Rev. Jeremiah Wright

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'07 Video Shows Obama Praising Rev. Wright

But left is unimpressed by Tucker Carlson's 'bombshell'

(Newser) - It wouldn't be debate night without a media attempt to drum up some eleventh-hour controversy. Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller yesterday released what it termed a "racially charged" video of a speech then-Sen. Barack Obama gave to an audience of black ministers. In it, Obama gives a "... More »

Palin Rips Michelle Obama Over 'Rants Against Whites'

But she loves Simon Cowell

(Newser) - The presidential election is two years away, but Sarah Palin is already taking off the white gloves. She slams First Lady Michelle Obama in her new book for attending controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church for years and "listening to his rants against America and white people." Barack and... More »

Wright: 'Them Jews' Won't Let Me Talk to Obama

(Newser) - The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has no hard feelings against President Obama and will speak to him again when able, the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press reports. Wright, at a ministers conference, said, “them Jews aren’t going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter,... More »

Mac's Messy Message Worries GOP

Party leaders worry about inconsistent messages on Obama, economy

(Newser) - Republican leaders are beginning to worry that John McCain will lose the election unless he can be more consistent about both the financial crisis and Barack Obama, reports the New York Times. Strategists are also voicing renewed concerns about Sarah Palin, after the Alaska Legislature released a report last week... More »

Obama Gets Tough in Sharp New Ads

Camp launching preemptive counter-assault

(Newser) - Barack Obama is getting his political jujitsu on, reports Politico, launching a preemptive strike against John McCain’s upcoming attack ads with an aggressive message of his own: McCain is erratic and out of touch. The McCain camp plans to run ads next week tying Obama to a convicted money... More »

Boo Hoo: Firebrand Priest Suspended

Mocked Hillary from the pulpit, takes leave

(Newser) - The controversial Catholic priest who mocked Hillary Clinton in a guest sermon from the pulpit of Barack Obama's church has been suspended from his own parish, reports the Chicago Tribune. Father Michael Pfleger was ordered to take a weeks-long leave of absence by Chicago's cardinal, "to reflect on his... More »

Obama Quits Trinity Church

Hopeful resigns by letter after latest pulpit controversy

(Newser) - Barack Obama quit his longtime church today in an apparent attempt to quell its latest pulpit controversy, Politico reports. Obama resigned by letter to the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where a reverend accused Hillary Clinton this week of acting "entitled" to the presidency because she is... More »

Rove: Obama's Stretching Truth

Illinois senator "instinctively resorts to parsing, evasions, and misdirection"

(Newser) - Barack Obama is a man who "instinctively resorts to parsing, evasions, and misdirection" writes Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal. Take the Rev. Jeremiah Wright episode—in 62 days, Obama offered eight different characterizations of the controversial preacher ranging from "an old uncle" to someone who "... More »

Barack Bounces Back From Pastor Flap

Most approve of his handling of controversy

(Newser) - Barack Obama appears to be recovering—mostly—from the furor over his former pastor's incendiary remarks, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll. His lead over Hillary Clinton has increased from 8 points to 12 points—50% to 38%—among Democratic primary voters, who also approve of how... More »

Wright Is a Wife-Snatcher: Ex-Parishioner

Rev. got hitched to woman after giving her marital counsel

(Newser) - Barack Obama's controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright was making passes at a parishioner's wife when he was supposed to be giving the couple marriage counseling, the New York Post reports. "People were telling me that my extremely attractive wife was seen with the pastor," said Delmer Reed, who says... More »

Oprah Also Turned On Rev. Wright

TV star didn't want to offend her audience, friend says

(Newser) - Like Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey attended Jeremiah Wright's church but ultimately gave up on it, Newsweek reports. She went for nearly a decade, starting in 1984, and wasn't surprised by his angry sermons. But "Oprah is a businesswoman, first and foremost," a friend said. "She's always been... More »

GOP Support Hits 20-Year Low

But support for McCain remains strong

(Newser) - Voters are poised to embrace John McCain on a personal level even though their regard for the Republican Party has plummeted to an all-time low, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll. Only 27% of the electorate have positive views of the GOP—the lowest level in the poll's... More »

Wright Lashes Out at Media

Pastor controversy rears up again for Obama and McCain

(Newser) - The controversial pastor who triggered trouble for Barack Obama delivered a fiery, unapologetic speech to a sold-out NAACP crowd in Detroit yesterday, blasting "corporate media" for painting him as un-American. "I am not running for the Oval Office," said the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  "I have... More »

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