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Top News Stories 2008-06-05 07:00:36

Front Page: Hillary To Drop Out, 9/11 Tribunal, Abbas to Meet With Hamas

  • Hillary To Drop Out: Hillary Clinton will endorse Barack Obama on Saturday, ending her 17-month campaign for the White House, according to aides. Her decision was influenced by Democrats' urges to leave the race and allow the party to come together around Obama. She is going to express support for Obama and party unity at an event in Washington, June 7. One adviser hinted that Clinton would concede defeat, congratulate Obama, and proclaim him the party’s nominee— looking forward to do what was needed to assure his victory in November. Obama told reporters of his plans for Clinton, “we’re going to have a conversation in the coming weeks.”
  • 9/11 Tribunal: Five top alleged al Qaeda prisoners, including September 11 mastermind suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, began appearances before a military commission this morning after extended time in CIA prisons and battles over the court itself. All the defendants were just arraigned before a military court at Guantanamo — all five are accused roles in the 9/11 attacks, responsible for the death of nearly 3,000 people. They all face potential death sentences if convicted. Mohammed has been forthright with his involvement — in a written statement read at a March 2007 hearing, at which he was present, he said he was responsible for the attacks "from A to Z."
  • Abbas to Meet With Hamas: Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president called late yesterday for a resumption of dialogue with the Islamic militant group Hamas. In a short address, Abbas, expressed the plan as part of his desire to restore national unity. Hamas took control of Gaza in June 2007. The move could halt peace talks with Israel, who only met with Abbas after he broke away from Hamas. Israel has refused to have direct contact with the group, considering it a terrorist organization, and has threatened to cut off talks with Mr. Abbas if he rejoins forces with Hamas.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think she is a huge asset, and there is surely a perfect spot to put her greatest assets to use. I don't think that VP is that spot, but I do agree that if an "offer" is needed to make her supporters feel better, that is understandable. I think no matter what, if she makes it clear that she is happy with whatever she decides to do, that many of her supporters will be least I hope!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
That's what I thought Jill! This is a brilliant woman. She is trying to figure out what she wants to do and how she wants to use what she has to offer (delegates, supporters). I don't think she wants VP. If he offers it to her I think it will be a stunt (orchestrated by both of them) to appease some of the more stubborn Hillary supporters. I stand by what I said though. She is going to get whatever position she wants.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I just read this from AP "She is not seeking the vice presidency, and no one speaks for her but her," communications director Howard Wolfson said. "The choice here is Senator Obama's and his alone." The plot thickens!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Well I can only speak for myself Jill. I can tell you what I think. I think that there are some that are ready to switch over now. I think there are some that are going to need a little more persuasion. For those who aren't as well-versed in the executive branch hierarchy there might be an opinion that anything but the VP spot would be an insult. That's why I think he should offer it to her and she should turn it down. If her supporters think it's on her terms that she takes another position then they will back it. I believe. This is pure speculation. I think she would be an amazing Secretary of State.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Thank you for posting that letter, Harmony. Very interesting! Do you think her supporters would vote for Obama if she wasn't VP, but another position where she could use her skills in a better way? I heard on CNN they are talking Secretary of State (rumor, of course).
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
AND I am very fond of you too Steph. :)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Well I guess it's going to come down to which choice he thinks is going to give him the most votes. He's going to lose votes either way, so he has to be a politician now and figure out what is best. I already said I don't particularly think that she should be VP. I think there are many good spots for her besides that one. BUT honestly if she wants the job she's going to get it. She has a lot of bargaining chips to deal with. I don't think she's going to want it so don't worry I THINK everyone is safe.
stephley stephley 9 years
HF - I'm very fond of you and it hurts me to say this - but people like me put Obama between a rock and a hard place: I'd seriously consider not voting if she's on the ticket with him. As far as I'm concerned, picking Hillary undermines the whole 'change' claim - way too much hedging his bets. A major draw for Obama is his being against the war all along, to me, she compromises that and makes it very untrustworthy. And she'd be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. So which side does he please?
amyonedge amyonedge 9 years
juju, I also heard that Clinton is suspending, not ending, her campaign.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I prefer the Crazy Train, conducted by Sir Ozzie Ozzborne.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
* too different...obviously. I type too fast. :oops:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Thanks for the invite Piper. ;) My politics are to different...but here you go... :pucca:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
There are so many Hillary supporters that won't support Obama unless she's on the ticket. I really think it's going to end up being inevitable unless she turns it down. He's really going to have to depend on her to get her base to support him. I can see a lot of the blue collars and older women defecting to McCain. I know that most Obama supporters don't want her on the ticket, but I don't think MOST of them would stop supporting him if she was.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I'm still giving my money to her campaign. I don't care. She needs me ... I must go to her ... :dude: I am firing my emoticon intern.
piper23 piper23 9 years
That sucks, Harmony. If you can't get on board the Obama train, and I can totally understand that, come on over. All are welcome.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
She IS going to support him.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Dear Harmony, I wanted you to be one of the first to know: on Saturday, I will hold an event in Washington D.C. to thank everyone who has supported my campaign. Over the course of the last 16 months, I have been privileged and touched to witness the incredible dedication and sacrifice of so many people working for our campaign. Every minute you put into helping us win, every dollar you gave to keep up the fight meant more to me than I can ever possibly tell you. On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans. I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise. When I decided to run for president, I knew exactly why I was getting into this race: to work hard every day for the millions of Americans who need a voice in the White House. I made you -- and everyone who supported me -- a promise: to stand up for our shared values and to never back down. I'm going to keep that promise today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life. I will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise. I know as I continue my lifelong work for a stronger America and a better world, I will turn to you for the support, the strength, and the commitment that you have shown me in the past 16 months. And I will always keep faith with the issues and causes that are important to you. In the past few days, you have shown that support once again with hundreds of thousands of messages to the campaign, and again, I am touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness. I can never possibly express my gratitude, so let me say simply, thank you. Sincerely, Hillary Rodham Clinton
syako syako 9 years
yeah they have them all lined up in these glass coffins... It was very eerie. But I love history and especially religious history so I ate it all up... not literally, metaphorically.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
:rotfl: UD! Sy, that happens to a lot of Saints bodies as well. They don't decompose. So strange.
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
Clinton wouldn't endorse Obama...I can't see it happening, especially after the events from Tuesday.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
Maybe now we'll know what the heck Obama stands for.
piper23 piper23 9 years
You can have your hole, Cine. Pummel away! I'm really digging the big Bush idea too, UnDave. Your daughter is a cutie! Sorry to put that in the same post as the rock pummelling but she is!
syako syako 9 years
oh dave, you're such a comedian! :rotfl: it may be time to quit your day job!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Did you guys hear the story about the German who was taking care of the cemetary where Mozart was buried? One night, he heard Mozart's 9th symphony being played backwards. The next night, he heard the 8th backwards. The next day, he asked his supervisor to come and listen to this. The supervisor listened for a few minutes and then said: "What's the problem? Mozart is just decomposing."
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