Thursday, May 29, 2008

5/29 Morning News: Visiting Iraq...

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Obama weighing visit to Iraq this summer
The Democrat, who has been criticized by Republican rival John McCain for not visiting Iraq since 2006, revealed his plans to The New York Times. He also declined McCain's invitation for a joint trip.
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The Caucus: Obama Says He Is Considering Iraq Trip
CBS: Obama May Visit Iraq, But Not With McCain
FOX: Obama May Plan Trip to Iraq
CNN Ticker: Obama considers trip to Iraq

McCain challenges Obama to visit Iraq
Speaking with evident condescension, Arizona Sen. John McCain needled Barack Obama on Wednesday by offering to travel to Iraq with the Illinois senator to help him gain a better understanding of the war and the consequences of withdrawing troops.
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CBS FtR:
McCain Says Obama Will Change His Mind on War if He Visits Iraq
FOX: An Obama conversion on the road to Baghdad?
CNN Ticker: McCain says Obama's Iraq trip would convince him of success
The Caucus: McCain Raps Obama Again on Iraq, Preconditions

A switch on telecom immunity for McCain?
A top lawyer for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign said telecommunications companies should be forced to explain their role in the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance ... a statement that stands in marked contrast to positions taken by President Bush, McCain and other Republicans in Congress.

Two senators for McCain leave group after ads
Senators Joseph I. Lieberman and Lindsey Graham ... stepped down Wednesday from their positions with an independent group that released a pair of Internet advertisements attacking Senator Barack Obama on Iraq.

Obama: The general election fight should start next week
And when asked by reporters last night aboard his campaign plane if he will be the winner at that point, the Senator from Illinois said "I believe so."

Obama Seeks to Clarify His Disputed Comments on Diplomacy
With his experience and leadership credentials under sharp criticism, Senator Barack Obama and his advisers are trying to clarify what has emerged as a central tenet of his proposed foreign policy: a willingness to meet leaders of enemy nations.

On policy, Obama breaks little new ground
Obama's campaign is "clearly politically transformative, it's clearly from a policy standpoint been cautious," said James K. Galbraith, a liberal activist and economist at the University of Texas at Austin who had backed former senator John Edwards in the early primaries.

Obama Email: "It's You Vs. George W. Bush"
The Obama press team is sending around their latest email to their list of supporters, a direct, confrontational hit on President Bush:...

Florida and Michigan May See Delegates Halved
An analysis by lawyers for the Democratic Party says party rules call for Florida and Michigan to lose at least half their delegate strength at the party’s convention in August, an outcome that could close off Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s last opportunity...
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LA Times:
Democratic panel set to resolve Clinton-Obama delegate dispute
Washington Post: DNC Lawyers Rule Against Clinton
ABC: Disenfranchised Decision Makers? Fight for Fla., Mich.

Rupert Murdoch Says Obama Will Win
Rupert Murdoch -- Chairman of News Corp, new WSJ owner, and longtime torchbearer for conservative politics -- said this about Barack Obama: "He is a rock star. I love what he is saying about education. I think he will win and I am anxious to meet him."

McCain, Bush largely similar on nuclear policies
John McCain's nuclear proposals are largely in line with those of the unpopular President Bush, and even where the two disagree, the Republican presidential candidate has waffled.

Bloomberg, Potential Running Mate for 2 Presidential Hopefuls, Has a Bit of Criticism for 3
“All three are senators. I think if you look at their voting records, all three have shown instances where they have stood up to special interests and, sadly, all three have also signed on to a lot of these special-interest bills,” the mayor said...

Obama, Clinton in Close Battle for South Dakota
The voters of South Dakota look a lot like those who have favored Hillary Rodham Clinton in presidential primaries this year, but her rival, front-runner Barack Obama, has plenty of friends in high places in this rural state.

Dems woo Native American vote
Due to political and geographic realities, contenders are paying heed to this small and historically overlooked voting bloc.

Pelosi prepared to 'step in' to end race
Hillary Clinton has hinted that she is prepared to take her fight to fully seat Florida and Michigan all the way to the party's convention in late August, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that's not going to happen.
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The Caucus:
The Early Word: Pelosi’s Crystal Ball

Foreclosure Phil
Years before Phil Gramm was a McCain campaign adviser and a lobbyist for a Swiss bank at the center of the housing credit crisis, he pulled a sly maneuver in the Senate that helped create today's subprime meltdown.

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Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that John McCain attracting 47% of the vote nationwide while Barack Obama earns 42%.

Public Says Media Harder on Clinton Than Obama, McCain
Although Americans in general think that news media coverage of the three major presidential candidates has been "about right," they are more inclined to say the media have been "too hard" on Hillary Clinton and "too easy" on Barack Obama and John McCain.

Election 2008: Alabama Presidential Election
There are no surprises in the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Presidential race in Alabama. John McCain leads Barack Obama by twenty-eight percentage points, 60% to 32%.

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Commentaries
First Thoughts: Obama Boxed In?
Has McCain boxed Obama in on this issue -- because if he does actually go to Iraq, will it look like McCain’s idea?

Starting Gate: Just Asking
But it is still remarkable, as the primary season winds down, how close Clinton has come – and how little it seems to be impacting the perception of Obama’s candidacy.

The Note: Politics of Okey-Doke
This is Sen. Barack Obama's chance to be the bigger candidate -- and already he's showing a tendency to give.

Team McCain: Ready for Prime Time?
Aides who were lobbyists, preachers who are controversial, a murky message. Can McCain get back on course?

Hillary Agonistes
When Hillary Clinton last Friday said, "We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June (1968) in California," she was not saying anything she had not publicly declared earlier.

Why Should Obama Go To Iraq?
To my mind the more damaging claim - which Obama appears to have confirmed last night - is that he never made the effort to meet privately with General Petraeus at any point during his trips to Washington.

The Controversial Caucuses: An Outsized Influence in 2008
Maybe one of the most intriguing - and nefarious - aspects of this long-running Democratic presidential campaign is that the legitimacy of the system itself has come into question. Doubts, to be sure, have been raised about the role of the unelected "superdelegates".

Moira Whelan: McCain Gaffe Alert: Iran
There should be real questions about whether McCain -- as well as his foreign policy team -- has any knowledge of US-Iranian relations.

Barack And His Shadow: Should He Appoint A Shadow Cabinet Now?
We can contrast Secretary of State Rice with any number of Democrats who are better, smarter and more sophisticated. How about Secretary of Veterans Affairs? I vote for Max Cleland,...

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