[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/23/art.flag.gi.jpg caption="A new poll shows a racial divide over Americans' views on whether conditions in this country have improved for black men."](CNN) - Although blacks and whites agree that conditions have improved for African-American women over the past decade, there are very different views on the status of black men, according to a CNN/Essence Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Thursday morning.
According to the new poll, while 60 percent of whites think that conditions have improved for African-American men in the last 10 years, only 35 percent of blacks agree. Nine percent of whites and more than a third of blacks say conditions have worsened for African-American males in the same time period.
There is greater optimism about the past 40 years, but the gap remains the same - 85 percent of whites and only 58 percent pf blacks think that conditions have improved for black men since 1968.
Conversely, a majority of both races believe black women have made progress over the last decade, and especially since 1968. The survey shows 65 percent of blacks and 70 percent of whites say conditions have improved for black women since 1998 while 75 percent of blacks and 87 percent of whites say life has improved for black women over the last 40 years.
The poll results are part of a CNN special report hosted by Soledad O'Brien, Black in America: Stories of success, struggle, pain and pride. The special airs on CNN Wednesday and Thursday night, 9 p.m. ET.
Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas
CNN Washington Bureau
CNN: Obama prepares to deliver speech in Berlin
Without offering up too many hints, Senator Barack Obama told reporters that his much-anticipated public address here later today will not be "a wonkish policy speech." Obama sought to "tamp down" expectations of crowd size and did concede he was seeking out a larger audience beyond the one that will gather in Tiergarten Park.
NY Times: With Arizona Changing, McCain Focuses on Home
As a general rule, Senator John McCain does not alert the news media when he eats breakfast in Arizona. But on a Monday morning this month, Mr. McCain campaigned in a local diner, after a Sunday stop at his campaign office here, where he urged volunteers to “make sure we get our voters registered, to make sure we are organized.”
Washington Post: McCain Still Waiting for His Turn at Good Luck
It seemed like a great way to counter Obamamania. Sen. John McCain would board a helicopter in New Orleans today, skim quickly over the Gulf of Mexico and land on an oil rig - a made-for-TV moment to highlight his call for offshore drilling, an issue that Republicans believe will be a big winner in November.
WSJ: 'Generation Gap' Widens in the 2008 Electorate
Voter preferences have long been split by race and gender, but this year's election is adding another divide: a sharp age gap. Democrat Barack Obama has a strong lead among younger voters, and Republican John McCain is solidly in front among older voters. That divide has grown in the past month, according to the Wall Street Journal/NBC News
CNN Radio: Criticism of President Bush gets septic and the VP field appears to have narrowed
Your daily presidential campaign goof, Louisiana's governor makes a clear statement about his future, and San Francisco's sewer system could become a political statement. Lisa Desjardins has today's CNN Radio political ticker.
Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas
CNN Washington Bureau
* Sen. John McCain holds a town hall meting at the Livestrong Summit in Columbus, OH.
* Sen. Barack Obama continues his overseas travel, speaking in Berlin, Germany.
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(CNN)— The spotlight is on Sen. Barack Obama as he makes his way through the Middle East. The presumptive Democratic nominee talked with top Israeli officials Wednesday and tried to ease some of their worries.
One of the main topics of discussion was the issue of nuclear threats by Iran. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Senior Political Analyst Candy Crowley has the story on how Obama intends to stand by Israel if faced with this situation.
Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain is also vying for the spotlight. In an attempt to keep up with his rival, the senator’s campaign is trying a new tactic: “counter-programming”. CNN’s Dana Bash reports on some of the unusual allegations coming out of the McCain camp.
Meanwhile: President Bush did something out of the ordinary when he changed his mind on a bill that helps homeowners keep their homes. CNN’s Ed Henry has the story on the president’s change of heart and how his new decision might cause some problems in the Senate.
Finally: One lone camera caught a questionable comment made by Bush not meant to be heard at a private event last week. Now this video has made its way onto YouTube. CNN’s Mary Snow has the details on Bush’s controversial criticism about Wall Street.
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(CNN) - Barack Obama departed Israel early Thursday after a pre-dawn visit to one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites, the Western Wall.
Under tight security, Obama arrived at a section of the Wall that had been cordoned off at 5:11am local time. While the visit had not been announced in advance, dozens of people were waiting in the darkness for his arrival.
Obama, wearing a white yarmulke, walked towards the site with the Rabbi of the Wall. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich read Psalm 122, and he and Obama looked through a Holy Book on a stand. Obama placed a note written before he arrived in the Wall, following a custom of visitors to the sacred site. Obama then bowed his head and placed his hand on the Wall for a few moments.
CNN producer Sasha Johnson, a pool reporter for the brief visit, reports a man screamed “Obama, Jerusalem is not for sale” throughout the event despite pleas from the crowd for him to stop.
Obama shook hands with some in the crowd as many reached out to him as he departed. He then went by motorcade to the airport in Tel Aviv, where he took off for Berlin.