Half-Votes, Last Votes and Democratic Primaries' Results
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Over the weekend, the Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee made decisions about the disputed Florida and Michigan primaries. Hillary Clinton won a decisive victory in Puerto Rico's primary. Tomorrow come elections in Montana and South Dakota, the last two in a long primary campaign. Will Senator Clinton continue fighting? Are Democrats dangerously divided? How will the long primary season affect November's general election? Also, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy undergoes brain surgery, and a look at the life of Yves Saint Laurent, and his impact on the catwalk and on our culture. Sara Terry guest hosts.
DNC Co-Chair Alexis Herman DNC Co-Chair Jim Roosevelt, (both sitting) recieve applause from the committee after all the votes during a DNC meeting May 31, 2008 in Washington DC. The Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee decided that delegates from Florida and Michigan will be seated with half votes. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Senator Ted Kennedy Undergoes Brain Surgery ()
Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy was operated on today for a malignant brain tumor that was diagnosed nearly two weeks ago. The surgery comes as a bit of a surprise because at that time Kennedy's doctors did not mention surgery as a treatment option. Eugene Flamm is Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Montefiore Medical Center's Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
- Eugene Flamm: Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Will Hillary Clinton Take It to the Convention? ()
In a decision meant to create compromise but which raised frictions even further, the Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee settled the disputed primary issue of Michigan and Florida by giving delegates from those states a half-vote at the party's convention in Denver. Hillary Clinton won big in Puerto Rico's primary yesterday, and some of her supporters are vowing to fight all the way to the August convention. Others, however, are saying it's time to step aside and get behind Barack Obama as the party's nominee. Will this week decide which candidate becomes the party's nominee? At what cost? Will it wage a united front in the general election campaign against Republican John McCain this fall?
- Karen Tumulty: National Political Correspondent, Time, @ktumulty
- Allida Black: Co-Founder, WomenCountPAC
- Carol Fowler: Member, Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee
- Larry Sabato: Professor of Government, University of Virginia, @larrysabato
- Elizabeth Smith: Professor of Political Science, University of South Dakota
Death of Fashion Legend Yves Saint Laurent ()
He wowed the fashion world at the age of twenty-one, launching a career that spanned nearly five decades. In 1958, he became Christian Dior's boy-wonder successor, finding inspiration on street corners and in the canvases of modern artists. Yves Saint Laurent died yesterday in Paris, leaving behind a fashion world that still bears his indelible mark. Robin Givhan, fashion editor for the Washington Post, offers an appreciation of how his designs changed fashion on and off the catwalk.
- Robin Givhan: Fashion Editor, Washington Post
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