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Sidney Blumenthal was arrested the day before the New Hampshire primary and charged with aggravated drunken driving. He is pleading guilty to a lesser charge.
Sidney Blumenthal was arrested the day before the New Hampshire primary and charged with aggravated drunken driving. He is pleading guilty to a lesser charge.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

ATTACKS AND APOLOGIES

A Blue Dress Stars In the Latest Firestorm

After a weekend of squabbling between the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton over a comment by Bill Clinton, they were at it again Monday, this time over what Phil Singer, a spokesman for the Clinton team, called the "most personal attack yet" by Obama's campaign.

Gordon Fischer, the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party and Obama's Iowa co-chairman last fall, said over the weekend on his blog that Bill Clinton shouldn't be forgiven for, as he saw it, implying that Obama doesn't love his country as much as Hillary Clinton and John McCain do. Fischer went on to write that the former president's remark was a "stain on his legacy, much worse, much deeper than the one on Monica's blue dress."

Singer told reporters that the Obama campaign is being "fueled by insult and slander."

Fischer apologized and pulled down the posting, calling his comment "tasteless and gratuitous." Tommy Vietor, an Obama spokesman, said that the senator from Illinois thinks Fischer's comments "have no place in our political dialogue, and he strongly rejects them."

Apologies have become an almost daily routine among surrogates for the Democratic candidates, including former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro and former Obama foreign policy adviser Samantha Power, after their attention-grabbing remarks.

With weeks until the next primary in the tightest race for the Democratic nomination in recent history, expect the name-calling, and the apologies, to continue.

-- Krissah Williams

'HILLARY: THE MOVIE' CASE

High Court Steps Aside

The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a conservative group that was challenging the way it could promote "Hillary: The Movie," a film that criticizes Clinton.


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