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Front Page: Times Endorsements, US in Pakistan, and Italy

  • The New York Times Editorial Board has officially endorsed presidential candidates. Hillary Clinton and John McCain nabbed the coveted nods. In its endorsement, the Times praises Obama nearly as much as Clinton, but concludes that she is the one with the requisite experience and ability. In choosing McCain, they cite his character, his willingness to judge each issue on its face, and ability to build bipartisan support. Nothing complimentary was said about any of the other Republican candidates.
  • Defense Secretary Robert Gates said yesterday that American forces were "ready, willing, and able," to conduct joint operations with Pakistan against al-Qaeda strongholds. Suicide bombings have grown from five incidents in 2006 to 60 in 2007. Concentrating on the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the effort would aim to help the Pakistani troops stop al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters who have killed 700 Pakistani soldiers. A military assessment states, "insurgents are focusing more on gains and expansion opportunities in Pakistan."
  • Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has resigned following a no-confidence vote in the parliament. Italy's electoral laws, which favor larger parties, meant that when Prodi's small, centrist, Udeur party lost three seats, Prodi no longer had a majority of support. Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi celebrated the vote, opening champagne on the parliament floor, and immediately announced a party where he said, "We will say what we want to do in the first 100 days of our government."
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divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
"she is the one with the requisite experience and ability. In choosing McCain, they cite his character, his willingness to judge each issue on its face, and ability to build bipartisan support." Experience and ability? Where did she come up with that? When she was first lady? McCain: the entire statement is insane. The NYT didn't endorse Rudy "I was present during September 11th" Giuliani, that says a bit to me.. American forces are "ready, willing, and able"? What forces would that be? The ground troops actually serving in Iraq and Pakistan already or the politicians in Washington? Because my husband is a Marine, he's serving in Iraq currently and he's certainly not ready, willing and able to go into Pakistan and almost anyone else he serves with feels the same way. They're really out of touch with how the troops feel. Lilruck, I'm glad you pointed out that Ron Paul has been married for years to the same woman. :D I was going to say the same thing.
grrlyrebel grrlyrebel 8 years
Am I the only one who's noticed Hillary's newest mannerism... She points to someone in the crowd, gets this look of excitement on her face as she's waving crazily, like she's soooo surprised that that person actually was actually able to make it to the debate (or speech). I will say it's way better than that laugh...
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 8 years
Go Hillary!! Super experienced and Super smart.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
I just want November to come and go so we can know who wll be the next person to run america
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I disagree with this statement in the NY Times article: "But we need more specifics to go with his amorphous promise of a new governing majority, a clearer sense of how he would govern." Ummm...he has a very clear and detailed plan on his website. I think that anyone who says they don't know where he stands or how he would achieve his goals OBVIOUSLY hasn't looked at his website or done their research. I think it would have been very awkward for the NYT to not support Clinton. She does represent their state after all, so they have been invested in her career for a few years now. I don't dislike Clinton, but I feel that it is lazy for anyone to suggest that Obama is vague.
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 8 years
Well Hillary has never cheated and has never been divorced. Go Hillary.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
Not true Zahara Pitt. Ron Paul has been married over 50 years. To the same woman. Thanks Piper! I can't believe nobody else is calling them out on this!
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 8 years
i want the truth, why did Renko wife but the house next to Obama
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 8 years
Romney is the only rep. that hasn't been married twice and not to mention cheat on his wife, so all this talk about bill cheating, strong realtionships can survive that. Go Hil and McCain
piper23 piper23 8 years
LilRuck - you're not the only one who finds a problem with it. Since the paper has endorsed Hillary and McCain, how can the readers of the NY Times expect fair and balanced coverage of the election? I'm all for having your own opinion but when you depend on a newspaper as a source of information, you hope that you're getting the real story and not slanted news. So if the paper takes a side, you never really know if you're getting the real story.
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 8 years
BTW if you really want to see the differences between Barack and Hillary read the New York Times opinion. Here is the link - they do a great job on research. www.nytimes.com/2008/01/25/opinion/25fri1.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1 She is going to be great against McCain.
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 8 years
Go Hillary!!! Bill is going to make a great secretary of state.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
Kays: I don't think Hillary is strong at all. Her 'experience' is being a first lady and sitting back while her husband publicly humiliated her. I'd love to have a woman president, just not her. LilRuck: So much for the media being unbiased! hehe
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
Kays: I don't think Hillary is strong at all. Her 'experience' is being a first lady and sitting back while her husband publicly humiliated her. I'd love to have a woman president, just not her. LilRuck: So much for the media being unbiased! hehe
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"It is sad to say that there are so many woman find a strong agressive woman is unbecoming. Put her in a man's clothes and there is no problem." I think it is a huge (and incorrect) assumption to say that women simply don't like her because she is an agressive woman. That seems to be your fallback excuse for people not liking her. I think that the dirty smear tactics she has used in the past 2 weeks show that she isn't ready to treat the race with the respect it deserves. American's want truth...not biased rants that are unfactual. While some people might not like her because she is a woman, there is far more evidence that people are MORE inclined to like her because she is a woman.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"It is sad to say that there are so many woman find a strong agressive woman is unbecoming. Put her in a man's clothes and there is no problem."I think it is a huge (and incorrect) assumption to say that women simply don't like her because she is an agressive woman. That seems to be your fallback excuse for people not liking her. I think that the dirty smear tactics she has used in the past 2 weeks show that she isn't ready to treat the race with the respect it deserves. American's want truth...not biased rants that are unfactual.While some people might not like her because she is a woman, there is far more evidence that people are MORE inclined to like her because she is a woman.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
I'm sorry, but am I the ONLY person who finds a problem with a newspaper endorsing a candidate?!?! Last time I checked their job was to report the news..... anyone??
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 8 years
Yes, the Times recognized the experience and strength Hillary has and will win against anything the republicans will put up against the democrats! She is on her way and as women will make a great first president. She is a great debator, always prepared and super smart. It is sad to say that there are so many woman find a strong agressive woman is unbecoming. Put her in a man's clothes and there is no problem. Go Hillary - I am volunteering to work the phone banks for her - who ever you are voting for I hope this is a call to action to get involved.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I am surprised that Citizen didn't mention that Obama was endorsed by the largest paper in South Carolina, The State, because he was the candidate most likely to unify America. http://www.thestate.com/opinion/story/293153.html "Sen. Obama’s campaign is an argument for a more unifying style of leadership. In a time of great partisanship, he is careful to talk about winning over independents and even Republicans. He is harsh on the failures of the current administration - and most of that critique well-deserved. But he doesn’t use his considerable rhetorical gifts to demonize Republicans. He’s not neglecting his core values; he defends his progressive vision with vigorous integrity. But for him, American unity - transcending party - is a core value in itself."
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I am surprised that Citizen didn't mention that Obama was endorsed by the largest paper in South Carolina, The State, because he was the candidate most likely to unify America. http://www.thestate.com/opinion/story/293153.html"Sen. Obama’s campaign is an argument for a more unifying style of leadership. In a time of great partisanship, he is careful to talk about winning over independents and even Republicans. He is harsh on the failures of the current administration - and most of that critique well-deserved. But he doesn’t use his considerable rhetorical gifts to demonize Republicans. He’s not neglecting his core values; he defends his progressive vision with vigorous integrity. But for him, American unity - transcending party - is a core value in itself."
grrlyrebel grrlyrebel 8 years
I knew it was coming, but I was still sad to hear about NYT's endorsement of Hillary. Yeah yeah, a certain amount of experience is necessary, and I think Obama has proven he would be a very competent President. It's not like she has much more experience than Obama anyways. Besides, experience isn't everything. Look at Nixon. Plenty of experience, horrible president.
grrlyrebel grrlyrebel 8 years
I knew it was coming, but I was still sad to hear about NYT's endorsement of Hillary. Yeah yeah, a certain amount of experience is necessary, and I think Obama has proven he would be a very competent President. It's not like she has much more experience than Obama anyways.Besides, experience isn't everything. Look at Nixon. Plenty of experience, horrible president.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said yesterday that American forces were "ready, willing, and able," to conduct joint operations with Pakistan against al-Qaeda strongholds. Um. We are talking about the same American forces that are already extremely overextended as is in Iraq and Afghanistan, right?
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
Based on my conversations with people from various backgrounds and viewpoints, it seems like more people are prepared to elect the first black president elected than the first women president**. I still hear constantlyn how a woman president "will make the country too vulnerable and that women are too emotional to be effective leaders". Rest assured, I do NOT keep silent when I hear comments like that, but that's why when a family friend made a comment a while ago that I should aspire to be the first woman president, I just laughed and laughed and laughed. I have my doubts that America, as a whole, has quite evolved to the point where a candidate's gender isn't considered an immediate disqualification. I hope I'm proven wrong someday. **This is without regard to the candidates' actual qualifications in any way.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
I am still surprised that Hillary is ahead of Barack. Black men were able to vote in this country before white women. And what is with Hillary and all this 'experience'? Sitting back while your husband gets a piece on the side in front of the entire country (then lied about it)? Why are all these feminists voting for her? It's just because she's a woman, a woman who sat back and did nothing while her husband walked all over her and put her to shame. What a great role model for all our young girls!!
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