Saturday, June 14, 2008

6/14 Evening News: Putting Forth an Economic Agenda

News Items
Obama hits McCain, oil companies
Democrat Barack Obama told voters Saturday he would push an aggressive economic agenda as president: cutting taxes for the middle class, raising taxes on the wealthy, pouring money into "green energy" and requiring employers to set up retirement saving plans for their workers.
Related Articles:
CNN:
Obama lays out energy, tax plans, criticizes McCain's

Obama Goes One on One, Battling ‘Just a Speechmaker’ Label
Fighting the perception that he is only a razzle-dazzle speechmaker, Barack Obama devoted most of his time in the past week to intimate campaign appearances.

Examining Obama’s Call for Scrutiny of Trade Deals
Senator Barack Obama’s criticisms of foreign trade deals come as part of a populist campaign message — but the issues are very complex.

Warner Accepts Dem Senate Nomination, Takes Himself Out of VP Running
Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner has accepted the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate and taken himself out of the mix as a possible running mate for Barack Obama.
Related Articles:
Politico: Strike Gov. Warner from the list

Obama courts the Latino vote
During the primaries on Super Tuesday, he received only 35 percent of Latinos' vote, while former rival Sen. Hilary Clinton's received 63 percent. "There really wasn't an opportunity for Barack Obama to introduce himself to Latino voters.

Obama: ‘We Bring a Gun’
Senator Barack Obama was campaigning Friday night in Philadelphia. But he was talking about "the Chicago way."
Related Articles:
Washington Wire: Obama: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’

Monkey doll named for Obama called racist
A Utah company offering online a sock monkey named for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said it didn't mean to anger anyone with a "cute and cuddly" toy that some are calling racist.

Obama identifies with Clinton
"You're the only one who knows what I've gone through and I'm the only one who knows what you've gone through."

McCain Courts Democrats, Independents
Senator John McCain’s “virtual” town hall this afternoon was held with a crowd unusually hostile to his views.

McCain Reaches Out To Clinton Supporters, Promises to Appoint More Women in Government
Attempting to reach out to Democratic voters, independents, and especially Hillary Clinton supporters, John McCain held a town hall meeting via conference call today where he praised Clinton’s work and her campaign.
Related Articles:
FOX: Candidates Intensify Battle for Clinton Backers
Politico: The battle for Clinton backers

In ’74 Thesis, the Seeds of McCain’s War Views
An essay written for the National War College in 1974 illuminates some of the themes of Senator John McCain’s political career and the development of his views on foreign policy.
Related Articles:
NYT: John McCain's National War College Essay (pdf)

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Commentaries
Aiming to Avoid the Dole-Drums
McCain needs to learn from the mistakes of another honored war hero who ran for the White House and lost.

Attention Must Be Paid
Senator? Senator! I have gray hair and crow's feet and a lifetime of being underestimated. I'm nobody's sweetie. And I vote.

The Coming Storm (or, why McCain as Nominee is Great for Democrats)
After chewing on the situation, I decided recently to ask McCain a question about fidelity. The first reason has to do with raw politics. The second is McCain is already on thin ice with evangelicals.

The Silly Debate Over Whether Obama is Black or Mixed-Race
Yet, this silly debate continues to rage -- and the debate is even sillier when one considers that science has long since debunked the notion of a pure racial type.

Why The Democracy League Won't Work
This idea has been put forth both by Democrats and, most famously, by Republican presidential candidate, John McCain.

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