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Sunday, 17 June 2007 12:00 AM

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. NewsMax's Hillary Clinton Poll: Surprising Results
2. Al Franken's Endorsements Growing
3. Anschutz's Examiner to Launch in L.A.
4. We Heard: Hillary Clinton, Schwarzenegger, Brian Kilmeade, More

1. NewsMax's Hillary Clinton Poll: Surprising Results

NewsMax's online survey says that Hillary Clinton will not win the Democratic nomination for president in 2008 - and offers some surprising results about how GOP-leaning web users view her politics.

For example, a third of all respondents described Hillary's politics as "moderate" (30%) or "conservative" (3%).

The poll also found that NewsMax readers believe Barack Obama is a better candidate for the Democratic party.

More than a quarter of a million respondents took part in the poll, NewsMax's largest-ever poll continuously updated.

In previous months, poll respondents had indicated Hillary would grab the Democratic nomination.

But a shift in sentiment seems to be at play.

Now, by a margin of 51% to 49%, respondents believe Hillary will be denied the nomination of her party.

When asked if Hillary is the best candidate the Democrats could nominate, a solid 78% said "No."

And 71% said they would vote for Obama over Clinton in a Democratic primary.

NewsMax will provide the results of this poll to major media and share them with radio talk-show hosts across the country.

Here are the poll questions and results:

1) Do you believe Hillary will win the Democratic nomination for president in 2008?

2) What is your opinion of Hillary Clinton?

3) Do you believe Hillary is the best candidate the Democrats could nominate?

4) How would you describe Hillary's Senate record?

5) Which Democrat could defeat Hillary in the primaries?

6) In the following field, which Republican is the best candidate to oppose Hillary?

7) In a Democratic primary between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who would you vote for?

2. Al Franken's Endorsements Growing

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Al Franken can now count 19 Minnesota legislators among those who have endorsed his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

"Most people known Al as a popular satirist, but I'm supporting him because he knows the issues and will be our best advocate for universal healthcare, renewable energy, and education," said Minnesota state Sen. Sharon Erickson-Ropes.

"Al may be a funny guy, but the state of our nation and of our politics is no joke, and Al's the man for the job."

Franken announced his candidacy on Feb. 14, his last day as a host on Air America Radio. He seeks the Democratic nomination to run against Republican incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008.

So far, nine members of the Minnesota Senate and 10 members of the House have endorsed Franken, the Austin (Minn.) Daily Herald reports.

Franken said he was thrilled to have their support "not only because I know we'll work together to beat Norm Coleman and keep Minnesota blue in 2008, but because I'll be able to rely on their experience, their advice and their unique talents."

3. Anschutz's Examiner to Launch in L.A.

Billionaire Philip Anschutz's Examiner chain of free daily newspapers is taking aim at Los Angeles for its next launch.

Anschutz's Clarity Media Group already has free dailies in San Francisco, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., and has trademarked the Examiner name in more than 65 markets.

Mark Wurzer, chief marketing officer for Clarity Media Group, would not confirm the company's plans for a Los Angeles Examiner.

"We do have expansion plans, but I am not prepared to comment now on any specific market launches," he told Media Life.

"All I can say is that we have growth plans, but I can't give you a time frame."

However, a newspaper industry source told Media Life that there could be a Los Angeles Examiner in print by the end of the year.

A free daily in Los Angeles would challenge the Los Angeles Times, owned by Tribune Co., and could force that struggling paper to adjust its ad rates.

"From a buying standpoint we would certainly use that leverage," said Adam Block, a print media buyer at Initiative Media North America in Los Angeles.

"Past history has proven that free dailies put pressure in the market, and we would expect that to happen here."

So far, the Examiner model has been free dailies packed with local stories aimed chiefly at busy women — and offering ad rates a third or half as high as those charged by their competing dailies.

Anschutz, a patron of a number of right-wing causes, made much of his $7 billion-plus fortune from oil, railroads, telecommunications and theaters.

4. We Heard . . .


"Heads are scratching about what cosmetic surgery Hillary may have had to rewind her age clock by five to 10 years," observes makemeheal.com, a site that focuses on cosmetic surgery and anti-aging aids.

According to the site, a year or two ago Hillary had droopy eyelids, bags under her eyes, deep lines and wrinkles above the nose and below the mouth, and crow's feet around the eyes, plus slack skin in the neck and moderate jowling in the jaw line.

"Now there is a whole new topography on Hillary's youthful face," makemeheal notes. The site states that the new look indicates Clinton may have gotten eyelid surgery, Botox injections, a neck lift, a face lift and perhaps even a chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing.

THAT California Gov.

Schwarzenegger said Shriver's family was told that she would never speak again due to the strokes, but Shriver — sister of Sen. Edward Kennedy — has proven her doctors wrong.

"She prays every day and goes to church every day, and her prayers were answered," Schwarzenegger said at a recent dinner event.

"She's speaking again fluently and is screaming at me again."

THAT the widow of late underworld kingpin

Visiting the New York City mausoleum where Gotti is interred on the fifth anniversary of his death, Victoria Gotti said:

"It's disgusting that people are still obsessed with Gotti and the mob. They should be obsessed with that mob in Washington. They have 3,000 deaths on their hands. Worry about that mob in Washington."

John Gotti — known as "the Dapper Don" — died of cancer in federal prison.

Victoria Gotti also said she fears President Bush is getting the U.S. into more trouble beyond Iraq, the New York Daily News reported.

"There isn't a country this man hasn't started with," she declared. "Now he's going to start with Russia? Fugheddaboudit!"

THAT NewsMax got a front-page mention in a New York Times story about New York City Mayor

In an article headlined "Bloomberg Cast As Enemy No. 1 Of Gun Rights," the Times quoted NewsMax: "Bloomberg's hatred of guns has twisted roots."

The May 23 NewsMax story, headlined "Michael Bloomberg's War on Guns," disclosed those roots, quoting Bloomberg: "When I was 15 or so, I had a .22-caliber rifle. Part of my hearing's gone because of it."

THAT "Fox & Friends" co-host

In "It's How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments That Taught Lasting Values to America's Finest," Kilmeade describes how sports experiences played a role in shaping the lives of 91 famous Americans.

Among those included: Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, George Patton, Chris Evert, Richard Nixon, Joe Montana and Abraham Lincoln.


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