Evening News Roundup

various networks

ABC: After lead story on Olympic protests, news of Clinton asking Bush to skip opening ceremony. Package on fallout from Penn demotion, possible impact on superdelegates. Teamsters head Hoffa called for Penn’s “complete severance” from Clinton’s campaign. Mention of McCain’s speech on Iraq and “failure of leadership” charge against Democrats, and Tuesday’s Petraeus/Crocker hearings in Washington. Report from Iraq and Afghanistan found many troops following race closely, and planning to vote.

CBS: Brief mention that Clinton and Obama both oppose Colombian free trade deal that Bush promoted Monday.

NBC: Led with polygamist compound raid, then Olympic torch protests noting Clinton’s call on Bush to boycott opening ceremony. Covered McCain’s “glass half full” Iraq speech where he called into question his rivals’ judgment. Briefly noted Penn demotion after “embarrassing conflict of interest.” Then, turned to Petraeus hearings, previewing his report, highlighting candidates jumping off the trail to question him.

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