NBC Nightly News: Obama’s ‘Family Ties’

Brief look at Barack Obama’s parents and his childhood.

Donna Brazile talks about the Credentials Committee

Hillary Clinton, in an interview with the Washington Post, says that she plans to stay in the race through June and to address the Michigan/Florida delegate issues with the Credentials Committee in August at the Democratic National Convention.

“I know there are some people who want to shut this down and I think they are wrong,” Clinton said in an interview during a campaign stop here Saturday. “I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started and until we see what happens in the next 10 contests and until we resolve Florida and Michigan. And if we don’t resolve it, we’ll resolve it at the convention — that’s what credentials committees are for.

Thanks to Talking Points Memo for sharing this segment of ABC’s This Week in Brazile explains the composition of the Credentials Committee.

Josh Marshall of TPM also posted a link to a Greg Sargent post that provides more detail about the Credentials Committee.

Play 3-on-3 basketball with Obama in Indiana

According to the CNN political ticker,

Barack Obama will put his well-reputed basketball skills on the line in an effort to register young voters in this hoops-obsessed primary state, his campaign announced Friday.

Obama’s staff is hoping the chance to play a game of 3-on-3 pick-up with the presidential candidate will entice Indiana high school students to register their friends to vote in the state’s May 6 contest. Every student that signs up at least 20 new voters before Indiana’s April 7 registration deadline will be eligible to be picked to play against Obama in a game the campaign is calling “The 3-on-3 Challenge for Change.”

Students who will be 18 by Election Day this November are eligible to vote in the state’s primary.

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I Want Barack!

I’m not sure if it’s appropriate to say this video is by Twisted Sister or only Jay Jay French, but I like it.

Hillary Clinton’s pastor comments on Reverend Wright

A STATEMENT CONCERNING THE REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT

The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times. He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism and homophobia which still tarnish the American dream. To evaluate his dynamic ministry on the basis of two or three sound bites does a grave injustice to Dr. Wright, the members of his congregation, and the African-American church which has been the spiritual refuge of a people that has suffered from discrimination, disadvantage, and violence. Dr. Wright, a member of an integrated denomination, has been an agent of racial reconciliation while proclaiming perceptions and truths uncomfortable for some white people to hear. Those of us who are white Americans would do well to listen carefully to Dr. Wright rather than to use a few of his quotes to polarize. This is a critical time in America’s history as we seek to repent of our racism. No matter which candidates prevail, let us use this time to listen again to one another and not to distort one another’s truth.

Dean J. Snyder, Senior Minister
Foundry United Methodist Church
March 19, 2008

Chuck Hagel on Diane Rehm (NPR)

Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) spoke candidly about the Iraq War and the Bush Administration’s mishandling of it. Hagel says that most Americans still believe that the mission in Iraq is about terrorism. The senator unequivocally states that the front on terrorism is not in Iraq. The front on terrorism is between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Iraq is about nation-building. Link to podcast. Click on either Real Audio or Windows Media. See snapshot below.

Chuck Hagel on Diane Rehm

Obama Proposes Intelligence Reform

In Intelligence Revolutionary, Barron YoungSmith, intern at The New Republic, explains what Senator Obama means when he says, “I don’t want to just end the war. I want to end the mindset that got us in the war.” YoungSmith states that Obama’s proposal to give the Director of Intelligence (DNI) a fixed term (like that of the Federal Reserve chairman) will help to cultivate an independent, non-ideological assessment of intelligence.

By contrast, Obama’s proposal reaffirms exactly that view: in saying the DNI should be like the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, (rather than, say, the Secretary of Defense, who always serves at the pleasure of the President), the candidate is throwing his weight behind the idea that the intelligence community (IC) should be an independent assessor of empirically-verifiable facts; that intelligence assessment is a non-ideological exercise in finding out what’s true and what’s not.