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Rev. Wright Seeks Revenge for Obama's 'Betrayal'

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1. Rev. Wright Seeks Revenge for Obama's 'Betrayal'
2. Al Gore Remaining on Sidelines — or Maybe Not
3. Poll: Papal Visit to Boost Voter Turnout
4. Bob Schieffer Replacing Katie Couric?
5. Jewish Voters Could Cost Obama in November
6. We Heard: Hillary, McCain

1. Rev. Wright Seeks Revenge for Obama's 'Betrayal'

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright wouldn't mind seeing Barack Obama's presidential campaign derailed — that's how angry he is over his former parishioner's "betrayal" of their long relationship, the New York Post reports.

"After 20 years of loving Barack like he was a member of his own family, for Jeremiah to see Barack saying over and over that he didn't know about Jeremiah's views during those years, that he wasn't familiar with what Jeremiah had said, that he may have missed church on this day or that and didn't hear what Jeremiah said, this is seen by Jeremiah as nonsense and betrayal," a source with ties to Wright told the Post's Fredric Dicker.

"Jeremiah is trying to defend his congregation and the work of his ministry by saying what he is saying" and "doesn't care if he derails Obama's candidacy or not."

Obama's relationship with Wright has been under fire ever since videos were made public earlier this year in which Wright claimed that the United States brought 9/11 on itself and people should say "God damn America" instead of "God bless America."

Obama has recently sought to distance himself from Wright, calling his remarks "divisive and destructive" on April 29 — which angered the minister. But according to the source, Wright first became disillusioned with Obama last year when Obama unexpectedly barred him from participation in the public announcement of his presidential campaign.

After Obama was "embraced by this congregation as a brother in Christ, after his pastor was a father figure to him and gave him credibility in a city he had not grown up in, and in a black community that was suspect of someone from Hawaii and Harvard, he thanks him by not allowing him to speak publicly at his announcement last year?" the source told Dicker.

"Rev. Wright, as well as other senior members of his church, believe Obama has betrayed over 20 years of their supposed friendship."

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2. Al Gore Remaining on Sidelines — or Maybe Not

Al Gore won't rule out endorsing one of the Democratic presidential candidates, but says so far he hasn't been "moved" to back either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

In an interview with National Public Radio, Gore said about the presidential race: "Even though it has gone on much longer than is normal in the age of primaries and caucuses, nevertheless I think the odds are overwhelming that it will tip rather decisively in one way or the other before the convention even meets.

"I'm simply watching and listening to the campaign. As a delegate to the convention I will cast my vote at the proper time. I haven't ruled out making an endorsement . . . but I haven't been moved to do so."

Joe Klein of Time magazine offered some speculation about how Gore could become a player in the race far beyond his endorsement.

If Democratic Party leaders were to decide that neither Clinton nor Obama were viable, and convinced a number of superdelegates to take a pass on the first ballot at the convention, that would deny both candidates the votes necessary to secure the nomination.

"What if they then approached Gore and asked him to be the nominee, for the good of the party — and suggested that he take Obama as his running mate?" Klein wrote.

He acknowledged that the scenario was "unlikely," but "interesting."

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3. Poll: Papal Visit to Boost Voter Turnout

One-third of respondents in a new poll — and 4 in 10 practicing Catholics — say they are more likely to vote in the November elections as a result of Pope Benedict XVI's recent visit to the United States.

And 41 percent say they are more likely to lead a moral life following the papal visit.

The nationwide survey of more than 1,000 Americans, including both Catholics and non-Catholics, was taken immediately following Pope Benedict's April 15-20 visit. It was conducted by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion and commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic fraternal society.

Nearly 6 in 10 respondents said they are satisfied with Benedict's apologies for the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Church. But only 32 percent said they believed sufficient steps had been taken to avoid a repetition of the scandal, and 46 percent said more needed to be done.

Other findings of the poll include:

  • 55 percent of those surveyed — and 67 percent of Catholics — said the Pope spent "about the right amount of time" talking about the sex abuse scandal, while 20 percent said he spoke too little about it and only 1 percent said he spoke too much.
  • Nearly 40 percent of respondents said the most meaningful part of the Pope's visit was his meeting with families of children abused by priests, while 14 percent cited his visit to ground zero in New York.
  • As a result of the visit, 65 percent of respondents now have a more positive view of the Pope and 14 percent have a less positive view, according to the poll. The rest said the visit made no difference.
  • Almost 50 percent said they now have a better understanding of the Catholic Church's position on important issues.

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4. Bob Schieffer Replacing Katie Couric?

Embattled "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric is "expected" to leave her post this year and could be replaced by the newsman she replaced, Bob Schieffer, according to Jon Friedman of MarketWatch.

Schieffer took over as anchor after Dan Rather was forced out in March 2005 and boosted the broadcast's ratings, only to be replaced by former "Today" co-host Couric a year and a half later.

But Friedman observes: "Dogged by terrible ratings and endless criticism of her work, the embattled Couric is expected to announce she'll be leaving the network before year-end.

"Schieffer could work his magic once again if Couric decides to leave the evening news anchor position."

CBS chief Leslie Moonves has backed Couric publicly, insisting the network has no plans to change anchors, so "now Moonves has to find a way to oust Couric while somehow allowing everyone to save face," the MarketWatch commentator writes.

Friedman suggests that veteran CBS News correspondent Scott Pelley would be a good choice to replace Couric, and Schieffer could serve as a "bridge" between Couric and Pelley.

He also opines that CBS should make a move now rather than later, declaring: "There is no reason to suspect that Couric can dig the 'CBS Evening News' out of this deep hole — ever."

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5. Jewish Voters Could Cost Obama in November

Democrat Barack Obama enjoys a solid lead over Republican John McCain in a recent poll — but is that lead enough?

Shmuel Rosner, chief U.S. correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, writes in his column: "Even in his wildest dreams no McCain activist was hoping that his candidate will beat Obama fair and square among Jewish voters. American Jews are liberal Democrats.

"In their dreams, the McCain people hope that their candidate will be able to pull out the almost 40 percent Ronald Reagan got from Jews back in 1980."

According to new Gallup polling data, McCain will fall short of that and get 32 percent of the Jewish vote in November, while Obama will garner 61 percent.

But that is 13 percentage points less for Obama than John Kerry got in 2004, and 7 points more for McCain than President Bush received from Jewish voters in that election, Rosner notes, adding: "That can be the difference between winning and losing Florida."

He also observed that, based on Gallup Polls, Jews are more likely to defect to McCain if Obama becomes the Democratic nominee than if Hillary Clinton gets the nod.

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6. We Heard . . .

THAT an informal poll of Washington's top opinion shapers found that few give Hillary Clinton much of a chance of winning the White House.

At a party co-hosted by public relations executive Tammy Haddad, about 80 percent of the 550 major political and media figures on hand took part in the poll, Paul Bedard disclosed in his "Washington "Whispers" column for U.S. News & World Report.

They were asked who will be the next president. The results:

Barack Obama — 43 percent
John McCain — 38 percent
Hillary Clinton — 19 percent

"The voting clearly shows a trend that has been growing in official Washington: There is an increasing weariness with the Clintons and a desire for somebody new to watch and cover," Bedard wrote. "But it also shows the resilience of McCain, who is a media darling of sorts."

THAT the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, is launching a door-to-door campaign in 13 battleground states to tell union voters about its concerns with John McCain's economic proposals.

The federation will employ 6,200 volunteers in hopes of reaching 200,000 swing voters in its "McCain Revealed" campaign, the Boston Globe reports.

"Sen. McCain's economic path would lead to disaster for America's working families," AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said in a statement.

"He wants to tax healthcare benefits and supports unfair trade policies that send family-supporting jobs overseas. It's time for McCain to tune out the corporate and insurance industry lobbyists who hold sway in his campaign and start listening to the real concerns of working people."

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