(CNN) - The Indianapolis Star, Indiana’s largest paper, endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid Friday.
The paper praised the New York senator’s “clear-eyed view of the way things are,” and gave her the edge on experience and toughness, pointing to pressing domestic and international crises, writing that “Hillary Clinton is the better choice, based on her experience and grasp of major issues, to confront those challenges.”
The editorial board also said it was a difficult choice – writing that the New York senator “regrettably has pandered more to voters” than Obama, adding that some of her political experience on her husband, former President Bill Clinton’s, behalf “understandably gives many voters pause about whether another Clinton should serve as president.”
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Ah, Iowa. Where the grass is a green, the temperature is a balmy 72 degrees, and a triumphant Sen. John McCain stands before a Republican audience as his party’s standard-bearer.
Yes, the landscape of the Hawkeye State has changed considerably since the political world evacuated en masse late in the evening on January 3, headed to New Hampshire and beyond on chartered jets, steeling themselves for just a few more weeks of campaigning, thinking each party’s nominees would soon be determined.
On Thursday, four weary months later, the national reporters and TV crews assigned to McCain’s campaign returned to Des Moines for the first time since January to cover a town hall put on by the presumptive Republican nominee.
The scene offered a few muted flashbacks to those frigid weeks before the caucuses: the fleet of women wearing fire truck red “Divided We Fail” t-shirts, the elderly gentlemen sitting and clutching small American flags, even the slow-paced, meet-the-candidate format of the town hall itself.
The politician on stage chatted about ethanol subsidies and lauded the tenacity of Iowa farmers. CNN even spotted Tim Albrecht, Mitt Romney’s ubiquitous former Iowa communications director, milling around, lending a friendly helping hand to the event planners. This all seemed familiar.
But in other ways during this journalist homecoming, it was bizarro Iowa.
(CNN) - Barack Obama appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman Thursday night to deliver the Top 10 "Surprising Facts About Barack Obama," including his interest in singer Paula Abdul.
From the home office in Wahoo, Nebraska:
10. My first act as President will be to stop the fighting between Lauren and Heidi on “The Hills.”
9. In the Illinois primary, I accidentally voted for Kucinich.
8. When I tell my kids to clean their room, I finish with, “I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message.”
7. Throughout high school, I was consistently voted “Barackiest.”
6. Earlier today I bowled a 39.
5. I have cancelled all my appearances the day the “Sex and the City” movie opens.
4. It’s the birthplace of Fred Astaire. (Sorry, that’s a surprising fact about Omaha)
3. We are tirelessly working to get the endorsement of Kentucky Derby favorite Colonel John.
2. This has nothing to do with the Top Ten, but what the heck is up with Paula Abdul?
1. I have not slept since October.
(CNN) - Another former Democratic National Committee Chairman is backing Barack Obama. One day after former DNC chair Joe Andrew announced his support for Obama’s presidential bid, Massachusetts superdelegate Paul Kirk, who led the party from 1985-89, will officially endorse the Illinois senator Friday.
Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau
USA Today: Obama Narrows Superdelegate Gap
The Democratic nomination race is murkier than ever. Hillary Rodham Clinton is rising in the polls while Barack Obama is gaining ground among superdelegates who will decide the winner.
WSJ: Democrats Scramble for Indiana
Determining the victor in Tuesday's presidential nominating contest in Indiana could very well be left to that most elusive of Democratic primary voter: the Republican.
Washington Times: McCain Sets Sights On Moderates
Faced with a crumbling Republican Party image, Sen. John McCain is gambling on a general-election strategy that relies on winning over conservative Democrats and independents, breaking with President Bush's 2000 and 2004 game plan of focusing on the party's core voters.
LA Times: Ron Paul Supporters Not Lining Up Behind McCain
As far as John McCain is concerned, the Republican presidential nomination is a done deal and the party is united behind him. But thousands of Republicans - particularly supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul - aren't buying that.
Indianapolis Star: Some Refuse To Budge From Candidates' Corners
It's voters that say if their candidate is not chosen as the Democratic candidate they may not vote or may vote Republican - and they're easy to find not only in Indiana but across the nation - that have some Democrats worried that this long primary battle between Obama and Clinton could leave the party divided and defeated this November.
Compiled by Jonathan Helman, CNN Washington Bureau
*Hillary Clinton holds events in Kinston, Hendersonville, and Greensboro, North Carolina. She then will attend the North Carolina Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson dinner in Raleigh, North Carolina.
*John McCain attends a town hall meeting and holds a media availability in Denver, Colorado.
*Barack Obama holds a press conference in Indianapolis, Indiana and an economic town hall meeting in Munster, Indiana. He then travels to North Carolina where he attends a rally in Charlotte and the North Carolina Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson dinner in Raleigh.