Morning Buzz: Monday, April 14, 2008


Barack Obama scolded rival Hillary Clinton yesterday, saying, "Shame on her," and mocking the former first lady's sudden vocal support for gun rights. Clinton has been criticizing Obama for being "elitist and divisive" following remarks the Illinois senator made about working-class voters. (Obama said voters were bitter over their economic circumstances and thus "cling to guns and religion" when deciding whom to vote for.) "She is running around talking about how this is an insult to sportsmen, how she values the Second Amendment. She's talking like she's Annie Oakley," Obama told an audience of Pennsylvanians.

A growing majority of Americans say they won't buy a house anytime soon, an Associated Press poll is showing this morning, revealing Americans' hesitation to dip into what they see as a struggling housing market. In addition, more than a quarter of homeowners worry that their home will lose value in the next two years, and 1 in 7 is concerned about being unable to make mortgage payments on time in the next six months. 

Microsoft has been trying to persuade Windows customers to switch to its newest version of the operating system Vista for months now, but not all customers seem to be buying it. With Microsoft's plan to stop selling Vista's predecessor, Windows XP, in June, XP enthusiasts have peppered the Internet with "Save XP" blog postings and petitions hoping the software giant will reconsider. While Microsoft extended the XP deadline once, so far the company shows no sign of doing it again.