Hillary to Break Fund-raising Records — Again

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Updated

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is expected to raise more in the second quarter of 2007 than she did in the first. That would mean that she would top the $26 million she raised in her initial fund-raising efforts, according to a campaign memo that was obtained by the New York Times. Among those helping her meet goals are Ron Burkle, the supermarket magnate, who is expected to raise $500,000 at a dinner tonight. The Huffington Post reports that the Obama campaign expects to outraise Hillary in the second quarter — although the campaign denies that.

Hil for Youth:
A young and hip Hillary event in D.C. wasn’t exactly young and, despite Katherine McPhee’s presence and prodding, had a bit of trouble being hip, reports the Washington Post.

Elephant in the Room: Helena Andrews of The Politico wonders why “Knocked Up” doesn’t use the term “abortion.” It’s a word that most comedy writers won’t touch with a ten-foot pole, even if thirty-five years ago, Norman Lear centered an entire episode of his comedy “Maude” around the issue.

Willis in Republican Retreat?: Bruce Willis still detests Bill Clinton, but is dismayed by the government’s response to Walter Reed, reports the Politico’s Shenanigans blog. He tells Playboy, “I’m appalled by what’s going on now. Look at the returning vets. The Walter Reed hospital scandal is just another example of how we treat them. I say give them all a million dollars. If you serve your country and get blown up, and you’re in a wheelchair for the rest of your life or you lose an arm, you should be taken care of.”

The Anti-“JFK”: Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone bought rights to Vincent Bugliosi’s “Reclaiming History,” the sprawling, 1,600-plus-page tome that aims to put to rest all of the JFK assassination conspiracy theories.  Many years later, it is sort of the counter to  Oliver Stone’s “JFK,” which seemed to reignite a new wave of doubts about the Warren Commission report. The HBO miniseries will be hefty: 10 parts. My choice would be to simply adapt Thomas Mallon’s book “Mrs. Paine’s Garage,” into a 90-minute movie. It is the story of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Dallas landlord, and a quick read will show you how implausible so many of the conspiracy theories are.

For Obama?: McCain campaign adviser Mark McKinnon wrote a memo suggesting that should McCain not win the nomination, he would be an Obama supporter, reports Newsweek.

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