Sunday, June 15, 2008

6/15 Morning News: Obama on Fatherhood

News Items
The Early Word: Obama on Fatherhood
The Illinois senator delivers a Father's Day message at a Chicago church.

Michelle Obama in for 'Very Ugly Stuff'
Michelle Obama has become a favorite target for critics, drawing many to compare her arrival on the national stage to Hillary Clinton's after she infuriated conservatives when she said, "I could have stayed home and baked cookies." It's likely to get worse.

Obama Pitches in for Illinois Flood Preparation
Sen. Barack Obama lent a helping hand in his home state by volunteering to fill sandbags in a community threatened by the massive Midwest floods.
Related Articles:
CNN: Obama fills sandbags in Illinois town threatened by floods

Obama’s Down-Ballot Effect
House Democrats are told the Democratic candidate draws independent voters to the ticket.

Navigating Detroit
While Barack Obama is certain to find widespread support in Detroit, any campaigning there also presents an awkward situation for him, given the legal troubles of the city’s mayor, Kwame M. Kilpatrick.

Many historians see little chance for McCain
Several saw Barack Obama’s prospects as the most promising for a Democrat since Roosevelt trounced Hoover in 1932.

McCain meets Iraqi foreign minister
McCain and Hoshyar Zebari (HOH'-shayr zuh-BAH'-ree) said during their meeting Sunday morning they discussed security improvements in Iraq as well as negotiations between the two countries outlining the future presence of U.S. military forces in Iraq.

McCain Promises an Increase in Women by End of First Term
"I assure you, with confidence, at the end of my first term you will see a dramatic increase of women in every part of the government, in my administration," McCain said. "I look you in the eye and I promise."

Lieberman irks Democrats by criticizing Obama
The four-term Connecticut senator, who came tantalizingly close to being Al Gore's vice president in 2000, not only has been campaigning for his pal, presumed Republican nominee John McCain, now he's publicly criticizing the Democrats' standard-bearer, Barack Obama.
Related Articles:
FOX: Lieberman Role in McCain Camp Irks Democrats

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Polling / Electoral College Updates
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows Barack Obama attracting 46% of the vote while John McCain earns 39%. When “leaners” are included, Obama holds a six-point advantage, 49% to 43%.

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.

Election 2008: Arkansas Presidential Election
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Arkansas shows John McCain leading Barack Obama 48% to 39%.

71% Believe Being a Father is the Most Important Role a Man Can Fill
A new Rasmussen Reports survey reveals that 57% of adults say they will visit their fathers this Sunday. That's 10% fewer than those who said they'd visit their mother for Mother's Day last month .

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Commentaries
Age Becomes the New Race and Gender
This year’s campaign for president has provided an extended test of attitudes toward race and gender, two powerful and volatile forces in politics. Now a third is about to join that list: age.

Analysis: Age an issue in the 2008 campaign?
Is Sen. John McCain too old to be president? Listen to some Democrats, and you'll think the 71-year-old Arizona senator is a man lost in a perpetual fog. He is "confused" and has "lost his bearings" or is "out of touch."

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