Wednesday, June 18, 2008

6/18 Evening News: Michelle Does Well :-)

News Items
Michelle Obama Shows Her Warmer Side on ‘The View’
Michelle Obama combated the notion that she is a little too authentic, the same way Cindy McCain went on to undercut the image that she is too fake.
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CNN Ticker: Michelle Obama’s 'passion' a strength or weakness?
FirstRead: Michelle Obama on 'The View'
TIME: Michelle Obama on The View: Putting Her Heart on Her Sleeve (or Lack Thereof)

Obama Convenes National Security Team
The presumptive Democratic nominee plans to consult a 13-member group of national security experts on a regular basis between now and November.
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Obama Camp Apologizes to Muslim Women
Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has apologized for keeping Muslim women wearing headscarves out of a key shot at his Detroit event.
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Obama’s Campaign Tightens Control of Image and Access
Barack Obama’s strategists are taking extra steps to protect against attacks, but such efforts at times appear to conflict with the senator’s stated desire for openness.

Obama Kisses Billions Goodbye
Sen. Barack Obama outlined a Social Security plan last week that helps inoculate him against Republican charges that he wants to hike payroll taxes on the upper-middle class. But the proposal would raise far less revenue than an idea he touted in an Iowa newspaper last year...

Obama Camp Explains Bin Laden's Rights...Again
The Obama advisers were quick to add, however, that this reading of Bin Laden's rights, which was established by last week's Supreme Court ruling and would be binding on the next president no matter who wins in November...
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Obama Camp: McCain Has "Dangerous" Approach On Terrorism
Barack Obama's campaign continued to defend the Illinois senator's position on terrorism today, accusing John McCain and his advisers of making “dishonest distortions” of Obama's policies.
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The Obama Camp's Conference Call Trio
In the latest sign of a campaign that aims to use every means possible to communicate its message, Team Obama held three back-to-back-to-back conference calls today to discuss matters ranging from national security to offshore drilling to the gas-tax holiday McCain has proposed.

Obama: NAFTA not so bad after all
The general campaign is on, independent voters are up for grabs, and Barack Obama is toning down his populist rhetoric - at least when it comes to free trade.

Obama to meet with congresswomen Thursday
In addition to meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus Thursday, Obama is also planning to meet with female members of Congress at the Democratic National Committee, according to several congressional sources.

Obama says he and Clinton will speak again within the week
"I have not had conversations with Senator Clinton because she has been getting a well-deserved vacation. And, we will be speaking I think in the next few days…certainly within the next week, and we’ll be having an ongoing conversation," said Obama.

Michelle Obama to get unprecedented campaign team
Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is planning to beef up the team surrounding his wife Michelle Obama, to give her the kind of professional campaign veterans experienced in rapid response to negative attacks...

Court Decisions and the Nature of the Threat
It's been 48 hours since Barack Obama talked ... about the prosecution of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing with respect to the detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, but the back-and-forth between the presumptive Democratic nominee and John McCain just grows more heated.

Obama Adviser: Pooh Bear, Luke Skywalker Hold Lessons for Foreign Policy
Richard Danzig, former Navy secretary under President Clinton, drew several creative and unusual analogies to explain the challenges America faces overseas during a foreign policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Leave the Wives Alone, Candidates Say
Barack Obama and John McCain agree that their wives should be off limits -- then argue about it.

McCain Sets Goal of 45 New Nuclear Reactors by 2030
Senator John McCain, in his third straight day of speeches about energy and $4-a-gallon gasoline, called the goal “as difficult as it is necessary.”
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McCain Travels To Iowa Tomorrow
John McCain will travel to Columbus Junction, Iowa, tomorrow morning, one of the hardest hit areas in a state which has been inundated by floodwaters for over a week. Half of downtown Columbus Junction has been submerged under 12 feet of water...
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McCain: Obama’s Rhetoric Usually Amounts to New Taxes
Accusing Barack Obama of wanting to raise taxes instead of giving consumers short term relief from gas prices, John McCain continued to press his argument for lifting the ban on offshore oil exploration today.

McCain Holds a Fundraiser in Chicago
John McCain held a fundraiser at the posh Drake hotel this evening. The guests sipped beer, wine, and soda, but there were no hors d’oeuvres or snacks. He spoke for a brief thirteen minutes, but that included a jab at Barack Obama...

McCain launches first Facebook application
The launch of McCain’s application on one of the Web’s dominant social networking sites comes one day after presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama crossed a Facebook milestone – by signing up his one millionth supporter on the site.

Setback for McCain on Air Force Tanker Contract
A report by congressional investigators questioning a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract is a setback for Republican presidential candidate John McCain, an instrumental figure in the Pentagon’s long attempt to complete a deal on the aircraft.

McCain's Offshore Drilling Position A Flip From Three Weeks Ago
But how recent a convert is McCain to this position? In late May, during a campaign town hall, McCain was asked about the prospect of coastal drilling. His answer then was far more nebulous and skeptical of the idea compared to his recent, full-throated endorsement.

McCain's Take On Bin Laden, Habeas Corpus Is Delusional, Legal Scholar Says
Added Rep. Adam Smith: "Do Rudy Giuliani and others really think a court would look at Osama bin Laden and say you have no legal reason to hold him?" Indeed, legal scholars are equally baffled at the argument that Supreme Court's recent decision hinders the broader war on terror.

The General and the Ticket
Gen. James L. Jones, mentioned as an out-of-the-box choice as a running mate for Barack Obama, shared a stage with John McCain.

Hagel visible, but may not be viable as veep
“With Democratic winds blowing in our favor, coupled with a rich number of Democrats who would make a great vice president for Sen. Obama, the chances of any Republican, even Chuck Hagel, being selected as Obama's vp are, in my opinion, slim and none.”

Candidates search for a gasoline edge
When it comes to persuading Americans who can best handle energy policy and offer help on gas prices, John McCain clearly has a tougher road ahead than his presidential rival.

Governors Buck Bush, McCain On Offshore Drilling
Governors in some coastal states promised to block attempts to tap offshore petroleum reserves, citing concerns about the environment and tourism.

Florida Governor Joins McCain On Offshore Drilling
Charlie Crist, the popular governor of Florida and among those being talked about as a vice presidential running mate for John McCain, has joined the presumptive GOP nominee and President Bush in support of removing the nation’s ban on offshore oil drilling.

Texas GOP Cuts Off Vendor Of Racist Button
The Texas Republican Party said that it plans to donate to charity the $1,500 rent it collected from a vendor who sold campaign buttons at the state convention that asked, "If Obama is president…will we still call it The White House?"

Cindy McCain Presses Obama Patriotism Case
Laura Bush may be ready to give Michelle Obama the benefit of the doubt when it comes to her patriotism but Cindy McCain may not.

Richardson: 'We don't have to be like' terrorists
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, backed the Democratic Party’s new standard-bearer in a growing dust-up between the McCain and Obama camps over how to wage the war on terrorism.

Giuliani's Pre-9/11 Mentality
In an e-mail, entitled, “Giuliani v Giuliani: 1993 World Trade Center Bombing Case,” the Obama campaign points out that ... Giuliani declared that the verdict ‘demonstrates that New Yorkers won't meet violence with violence, but with a far greater weapon -- the law.’”

Jennifer Hudson: Call Me, Barack!
"I sang for Obama after I did Idol," Hudson says. "I'm so proud and excited for him. I haven't gotten a call from them yet, but he does have my support."

Polling / Electoral College Analysis
Gallup Daily: Obama Leads as Preferences Stabilize
Gallup Poll Daily tracking suggests that if the presidential election were held today, registered voters would choose Barack Obama over John McCain by a five percentage point margin, 47% to 42%.

CNN Electoral College Map: Obama picks up a major swing state
"The Quinnipiac poll in Pennsylvania indicates that Obama may not have a problem carrying states that he lost to Hillary Clinton during the primary season, regardless of the chatter on that topic back in April," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Indies Not Warm to Obama-Clinton Ticket
Yet a closer look at the poll finds that -- at least in these states right now -- there would be no sizeable benefit for Obama to make Clinton his running mate.

Election 2008: Ohio Presidential Election
John McCain and Barack Obama remain in a statistical dead heat in the key swing state of Ohio, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Buckeye State.

Election 2008: Alaska Presidential Election
In one of the bigger surprises of Election 2008, early polling shows Barack Obama as potentially competitive in Alaska.

McCain striving for superhero status
Sen. John McCain may be 71 — a quarter century older than Sen. Barack Obama — but he is trying to win the White House by portraying himself as the more action-oriented, practical and resilient man.

Behind Obama's Bounce in Florida and Ohio (Hint: It's the Women)
But as we wrote at the time, looks can be deceiving. With the interminable Democratic primary clash stuck in a strange twilight phase, Clinton's supporters were still coming to terms with the fact that Obama was all-but-certain to top the ticket...

Analysis: McCain challenges Obama on terrorism
Republican John McCain paints Democratic rival Barack Obama as naive on foreign policy, weak on national security and, now, soft on terrorism. Sound familiar? It should.

Who Wants to be a Vice President?
“If drafted, I will not run; nominated, I will not accept; and if elected, I will not serve. So, I don’t know how more crystal clear I can be.” (Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D), June 10, 2008)

Blitzer: Russert funeral brings presidential foes together
It was a pretty amazing sight. John McCain and Barack Obama came to Tim Russert’s funeral mass today here in Washington. The fact that they took time out from their campaigns to do so was already impressive ... But they also ... wound up sitting right next to each other during the 90 minute service.

Cafferty: How can Clinton & Obama unite the party?
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are set to appear together next week in Washington – side-by-side – for the first time since the long and sometimes nasty primary battle came to an end. It's an important moment, since some Democrats are still bitter about the way it ended.

Specter of 2000 could haunt Obama
Eight years after Al Gore’s bitter pill, observers warn that Obama could face his own case of the popular-vote-winners' blues.

John McCain and the "Project for a New American Century"
McCain cannot hold up his tepid tactical criticisms of the now disgraced Rumsfeld as evidence of his lack of support for the Iraq war. He was for the war even before Bush was president.

I'm Female and I Didn't Vote Hillary: How Hillary Clinton Failed to Represent Women
Hillary had worked so hard to build up an impenetrable wall of toughness around herself that she was afraid that a spread in Vogue would bring that crumbling down around her.

Bush, McCain Wed In California; Few Surprised
President Bush and Senator McCain were legally married in a small ceremony in West Hollywood -- a reportedly 'devastated' Joe Lieberman could not be reached for comment.

Memo to Obama: You Can't Represent the Uprising While Undermining It
If Obama talks out of both sides of his mouth about NAFTA, he will fail to represent the uprising and take advantage of this populist moment -- and he will likely lose the election.

Bad News for McCain: Government Re-opens Bidding on Boeing-Airbus Controversy
McCain, whose history with Boeing led to the Air Force scuttling an earlier award on this contract, intervened twice with the Air Force to help Airbus' bid.

The People Lying About Michelle Obama Are Not Conservatives But Ignorant Boorish Thugs Who Deserve to be Whipped
Michelle Obama has more class, intelligence and civility in her little finger than the sputtering mass of prejudice, lies and bullsh*t that the Republican Party and it's supporters has become.

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