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An O-Bomb-a Shell?

Oct. 29 2008, Published 12:54 p.m. ET

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So much for the press being objective.

The Los Angeles Times is declining to release a videotape which reportedly shows Presidential candidate Barack Obama toasting a highly controversial political figure.

The tape allegedly has Obama praising friend Rashid Khalidi, who is said to have been a spokesman for Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization from 1976-1982, a group committed to the ousting of Israel from the Middle East.

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The occasion was a 2003 dinner for Khalidi, who was Obama's frequent companion at the University of Chicago. Khalidi was about to leave for a position at Columbia University in New York.

The Democratic nominee is said to have told the gathering, "I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation...not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table (but around) this entire world."

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