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April 28, 2008 | Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune
The former pastor of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a Detroit crowd Sunday that he was "running for Jesus," not public office, and that Americans should know by now that "different does not mean deficient" when it comes to the African American church. "If I were pushing one particular candidate I would say, 'Yes, we can,' " the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. told 10,000 people at the NAACP's 53rd annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner.
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May 18, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - "Super PACs," the free-ranging groups formed to exploit a new era of unbridled campaign spending, have dominated the 2012 presidential race, buoying a succession of Republican candidates and helping propel Mitt Romney to the party's nomination. But the bombs-away mentality threatened to blow up on Romney on Thursday when plans surfaced for an ad blitz reminding voters of President Obama's past ties to the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., his controversial former Chicago pastor.
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April 25, 2008 | Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. told journalist Bill Moyers that media organizations circulating controversial sound bites of his sermons on the Internet wanted to paint him as "un-American" or "some sort of fanatic" to bring down Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
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April 28, 2008 | Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune
The former pastor of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a Detroit crowd Sunday that he was "running for Jesus," not public office, and that Americans should know by now that "different does not mean deficient" when it comes to the African American church. "If I were pushing one particular candidate I would say, 'Yes, we can,' " the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. told 10,000 people at the NAACP's 53rd annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner.
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May 18, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - "Super PACs," the free-ranging groups formed to exploit a new era of unbridled campaign spending, have dominated the 2012 presidential race, buoying a succession of Republican candidates and helping propel Mitt Romney to the party's nomination. But the bombs-away mentality threatened to blow up on Romney on Thursday when plans surfaced for an ad blitz reminding voters of President Obama's past ties to the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., his controversial former Chicago pastor.
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March 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, canceled plans to receive an award at a summit on black churches. Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth announced on its website that Wright would not be attending the State of the Black Church Summit and awards banquet in Dallas. The school was to present him with an award Saturday.
OPINION
May 4, 2008 | Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Like the rest of the loyal followers of Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., cartoonists spent the week giving Sen. Barack Obama's ex-preacher his Warhol quarter-hour. With the furor over the Democratic front-runner's baptism-by-ire, you'd almost think there was no war, no recession, no ... wait, Dwane Powell's cartoon makes the point so much better. Matt Davies identified a court ruling to render judgment on, and Matt Bors took pen in hand to focus on the Geneva Convention. Nice rendition, Matt, but wouldn't the Bush-Cheney crowd consider having their feet held to the fire to be torture?
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May 23, 2008 | Maeve Reston and Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
After enduring criticism for weeks, John McCain broke Thursday with two controversial televangelists whose endorsements he once trumpeted in a bid to win support from religious conservatives. At a late-afternoon rally in Stockton, McCain said he rejected the endorsement of John Hagee after learning of a recording in which the San Antonio pastor portrayed Adolf Hitler as being sent by God to force Jews "to come back to the land of Israel."
OPINION
May 13, 2012 | By Madison T. Shockley II
President Obama's conversion from nay to yay on same-sex marriage raises an interesting political question: What happens to his support among black voters who, in most states where the issue has been on the ballot, have been overwhelmingly against it? In spite of eloquent pleas from NAACP chapters and progressive black clergy, the black electorate remains unmoved. In fact, until his announcement Wednesday, Obama's views seem to have been shaped by that same community, especially the black church.
OPINION
June 10, 2008
Re "It was Iraq, stupid," Opinion, June 5 Rosa Brooks continues to perpetuate the biggest canard in modern political history: the difference between Hillary Clinton's vote for the Iraq war and Barack Obama's opposition. Obama was a civilian observer who was subjected to none of the pressure that Clinton was. The biggest deception during the battle for the Democratic nomination was the obfuscation of Obama's past, especially his poor judgment. He insisted that his judgment was superior to Clinton's experience.
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April 25, 2008 | Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. told journalist Bill Moyers that media organizations circulating controversial sound bites of his sermons on the Internet wanted to paint him as "un-American" or "some sort of fanatic" to bring down Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
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June 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Chicago Cardinal Francis George asked Father Michael Pfleger to take a leave to "reflect on his recent statements" regarding New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and her bid for the White House. During a guest sermon at Sen. Barack Obama's former church last week, Pfleger mocked Clinton, saying she felt entitled to the Democratic nomination for president. Pfleger's comments, along with past controversial statements by Trinity United Church of Christ's former longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., led Obama to resign his membership.
NEWS
September 4, 2008 | ROSA BROOKS
That John McCain -- he's such a maverick! Just when you thought you had him figured out, McCain threw another curveball -- picking rookie Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom he barely knows, as his running mate. As ex-Democrat Joe Lieberman told the Republican convention Tuesday night, everyone recognizes McCain's "record of independence. Uh-huh. Some might call it reckless for a 72-year-old to offer the vice presidency of the United States to someone with as little national experience as Palin.
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