Wednesday, June 18, 2008

6/18 Morning News: Michelle Reintroduces Herself

News Items
Watching Michelle Obama on ‘The View’
As we reported today, the Obama campaign is putting its wife-in-chief through something of an image makeover, designed to highlight Mrs. Obama as a warm, emphatic, inspiring presence, and to banish assertions that she is too angry, too unpatriotic, or simply too much.
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Michelle Obama Looks for a New Introduction
ABC: Michelle Obama Makes Appeal to Women Voters, Co-Hosts 'The View'
CNN: Michelle Obama preps for general election close-up

The Early Word: Talking National Security
Senator Obama will consult a group of former top government officials and military officers in Washington today.
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MSNBC: Obama seeks guidance on national security
CNN Ticker: Obama in search of foreign policy advisors

Campaigns in a Skirmish Over Terrorism and Law
A debate over terrorism, security and the rule of law broke out as the campaigns of Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama exchanged attacks Tuesday.
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Back to the Future?
FOX: Obama Fires Back at McCain Over ‘9/10 Mentality’ Slam
Boston Globe: Obama rebukes McCain camp on terrorism criticism
Wash Post: Candidates Clash on Terrorism

Obama and Clinton Seek to Unite Donors in Joint Appearance
At a fund-raiser, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are set to appear together for the first time since the primary battle ended.
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MSNBC: Clinton asks top donors to meet with Obama
CNN Ticker: Clinton, Obama to make joint appearance next week

Obama Defends Due Process for Detainees
In an interview with Nightline last night, Barack Obama cited the way the U.S. dealt with the suspects in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and noted that because the U.S didn’t do the same with current detainees at Guantanamo Bay...

5 Things You May Not Know About Obama... (Video)
And, on The Early Show Wednesday, correspondent Jeff Glor explored Obama's background, pointing to five things many Americans almost certainly aren't aware of.

Don't expect Gore to appear on the campaign trail
Despite Al Gore’s choreographed endorsement of Barack Obama on Monday, top Democratic strategists don’t expect the 2000 Democratic nominee will risk his environmental agenda by campaigning vigorously in this year’s presidential race.

Oklahoma Rep. Boren Says He’ll Back Obama After All
Saying his previous comments were “misunderstood,” Rep. Dan Boren has issued another statement on his position as a Democratic superdelegate as it pertains to Barack Obama.

Republican Huckabee says don't denigrate Obama
"Republicans will make a fundamental if not fatal mistake if they seek to win the election by demonising Barack Obama," Huckabee told a news conference on a visit to Tokyo.
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Huckabee: Demonizing Obama is a ‘fatal mistake’

Muslims barred from picture at Obama event
Two Muslim women at Barack Obama's rally in Detroit Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women's headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate. The campaign has apologized to the women, all Obama supporters who said they felt betrayed by their treatment at the rally.

Obama Expresses 'Deep Disappointment' in McCain's Silence on Wife Attacks
In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Barack Obama says he is deeply disappointed that John McCain has not spoken out against the attacks leveled against his wife.

Obama accuser has long rap sheet
Sinclair's biography may get in the way of his attempts to lend his story legitimacy.

Fla.'s governor has new view of offshore drilling
Gov. Charlie Crist has dropped his long-standing support for the federal government's ban on offshore oil drilling and endorsed Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting John McCain's proposal to let states decide.
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FOX Blog: McCain slams Obama on energy, calls for more drilling
Boston Globe: McCain calls for lifting ban on offshore drilling
NYT: Bush Will Seek to End Offshore Oil Drilling Ban Crist says federal ban on offshore drilling should be lifted

Ad assails McCain for suggesting troops' century-long role in Iraq
A hard-hitting new TV ad slams John McCain for suggesting that US troops might be in Iraq for 100 years, albeit in a peacekeeping role.

Oil Industry Cheers McCain's Energy Policies
The oil industry generally approved Tuesday as Republican presidential candidate John McCain charted his policies on energy with a speech in Houston that jabbed the Bush administration, Democratic foe Barack Obama, Wall Street and oil-rich foreign regimes.

VP Hot Sheet: Republicans
The following list reflects who's hot and who's not in the search for John McCain's vice presidential running mate. It is compiled by senior political editor Vaughn Ververs and the rest of the political team...

Obama and McCain at Russert's Funeral
Obama and McCain just seated themselves next to each other at the private funeral for Tim Russert this morning. (This was the full text).

Rudy to meet with DC supporters Wednesday
Former Republican Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani heads to Washington Wednesday to thank former supporters for their assistance during his primary race.

Clinton takes month off
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is taking a month off from Congress to recuperate after her marathon run for the presidency. She is not expected to return to the Senate until July 7 or July 8 after the Independence Day recess, according to two Democratic sources.

Cindy McCain cooks up more controversy
Cindy McCain's been caught with her hand in the cookie jar again. McCain's recipe for oatmeal-butterscotch cookies, published on the Family Circle Web site earlier in the month, appears to be an almost exact replica of a Hershey’s recipe.

In Her Own Time
Barack Obama's decision to name the only surviving child of John F. Kennedy to his three-person vice presidential search team was not without its noisy critics, who questioned Caroline Kennedy's credentials for the job...

Polling Results
First Thoughts: Now Here's the Bounce
A few recent national polls -- which have shown Obama leading McCain by single digits after he essentially wrapped up the Democratic nomination -- have led some in the media to ask: Where’s the bounce? Well, here it is...
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Bloomberg: Obama Leads McCain in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Poll Shows
AP: Poll: Obama has modest lead over McCain in Ohio
AP: Poll: Obama has slight lead over McCain in Florida
CNN: Poll: Obama leading in swing states

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Barack Obama attracting 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 41%. When "leaners" are included, Obama holds a three-point advantage, 48% to 45%.

Obama has narrow lead on McCain: Reuters poll
Democrat Barack Obama has a narrow 5-point lead on Republican John McCain in the U.S. presidential race, but holds a big early edge with the crucial swing voting blocs of independents and women, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

WI Poll: Obama +9
According to a new Wisconsin poll by SurveyUSA (June 13-16, 538 LV, MoE +/- 4.3%), Obama leads McCain by 9 points. McCain leads among men (+6%), while Obama leads among women (+23%), whites (+5%), blacks (+33%), and Hispanics (+66%).

Battle of the Spouses: A Bit Better for Obama
Forty-eight percent of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll see Obama favorably, vs. 39 percent for McCain, a 9-point Obama advantage. Slightly more, though, also view Obama unfavorably – 29 percent vs. McCain's 25 percent.
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CNN Ticker: Cindy McCain seen in more favorable light than Michelle Obama

Bottom Line: Obama Leads, McCain Winning Key Groups
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that if the election were held today, voters would choose Democrat Barack Obama over John McCain for president by 6 points.

56% Want NAFTA Renegotiated, Americans Divided on Free Trade
Over half of U.S. voters think the North American Free Trade Agreement needs to be renegotiated even as Republican presidential candidate John McCain prepares for a speech Friday in which he will hammer Barack Obama for saying the same thing.

Forty-Somethings May Hold Key to Election
Barack Obama's appeal to younger voters and John McCain's support among older voters may have created a situation where the outcome will turn on the preferences of middle-aged voters -- particularly those in their 40s.

The Solis Doyle Riddle
When I wrote last Thursday about the possibility of Hillary Clinton receiving an invitation--no regrets allowed, s'il vous plais--to join Barack Obama's presidential campaign as his pick for veep ... conclusion? "Not likely." Make that "bloody impossible."

The Note: Tipping Points
We'll know we're past a tipping point in foreign policy if what's old can no longer be made new. (Yes, we are framing another election around 9/11 -- but who's happier this time?)

Starting Gate: Who Will McCain Pick?
The vice presidential guessing game has, of course, been well underway for quite some time now. But it’s about to move into a new phase has summer approaches and the vetting process for both candidates begins.

McCaskill: Obama's 'Wonder Woman'?
Why is no one in the punditocracy talking about Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill as a possible running mate for Barack Obama?

Three Questions for McCain
I’ll dig into the details in a moment, but suffice it to say that there are some big unanswered questions about Mr. McCain’s economic plans. And we in the media have largely overlooked those questions so far.

Straightening Out McCain's Straight Talk
I felt as though I were in a time machine as I listened to John McCain's aides detail how to run against Barack Obama. I could have been on the phone with Bush aides in 2000 talking about McCain...

McCain risks ‘flip-flop’ jibes by voters
Nobody is yet calling John McCain a “flip-flopper”. But the Republican nominee’s increasingly finely balanced efforts to shore up his support among the shrinking Republican base while reaching out to independents is starting to fire up the critics.

Will Obama's Reassurances To Iraqi Officials Upset His Base?
While most worldwide polls regarding America's presidential race would make Barack Obama the victor were they to count for anything, it appears his support was a little shaky of late among some officials in Iraq.

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