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Top News Stories 2008-05-06 07:00:45

Front Page: Cyclone Toll Hits 22,500, NC and IN Vote, War Funding and Troops Home

  • Cyclone Toll Hits 22,500: The death toll from last weekend's devastating cyclone in Myanmar rose to 22,500 today with an additional 41,000 people still missing. Yesterday in a rare press conference, US First Lady Laura Bush urged the country's military leaders to accept US disaster response aid. Myanmar's resistance stems from heavy US sanctions against the junta, though the US State Department said a disaster response team was "standing by and ready to go into Burma," now known as Myanmar, which has been ruled by the military for 46 years. The UN says that the junta is ready to accept assistance, though aid workers now await visas. A UN spokesman said, "the government has shown a certain openness so far. We hope that we will get the visas as soon as possible, in the coming hours. I think the authorities have understood the seriousness of the situation and that they will act accordingly."
  • NC and IN Vote: Voters in North Carolina and Indiana head to the polls in the largest remaining bloc of delegates up for grabs. A total of 218 pledged delegate votes will be awarded tonight. Nearing the end of primary season with the last votes on June 3, the outcome of today is pivotal — will one candidate sweep or will they split? Check back tonight for results the second they break.
  • War Funding and Troops Home: House Democrats are preparing to break from President Bush and move ahead with a war spending measure that would include extended unemployment assistance and new educational benefits for returning veterans. Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to bring a $178 billion measure to the floor this week, with what could be tense debate on the matter to be held Thursday. The US Military announced yesterday that 3,500 soldiers sent to Iraq last summer as part of the surge will soon be coming home.
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harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I don't know if it will get back to the issues. I mean I TOO hope that we will, but I think the fight will get nastier.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"as a Republican all the in fighting is good, but as a citizen, I'm sick of it and just want to get on with it already!!" I agree. It seems the longer it drags on the more the media focuses on the petty, and not the real issues. I think once it becomes McCain vs. Democrat, the issues will be front and center because there are so many differences in that area. At least I hope it will get back to the issues!
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I actually think the Barack/Hillary fight is pulling focus from McCain at this point. They're getting all the media attention.
kia kia 9 years
Oh my. The death toll could reach into the 50,000. That is shocking. It is kind of weird how politics play into these disasters. It is like us turning down Cuba's offer of assistance trained to handle flood situations in Katrina.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Racci, there isn't nearly the ability to account for people like there is here. It took months to get the total tally from the 2004 tsunami.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Jill thats what I've been hearing too... I just want it to be settled, I mean, as a Republican all the in fighting is good, but as a citizen, I'm sick of it and just want to get on with it already!!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
22 THOUSAND people estimated dead? Yesterday it was 4. How can a cyclone kill that many people? Did it have a machine gun?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Either way, both contests will be close, and Barak should be declared the winner. He has more states, delegates, and the popular vote. If he isn't the winner, I predict a MAJOR revolution in the democratic party. I alos predict that FL and MI will get to seat all their delegates, because Clinton needs them...
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think they will split North Carolina and Indiana. I heard yesterday that tonight is practically "the end" of the campaign on the road, because after tonight, more superdelegates are up for grabs than pledged delegates from the remaining states. It becomes a "backdoor race" now, according to Keith Olbermann. It has been so crazy so far, I can only imagine where things will go from here. Brace yourselves for one brutal month between now and June 3rd!
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