Political Notebook: What do you think about Jimmy Carter controversy?
Political Battle of the Week: Jimmy Carter vs. U.S., Israel
Former President Jimmy Carter angered many U.S. and Israel politicians this past week by agreeing to meet with Hamas leaders. Hamas, a Palestinian group that the U.S. government classifies as a terrorist organization, has stated in the past that it seeks the destruction of Israel. Carter, who is in the Mideast to “support peace,” according to the Carter Center Web site, said he wants to meet with top Hamas leaders to start talks between the opposing sides and open the possibility of a peace deal. But Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other leaders have condemned Carter for his planned meeting, saying the former president shouldn’t be negotiating with terrorists. What do you think? Should Carter (or any other U.S. leaders, for that matter) be holding talks with Hamas? Let us know.
Better Know a Politician: Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Gilligan Sebelius (born May 15, 1948) is currently serving as the 44th governor of Kansas. She is the second female governor of Kansas, the 2008 respondent to the State of the Union address and chair-emeritus of the Democratic Governors Association.
Sebelius was born and raised in a Catholic family in Cincinnati. She attended Trinity Washington University, a Roman Catholic university in Washington, D.C., and later earned a master of public administration degree from the University of Kansas. She moved to Kansas in 1974 at the age of 26, where she served for eight years as a representative in the Kansas Legislature and eight years as insurance commissioner before being elected governor.
Sebelius is the daughter of former Ohio Gov. John J. Gilligan, and thus they became the first father/daughter governor pair in the United States after her election. Her husband, K. Gary Sebelius, is a federal magistrate judge and the son of former U.S. Representative Keith Sebelius, a Republican. They have two sons.
During the 2004 election, Sebelius was named a potential running mate of John Kerry. As of 2008, speculation remains that she will be a contender for the vice presidential slot on a ticket headed by either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Speculation that the vice presidential nomination lies in her future was heightened by the fact that she was chosen by the Democratic Party's congressional leaders to give their party's official response to President Bush's State of the Union Address. The next day, she endorsed Obama's campaign, one week before the Kansas caucus on Super Tuesday. (Wikipedia)
Quote of Note
“At the moment, critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships. While these matters are worthy of some discussion, they have been ripped out of the context and fabric of the man's life and vision… Over here on E Street, we're proud to support Obama for President.”
Rocker Bruce Springsteen on his Web site.
In the latest “poll of polls” – an analysis of several large polling outlets’ data – Barack Obama has a lead over Hillary Clinton nationally. The polls overlapped the recent controversy over Obama’s “bitter” comments. The results:
- Obama: 50 percent
- Clinton: 43 percent
Mitt Romney this past week gave a Letterman-like top-10 list at a correspondents dinner. Here are his top 10 reasons for dropping out of the presidential race:
10. There weren't as many Osmonds as I thought.
9. I got tired of corkscrew landings under sniper fire.
8. As a lifelong hunter, I didn't want to miss the start of the varmint season.
7. There wasn’t room for two Christian leaders.
6. I was upset that no one had bothered to search my passport files.
5. I needed an excuse to get fat, grow a beard and win the Nobel prize.
4. I took a bad fall at a campaign rally and broke my hair.
3. I wanted to finally take off that dark suit and tie and kick back in a light-colored suit and tie.
2. Once my wife, Ann, realized I couldn't win, my fundraising dried up.
1. There was a miscalculation in our theory: "As Utah goes, so goes the nation.”
"Hillary Clinton attacked Barack Obama, called him 'elitist,' and said he was out of touch with poor people. Later, Bill Clinton gave a speech on the subject and charged a million bucks for it." -- Jay Leno
"Barack Obama had said small-town Americas cling to things like their guns because they're bitter. That is ridiculous. You don't cling to your gun because you're bitter. You shoot your gun because you're bitter. Then you cling to it because it's so nice and warm." -- Stephen Colbert
"Barack Obama got himself into a little hot water in Pennsylvania, when he said small town people become bitter, and cling to guns or religion because of economic problems. Well, sure, you pray your house doesn't repossess, and when they take it, you pull out your gun. Makes perfect sense." -- Jay Leno
This Week in Political History
April 20, 1961 - Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of U.S. troops against Cuba.
April 21, 1898 - Spanish-American War: The U.S. Congress, on April 25, recognizes that a state of war exists between the United States and Spain as of the 21st.
April 22, 1864 - The U.S. Congress passes the Coinage Act, which mandates that the inscription "In God We Trust" be placed on all coins minted as U.S. currency.
April 23, 1968 - Vietnam War: Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university.
April 24, 1980 - Eight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis.
April 25, 1901 - New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates.
April 26, 1865 - Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin, in Virginia.
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