Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama by 41 points in West Virginia, but he still looks like he's cruising. And the Democrats took a congressional seat from the Republicans in Mississippi-despite help from US Senators and Vice President Cheney. Can Clinton go on with a debt of $20 million? Will Obama be a weak candidate against John McCain? What about McCain's problems with his own party? Also, President Bush is back in Israel, and Chinese troops are trying to repair cracks in dams that could make the earthquake disaster much worse.
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Now that rescuers have reached the epicenter of yesterday's massive earthquake in China, the death toll is expected to rise well above 15,000. Many more are injured or missing. China's news agency reports that thousands of soldiers have been rushed to repair cracks in the Zipingpu Dam upriver from a major city. Aviva Imhoff is a China specialist with International Rivers, an environmental group based in Berkeley, California.
Aviva Imhof, Campaign Director, International Rivers
President Bush arrived in Jerusalem today with congratulations on Israel's 60th anniversary and high hopes for peace with the Palestinians. Meantime, a rocket from Gaza struck the Israeli city of Ashkelon and all entry points to the territories were closed for the President's visit. Tim McGirk is Jerusalem Bureau Chief for Time magazine.
Tim McGirk, Correspondent, Time magazine
Barack Obama was clobbered by Hillary Clinton in West Virginia, but he's still the presumptive Democratic nominee. She vows to continue campaigning despite a debt of $20 million, almost $12 million of which is her own money. Has Clinton proved that Obama will be a weak candidate against John McCain? How important are low-income white voters? Will McCain have to run, in part, against his own party's unpopular incumbent, as the Republicans lose a Congressional seat in Mississippi?