News Buzz: Clinton, Obama Make Last Pitches in Pennsylvania, Jimmy Carter on Hamas, and more

Today Pennsylvania will get another heavy dose of presidential politics as the Clintons—Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea—and Barack Obama and his surrogates crisscross the Keystone State one last time before tomorrow's primary. Hillary Clinton and her family will have separate campaign stops and then join up in Philadelphia.

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Today Pennsylvania will get another heavy dose of presidential politics as the Clintons—Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea—and Barack Obama and his surrogates crisscross the Keystone State one last time before tomorrow's primary. Hillary Clinton and her family will have separate campaign stops and then join up in Philadelphia. Obama will visit numerous places and then end his evening in Pittsburgh. Also today in Pittsburgh, Clinton picked up an endorsement from an unusual source, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which is owned by conservative billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. During the Clinton administration, Scaife funded many of the investigations that plagued the former president's office. The Tribune-Review's competition, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, endorsed Obama last week. U.S. News keeps you up to date with the latest news on the presidential race at USNews.com/Campaign2008.

Former President Jimmy Carter told a crowd in Jerusalem today that Hamas—the Islamic militant group that in the past has called for the destruction of Israel—is prepared to have the Jewish state as its "neighbor in peace." Carter met last week with the top leaders of Hamas in Syria to help negotiate Israeli-Palestinian peace. Hamas leaders told Carter that "they would accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders," Carter said, referring to the borders that existed before Israel captured large swaths of land in the 1967 Mideast war—including the West Bank, east Jerusalem, and Gaza.

As clashes continue between Shiite militiamen and government troops in Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki today urged other Arab countries to reopen their embassies in Baghdad to show support for his government. Maliki has been in a showdown with cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, insisting that Sadr disband the Mahdi Army militia. On Sunday, Sadr again refused, and violence erupted when six were killed in Baghdad's Sadr City.

—Nikki Schwab