Another Debate between Obama and Clinton
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Last night's debate covered familiar ground on character issues. Policy questions weren't raised until 50 minutes into the program. Did the so-called "gotcha" questions reveal anything new? Did the debate change the momentum for Tuesday's Pennsylvania election? On Reporter's Notebook, as a West Texas judge decides the futures of 416 children, is the polygamist Yearning for Zion Ranch a haven for child abuse?
The State of the Presidential Race after the Philly Debate ()
Polls show the top issues for voters are the economy, including free trade and $4-a-gallon gas and the war in Iraq. But less than a week before the Pennsylvania primary, the first 50 minutes of last night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, – the twenty-second in this presidential campaign -- were focused on personal gaffes, past associations and who could withstand a Republican onslaught before the November elections. Eventually, each candidate was forced to concede that the other could beat John McCain. ABC;s moderators are getting as much post-mortem attention as the candidates. Did anything happen to change the momentum in Pennsylvania? Are voters around the country better informed? What about the super-delegates who are likely to make the final decision?
- Jay Newton-Small: Staff Writer, Time Magazine, @JNSmall
- Jon Delano: Political Analyst, KDKA-TV
- Wayne Bennett: Attorney, Philadelphia's Family Court Division, @fieldnegro
- Greg Mitchell: Editor, Editor and Publisher, @GregMitch
- Stephen Spruiell: Staff Reporter, National Review
Child Welfare System Takes on Polygamous Sect ()
Judge Barbara Walther said today, "We're going to handle this as best we can, one client at a time." The "clients" are 416 children from the Yearning for Zion Ranch, seized by the State of Texas two weeks ago in a polygamy raid. As the marathon child-welfare hearing got underway today in San Angelo, Texas, mothers and father are hoping she'll give them back heir children. Carolyn Jessop, who was in a polygamous marriage as part of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints until she fled with her eight children five years ago, is author of Escape.
- Carolyn Jessop: former wife in a polygamous marriage, Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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