Monday, June 16, 2008

6/16 Evening News: Gore Endorses Obama

News Items
Gore to Appear With Obama
Former Vice President Al Gore will appear in Detroit tonight for his debut campaign appearance with Senator Barack Obama, extending an endorsement and urging all Democrats to rally behind the party’s fall ticket.
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Obama's path to presidency goes through Michigan
There might be a lot of routes to the White House for Sen. Barack Obama, but just about every one of those electoral roads runs through Michigan. That's probably one reason Obama is in Michigan on Monday and Tuesday as he continues a two-week campaign swing focusing on the economy.
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Obama proposes billions for infrastructure, education
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Obama Speaks With Iraqi Foreign Minister
"I thought it was very constructive," Obama said of his conversation with the Iraqi Foreign Minister. "He emphasized to me his belief that as a consequence of the extraordinary efforts and sacrifice of U.S. military forces, we've made significant progress in quelling the violence in Iraq."
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TRANSCRIPT: Jake Tapper Interviews Barack Obama
The following is a transcript of an interview conducted by ABC News' Jake Tapper with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for "World News with Charles Gibson" on June 16, 2008, in Flint, Michigan.

Obama Plans Trip Pre-Election Day Visit to Iraq and Afghanistan
Barack Obama also discussed his morning telephone call with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.
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Obama Hits at McCain's Appeal to Women
"On almost every single issue that's important to women, he's been on the wrong side," the presumptive Democratic nominee told ABC News in an interview in Flint, Mich. Monday. "You know, he is in favor of judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade. He has opposed equal pay...

Former Clinton Campaign Manager Joins Obama Team
Patti Solis Doyle, who was Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign manager, will join Barack Obama’s campaign as the chief of staff to the vice presidential candidate.
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Obama Camp Newhires
The Obama campaign announced new hires and new roles within their campaigns. Three names stand out -- Stephanie Cutter as chief of staff to Michelle Obama; ... Patti Solis Doyle as chief of staff to the vice presidential nominee; and Jim Messina ... as campaign chief of staff.
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Obama's Inflated Health "Savings"
He claims that a shift to electronic medical records will help save families up to $2,500 a year in his first term. Independent experts say that's wishful thinking.

McCain: Let States Decide on Offshore Drilling
Citing price concerns in pushing for a greater state role in deciding to allow offshore oil exploration.
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McCain defends controversial Texas fundraiser
John McCain on Monday defended the decision to postpone and move a fundraiser that was initially to be hosted by Clayton ‘Claytie’ Williams, a Texas oilman who joked about rape when running for governor in 1990.

Depends on the definition of the word 'mandatory'
Also from John McCain's press conference this morning, the senator from Arizona once again makes it clear that he doesn't really understand cap-and-trade...

Are Dems talking about McCain’s age in ‘code’?
As some Republicans see it, Democrats are deliberately talking in code about the presumptive 71-year-old GOP nominee to highlight his age.

Clinton Campaign Sends Out Link To Favorite Photos – And Appeals For Funds
The now-suspended presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton sent out an email to supporters today with the subject line "Incredible people, incredible memories."
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Prison-Themed Board Game Could Cause Potential Obama Veep Headaches
The game is called "Don't Drop The Soap," and it is, as The Capital-Journal delicately put it, an "adult-themed board game based on life in prison." The game, which was created by John Sebelius when he was a student...

“Yes We Can” Obama video wins Emmy
Produced by Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am, the video won in the first time "New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment” category that “recognizes innovative production techniques and the use of media enhancement to support content.”

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 42%
Barack Obama leads John McCain 46% to 42% in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update on registered voters' general election preferences.

Election 2008: Virginia Presidential Election
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Virginia voters finds Obama with a statistically insignificant one-percentage point lead over McCain... Five percent (5%) favor a third-party candidate, and 7% are undecided. Last month ... McCain led Obama 47% to 44%.

60% Believe Supreme Court Justices Have Their Own Political Agendas
Sixty-percent (60%) of voters believe Supreme Court Justices have their own political agendas, while just 23% believe they remain impartial, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
With a two-candidate race for the White House at last, the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and surveys in state after state are showing Democrat Barack Obama with a modest bounce over Republican candidate John McCain.

Bush, Congress, Supreme Court Near Historical Low Approval
Less than a majority of Americans approve of the job performance of each of the three branches of the federal government, with the Supreme Court rated most positively and Congress least positively.

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Commentaries
She's Baaack
But while the New York senator is good at many things, relaxing isn't one of them. So we immediately suspected that there was more to the story than Clinton's surrogates were letting on. Turns out we were right.

The Electoral Map: Is Obama Outperforming Kerry? Or Is McCain Outperforming Bush?
Similarly, Team Obama likes to cite Nevada, Virginia, North Carolina and even Georgia as possible pick-ups. But there's no evidence--yet, at least--that Obama is outperforming Kerry in those particular states.

Cafferty: Historians say little chance for McCain in Nov.
Don’t bet on John McCain being the next president… that’s the message coming from several presidential scholars.

Re-Heat Offender: Cindy Bakes Another Whopper
Cindy McCain is up to her old tricks. Her recipe for oatmeal-butterscotch cookies featured in the latest issue of Family Circle magazine is identical to a recipe on Hersheys.com.

Politics on the Couch: Splitting and Reparation -- Part One
Some voters are passionately drawn to Obama because he not only promises change from divisive Washington politics, but also because he evokes infantile yearnings to live without psychic division.

Democratic Unity: Big Step In Florida
The Florida Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson Dinner this weekend was remarkable for the united support of Obama on display. Even representatives of the state's overwhelmingly pro-Clinton women's caucus were wearing Obama buttons.

Clinton Supporters: Get Over It and Get Off the Fence
It's time for Clinton supporters to get over their hurt feelings, get off the fence, and support one of the most exciting candidates the Democratic party has ever seen. The future depends on it.

Michelle Obama's War Against the W(B)itchhunters
Here's how she can protect herself from the Right Wing Attack Pack.

McCain's Odd Townhall: Woos Clintonistas By Defending "Rights Of The Unborn"
This weekend McCain tried to project a moderate image but wound up doing the opposite, extolling military diplomacy, supporting Bush court appointments, and assailing reproductive and gay rights.

"Elite" Obama on the Front Lines--McCain AWOL
Obama is on the front lines of the flood, helping residents clean up and start over. Where is McCain in this effort? Is he pitching in to help? Or is he off to another party at the Bush "ranch" in his wife's jet?

John McCain's New Populism?
McCain can "pledge" to reform Wall Street business practices all he wants, but he hasn't walked the walk in the Senate in past years, nor has his party ever done so.

Sinking Swift Boats Aimed at Obama on Sex Ed
In trying to "Swift Boat" Obama on comprehensive, age-appropriate, sex ed, the abstinence-only crowd is, in reality, just trying to rally the narrow social conservative base for McCain.

Obama Hires Solis Doyle: A Bad Omen For VP Hillary
The Obama campaign announced today what had long been suspected: Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle was going to work for the Illinois Democrat. What came as a surprise was Solis Doyle's title, "chief of staff to the vice presidential candidate."

TPM: Was The Media Unfair To Hillary? Here's Our Rundown
On occasions too numerous to count, ridiculous non-stories first pushed by Drudge and other confidence men were actually deemed real news by major news orgs. Here are but three high-profile examples...

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