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Also slogging along: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (3 percent), Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware (2 percent), and Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio and former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska (1 percent each). Eleven percent of the respondents are undecided.

The survey was conducted from June 11 to Thursday and had a margin of error of four percentage points.

Mrs. Clinton also outpolls Republican hopefuls in hypothetical November matchups, according to another Rasmussen survey of 800 likely voters. That survey had her defeating former Sen. Fred Thompson by 48 percent to 43 percent and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts by a 50 percent to 41 percent margin.


During his 12 years in politics, Sen. Barack Obama has received nearly three times more campaign cash from indicted businessman Tony Rezko and his associates than he has publicly acknowledged, the Chicago Sun-Times said yesterday. The Illinois Democrat has collected at least $168,308 from Mr. Rezko and his circle, along with an unknown amount of money from people who attended fundraising events hosted by Mr. Rezko since the mid-1990s.

But seven months ago, the lawmaker told the newspaper his “best estimate” was that Mr. Rezko raised “between $50,000 and $60,000” during Mr. Obama’s political career.

Obama, who wants to be the nation’s next president, has been purging some of those donations — giving charities more than $30,000 he got from Rezko and three of his business partners referenced in Rezko’s federal indictments. All three attended a lavish fundraiser Rezko hosted for Obama four years ago,” the Sun-Times said.

Obama, however, has kept $6,850 from others who also are referenced in Rezko’s indictments. Obama also has hung on to contributions from doctors whom Rezko helped appoint to a state government panel involved in some of Rezko’s alleged fraud schemes.”

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Those hit hardest by the effects of massive illegal immigration are often legal American black and Hispanic citizens, say two groups opposed to free-for-all borders and freewheeling amnesty.

“More often than not, the faces of those most directly harmed by mass illegal immigration are brown or black,” said Al Rodriguez, chairman of You Don’t Speak for Me, a coalition of American Hispanics opposed to giving amnesty to illegal aliens.

“Millions of hardworking American Hispanics are victimized by illegal immigration when resources are diverted from their children’s education to make room for the children of illegal aliens, and every time they look for work only to find that the job has gone to an illegal alien,” Mr. Rodriguez said.

“For centuries, American blacks struggled first for emancipation and then for their full rights and opportunities as citizens,” added Ted Hayes, chairman of Choose Black America, a black organization fighting amnesty.

“Illegal immigration and the proposed amnesty threaten to undo that struggle in the space of one generation. Before George Bush and a handful of legislators in Washington sign away our children’s future, we demand a seat at the table to have our voices heard,” Mr. Hayes said.

The pair will appear at the National Press Club today to elaborate.

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