Archives releases Clinton papers
Hillary Clinton's schedules from when she was the wife of a president - more than 11,000 pages of them - will be released today, the National Archives announced yesterday.
The papers include schedules for 2,888 days, but not the 19 in January 2003 before Bill Clinton's inauguration. Of the 11,046 pages being released, more than 4,700 have parts blacked out for privacy reasons, the archives said.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, sued over the documents. The campaign of Democratic rival Barack Obama had also pressed for the release, arguing that if Clinton wants to cite her White House experience, voters deserve to know what exactly she did and whom she met.
"It is about time," Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said in a statement. "However, this does not put an end to Judicial Watch's pursuit of Hillary's White House records, including her telephone logs. It would be an injustice to force the American people to wait 'one to two years' for the telephone logs of a candidate for the presidency. We are asking the court to force the National Archives to comply with the law and release these records as soon as possible."
McCain warns of influence Iran has in Iraq, Mideast
AMMAN, Jordan - Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting, expressed fresh concern yesterday about Iran's influence in Iraq and rising sway in Mideast.
McCain noted that US military officials recently discovered a cache of armor-piercing bombs in Iraq, and he hinted that the explosives had been provided by Iran. US officials have long been saying that Iran provides explosively formed penetrators to Shi'ite militias in Iraq, although the Iranian government denies any role. The US military reported two such finds during the past week.
But at two points yesterday, McCain also mistakenly said that Iran was allowing in Al Qaeda fighters to be trained and returned to Iraq. Iran is a predominantly Shi'ite Muslim country and has been at pains to close its borders to Al Qaeda fighters of the rival Sunni sect.
McCain received a celebrity welcome in Jerusalem, which he declared the undisputed capital of Israel. During a 90-minute visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, McCain was visibly moved, his eyes welling with tears as he viewed photographs from Nazi death camps. McCain laid a wreath in memory of the 6 million Jewish Holocaust victims and lighted a memorial flame. Signing the visitors' book he wrote: "I am deeply moved. Never again. John McCain."
Mich. revote rule would ban those who cast Jan. ballots
LANSING, Mich. - One of the sticking points holding up a possible do-over Democratic presidential contest in Michigan is a rule that would ban anyone who voted in the Republican presidential primary from voting again, officials said yesterday.
That ban would apply even to Democrats or independents who asked for a GOP ballot because Hillary Clinton was the only major candidate left on the Jan. 15 Democratic ballot. The effect of blocking those voters could be greatest on Barack Obama, because his supporters were more likely than Clinton's to have crossed over to vote in the GOP primary.
The national party had punished Michigan for holding a primary before Feb. 5, stripping it of all of its 128 pledged delegates.
A group of Democratic leaders from Michigan is trying to set up a June 3 do-over primary so the state can get its delegates seated at the national convention. Obama supporters at the state Capitol appeared determined to head off a vote on legislation creating a June 3 primary.
Clinton plans an event in Detroit today to press for a revote. In a conference call yesterday, Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said, "Senator Obama has been the holdup."
The Democratic National Committee also penalized Florida for holding its primary early. Florida Democrats on Monday abandoned their plans to hold a do-over with a mail-in vote.
Polls suggests McCain in a tie with Democrats
A new national poll suggests that Republican John McCainis in a statistical tie with Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
In hypothetical November match-ups, Obama drew 47 percent to McCain's 46 percent, while Clinton received 49 percent to McCain's 47 percent, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released yesterday.