Saturday, June 14, 2008

6/14 Morning News: Facing Off on Habeus Corpus

News Items
Obama and McCain Square Off on Habeas Corpus Rights for Accused Terrorists
Obama, a former senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, cited "that principle of habeas corpus, that a state can't just hold you for any reason without charging you and without giving you any kind of due process -- that’s the essence of who we are.

Election Is The Difference Between “More Fair” And “Less Fair” Judiciary Obama Says
He added, “If you want to preserve civil liberties, if you want to preserve civil rights, if you want to make sure that the courts are looking out for consumers and not just big business then that should be a factor in your decision making in this election.”

Obama considering world tour ahead of August convention
Barack Obama may depart this summer from his road-warrior tour of election-battleground states to take a trip around the world, one intended to shore up his credentials on foreign policy.
With a foreign trip under discussion in the Obama camp, any itinerary almost certainly would include a stop in Iraq.

Gas Prices Take Center Stage in Presidential Race
Gas prices again are taking center stage in the presidential campaign, as Barack Obama and John McCain pitch energy policies they say will give voters critical relief at a time when basic living expenses are skyrocketing.

Black conservatives conflicted on Obama campaign
Black conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams has never voted for a Democrat for president. That could change this year with Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's nominee.

The Early Word: McCain Cancels Fund-Raiser
The latest casualty of the vetting wars is a McCain fund-raiser at the home of a Texas oilman who joked about rape in a 1990 gubernatorial race.
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McCain Cancels Fundraiser With Oilman Who Made Rape Joke
Politico: Dems badger McCain on money

McCain, wife owed $225,000 in credit card debt
Senators John McCain and Barack Obama released their Senate financial disclosure statements on Friday, revealing that Mr. McCain and his wife had at least $225,000 in credit card debt and that Mr. Obama and his wife had put more than $200,000 into college funds for their daughters.

World's longest political question?
Video: Sen. John McCain may rethink his question-and-answer forums after someone takes nearly three minutes to ask his question. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

Democratic Convention Committee Faces $15M Shortfall
The host committee for the Democratic National Convention faces a possible shortfall of $15 million, complicating logistics for the August event and forcing it to abruptly postpone a media walkthrough of the site scheduled for next week.

Campaigns Unable to Agree on Series of Meetings
But after a round of proposals and counterproposals, the campaigns failed to reach an agreement on Friday on how often to meet and when any head-to-head matchups should occur.

Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama 45%, McCain 42%
Barack Obama maintains a three percentage point advantage over John McCain in national registered voter preferences for the general election, with a 45% to 42% edge in Gallup Poll Daily tracking interviewing conducted June 10 and 12-13.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Barack Obama attracting 47% of the vote while John McCain earns 40%. When “leaners” are included, Obama holds a six-point advantage, 49% to 43%.

Obama is ‘Exotic,’ But to Each a Different Way
Regardless of Pat Buchanan's actual intent when he used the word, “exotic” has been used to describe Barack Obama by many, including the candidate himself.

Shayana Kadidal: John McCain, Legal Historian
As McCain claims, judges are indeed "unaccountable" to voters. That is precisely why they are well-situated to serve to hold the executive branch accountable for its abuses and incompetence.

Tim Russert: A Different Type of American Royalty
Tim will always set a great example for me. Today I feel jolted and numb with grief, already missing him more than I could have imagined. That legacy is the mark of a selfless person and leader.

In Defense of Lobbyists
Behind this stigmatization of lobbyists is the notion that the failure to produce legislation in the public interest stems from the existence of lobbyists. Which is obviously nonsense.

Biden for VP?
Before multimillionaire Democratic power broker James A. Johnson quit as Sen. Barack Obama's chief vice presidential screener, the name that came to the fore in his internal discussions was 65-year-old, six-term Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware.

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