The Trail

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Springsteen Voices Support for Obama

This time around, Bruce Springsteen hopes he can deliver a Democratic presidential hopeful to the "Promised Land."

In a letter posted on his Web site Wednesday, the musician known by his fans as "Brrruuuce" endorsed Barack Obama, saying of the first-term senator: "He speaks to the America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that's interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit."

-- Paul Kane


Obama Releases 2007 Tax Returns

Barack Obama released his 2007 tax returns yesterday as the latest move in a running dialogue with Hillary Clinton over which presidential candidate has been more open about personal finances.

Obama's tax returns showed that he made $4.2 million last year, most of it ($3.9 million) a result of profits from his best-selling books. He reported paying $1,396,772 in federal taxes and making charitable contributions totaling $240,370. Those donations included $26,270 to the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, which was the parish of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., his controversial former longtime pastor.

-- Matthew Mosk

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