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The Charlotte Observer, North Carolina's largest newspaper, has endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president.

Do the Democrats need a restoration of the past, or is it time for a change? We think it's time for a change. We recommend a vote for Barack Obama in Tuesday's primary.

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Tue Apr 29, 2008 at 10:43 AM PDT

North Carolina Roundup

by Sir Walter Raleigh

Hillary has to do well (if not win outright) in North Carolina to continue to make the assertion she is a viable candidate.  Period.

The demographics in North Carolina most closely resemble those of other New South states (Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland) which Obama won handily.  However, North Carolina has a few quirks that may make things interesting.

More after the jump...

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John McCain can't (or more accurately won't) win California in November.  Politico has an article up today suggesting that he can, but he can't.  Let's take a look at a couple of the points covered in the article before hitting the real reason.

1) He's a moderate.

He is strong on the environment, he talks about low taxes and ending waste, he retains a somewhat maverick image, and he could be popular with independents.

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John McCain's chances of winning CA in Nov. are?

12%10 votes
25%20 votes
62%49 votes

| 79 votes | Vote | Results

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Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 11:23 AM PDT

Blowout in North Carolina?

by Sir Walter Raleigh

Despite Bill saying North Carolina is a must win for Hillary, she is still down by 12 pts. in the latest Real Clear Politics Average for the state.  MSNBC's First Read points out one good indicator - both leading Democratic gubernatorial candidates have not only endorsed Obama, but fighting over who supports him more.  Richard Moore has ran a radio advertisement touting his support on radio stations aimed at African-American audiences and Beverly Purdue has sent a mailing targeting African-American households.

More after the jump...

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Hillary's chances to win in North Carolina are:

18%63 votes
17%61 votes
63%215 votes

| 339 votes | Vote | Results

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Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 06:15 AM PDT

London’s airport error

by Sir Walter Raleigh

The Economist again revisited the plight of London’s three airports in an excellent editorial piece entitled "How to fix Heathrow" (the editors of The Economist obviously fly into and out of London frequently as often as the magazine talks about the airports).  London made it’s first mistake when it privatized its airports in 1987, selling Heathrow, Gatwick, and Standsted to BAA (now owned by Spanish firm Ferrovial).

I’m not opposed to privatization at a philosophical level.  Nor do I join with the liaise faire capitalists’ strident claims that the private sector always bests the public sector in efficiency and effectiveness.  I am also skeptical of the frequent claims that the waste seen in the public sector would never happen in the private sector.  I’ve worked in the private sector long enough to know that vast swaths of inefficiency and waste exist, and that it is not a magic pill in of itself.

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Diaries here, here, and here cite a WSJ report that the remaining six Democratic Congressmen from North Carolina are prepared to endorse Barack Obama (Rep. G.K. Butterfield has already endorsed Obama).

An update on the [Raleigh] News & Observer Under the Dome blog refutes this, however.

More on the current NC U.S. Representative situation, as well as other possible high profile endorsements after the jump...

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Current Central Intelligence Agency Director General Michael Hayden appeared on Meet the Press with Tim Russert this morning, in his first Sunday morning interview since taking office.  He made a number of statements worth further examination.

He discussed the situation in Iraq, the situation in Afghanistan, interrogation techniques, and our intelligence on Saddam Hussein.

What we learned after the jump...

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