Obama: Race Not "Overriding Issue" In Criticism
In his interview with CNN's State of the Union, President Obama denied that racism is a dominant factor in criticism against him. "Are there people out there who don't like me because of race? I'm sure there are. That's not the overriding issue here," said Obama. "I think there are people who are anti-government. I think there's been a long-standing debate in this country that is usually that much more fierce during times of transition, or when presidents are trying to bring about big changes."
WaPo: Hillary A Team Player Who Stands Apart
The Washington Post profiles Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, painting a complex picture: "The portrait that emerges from interviews and from the observation of Clinton's early tenure is one of an intensely political figure who wants to remain above the fray of day-to-day diplomacy and to work well with her fellow Cabinet members, but who also wants to stand alone from time to time."
AP: Obama Rolling Into Week Of High Diplomatic Stakes
The Associated Press says that President Obama faces high diplomatic stakes at this week's G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh: "Obama is under pressure to push along stalled Mideast peace, prove the United States is serious about climate change and rally allies against the nuclear threats of Iran and North Korea. Restless leaders in Europe and elsewhere are pressing Obama to reform risky U.S. financial behavior and get Congress on board."
Wilson Makes False Statement About Past Relationship With Clyburn
Roll Call reports that Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) falsely claimed to have supported House Majority Whip James Clyburn's (D-SC) daughter for a state position in the 1990's, as evidence of a past friendship with Clyburn. "I was also pleased to support Jim Clyburn's daughter, Mignon, in 1998 when I helped to gain support, as a state Senator, for her appointment to serve on the Public Service Commission," Wilson said -- though voting records showed he had supported a different candidate. A Wilson aide acknowledged that Wilson made a mistake: "He honestly thought he had voted in favor of her."
Frank Backs Capuano For Senate
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has endorsed his fellow Massachusetts Congressman Mike Capuano in the special election for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. "I cannot think of anything the United States Senate needs more than a strong dose of the commitment, energy and appropriate skepticism of established traditions that Mike Capuano has shown in his 10 years in the House," said Frank.
Palin Fan Wins Dinner Auction With $63,500
The eBay auction to win a dinner with Sarah Palin has ended, with a final bid of $63,500. The winner was Cathy Maples, a defense contractor from Huntsville, Alabama, who describes herself as a "big advocate" of Palin. The proceeds from the auction will go to a charity that aids wounded veterans.