After the GOP forum on FNC last night, Hannity & Colmes opened the floor to other Presidential candidates including Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
source: mediabistro.com: TVNewser

January 07, 2008 Long notes on the last NH Democratic Debate
Now that the Republicans have been shuffled off the stage and are going to release their own spin about how each candidate came out on top, ... effect of Iowa is the absence of Rep. Dennis
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January 07, 2008 Democratic NH Debate Notes
Now that the Republicans have been shuffled off the stage and are going to release their own spin about how each candidate came out on top, ... effect of Iowa is the absence of Rep. Dennis
source: FreakPolitik

January 07, 2008 I Have A Dream
I am tired of living in a country where 16-year-old girls die because insurance company profits are more important than human life ... the lever for Dennis Kucinich. I can hear the co
source: Fed Up American

January 07, 2008 One True Voice on the Trail By Chris Hedges
Dandelion Salad By Chris Hedges Truthdig Jan 7, 2008 This article was originally published by the Philadelphia Inquirer ... of the nation - I will pull the lever for Dennis Kucinich.
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January 07, 2008 FOX DEBATE
That is why I support their decision not to participate in the Fox debate. Any intelligent person will tell you to spend your resources wisely; .. ... it has limited space in its studio, which leaves Rep. Ron Paul out of a
source: Web

January 07, 2008 What are the odds?
I watched the Democratic candidates' debate tonight. It's what - April? Even so, the Democrats decided that it would be wise to try and narrow their wide (on paper) field with a debate in a key state, South Carolina. The stage was packed with folks at
source: FreakPolitik

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A lot of these PDA GPS innovations are alswift being prvacant to issuees, from small and middle to the large ones ... , you can Dennis Kucinich End Runs ABC Snub at Democratic Debate with M
source: PDA Rated

January 07, 2008 Downtown figures this whole 2008 election out
So, there is the rumor going around that a presidential election is coming up. Perhaps many of you are confused as to who these people are, who's going to win, and most importantly...who should I like? Instead of spending a bunch of time sifting through cr
source: Downtown's Real Deal

January 07, 2008 A Conversation With Dennis Kucinich By Chris Hedges
Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Lack of commitment to Democratic principles. No understanding of the period of history we’re in. Failure to appreciate the necessity of the coequality of Congress. Unwillingness to assert Congressional authority in ...
source: Dandelion Salad

January 07, 2008 Obama’s refrain: Change the world with me
Before Obama arrived, Sheehan, a social worker, said she was committed to Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the long-shot Cleveland congressman known as the most liberal candidate in the field. Mednick is a homemaker and registered Republican who ...
source: Las Vegas Sun Politics

January 07, 2008 Polls Suggest Possibility Of Big Obama New Hampshire Win
Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is in fourth place, with the support of 7 percent of likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, with Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio at 2 percent. Nor is there good news for the New York Senator from ...
source: The Moderate Voice

January 07, 2008 Kucinich Excluded From ABC Debate. Free Speech Expelled From Elections
... based on the Progressive polls, it seemed Dennis Kucinich would easily qualify to appear. Yet, he did not. Apparently, ABC News prefers to honor only specific surveys, those not fully representative of the nation as a whole. ...
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January 07, 2008 Change
The presidential candidates of real, serious change are Democrat Dennis Kucinich and Republican Ron Paul, not taken seriously by their fellow candidates or many voters. In the ABC television Republican debate in New Hampshire on January ...
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January 06, 2008 CNN/UNH Poll: Obama Up 10
CNN/UNH Poll: Obama Up 10 January 6th, 2008 Now we see the Iowa bounce: In the survey, ... , with the support of 7 percent of likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, with Rep. Dennis
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January 06, 2008 Why Kucinich should have been in last night’s debate and what you can do about it
Online, blogs are fuming about the exclusion of Kucinich and others from last night’s debate ... : Writes, “Dennis Kucinich is again forced to work hard
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January 06, 2008 KUCINICH WANTS INQUIRY INTO HUNT, IRAQ OIL
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Rep. Dennis Kucinich called for an investigation into an oil deal a Texas firm connected to the Bush administration ... with
source: Cherokee Wolf's Site - Tsitsalagi's Site

January 06, 2008 Iraq snapshot
Iraq snapshot January 6th, 2008 Today I was digging for some info on ‘rep dennis kucinich d’ and came across the following section: Friday, ...
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January 06, 2008 KUCINICH BLASTS CLINTON HEALTH CARE PLAN
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential contender Dennis Kucinich said in a Las Vegas appearance he is not impressed with the health plan put forward by Hillary Clinton.
source: Cherokee Wolf's Site - Tsitsalagi's Site

January 06, 2008 A Little Perspective on Presidential Campaigns
A Little Perspective on Presidential Campaigns It's only the beginning of January, you know ... 9.2% of the total number of delegates at the Democratic Convention that year. (Even Dennis Kucinic
source: The Blog from the Core - America's Small-Town Weblog

January 06, 2008 He also was charged with violating federal campaign finance laws by making Effects of alcohol
He also was charged with violating federal campaign finance laws by making Effects of alcohol January 6th, ... a lawsuit brought by US Rep. Dennis Kucinich
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January 06, 2008 Abc news debate
Discuss and Debate. Discuss this topic with the ABC News Community. Read All Join the 'Nightline' Discussion. Welcome to ABCNews.com ... ) response to your question: Democratic presidential candidate Dennis
source: Pendos

January 06, 2008 Democrats Gather For Iowa Fundraiser
Democrats Gather For Iowa Fundraiser All of the Democratic presidential hopefuls -- with the exception of Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and former Sen. Mike
source: Dennis Kucinich

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Charlie Rose: Bill Richardson; The Daily Show: Jerry Seinfeld (repeat); The Colbert Report: Craig Venter and Massic Ritsch (repeat) ... Post. Bill Richardson $2300 2008, 1905 BROOKHAVEN BLVD Norman OK. rep, William Craig
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A regular look at the politics and policy of Fitchburg. Save Fitchburg is an John Edwards. Bill Richardson. Joe Biden. Christopher Dodd. Dennis Kucinich Governor Bill Richardson, Democratic
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January 06, 2008 Abc news debate
Discuss and Debate. Discuss this topic with the ABC News Community. Read All � Join the 'Nightline' Discussion. Welcome to ABCNews.com ... ) response to your question: Democratic presidential candidate Dennis
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January 06, 2008 Truth close encounters third kind
Dennis Kucinich Acknowledges UFO Sighting, The truth is out there, and Rep. The truth is out there, and Ohio Rep.
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January 06, 2008 Abc news iowa debate gop
Last Chance GOP Debate a Missed Opportunity for Would-Be Iowa Contenders ... hopeful Dennis Kucinich has accused ABC News of violating equal-time provisions by excluding ... in its studio
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January 06, 2008 Abc news debate
Discuss and Debate. Discuss this topic with the ABC News Community. Read All Join the 'Nightline' Discussion. Welcome to ABCNews.com ... Dennis Kucinich filed a complaint with the FCC
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January 06, 2008 Iowa gop debate abc news
PHOTOS: Iowa GOP Debate Recap � JOIN US FOR THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE ABC News is not responsible for the content of external internet ... Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich
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January 06, 2008 Ron paul at abc debate
Kucinich made last-minute debate plea - 5 hours agoWho Won the Republican Debate? VOTE: WHO WON THE REPUBLICAN DEBATE?Let Ron Paul speak! ... , and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) -- who has a art.
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January 06, 2008 democratic debate
The Democratic Debate: Winners and Losers ORANGEBURG, S.C ... with the notable exceptions of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) and former Sen. Mike Gravel (Alas
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January 06, 2008 ABC News: Obama and Edwards Tag-Team Clinton, Call Her 'Force for Status Quo'
Okay, the excerpt below is semi-random, and I admit I found my way to this article via Fake Steve, who found one of John Edwards' quasi-moment-of-Zen (or something...) comments about "change" a bit over-the-top. Missing in action from tonight's debate
source: Peter O'Kelly's Reality Check

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January 06, 2008 DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
Ohio Congressman, former Mayor of Cleveland, and 2004 Democratic primary candidate. Dennis Kucinich is known by many as "The Peace Candidate", ...He explains his motives for running on his c
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January 06, 2008 DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
Ohio Congressman, former Mayor of Cleveland, and 2004 Democratic primary candidate. Dennis Kucinich is known by many as "The Peace Candidate", ...He explains his motives for running on his c
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January 06, 2008 Quotes from the Democrats’ debate (AP)
[ Democratic presidential hopeful, former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C. waves as he passes New Mexico Gov ... - Some quotes from the Democrats’ debate Saturday in Manchester, N.H. Organizers excluded Rep. key
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January 06, 2008 Quotes from the Democrats’ debate (AP)
[ Democratic presidential hopeful, former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C. waves as he passes New Mexico Gov ... - Some quotes from the Democrats' debate Saturday in Manchester, N.H. Organizers excluded Rep. keywo
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January 06, 2008 presidential debate
presidential debate video: Commission on Presidential Debates - Commission on Presidential Debates homepage ... D-Del., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Sen. Hilary Rodham Clinton, D-NY and Rep. Dennis
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January 06, 2008 Analysis: Clinton comes out swinging
By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer MANCHESTER, N.H. - Hillary Rodham Clinton lost the luxury to be polite along with the Iowa caucuses ... "Some quotes from the Democrats' debate Saturday in Manchester, N.H. Organizers excluded ke
source: Maryannaville™

January 06, 2008 Quotes from the Democrats’ debate (AP)
Quotes from the Democrats’ debate (AP) January 05th, 2008 Category: Elections AP - Some quotes from the Democrats’ debate Saturday in Manchester, N.H. Organizers excluded Rep. Dennis
source: FreeCentury.com - Politics Blog The lateset Political News and Views

January 06, 2008 Quotes from the Democrats’ debate (AP)
Quotes from the Democrats’ debate (AP) January 05th, 2008 Category: Elections AP - Some quotes from the Democrats’ debate Saturday in Manchester, N.H. Organizers excluded Rep. Dennis
source: FreeCentury.com - Politics Blog The lateset Political News and Views

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January 06, 2008 DEMOCRATIC DEBATE JANUARY 5
Fibs and Flubs at Democratic Debate. Straining the Facts at Iowa's debate on Sunday Jan. 4. ... January 5, 2004 Dennis4President.com, January 5, 2008; "Kucinich, top-rated Democrat, excluded from Des Moines Register debate
source: Seven

January 06, 2008 ABC DEBATE
The Note: Waiting for Fred What an actor needs to learn about timing By RICK KLEIN ... ... Kucinich Files Complaint on ABC Debate. - NEW YORK (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Dennis
source: George

January 06, 2008 DEMOCRATIC DEBATE JANUARY 5
Fibs and Flubs at Democratic Debate. Straining the Facts at Iowa's debate on Sunday Jan. 4. ... January 5, 2004 Dennis4President.com, January 5, 2008; "Kucinich, top-rated Democrat, excluded from Des Moines Register debate
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January 06, 2008 DEMOCRATIC DEBATE JANUARY 5
Fibs and Flubs at Democratic Debate. Straining the Facts at Iowa's debate on Sunday Jan. 4. ... January 5, 2004 Dennis4President.com, January 5, 2008; "Kucinich, top-rated Democrat, excluded from Des Moines Register debate
source: Better

January 06, 2008 ABC DEBATE
The Note: Waiting for Fred What an actor needs to learn about timing By RICK KLEIN ... ... Kucinich Files Complaint on ABC Debate. - NEW YORK (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Dennis
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January 06, 2008 ABC DEBATE
The Note: Waiting for Fred What an actor needs to learn about timing By RICK KLEIN ... ... Kucinich Files Complaint on ABC Debate. - NEW YORK (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Dennis
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January 06, 2008 ABC DEBATE
The Note: Waiting for Fred What an actor needs to learn about timing By RICK KLEIN ... ... Kucinich Files Complaint on ABC Debate. - NEW YORK (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Dennis
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January 06, 2008 DEMOCRATIC DEBATE JANUARY 5
Fibs and Flubs at Democratic Debate. Straining the Facts at Iowa's debate on Sunday Jan. 4. ... January 5, 2004 Dennis4President.com, January 5, 2008; "Kucinich, top-rated Democrat, excluded from Des Moines Register debate
source: Online

January 06, 2008 ABC DEBATE
The Note: Waiting for Fred What an actor needs to learn about timing By RICK KLEIN ... ... Kucinich Files Complaint on ABC Debate. - NEW YORK (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Dennis
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January 06, 2008 DEMOCRATIC DEBATE JANUARY 5
Fibs and Flubs at Democratic Debate. Straining the Facts at Iowa's debate on Sunday Jan. 4. ... January 5, 2004 Dennis4President.com, January 5, 2008; "Kucinich, top-rated Democrat, excluded from Des Moines Register debate
source: Better

January 06, 2008 Kucinich Challenges ABC News:
On Friday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission challenging ABCNews' decision to exclude him from last night's presidential debate....
source: The Volokh Conspiracy

January 06, 2008 Kucinich Banned By ABC, Talks To TechCrunch (sort of)
Democratic candidate Dennis Kucinich was banned from the ABC/Facebook presidential debates tonight because he didn’t have enough support in the polls. But he is an exciting candidate anyway - he speaks his mind, he’s got a lot of ...
source: TechCrunch

January 06, 2008 Gibson '65 Moderates First Post-Iowa Debates ABC anchor Charlie ...
Three candidates were kept out of the debate: Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich and former Alaska Governor Mike Gravel, both Democrats, and California Congressman Duncan Hunter, a Repubilcan. ABC narrowed the field by requiring that ...

January 06, 2008 The wind's changed...
Personally, I love each party’s fringe candidates, Democrat Dennis Kucinich and Republican Ron Paul. They were featured on Bill Moyers Journal that I caught Saturday night between 2 and 3am. Both are thinkers and have fundamental ...
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January 06, 2008 Richardson Shines Through
With the field slimmed down (Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Biden dropped from the race after Iowa and Rep. Dennis Kucinich didn't qualify to participate under the parameters laid out by ABC) Richardson shone. He was still the odd man out as ...
source: Centrisity

January 06, 2008 CNN/UNH Poll: Obama Up 10
Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is in fourth place, with the support of 7 percent of likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, with Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio at 2 percent. BTW, this poll demonstrates, yet again, ...
source: TalkLeft

January 06, 2008 Poll: Clinton and Obama tied in New Hampshire
Bill Richardson is in fourth place with 4 percent. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio is at 2 percent. The new poll suggests McCain is now the front-runner in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination in New Hampshire. ...
source: ONTD: Politics

January 06, 2008 Pulling Away?
Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is in fourth place, with the support of 7 percent of likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, with Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio at 2 percent. The poll strongly suggests an Obama surge in New ...
source: Far and Wide

January 06, 2008 A Michigan primary vote for Kucinich is a vote not for Hillary
This narrows the field of choice to Hillary Clinton, Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich. Dennis Kucinich encouraged his Iowa caucus voters to vote for Barack in the second round. Let's return the favor. I encourage Obama voters to avoid ...
source: Member Posts

January 06, 2008 Obama Jumps To Major Lead In NH; Was Tied With Clinton Yesterday
... down four points from Saturday. Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is in fourth place, with the support of 7 percent of likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, with Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio at 2 percent.
source: The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

January 06, 2008 Results from awful quiz
27% Dennis Kucinich 22% Chris Dodd 21% John McCain 21% Barack Obama 19% Mike Huckabee 19% John Edwards 19% Joe Biden 18% Mitt Romney 18% Fred Thompson 17% Hillary Clinton 16% Rudy Giuliani 12% Tom Tancredo ...
source: A Slave to Variance

January 06, 2008 Obama Soars In New NH Poll; Was Tied With Clinton Yesterday
... down four points from Saturday. Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is in fourth place, with the support of 7 percent of likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, with Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio at 2 percent.
source: Politics on HuffingtonPost.com

January 05, 2008 Obama’s Day in Iowa
Obama’s Day in Iowa By Matthew Rothschild, January 4, 2008 Obama owned all the excitement, even before the tallies. I was in Dubuque, Iowa, with my 18-year-old daughter, Katherine, an Obama supporter. We arrived at 3:30 in the afternoon, and proceed
source: Exprezyourself

January 05, 2008 Political Play of the Day: Dems in N.H.
With the N.H. primary looming, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama, Gov. Bill Richardson, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, stumped for Democratic votes at the
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January 05, 2008 Hillary Clinton's Problem
noted here and elsewhere, where she didn't understand, on two separate occasions how the Pakistan elections worked. Keep that in mind that statement in emphasis above when you read Hillary Clinton's statements, one to WolfBlitzer, on CNN's "Situation room
source: Wake up America

January 05, 2008 Kucinich says he'll come to Michigan after all
"I think the Democratic Party made a terrible mistake" After pledging to skip the Jan. 15 presidential primary in Michigan, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of O
source: Dennis Kucinich

January 05, 2008 Kucinich Wins!
Kucinich Wins! The Washington State Democrats conducted a straw-poll from November 29th through December 14th. Below are the results. Congratulations to Rep. Kuci
source: Be The Change « Washington State Progressive Caucus

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January 05, 2008 The Democrat's Democrat
The Democrat's Democrat Tonight on Bill Moyer's Journal on PBS, Bill interviewed Dennis Kucinich ... interview to watch it online. I am concerned that Rep
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January 05, 2008 Clinton, Obama offer study in contrasts
MILFORD, N.H. - Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama drew two distinct paths to the White House for raucous New Hampshire Democratic ... win elections.” Clinton, Obama, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Rep
source: VMVZ News

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January 05, 2008 RE: Dennis Kucinich
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January 05, 2008 New Hampshire Debate
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January 05, 2008 The Revolution Will Not be Televised
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," the 1970 song lyrics and poem penned by Gil Scott-Heron may become another fight song of the Ron Paul ... you had access to hear more from the likes of Ron Paul and Dennis
source: Political Warrior

January 05, 2008 Clinton, Obama contrast on path to WH
MILFORD, N.H. - Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama drew two distinct paths to the White House for raucous New Hampshire Democratic ... win elections.” Clinton, Obama, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Rep
source: VMVZ News

January 05, 2008 Hillary: "I'm ready"
MILFORD, N.H. -- Sen. Hillary Clinton's new campaign signs, frantically waved by two thirds of the crowd here at the New Hampshire Democratic Party's 100 Club fundraising dinner, are emblazoned with one word: "Ready." Clinton, coming off a third-place fini
source: The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

January 05, 2008 Impeachment at the Annual Rose Parade
Impeachment at the Annual Rose Parade Los Angeles - California (December 18, 2007) ... U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan . Rep. Dennis Kucinich OH
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January 05, 2008 Kucinich files complaint on ABC debate
Miami Herald - Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich,D-Ohio, with his wife, Elizabeth, wave to the crowd in this April file photo in San Dieg
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January 05, 2008 Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul on Bill Moyers Journal
Last night on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, Moyers interviewed Presidential Candidates Rep. Ron Paul (R) and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D), along with campaign analyst Kathleen Hall Jamieson. This weekend both Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are ...
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January 05, 2008 New Hampshire Democratic Party 100 Club Dinner
Several presidential candidates are scheduled to speak at the New Hampshire Democratic Party 100 Club Dinner including: Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Barack Obama (D-IL), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) & Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM). ...
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January 05, 2008 A Rough Granite State Start for Hillary Clinton
"I understand how hard this is going to be." The Illinois senator got a far more enthusiastic reception than his New York rival, though each camp had bought some 1000 tickets to the annual affair. Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Gov. ...
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Re: Congressman Wexler Wants ImpeachmentBy Barry Hufker Thanks Jessica for your posting. I know a lot of people are jaded, but if we don't keep trying there is no possibility of impeachment.PSW Recording Forums RDF feed - http://recforums.prosoundweb.com/index.php

AN AMERICAN ALBUM: Floral Beauty, Rousing Bands, and Free Speech ...OpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USAOne blogger wrote that she was “thrilled to see impeachment and other political banners, reminding us of our duty to preserve our democracy… ...See all stories on this topic

George McGovern agrees with Congressman WexlerBy TF(TF) One of my personal political lions George McGovern is now on record as calling for the impeachment of W. Here is his Sunday piece in the WaPo.DANGER DEMOCRAT - http://www.jeffersondemocrat.org/

Wexler Impeachment Petition nearing 200000 signaturesFlorida Representative Robert Wexler is steadily closing in on 200000 signatures on an online petition he posted in December calling for citizen support of impeachment proceedings commencing at once against Vice President Richard B. ... Digg / upcoming - http://digg.com

Wexler Impeachment Petition gathers over 181000 signaturesBy Mikael In less than one month, Florida Representative Robert Wexler is rapidly closing in on 200000 signatures on an online petition he has posted calling for citizen support of impeachment proceedings commencing at once against Vice President ...Impeach Bush For Peace - http://impeachforpeace.org/impeach_bush_blog

Wexler Impeachment Petition nearing 200000 signatures
OpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USAby Mikael Rudolph Page 1 of 1 page(s) Florida Representative Robert Wexler is steadily closing in on 200000 signatures on an online petition he posted in ...See all stories on this topic

POSSUM DREAMINGBy Maggie Jochild(Maggie Jochild) Sarcasm aside, last month I signed the petition started by Representative Robert Wexler, Florida Democrat, calling for impeachment hearings against Cheney. I think impeachment is something we as a nation are lusting for in our hearts, ...Meta Watershed - http://maggiesmetawatershed.blogspot.com/

McGovern urges Bush's impeachmentBBC News - UKHe stood clear of calls to impeach Nixon, Mr McGovern writes, fearing that it would be seen as an expression of personal vengeance towards the man who had ...See all stories on this topic

Protestors call for impeachment of presidentMid-Hudson News - Newburgh,NY,USAWallkill – Some 50 people lined the main road into the Galleria at Crystal Run in the Town of Wallkill Sunday afternoon calling for the impeachment of ...See all stories on this topic

George McGovern: We Must Impeach Bush KXNet.com North Dakota NewsReiten Television KXMB Bismarck - Bismarck,ND,USALong after the rest of the far-left concluded that the President should be impeached and removed from office, George McGovern has finally come around to ...See all stories on this topic

Impeachment on New Hampshire TableBy davidswanson The first event was a discussion of impeachment in Keene, NH, organized by Progressive Democrats of America and featuring Steve Cobble, Tim Carpenter, Dan DeWalt, John Nichols, this author, and many impeachment activists from around the ...Democrats.com - The Aggressive... - http://www.democrats.com

Anti-Bush protesters gather in support of impeachmentBush presidency may end in a year, but that isn’t soon enough for the 25 or so protesters who gathered on the median of Galleria Drive this afternoon. They say they want to see Bush – and vice-president Dick Cheney – impeached for lying ...AfterDowningStreet.org - Impeach... - http://www.afterdowningstreet.org

George McGovern Calls for ImpeachmentBy Administrator The argument for Impeachment he says is strong than it was for Nixon. McGovern even calls into question the validity of the two elections of Bush. From the beginning, the Bush-Cheney team’s assumption of power was the product of ...Astrochimp - http://astrochimp.com

The Impeachment CrowdWashington Post - United StatesGeorge McGovern's call Sunday for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Despite their volume (more than 2000 at this hour) the ...See all stories on this topic

McGovern: Time to Impeach BushBy Christopher Memo to Speaker Nancy Pelosi: George McGovern Has a Message for You. Time to Impeach President George W. Bush. George McGovern, the Democratic Party’s 1972 nominee for president, is calling on Congress to impeach President Bush and Vice ...From the Left - http://fromtheleft.wordpress.com

George McGovern Calls For Impeachment of Bush & CheneyBy nytexan In his Sunday Washington Post op-ed “Why I Believe Bush Must Go; Nixon Was Bad These Guys Are Worse,” George McGovern details his reasons why Bush and Cheney both need to be impeached. Remember this is the guy who was their when votes ...BlueBloggin - http://www.bluebloggin.com

Democrats must heed demands for changeBuffalo News - NY, United StatesWASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi and Louise Slaughter have a chance to show in a few weeks whether they will heed the demand for change voiced by young Democrats ...See all stories on this topic

Armenian Genocide Resolution may be put on vote in mid-JanuaryPanARMENIAN.Net - Yerevan,Armenia... the US House of Representatives in January 2008, Democrat Brad Sherman declared after a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Turkish media reports. ...See all stories on this topic

Move to Impeach Cheney Gains Support in CongressOpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USAA House Resolution to impeach US Vice-President Dick Cheney, Dennis Kucinich’s HR 799, is gathering more support. The national impeachment continues to grow ...See all stories on this topic

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Universal National Service Act of 2007 - To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security (thomas.loc.gov)

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.R.393:

Larry P." < Larry@universalastronomics.com >

This will be the 5th year in a row that the House of Representatives has tried to pass this bill.

The most disturbing thing about it is that it can be interpreted that one can be drafted into civilian service in time of biological pandemic.

We spend much time worrying about another 9/11-type false flag attack to secure the demise of the Constitution. Yet we’ve failed to notice how many laws and bills have been moved thru Congress to allow a pandemic emergency to accomplish the same.

Most distressing, is the SPP and George Bush’s agreement with Canada and Mexico to suspend the Constitution and allow us to be governed under the UN Charter if we should have a pandemic emergency even on US soil.

Having a better understanding of media control fills me with the fear that such a pandemic emergency can be accomplished in 2 ways: Either by actually releasing a virus or biological agent (falsely blamed on terrorists or Iran) to create an actual pandemic emergency, or pretending that an emergency exists.

Imagine, New England has been declared a pandemic emergency region because the government and media claim thousands are sickened by a flu strain (real or otherwise).

The Influenza Pandemic Flu Act of 2006 allows the government to declare a state of emergency (which means martial law) and demand mandatory quarantines and vaccinations.

Anyone who currently takes the Flu shot is a perfect example of the propaganda that you need it. Ask your doctor the same thing I asked mine, “know of anyone who has actually died of the flu?”

The answer should be the same, “No” with the exception of people with no immune system because of either physical deficiencies or illnesses (which is the reason most people contract or die of Pneumonia).

Without the Constitution to protect us during a pandemic emergency, those who refuse to be quarantined or vaccinated will be subject to incarceration without any right to a lawyer, jury, judge, or courtroom.

At the time of a pandemic, the draft can allow any one of us to be drafted into civilian service to be guards at a quarantine facility or road check points, or morgues or hospital facilities, etc. The only good thing about it, is if the pandemic is real (regardless of who released it), being drafted into military or civil service might ensure protection.

But given the track record and evidence uncovered lately regarding the bogus nature of vaccines it may just be the same situation as currently, vaccines do not prevent anything, they are simply being wielded as a means of diminishing population over the long term and netting huge profits in the process.

For every million citizens who get a certain vaccine, possibly 10% will die of complications over a decade or 2.

If those who produce the vaccines can be linked to those who profit from medical insurance and treatment, then it is also a means of population control that nets huge profits at the same time.

The Anthrax vaccine is a perfect example. 250,000 Gulf War vets have claimed Gulf War Syndrome for which a majority suspects the Anthrax vaccine as the prime culprit.

Yet the VA (run by private interests now) acknowledges only 32 confirmed cases. It can be assumed that the private interests contracted to run the VA are paid a lump sum which means every soldier rejected for an unexplained “syndrome” or Post Stress Disorder (PSD) means 100% profit saved.

This means 250,000 Gulf War vets were forced to be part of the population money machine, working shitty jobs and paying for health care and supporting corporate owned hospitals and doctors. Welcome to 21st century warfare courtesy of our own government and corporate cabal.

Obama Financial Information (Facts Not Innuendo And Spin) Let The Chips Fall Where They May!

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Michelle was born on January 17, 1964, to Marian and Fraser Robinson on Chicago's South Side and graduated from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago's West Loop. After high school Michelle went on to Princeton University where in 1985 she graduated with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in African American studies. After college, Michelle continued her education at Harvard Law School, where she earned her degree in 1988.

For three years after law school, Michelle worked as an associate in the area of marketing and intellectual property at Chicago law firm Sidley and Austin, where she met Barack Obama. She left the corporate law world in 1991 to pursue a career in public service, serving as an assistant to the mayor and then as the assistant commissioner of planning and development for the City of Chicago.

In 1993, she became the founding executive director of Public Allies - Chicago, a leadership training program that received AmeriCorps National Service funding and helped young adults develop skills for future careers in the public sector.

Michelle began her involvement with the University of Chicago in 1996. As associate dean of student services, she developed the University's first community service program. Michelle also served as executive director of community and external affairs until 2005, when she was appointed vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She also managed the business diversity program.

Michelle has fostered the University of Chicago's relationship with the surrounding community and developed the diversity program, making them both integral parts of the Medical Center's mission.

Barack, Michelle and their two daughters Malia, 9, and Sasha, 6, live on the south side of Chicago, where they attend Trinity United Church of Christ.

She also served on the board of Tree House Foods, Inc.[13], a major Wal-Mart supplier with whom she cut ties immediately after her husband uttered comments critical of Wal-Mart at an AFL-CIO forum in Trenton, New Jersey, on May 14, 2007. Michelle Obama collected $51,200 from the supplier in 2006.[14]

She went on to Harvard Law School, graduating in 1988. For the next three years, she worked as an associate at the Chicago law firm Sidley and Austin, where she was assigned to mentor a summer associate named Barack Obama. She has recounted her initial reluctance to date the only other African American in the firm; on the campaign trail earlier this week, she recalled hearing his "strange name" before meeting him and thinking that "any black guy who spent his formative years on an island had to be a little nerdy, a little strange."

"I wasn't expecting much," she told voters at a house party in Windham, N.H., on Monday.

Still, she took Obama to lunch. Soon thereafter she accepted his invitation to a community organizing meeting, where she saw Obama connect with neighborhood residents as he compared "the world as it is, as he referred to it, and the world as it should be," she said.

"People found something real and authentic in what he was saying, and it resonated with me," she said at the party. "And I knew then and there that Barack Obama was the real deal."

And what, exactly, is Michelle Obama?

Her friends and associates describe her as a mother, wife and daughter first (her mother still lives nearby), but they quickly bring up her community activism. She quit the law firm to work for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) in 1991 and has worked in public service jobs since. She gave birth to their older daughter, Malia, in 1998. In the intervening years she moved into positions of ever-greater authority, and she was earning almost $275,000 a year before scaling back her duties this year. Work became increasingly important, but not for her own identity, according to her friend Jarrett. "I think part of why work has been so important to her, and why she considers herself a professional, is that she cares passionately about what she does," Jarrett said.

Remember all that initial reporting on the reluctance of Senator BO's wife to jump into the campaign? Well that's because she knows once she and Barack are in in reporters are going to follow the money - and all her business is gonna be in the middle of Michigan Ave.Some people are already taking a fine-toothed comb to the Obama family books. Tom Beven of Real Clear Politics writes:

"Obama's wife, Michelle, earns $45K a year sitting on the corporate board of Tree House (formerly Dean) Foods, whose biggest customer is - you guessed it - Wal-Mart. Not to mention that Tree House appears to have a bit of an executive compensation issue."
AW-KWARD. Seeing how Bahm Bahm recently lashed out against Wally-World for its sweat-shopiness.
And on top of the 45k, of course Sheh-shell gets another 300k or so a year for being an external affairs v.p. for the University of Chicago Hospital - that's three times as much money as she was making just two years ago... before hubby landed himself a seat in the U.S. senate. And it's enough money to really piss off a few folks in Chicago.
Tip: Study Hillary Clinton's responses and demeanor during her Whitewater/Rose Law Firm tribulations. Hopefully you've got some bad investments somewhere to show you've lost money "like every body else."

Posted by marthawash at Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The story:

In early 2005, Texas-based Dean Foods Co. spun off its processed-food subsidiary into an independent company, Tree House Foods Inc. Stock in Westchester-based Tree House began trading on June 15, 2005. Elected to its board of directors on June 6 of that year was Michelle Obama, who receives $30,000 a year plus $1,500 per board or committee meeting she attends. That totaled $45,000 in 2005, according to Mr. Obama's Senate ethics disclosure. Ms. Obama got 7,500 stock options this year, company filings show. At the current price of Tree House stock, she has a paper profit of about $60,000 on the options.

Now, I never thought there was that much money peddling pickles, non-dairy creamer, puddings and related goods to grocery stores, which is what Tree House does. Apparently I was wrong. In 2005, Tree House CEO Sam Reed was one of the highest-paid executives in Illinois. In fact, on Crain's annual Fortunate 100 list of best-compensated execs, Mr. Reed ranked No. 2, with total compensation of nearly $26.2 million, just ahead of Motorola Inc. chief Edward Zander and Abbott Laboratories boss Miles White.

Tree House says most of that money is in the form of stock awards granted by Dean at the time of the spinoff. For instance, according to the company's April 21 proxy statement, Mr. Reed will get $12.5 million in restricted stock awards over three years if total returns on Tree House stock over that period equal or exceed the average of 22 peer companies.
Still, that sounds like a good deal, given that Tree House has gross sales of just more than $700 million a year. Indeed, Tree House should have employed "some benchmark that's more challenging" than being average, says Dan Pedrotty, director of the AFL-CIO's Office of Investment.

Mr. Reed also was granted options for at least an additional 833,000 shares of stock, according to the proxy, and three other company officials made at least $10 million each last year, according to the Crain's list.

Amid all that optioning, Tree House did something else in 2005: On Nov. 26, it announced plans to close its La Junta, Colo., pickle plant, a move that claimed the jobs of 153 workers, most of them Hispanic — a big blow to a rural town with only 9,500 residents. The jobs paid a starting wage of $11 an hour, good pay for the area. The company blamed slowing pickle sales. But the locals are still furious.

"Prior to the closing, they told us this plant was as efficient as any, that they had hardworking and loyal employees," says La Junta Mayor Don Rizzuto. The firm even spent money on an expansion a few years earlier, and the town paid for needed roadwork. Adds the mayor: "In Chicago, 150 jobs is a pebble on the beach. In La Junta, it's a slice of the beach."

Tree House is rumored to be in the market to buy other food firms or to be acquired itself. It has something valuable to offer: According to that April 21 proxy, "For the year ended Dec. 31, 2005, our largest customer, Wal-Mart (including its subsidiaries, such as Sam's Club), represented approximately 11.7% of our net sales."

Ms. Obama, vice-president for external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals, says she was asked to join the board — five months after her husband took office — after putting out feelers indicating she'd like to get some corporate management experience. She says Mr. Reed's compensation is benchmarked to that of other food firms and that the firm hopes to expand and hire more workers, many minorities, once it boosts its efficiency.

The Harvard University Law School graduate says she's not cashing in on anyone's fame. "My income is pretty low compared to my peers," she says, meaning other Harvard Law grads. "You wouldn't ask that question if, like some people in politics, we had trust funds and were rich."

Mr. Obama also rejects any suggestion that his family is improperly benefiting from his fame. Although a recent land deal with political insider Tony Rezko raised such questions, Mr. Obama has spent the bulk of his career working as a civil rights lawyer, not as a partner at a lucrative LaSalle Street firm.

On the question of whether there's any hypocrisy in his bashing of Wal-Mart while his wife draws pay from a company that does business with the retailer, he says his views on corporate reform and social justice remain the same regardless of what happens at Tree House. Until those views are implemented, he says, "Michelle and I have to live in the world and pay taxes and pay for our kids and save for retirement" just like anyone else.

Meanwhile, Mayor Rizzuto has an offer: He'll pay the airfare for either Mr. or Ms. Obama to come and "look at the people and the town they're affecting." He adds, "If she and her husband are the champion of the little guy, it's amazing what they're doing."

A new website, ObamaTruth.org, poses this question at the top of the page: "In his lust for personal wealth has Barack Obama sold his moral compass?"

The centerpiece of the site is a nearly three-minute video called "The Audacity of Barack Obama," which divides its claims into four chapters. It should come as no surprise that the video -- and the website generally -- relies on discredited sources and innuendo to tar Sen. Obama.

This is exactly the sort of site the media would include in a "Not everybody loves Obama" story. Which is why it's so important to address its specious arguments now.

What follows is a chapter-by-chapter debunking of the video (originally published at Obamarama.org, which also provides the video):

Chapter 1
The Video’s Claim: "Within months after her husband was sworn in as U.S. Senator, Michelle Obama received a pay increase of $195,000 from the not-for-profit hospital where she works!"
The Truth: Michelle Obama did receive a raise two months after Sen. Obama was sworn in. Why? Because she was promoted to Vice President of University of Chicago Hospitals -- a position she had been in line for since joining the hospital in 2002.
As the Chicago Tribune reported in 2006, Michelle Obama was brought on as Executive Director of Community Affairs, a new position that was intended to grow into a Vice President’s post, according to then-president of the hospital Michael Riordan. "I knew where I wanted to go with this position," he told the paper. "I wanted to identify someone to grow into it."
In fact, Riordan had discussed the promotion with Michelle Obama before the election, but "she had been reluctant to undertake the commitment until her husband's Senate campaign was finished," according to the report. She wanted to be sure they would maintain their primary residence in Illinois.


A hospital spokesman also listed the achievements of Michelle Obama that warranted her promotion:

They included expansion of the institution's women and minority vendor purchases, rejuvenation of its volunteer program and work she did to help set up a collaborative effort with South Side clinics and doctors' offices to provide primary care for low-income residents who otherwise would seek treatment at the emergency room.

Her new salary is right on par with that earned by other Vice Presidents at the hospital, too, and actually falls towards the lower end of the spectrum. "She is worth her weight in gold, and she is just terrific," Riordan said.


Shockingly, the video failed to note these facts.


Chapter 2


The Video’s Claim: Sen. Obama says he wants to make health care more affordable, but "he didn’t tell us that his wife is one of 13 vice presidents at a not-for-profit hospital that in 2005 reported earnings of over $100 million -- in part by charging uninsured minorities three and a half times as much as whites with insurance for the exact same care!"


The Truth: People without medical insurance are charged more than people with insurance in virtually every hospital in the country. Because of negotiations in the 1980s that kept prices lower for people with HMO plans or Medicare, hospitals raised their charges for many normal procedures in the 1990s, a reality that resulted in higher costs for PPOs and the uninsured.
According to the Council for Affordable Health Insurance, the state with the highest cost-to-charge ratio (which reflects how much more people without insurance are charged than people with insurance) is Nevada, which charges...wait for it...three and a half times more. Following Nevada is California, Alabama, Florida and Arizona. Illinois doesn’t make the top five.
Without question, rising health care costs for the uninsured is a major problem. Blaming Michelle Obama for a flawed system that is in effect in every hospital in the country just because she works at a hospital, however -- not to mention insinuating that such a disparity is based on racial prejudice -- is as irresponsible as it is absurd.


Chapter 3


The Video’s Claim: After encouraging college students to pursue public service over "the big house and the large salary," Sen. Obama was the subject of an "embarrassing investigation into the purchase of his stately $1.65 million mansion" and now regrets purchasing land from indicted political fundraiser Tony Rezko.


The Truth: Sen. Obama bought his home on Chicago’s South Side at a price on par for the neighborhood, using advance money from his bestselling book. Seven months later, he purchased an adjacent sliver of land from the wife of Tony Rezko, who had bought the bordering land on the same day Sen. Obama closed on his home (the seller required the sales be closed on the same day, as the New Republic points out). Tony Rezko is a well-connected Chicago fundraiser who is currently involved in two unrelated criminal cases.


Contrary to the video’s claim, there was no investigation into the purchase. The Washington Post reportedthat "There have been no allegations that Obama...broke the law or committed any ethics violations." Still, Sen. Obama said he regretted the purchase, which he called "boneheaded," because of how it could be perceived.


As the New Republic notes, "No one is seriously accusing Obama of any wrongdoing" in this situation. In addition, Sen. Obama has since that time opposed gambling interests that Rezko supports, and has donated $11,500 in campaign contributions from Rezko to charity.


Chapter 4


The Video’s Claim: Though Sen. Obama has spoken about worker’s rights to groups critical of Wal-Mart, he didn’t mention that the CEO of Tree House Foods received $26 million in compensation in 2005, while Wal-Mart’s CEO received $10.5 million, despite being a much smaller company -- "maybe because he's embarrassed his wife sits on the Board of Directors of Tree House Foods, a company that shut a plant in 2006 that was staffed primarily with low-paid Hispanics!"


The Truth: Michelle Obama joined the Board of Directors of Tree House Foods in June 2005, shortly after the company was spun off its parent company, Dean Foods. Tree House CEO Sam Reed was reportedly paid $26.2 million in 2005, much of which was in the form of stock options stemming from the company’s spin-off and contingent on the company’s level of performance, according to Crain’sBusiness. In other words, the company must do well for Reed to receive that money.


Tree House has an Executive Compensation Committee to determine the salaries of its executives. Michelle Obama does not sit on this committee. When asked, she pointed out that Reed’s compensation is "benchmarked to that of other food firms." She also noted to a reporter that her income "is pretty low compared to my peers," adding, "You wouldn't ask that question if, like some people in politics, we had trust funds and were rich."


As for the claim about the plant that was shut down in 2006, it’s true. It was a pickle plant in La Junta, Colorado, and employed 153 people. It was not closed by Tree House directly, however, but by Bay Valley Foods, a division of the larger Tree House company. The video’s attempt to link Michelle Obama to the plant’s closure -- and to once again inject racial overtones into its specious claim -- is like saying the Secretary of Agriculture should be held responsible for the unfortunate closing of a military base.


A press release from Bay Valley Foods regretfully attributes the closure to "a reduction in our pickle business and a significant increase in overhead costs, making it necessary to consolidate our manufacturing network. The La Junta facility is a high-cost plant with the lowest utilization among Bay Valley Foods’ pickle plants. Production at La Junta will be reallocated among our five remaining pickle production facilities."

Michelle Obama: 'He's just a man'

Posted by Christi Parsons, Bruce Japsen and Bob Secter at 8:55 am CDT

Barack Obama forgot to put away the butter.


And that was the first thing his wife, Michelle Obama, told the audience she was addressing.

"He's a gifted man,'' she said, "but, in the end, he's just a man.''

Read about the woman who is that man's rock:

Barack's rock

Sen. Obama's blunt, tough partner, Michelle Helps shape her husband's politics and life and is integral to his White House run.
By Christi Parsons, Bruce Japsen and Bob SecterTribune staff reporters April 22, 2007

The featured speaker at a luncheon, Michelle Obama is about to ask a crowd of influential Chicago women to commit their hearts and wallets to her husband's presidential campaign.

But first she's going to make sure they know that U.S. Sen. Barack Obama forgot to put the butter away this morning.

"I'm like, 'You're just asking for it,'" she says, sending an exasperated look toward the candidate." 'You know I'm giving a speech about you today.'"

Ultimately, she praises her husband as a gifted leader who deeply understands the struggles of American women, and she asks far more directly than he does for the crowd's financial and political support.

But Michelle Obama, 43, has a reputation for telling it like she thinks it is -- whether about the butter, her husband's ongoing effort to quit smoking or his political priorities. And though she's lighthearted in her critiques, she never plays the role of the deferential political wife.

"He's a gifted man," she tells the audience, "but, in the end, he's just a man."

The fact that the crowd responds with laughter and a long, warm ovation is a good sign for the Obama team.

One of its most formidable tasks, after all, is to win over Democratic-leaning women tempted to help make Sen. Hillary Clinton the first woman president, and Michelle Obama figures prominently in the promotion strategy. She's a charismatic public speaker, an accomplished professional whose life as a working parent looks familiar to all kinds of women.

More than just a spokeswoman, she's a crucial part of the Obama package itself, complementing and shaping her husband in ways that are politically and personally significant.

The daughter of a tight-knit nuclear family, she's an anchor for a spouse who grew up all over the world and barely knew his father. Her background, deeply rooted in a working-class South Side neighborhood, lends credibility to her husband, who has consistently battled questions from some African-Americans about whether the son of an African father and a white American mother is authentically black.

Michelle Obama has listened to that talk many times before, even directed at her.

"I heard that growing up, 'You talk like a white girl,'" Obama told the Tribune on Friday in her first solo interview since her husband announced his candidacy for president in February. "There isn't one black person who doesn't understand that dynamic. That debate is about the pain that we still struggle with in this country, and Barack knows that more than anyone.

"One of the things I hope happens through our involvement in this campaign is that this country and this world sees yet another image of what it means to be black."

Her ability to speak with authority on such tough issues is one reason the campaign thinks she will be a potent weapon in its arsenal.

In modern politics, the marriage partnership is integral to the quest for the presidency, as voters evaluate a candidate in light of the relationship with his or her spouse. Bill Clinton offered himself and his wife as a two-for-one deal, something that came back to haunt them when he put his wife in charge of a health-care initiative that failed. Then there's the George and Laura Bush approach, with her more traditional role.

There's little doubt which of those models the Obamas would follow. "She's tough," Obama, 45, said of his wife after she spoke at the luncheon Monday that launched a new group, Women for Obama. "There's something about her that projects such honesty and strength. It's what makes her such an unbelievable professional, and partner, and mother, and wife."

Her career, though, can cause him political discomfort.

Critics have pointed out that her income has risen along with her husband's political ascent. She sits on the board of a food company that supplies Wal-Mart, which Sen. Obama has denounced for its labor practices.

And Michelle Obama is a vice president of The University of Chicago Medical Center, where one of her signature responsibilities is guiding low-income patients away from the emergency room and into primary care elsewhere. While South Side activists praise her program, Barack Obama's union supporters have been critical of the management of many large hospitals for how they deal with charity care for the poor.

Nonetheless, Barack Obama and his campaign are certain she will prove a key asset in his drive for the White House. She has been gearing up for her new campaign role, with a new chief of staff, assistant and spokeswoman who have come on board since early March.

Americans are about to see much more of her and the independent style she says her husband admires.

"He's one of the few men I've met who is not intimidated by strong women," she said. "He relishes the fact that I'm not impressed by him."
'As strong ... as he is'

Michelle Obama had a storybook home as a child. Despite the fact that her father had multiple sclerosis, he went to work every day as an employee of the Chicago water department and still managed to attend all of his children's extracurricular activities. Her mother was a patient tutor always available for her son and daughter.

"We learned from the best how a happy home should operate," Michelle's brother, Craig Robinson, said. "Michelle has very high expectations based on that."

Barack Obama saw his father just once after he left the family when Barack was a toddler. He grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, raised partly by his grandparents while his mother was overseas.

He met Michelle Robinson when he was a summer associate and she was his mentor at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin. The two began to date. And when he met her family, he later wrote, he recognized the stability he'd never had, and he wanted it for himself.

After the Obamas married in 1992, Barack Obama would come to realize that living up to those standards wasn't easy.

During a period when he was in the Illinois Senate, his wife made no secret of the fact that, too often, he didn't seem to be thinking of his family as much as he thought of himself. In his book "The Audacity of Hope," he wrote that she would tell him: "I never thought I'd have to raise a family alone."

Nor was Michelle Obama's message reserved for her husband. She unflinchingly pushed back against political aides she felt were intruding too much on family time, especially where it concerned daughters Malia and Sasha.

"She is as strong and stubborn as he is," said Dan Shomon, an aide to Obama during his unsuccessful challenge to U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) eight years ago. "Barack was stuck in Springfield quite a bit in 1999, because of overtime special sessions, and we had to call Michelle and ask her to go to events.

"She would help if she could," but her family came first.

If Michelle Obama's expectations are hard to live up to, friends think they're also very influential in her husband's understanding of the role of the family in society.

He made news on Father's Day 2005 when, speaking to a mostly black audience, he said that men need to take more responsibility for the care of their children.

"There's a big part of his message that is about personal responsibility," said Shomon. "It's that you can't teach kids to learn if the TV's on. You've got to turn the TV off and take personal responsibility, not just at home but in the community and in the world. That comes from Michelle."

Perhaps in no other matter is she more insistent than on the topic of his cigarette smoking. She's passionate about it, partly because her parents smoked. As children, she and her brother pulled the tobacco out of their parents' cigarettes and doused them with hot sauce.

With her husband, she has been unrelenting in getting him to stop, for his own health and as a good example for Malia, who has asthma. (Michelle said he has never smoked in the presence of her or their girls.)

Her support for his presidential bid came with a contingency clause: no cigarettes. And he announced he had quit days before declaring his candidacy.

"To me it's a role model thing," she said. "You can smoke or you can be president."

City Hall connections

Barack Obama's political career has been in overdrive since he gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. But some of his deepest political roots trace to his wife's connections in Chicago's Democratic circles.

In the summer of 1991, Valerie Jarrett, then Mayor Richard Daley's deputy chief of staff, interviewed a young Sidley Austin attorney named Michelle Robinson. After the 90-minute conversation, Jarrett offered her a job, but Robinson called back a day later, not to say "yes" but "maybe." First, she said, her fiance wanted to meet Jarrett.

By that time, Obama the independent-minded community activist had privately expressed his political ambitions. This job would put his wife-to-be squarely in the offices of the man whose father had perfected the Democratic machine.

"My fiance wants to know who is going to be looking out for me and making sure that I thrive," Jarrett recalled Robinson telling her.

So the three of them -- the prospective boss, the job applicant and the man she would marry a year later -- piled into a booth at a seafood restaurant in the Loop and got to know each other over a long dinner.

At the end of the evening, Jarrett turned to Barack and asked, "Well, did I pass the test?" Obama smiled, put his head down, closed his eyes and said, "Yeah, you passed the test."

That was the start of a long relationship that has paid off politically for Barack Obama, connecting him to Daley's inner circle.

At City Hall, Michelle Obama forged close and lasting friendships with Jarrett and many other top Daley aides, including former Corporation Counsel Susan Sher and David Mosena, who was the mayor's chief of staff when Michelle Obama first joined his administration. She left in 1993.

All have long since left the city payroll as well, but are loyal to the mayor and now the Obamas. Their careers also have frequently overlapped, and together they make up a network that reaches into virtually every aspect of Chicago politics.

After leaving City Hall, Jarrett went on to lead the Chicago Transit Authority. She recruited Michelle Obama to the transit agency's citizen advisory committee. Mosena, who now is president of the Museum of Science and Industry, served with Obama on the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

Currently, she works as the $273,618-a-year vice president for community and external affairs at The University of Chicago Medical Center. Her boss there is Sher.

City Hall records show Michelle Obama, then still named Robinson, began work as a $60,000-a-year mayoral assistant in September of 1991. She didn't stay long in the mayor's office. Within weeks, Daley promoted Jarrett to run the new Department of Planning and Development. Obama followed.

She had no background in economic development, but Obama served as a troubleshooter for Jarrett.

"She had this incredible ability to be a problem solver," said Beth White, an assistant to the planning commissioner at the time. "She was just totally unflappable."

Obama also picked up a reputation for being blunt. Once a junior staffer wanted a promotion and came to White and Obama to talk about it. Obama walked the woman step-by-step through her shortcomings, White recalled.

"It wasn't a put-down," White said. "It was simply, 'You're not ready for this and here's why.' She did it kind, but firm. A lot of people are uncomfortable doing that."

After only 18 months at the city, she left to launch the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, a group that sought to build future community leaders by arranging apprenticeships for young adults with non-profit organizations. Barack Obama was on the founding board of Public Allies, and it was he who recommended his new wife for the job as the Chicago chapter's first executive director, recalled Paul Schmitz, the current president of the group, which is now headquartered in Milwaukee and has chapters in many cities.

Those who worked for her at Public Allies recall how she challenged them to step outside their zones of comfort, especially those of class and race.

"The most powerful thing she ever taught me was to be constantly aware of my privilege," said Beth Hester, a former staffer. Hester, who is white, said Obama helped her overcome her tendency to avoid difficult situations with people of different races or cultures. "Michelle reminded me that it's too easy to go and sit with your own," Hester said. "She can invite you, in kind of an aggressive way, to be all you can be."

After three years at Public Allies, Obama was recruited away by the University of Chicago to launch a similar volunteer program based at the Hyde Park school.

A Harvard-trained lawyer, she had steered away from a potentially more lucrative career in private practice. Friends thought her salary was paltry compared to what she could command at a top law firm.

Her wages later became public when her husband began his political career. And as his career began to take off, so did scrutiny of their household income. It rose right along with his political career.

Not long after Barack Obama entered the U.S. Senate, for instance, his wife was offered a position on the board of Tree House Foods, a Westchester-based maker of specialty foods.

In 2006, the company paid her $51,200 for her board activities, according to the Obamas' just-filed federal income tax return. Factoring in stock options and other payments, the value of her compensation package for serving on the Tree House board last year was $101,083, a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows.

Tree House packages pickles and other private-label foods for retailers. By far its largest customer is Wal-Mart. Barack Obama has been sharply critical of Wal-Mart's business and labor practices -- criticizing the giant retailer last fall for paying low wages and poor benefits while making big profits.

And at the hospital, Obama was promoted to vice president for community and external affairs in March 2005, two months after her husband took office in the U.S. Senate. (Jarrett said Michelle Obama was repeatedly offered the promotion before that election but turned it down.) The promotion more than doubled her salary from the hospital.

The salary questions strike Michelle Obama as sexist and unfair.

"I'm a vice president at an academic medical center," she said. "Barack and I have built a joint life together that consists of having two strong individual people who have built careers.

"Barack hasn't relied deeply on me for his career path, and I haven't relied on him at all for mine. ... I understand why people want to make sure that somehow I'm not using my husband's influence to build my career. And I haven't."

Tree House Chairman Sam Reed declined to answer questions about her selection to his board. But the hospital executives who promoted Obama say their decision was based on outstanding performance in the past and, they hoped, in the future.


Hospital officials say the salary was in line with compensation received by the medical center's 16 other vice presidents, more than a dozen of whom earned in excess of $300,000. She also earned about 25 percent less than her counterpart at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

"My concern was that somebody was going to recruit her," said former U. of C. hospitals President Michael Riordan.

Losing Michelle Obama, he said, would have been a damaging blow.

A thorny assignment

For all its national prestige, the University of Chicago Medical Center had a local public-relations problem.

The academic center was spending millions of dollars on care that would have been more effectively dispensed by a primary care provider. It was a dicey issue because it put the prestigious hospital in the position of telling its low-income, underinsured and mostly African-American neighbors to go somewhere else.

Michelle Obama was charged with tackling the problem -- a delicate matter not just for her but potentially for her husband. A close ally and supporter of Barack Obama, the Service Employees International Union has been one of the hospital industry's fiercest critics of how it handles care for the uninsured.

But the U. of C. program has won praise from community health providers because Michelle Obama was addressing the larger public concern at hand. Her goal was to help patients develop relationships with primary care physicians and thus avoid the more serious problems that had sent them to the ER in the first place.

Obama was particularly qualified to finesse the issue.

"Because she is of color, that gives her some credibility," said Wendy Cox, chief executive of Chicago Family Health Center.

In early 2005, Obama assembled a meeting of health-care providers and members of the community to ask for their help. She talked about the black community's distrust of the health-care system and about how the lack of health insurance prevents people from seeking less expensive, preventive care.

Berneice Mills-Thomas, executive director of clinic operator Near North Health Service Corp., said the meeting differed markedly from many she had with University of Chicago Hospital executives over the years.

"Her meetings stood out from others because our goals were also her goals," said Mills-Thomas.

The team got to work. Obama started a screening system in the ER waiting room, where people routinely showed up with a lunch and camped out to wait for a doctor, to search for people who didn't belong there.

After treating those individuals, hospital employees would sit down and talk with them. Obama's staff referred them to specific clinic doctors and scheduled appointments.

Coming from someone else, the message might have inflamed relations with the community.

But Obama spoke as the parent of an asthmatic child, one who knew firsthand the importance of actively managing care. When she was a child growing up not far from the hospital, she recalled, family members would simply wait until they got really sick and then go to the best ER they could find.

"It's the most ineffective way to provide care," she said. "And it's the most expensive."

After just a year, the effects of the outreach program don't show up in the hospital's bottom line. Still, officials think they're starting to chip away at one of the worst recurring problems of the health system.

In the portrait activists often paint to illustrate the problem, the uninsured patients are the victims of the system. While Obama agrees with that, she also says individuals have an obligation to take care of themselves.

"It's mutual responsibility," she explained in the interview. "Whatever health-care solution we bring to the table, people have to use it. People have to put good food in their bodies. People have to take their medication as directed. People can't sit and completely blame outside forces."

It's a perspective reflected in her husband's viewpoint on health care and other issues.

"This is how he thinks about the problems that we face," she said. "You can't just talk about improving education without talking about improving pay for teachers or making sure that parents are doing their part. ... People have to change their behavior in addition to systems and institutions changing."

When the Obamas agreed he'd run, they hoped there was a real possibility to effect fundamental change in the country as a whole.


"We made a promise to each other that this campaign would be about telling the truth and being authentic and connecting with people," she said, "getting people excited not just about Barack but about politics."

Posted by on April 22,

Sweet blog extra: Barack and Michelle Obama earned $991,296 in 2006

WASHINGTON –

White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, reported $991,296 in income in 2006, boosted by a $506,618 payout in advances and royalties for his books, according to returns released by his campaign Monday.

The Obamas have four main sources of income:

• • Obama's Senate salary of $157,082.

• • Book income of $506,618. Obama's second book, "The Audacity of Hope" was released last fall and soared to the best seller lists.

• • Michelle Obama's income of $273,618 from the University of Chicago Hospitals. She will get paid less in 2007 because she cut back on her job because of the campaign. She made more in 2005 because of a signing bonus from the U. of C. given when she was promoted to vice president of community and external affairs in January 2005, just as Obama was sworn in as senator.

Tax returns from last year showed her total compensation in 2005 went from $122,000 to $317,000, though the higher figure includes a one-time pension payout and the bonus.

• • Michelle Obama's income of $51,200 from Tree House Foods, where she has been on the board of directors since June 2005.

For 2005, the couple reported a taxable income of $1.6 million. The higher figure was due to more money Obama received from book royalties and advances on a multiyear book deal as well as the higher amount Michelle Obama collected from the U. of C.

Interest income on the most recent return totaled $4,590 with $1,188 from dividends.

The Obamas donated $60,307 to charity, including $13,107 to the Congressional Black Caucus 501(c)(3) Foundation; $15,000 to CARE; $5,000 to the Muntu Dance Theater, where Michelle Obama sits on its board; $22,500 to their church, Trinity United Church of Christ, and $4,700 in other charitable contributions.

The Obamas' return was prepared by Wineberg Solheim Howell & Shain on La Salle Street.

This from the Obama campaign….

SUMMARY SHEET:


2006 TAX RETURN FOR BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA

INCOME:


$991,296The Obamas’ income dropped from $1.6 million in 2005 to $991,296 in 2006, in part because their 2005 income included a one time bonus related to Michelle Obama’s job at the University of Chicago Hospitals and royalties and an advance associated with Senator Obama’s books.

BO (SENATE):


$157,082BO (BOOK): $506,618MO (UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO): $273,618MO


(TREE HOUSE): $51,200

TAXES PAID:


$277,431The Obamas owed $277,431 in Federal taxes in 2006. During the year, they overpaid their taxes by $40,856, and applied that overpayment to their estimated tax payments for 2007.

CHARITABLE DONATIONS:


$60,307The Obamas’ gave a total of $60,307 to charity, including $13,107 to the Congressional Black Caucus 501(c)(3) Foundation, $15,000 to CARE, $5,000 to the Muntu Dance Theater, and $22,500 to Trinity United Church of Christ. They also gave $4,700 to miscellaneous recognized charities.

• ABOUT THE MUNTU DANCE THEATER:


The Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. Michelle Obama is a member of the board for the Muntu Dance Theater since 2000. [www.muntu.com/about_muntu/about_muntu.html]

• ABOUT CARE: CARE


tackles underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient. Recognizing that women and children suffer disproportionately from poverty, CARE places special emphasis on working with women to create permanent social change.
[ www.care.org/careswork/whatwedo/index.asp ]

• ABOUT THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION:


The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is the premier organization that creates, identifies, analyzes and disseminates policy-oriented information critical to advancing African Americans and people of African descent towards equity in economics, health and education.
[ http://www.cbcfinc.org/About/mission.html ]

• ABOUT TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST:


The Obamas have been members of Trinity since 1988.

CAPITAL GAINS / DIVIDENDS


The Obamas reported earning $4,590 in interest and $1,188 in dividends from accounts at JP Morgan Chase, Northern Trust Bank, and UBS.

OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE


The Obamas paid approximately $1,000 in household employment taxes for child care services, and paid a $377 Federal tax penalty to address an underestimation of taxes owed due to Senator Obama’s book sales.


Yep. The financial colonoscopy continues.From Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times:


"White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle reported $991,296 in income in 2006, boosted by a $506,618 payout in advances and royalties for his books, according to returns released by his campaign on Monday.


The Obamas have four main sources of income:


*Obama’s Senate salary of $157,082.


*Book income of $506,618. Obama’s second book, “The Audacity of Hope,” was released last fall and soared to the best seller lists.


*Michelle Obama’s payment of $273,618 from the University of Chicago Hospitals. She will get paid less in 2007 because she cut back on her job because of the campaign. She made more in 2005 because of a signing bonus from the U of C given when she was promoted to vice president of community and external affairs in January, 2005, just as Obama was sworn in as senator.


Tax returns from last year showed her total compensation in 2005 went from $122,000 to $317,000, though the higher figure includes a one-time pension payout and the bonus.


*Michelle Obama’s payment of $51,200 from Tree House Foods, where she has been on the board of directors since June, 2005.


Interest income totaled $4,590 in interest with $1,188 from dividends."

Posted by marthawash at Monday, April 16, 2007

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/moneymag/0712/gallery.candidates.moneymag/5.html

Obama's money
Net Worth: $1.3 million
Where he got it

What’s He Got?
http://i.cnn.net/money/galleries/2007/moneymag/0712/gallery.candidates.moneymag/images/barack_obama.jpg

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