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Obama adviser Malley resigns after meeting with Hamas

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Rob Malley, a Middle East policy adviser to likely Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, resigned after news surfaced that he had been meeting with Hamas -- something Obama pledged he himself would never do.

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said Saturday Malley called the Obama campaign on Friday to sever ties with the candidate after learning the Times of London was publishing a story about his contacts with the terrorist group.




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Malley is an analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based International Crisis Group, specializing in the Israeli-Arab conflict. He told NBC News that his job "is to meet with all sorts of savory and unsavory people and report on what they say. I've never denied whom I meet with; that's what I do."

LaBolt said, "Sen. Obama strongly opposes talking to Hamas, a terrorist group committed to Israel's destruction. As president, he will work to isolate Hamas and target its resources, and rejects any dialogue until Hamas recognizes Israel, renounces terrorism, and abides by previous agreements."

LaBolt, downplaying Malley's role, said, "Rob Malley has, like hundreds of other experts, provided informal advice to the campaign in the past. He has no formal role in the campaign and he will not play any role in the future."

The issue of whether to have dealings with Hamas is a particularly sensitive matter for Obama, who needs to persuade skeptical Jewish voters that he is a strong supporter of Israel. Last week, presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) highlighted a Hamas leader's statement that he hoped Obama would win the White House. Asked about McCain's suggestion that Obama is "favored by Hamas," Obama said McCain was "losing his bearings as he pursues this nomination."

Last month, as former President Jimmy Carter was set to meet with Hamas leaders, Obama told a group of Jewish activists and clergy in Philadelphia that he would not sit down with Hamas.




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Why do I sense that there's a big story people are sitting on here?
Obama announced a few saturdays back that he was about to announce that he was going to the MIddleast---and then Jimmy Carter went.
Carter is a much better FORMER president than he was in the oval office. Was he going to take his protege there with him?
Gee, that would be popular, huh?

JIMMY CARTER MET WITH HAMAS, OBAMA SAID HE WOULDN'T MEET WITH
THEM! TALK WHAT IS CORRECT, GROW UP AND GO BACK TO SCHOOL!
AMERICA WAKE-UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE, AND YOU TOO HILLARY!
OBAMA BEATS HILLARY, OBAMA WILL DEFEAT MCCAIN, HIS ELEVATOR
DOESN'T GO TO THE TOP FLOOR! WE DON'T WANT TO RELIVE 1929, THAT'S
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF MCCAIN GET BUSH'S THIRD TERM!
HAVE YOU LOST YOUR JOB LATELY?
HAVE YOU LOST YOUR HOME LATELY?
IS GAS HIGH ENOUGH FOR YOU?
ARE YOU ABLE TO TAKE A VACATION IN YOUR RV THIS SUMMER?
I KNOW YOU'RE AWAKE NOW, OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT, BEFORE WE SINK LIKE
THE BISMARK!

Obama''s race is the ''elephant'' in the voter booth

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s race and inflammatory racial remarks made by his former preacher negatively affect how likely voters view the candidate, according to a new Herald-Leader/WKYT Kentucky Poll.
More than one in five likely Democratic voters surveyed said being black hurts Obama’s chances of winning an election in Kentucky, compared to 4 percent who said Obama’s race helps him.
Although more than half of respondents said his race isn’t a factor in the election, many of those surveyed also said racially charged remarks by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright will play an important role as they decide whom to support in the May 20 primary.
Wright’s remarks are important or very important to 43 percent of those polled. Among white voters, his statements were important to 46 percent, compared to only 11 percent of black voters.
“Race is still the elephant in the room, and the Rev. Wright issue hits at remaining racial prejudices and fears that people here might have,” said Saundra Ardrey, head of the political science department at Western Kentucky University.

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