Friday, June 13, 2008

6/13 Evening News: NBC's Tim Russert Dead at 58

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NBC's Tim Russert dead at 58
The NBC News Washington bureau chief and moderator of “Meet the Press,” died Friday after collapsing while at work.
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NBC's Tim Russert Dead At 58
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Political Journalism Loses A Legend
The Caucus: NBC’s Tim Russert Dies
CNN: 'Meet the Press' host Russert dies at 58
CNN: Obama, McCain react to Russert death
FOX: Candidates Praise Russert as Irreplaceable Icon
FOX Blog: Barack Obama on Tim Russert’s Passing
Politico: Tim Russert, TV legend, dead at 58
Politico: Memorable Tim Russert moments

Obama: Tax incomes above $250,000
Democrat Barack Obama said Friday he would apply the Social Security payroll tax to all annual incomes above $250,000, which would affect the wealthiest 3 percent of Americans.
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Hard week, soft landing for Obama's wife
On Friday, Michelle Obama made her first public appearance since these hubbubs arose, and the campaign made sure she had a nice, soft landing.
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Michelle Obama Becomes Target for Conservatives

Obama Camp Offers One Twon Hall, Four Debates
The Obama campaign offered to do one joint town hall with McCain on the economy and four other debates, including one on foreign policy, the campaign said in a statement. The statement from Obama's campaign manager said the McCain campaign declined the proposal.
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McCain, Obama Fail to Agree on Town Halls
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McCain Challenges Obama on Town Halls Again
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FOX Blog: McCain, Obama Seek Joint Town Halls; Campaigns Can’t Agree on Logistics

Fmr. senator finds son's decision not to endorse Obama ‘puzzling'
This year’s presidential campaign has been one pitting family members against one another.

Fact Check: McCain and Social Security
So when he says now that he won't privatize Social Security, that raises eyebrows. But is he flip-flopping? No, not at all. The Republican presidential candidate is playing a game of semantics.

NJ Obama Backer Goes After McCain, Gas Tax
Under McCain’s plan, the oil companies are not obligated to pass on the savings to the consumers, and these companies have a history of not passing these savings along, Rothman asserted.

Obama's, McCain's sniping over advisers continues
Sen. John McCain's and Sen. Barack Obama's camps Friday continued to snipe at each other over advisers, despite promises from both presidential candidates to engage in civil, issue-based campaigns.

McCain Cancels Event with Controversial Fundraiser
Sen. John McCain on Friday abruptly cancelled a Monday fundraiser that had been scheduled at the home of a Texas oilman, after ABC News contacted the campaign inquiring about a verbal blunder the Texan made during an unsuccessful 1990 campaign for governor.

McCain's Free Trade Support Carries Risks
John McCain is bullish on free trade. The country isn't. Yet McCain doesn't miss many opportunities to reproach Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama's emerging opposition to international trade deals.

McCain: Treat our wives with respect
Sen. John McCain said Friday that every candidate's wife "should be treated with respect, and if there's any disrespectful conduct on the part of anyone, those people should be rejected."

McCain Lashes Out at Court
“The United States Supreme Court yesterday rendered a decision which I think is one of the worst decisions in the history of this country,” he said at the beginning of a town hall meeting at Burlington County College today.
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McCain: Guantanamo Decision One of Worst Ever
FOX Blog: McCain trashes Gitmo decision
FOX: McCain: Guantanamo Ruling One of the ‘Worst Decisions’ in History
TIME: What the Gitmo Ruling Means

Economic woes loom large for McCain, Obama
Reports of rising inflation and weak gains in wages kept the paycheck struggles of Americans at the center of the presidential campaign Friday.

The Influence of Joe Lieberman
Joe Lieberman doesn't have the influence he once enjoyed in Democratic circles. But many American Jews still hold him in high regard, and are paying close attention to what he's saying on the Middle East and Barack Obama's record.

Where has Clinton gone?
But for the last seven days, Hillary Clinton has been nowhere to seen, and Washington is speculating about where exactly the ubiquitous New York senator has gone.

Clinton Fundraisers Swinging Behind Obama
As we first reported here, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe wooed top Clinton donors at a private presentation in Manhattan yesterday, and the early indications are that such efforts are paying off.

A Clinton backer turns to McCain
After eight years of a Bush White House, Will Bower was looking for a Democrat to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January 2009. But not just any Democrat. Bower wanted Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic nomination and move back into the home she left in January 1993.

Tennessee Dem Suggests Obama May Be ‘Terrorist Connected’
Proving just how important Barack Obama’s new rumor-busting Web site could be, a Tennessee Democratic Party member told a local newspaper that the presumptive nominee of his party “may be terrorist connected.”

McCain and Obama Condoms Make Safe Bedfellows
While some New Yorkers are hustling to pick up free condoms distributed by Trojan today, others are showing their support for the presidential candidate of their choice by ordering John McCain and Barack Obama condoms from a local entrepreneur.

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Polling / Electoral College Updates
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 43%
Barack Obama leads John McCain in national registered voter preferences for the election, but by a slightly narrower margin than he had earlier this week, 46% vs. 43%.

Poll: Republican support, enthusiasm down
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Survey out Friday indicates that 2008 may not be a good year for Republicans up and down the ticket, even though most national surveys indicate the race for the White House between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama is quite close right now.

Election 2008: Oregon Presidential Election
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows Barack Obama still holding a comfortable lead over John McCain in Oregon 46% to 38%. But, that's down from a fourteen point lead...

Polls: Obama ahead by 4 over McCain
Forty seven percent of registered voters are backing the senator from Illinois in a new CNN Poll of Polls, released Friday, with 43 percent supporting the senator from Arizona. Ten percent of voters are unsure when it comes to their choice for president.

Election 2008: Electoral College Update
The Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator (see methodology below) shows Barack Obama leading in states with 185 Electoral College votes while John McCain leads in states with 174 votes. When leaners are included, Obama leads 260-240.

Religious Americans Prefer McCain Over Obama
John McCain beats Barack Obama in a general-election trial heat by a 47% to 42% margin among voters who say religion is an important part of their daily lives, while Obama wins by an overwhelming 58% to 33% margin among voters who say religion is not an important part of their lives.

Poll: Dems Satisfied With Obama As Nominee -- And Republicans Aren't With McCain
A new number from the latest Hotline/Diageo poll goes a long way toward dispelling the idea that Barack Obama is leading a seriously divided party. On the contrary, the poll suggests that it's John McCain who has a problem in this regard.

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Commentaries
The Secret Conversation
Having just seen a brilliant production of "Nixon's Nixon" at Washington's Round House Theater, ... I have a newfound appreciation for the usefulness of literary license to fill the vacuum until history fills in the facts.

The Town Hall Conundrum
But the thing is, it's easy to dismiss the age issue when you're the only candidate on stage. Not so easy: dismissing it when you're standing alongside a rival who leads by as much as 30 points among young voters...

Can Voters Be Objective About The Economy?
The big question is: when voters make decisions about presidents, about how things are going in the country and about policy, are they making an objective assessment, or are they expressing an opinion to which they are already predisposed - and which is expected?

McCain or Obama better for foreign policy?
The director of the Pew project suggests Obama’s appeal has “crossed the waters”, maybe because of his opposition to the Iraq war or because of his “charismatic qualities” or because he’s different from typical presidential candidates.

Roberto Lovato: Obama and McCain on Immigration: Life vs. Death
The most strategic and important opportunity to turn the page on the immigration debate via the elections does not orbit around the twin axes of legalization and border security.

Christian Ministry Attacks Obama and Lies About Bibles For Our Troops
While plenty of Bibles seem to be available to troops who want them, ministries like Revival Fires want to ensure that every soldier receives one -- whether they want one or not.

Will High Gas Prices Be A Campaign Issue -- Against Obama and the Democrats?
McCain will either give us more of the same disastrous policies, or create a "climate tax" of his own -- one that's less effective in reducing emissions and easier on the big polluters.

NAFTA: America's Energy Solution
North America should forget a continental energy policy which will guarantee its economic pre-eminence -- but this will only work if the US imposes strict conservation and Mexico changes its oil policies immediately.

Campaign Comedy Corner
When he became a Navy jet pilot, McCain put, count 'em, three planes into the drink. One thing's for sure: if Senator McCain doesn't make it to the White House, he sure won't be flying for American Airlines.

What Happened to McCain the Reformer?
If you're John McCain it shouldn't be hard to come up with a simple, compelling message that is a credible alternative to Obama's. Yet it's not happening.

John McCain's Wealthy "Family Values"
McCain, who "aggressively courted" Cindy while he was still married to his first wife, owes his entire career in Arizona politics, and hence in national politics, to his wife's wealth and family connections.

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