Friday, June 20, 2008

6/20 Friday News: A New Seal?

News Items
The Great Seal of Obamaland?
What was that official-looking seal on display as Barack Obama spoke to Democratic governors?
Related Articles:
Newsweek:
Play of the Day: Obama debuts new seal

Obama Goes Local and Latin
Senator Barack Obama held a roundtable with 16 of the nation’s Democratic governors Friday to discuss economic and other concerns in their states, in a setting that was remarkably presidential in its staging.
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FOX:
Obama Meets With Potential VP Picks as Part of Economic Roundtable
FirstRead:
Obama, Dem Govs Talk Economy

Bloomberg Criticizes ‘Whisper Campaign’ Around Obama
Speaking in Boca Raton, Fla., New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told an audience: "Let’s call those rumors what they are: lies."
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MSNBC:
Bloomberg defends Obama before Jewish group
CBS:
NY Mayor: Jews Must Condemn Obama Rumors
FOX Blog:
Mayor Bloomberg Has Obama’s Back

Obama criticizes McCain on offshore drilling
Barack Obama said Friday that presidential rival John McCain's proposal to allow offshore drilling "makes absolutely no sense at all" as he headed to Florida to put the Republican on the spot over the issue.
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CNN: McCain visits Canada; Obama blasts him on offshore drilling


Obama’s Decision Threatens Public Financing System
By opting out of public financing, Barack Obama may do more to shatter the system than all of the loopholes it has spawned.
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ABC:
Obama Takes Political Hit for Rejecting Spending Limits
CBS FtR:
Obama Faces Questions On Fundraising Decision
CBS Horserace:
Starting Gate: An Easy Money Call

Obama Defines Himself
The sunny room and cozy family photos say to Americans who only know Mr. Obama’s name and face that there is little to fear.
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Boston.com:
Obama reintroduces himself in first general election TV ad
NY Post:
BAM MAKES PATRI-O-TIC AD PITCH

Obama, Hillary Clinton to campaign together
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's campaign announced Friday that he will campaign with former rival Hillary Rodham Clinton next week, a step toward unifying a fractured Democratic Party after a bruising primary fight.
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FOX:
Obama, Clinton to Campaign Together for the First Time
FOX Blog:
Senators Obama and Clinton to Hold Joint Appearance Next Friday
FirstRead:
Obama, Clinton to Campaign Together
Politico:
Clinton will return to Hill next week
Politico:
An anticipated Dem reunion

Obama apologizes to Muslim women
Barack Obama personally apologized Thursday to two Detroit-area women who were barred from sitting behind him during a campaign rally earlier this week because they wore Islamic headscarves.
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Daily News:
Barack Obama says sorry over scarfs

Obama team vetts potential running mates
Former Sens. John Edwards and Sam Nunn are on a list of potential running mates for Democrat Barack Obama, a congresswoman said Thursday, one day after she met with the team Obama has reviewing possible candidates.

Obama's Balancing Act On Free Trade
There were political advantages for Obama ... in railing against the agreement, which many in the labor movement ... blame for the loss of blue-collar jobs. But there may be something of a gap between the reality of Obama's position and the impression his words left.

Obama Camp Raps McCain's Week
Politico reports McCain assured Hispanics that he would push for comprehensive immigration reform. To that, Obama Communications Director Robert Gibbs dubbed today, “The end of pander week aboard the Double Talk Express.”

Obama Backs Bill Giving Immunity To Telecoms
Sen. Barack Obama's campaign released a statement Friday afternoon saying that while Obama opposes amnesty for telecom firms that spied on Americans, he will support the House compromise legislation.
Related Articles:
Huff Post:
McCain Campaign Aides Steered "Secret" Campaign For Telecom Immunity In 2007

Obama on Pop Culture
The degrading images towards women I think are a problem and when the Imus issue came up, one of the quotes that stirred up a little bit of controversy for me was, sadly, as offensive as what Imus said, was we hear some of that language on the radio in our own communities.

Huckabee decries personal hits on Obama
Mike Huckabee writes on his blog that the GOP should try to beat Obama on ideas.

Fact Check: Obama's Lame Claim About McCain's Money
Obama says McCain is "fueled" by money from lobbyists and PACs, but those sources account for less than 1.7 percent of McCain's money.

Michelle Obama discusses experience as working mom
Michelle Obama on Friday drew from her experience as a working mother to emphasize the importance of fairness in the workplace and her support for family friendly policies.

MoveOn Terminates Its 527
MoveOn.org announced today that it is dismantling its 527 group and will rely on its political action committee in response to Senator Barack Obama’s candidacy.
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FirstRead:
MoveOn Shuts Down 527

McCain criticizes Obama on trade
In a cross-border political attack, John McCain says Barack Obama's opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement is "nothing more than retreating behind protectionist walls."
Related Articles:
CBS FtR:
McCain Reminds Canadians of His Commitment to NAFTA, Criticizes Obama
CBS FtR:
McCain Takes Campaign To…Canada?
FOX:
McCain Raps Obama for NAFTA Criticism in Canada
FirstRead:
McCain's Day in Canada
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McCain Goes After Obama on NAFTA
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Obama Surrogates Hit McCain on Trade

McCain Campaigns With Possible VP
Even though Minnesota Gov.Tim Pawlenty is widely viewed as a front-runner for John McCain’s vice-presidential pick, he received the same praise as other possible McCain VP’s tonight. “I believe that Gov. Pawlenty is the next and new generation of leadership in Republican Party and America,” McCain said...

Pawlenty Of Speculation
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty did what he could to try and tamp down speculation that he’s a front-runner to be John McCain’s running mate. Pawlenty told reporters this week that he
doesn’t expect it.


McCain Camp Strikes At Obama's Honesty
It wasn't just the Obama campaign on the attack today. The McCain campaign got in a few shots of its own.

McCain's Fundraising Is Up, But It Hasn't Been Easy
Michael Shear of The Washington Post notes that although John McCain's fundraising has "improved dramatically" since he clinched the nomination, ... the Arizona senator has had to devote a large portion of his campaigning time to old-fashioned luncheons and grip and grins ...
Related Articles:
Wash Post:
McCain Raises Money the Hard Way

McCain Adviser Brushes Off Rove's Criticism
Top McCain adviser Charlie Black labeled the presumptive Republican nominee "a populist" on Thursday while brushing off former Bush adviser Karl Rove's criticism that the Arizona senator is unduly demonizing American companies.

John and Cindy McCain would reap $373,429 if McCain’s tax proposal were enacted
In a new Center for American Progress Action Fund analysis, Michael Ettlinger documents how much the presidential candidates stand to personally benefit from the McCain and Obama tax proposals.

When the President Likes Your Idea …
The conventional wisdom in Washington is that President Bush did not do John McCain any favors this week when the president jumped on the Arizona senator’s new offshore oil drilling bandwagon. Here’s why the conventional wisdom might be wrong.

'Bill Clinton, political spouse'
Despite setbacks, former president still asset to Dems, party says...

Michelle Obama makes $148 frock a fashion smash
Donna Ricco has been a successful fashion designer for a long time — but it took Michelle Obama to make her famous.

Bush in Florida, NC for GOP fundraisers
President Bush raised money for Florida Republicans on Friday at a multimillion-dollar private residence near Naples Bay. Republican officials declined to say how much money was raised.

Pastors Challenge Law, Endorse Candidates From Pulpit
Few Americans would invite an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, but that's exactly what Minnesota pastor Gus Booth wanted when he stood behind his pulpit and told his congregation God wanted them to vote Republican.

Critics Say Crist’s Reversal on Drilling Tied to Possible Slot on McCain Ticket
This week, Crist stunned many when he said he is now open to the idea of expanding oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, a reversal that’s in step with McCain.

Volunteers Director for DNC Resigns
The director of volunteers for the Democratic National Convention in Denver has resigned, saying she wasn’t “empowered” to do her job.

Broke: GOP third-party effort nonexistent
John McCain is “not going to stop the smears and attacks from his allies running so-called 527 groups who will spend millions and millions of dollars in unlimited donations.” Republicans can only wish that were the case.

On Private Conference Call, Hillary Urges Major Donors To Throw Weight Behind Obama
On a private conference call moments ago, Hillary urged her top fundraisers in no uncertain terms to throw their weight behind Barack Obama, and directly asked them in surprisingly candid terms to give or raise money to help her pay off her campaign's debt.

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Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Barack Obama attracting 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 41%. When "leaners" are included, Obama holds a four-point advantage, 48% to 44%.

Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 44%
Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Barack Obama with 46% of the support of registered voters and John McCain at 44%. This is a slightly smaller margin for Obama than in previous days, but broadly representative of the pattern of the general election for most of this month.

Barack’s Bounce
Now it looks as if Obama is doing just that. A new NEWSWEEK Poll shows that he has a substantial double-digit lead, 51 percent to 36 percent, over McCain among registered voters nationwide.

The Georgia Bounce
McCain and Obama are in a statistical dead heat in Georgia, according to an InsiderAdvantage poll. McCain leads 44% to 43% over Obama with the Libertarian candidate, former GOP Rep. Bob Barr, getting 6%.

Election 2008: New Hampshire Presidential Election
Barack Obama has more than doubled his lead over John McCain in the first poll conducted in New Hampshire since Hillary Clinton’s exit from the race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Granite State found Obama ahead 50% to 39%.

Election 2008: Nevada Presidential Election
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Nevada shows John McCain attracting 45% of the vote while Barack Obama earns 42%. A month ago, McCain had a six point lead and two months ago ago the GOP hopeful was up by five.

Opting Out of Public Funding Unlikely to Hurt Obama
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 30% of voters favor public funding and just 16% say it is Very Important in determining their vote.

Poll: Latino Decisions National
National Latinos: Obama 63, McCain 24; Florida: Obama 43, McCain 42; AZ, CO, NM and NV: Obama 57, McCain 31

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Commentaries
The Prius Liberal
In our advertising-driven society, political candidates have to carefully define their brands. A marketing expert explains how it's done—and how it can go wrong.

Georgia on His Mind
Could Obama actually, you know, win Georgia? Believe it or not, it's possible--if not yet likely. Ultimately, his performance depends on the two B's: Bob Barr and black voters.

Ad Hawk: Barack Obama, Captain America
It's not easy to run for President of the United States of America as a black guy named Barack Obama. Just ask Barack Obama. For one thing, a lot of Americans are afraid of the unknown.

The Note: The Rematch
Maybe we had it wrong from the start: It's Barack Obama who is running for George Bush's third term, while John McCain just might be pursuing John Kerry's first.

Will Affirmative Action Roil '08 Race?
Democrat Barack Obama opposes three state ballot measures which would end affirmative action in Colorado, Arizona, and Nebraska. Republican John McCain, by contrast, continues to take no position, according to a campaign spokesperson.

Can McCain make Obama=Kerry?
In a memo released Friday, McCain Campaign Senior Adviser Steve Schmidt paints Barack Obama as a flip-flopper to end a week that started with the campaign using some of it’s strongest language to date...

Does it matter that Obama’s rejecting public funds?
McCain lashed out at Obama, saying he’s gone back on his word. Although campaign finance isn’t a top issue for voters, the McCain camp is pouncing on this as an issue of trust as well as evidence that Obama doesn’t really represent a new kind of politics.

The Two Obamas
But as recent weeks have made clear, Barack Obama is the most split-personality politician in the country today. On the one hand, there is Dr. Barack, the high-minded, Niebuhr-quoting speechifier

Obama out of system, but not out of character
Sen. Barack Obama's announcement Thursday that he would finance his campaign with private contributions was the final step of a slow walk away from public financing that began almost as soon as his campaign started 17 months ago.

McCain's Oil Epiphany
That's nearly a quarter-century of energy independence. The situation is absurd. To which John McCain is responding with a partial fix: Lift the federal ban on Outer Continental Shelf drilling, where a fifth of the off-limits stuff lies.

The real McCain
The media portray him as a GOP maverick. He's really a die-hard conservative.

Driller Instinct
Blaming environmentalists for high energy prices, never mind the evidence, has been a hallmark of the Bush administration.

TRB: Terror Firma
John McCain's campaign has been determined to have a debate about terrorism, which polls have shown to be the only issue where he has any meaningful edge over Barack Obama. The problem is...

Obama's 'Change' in Ads
How has Barack Obama changed as a presidential candidate? To get an idea, we can look at the types of television ads he ran in the beginning of his primary campaign, and the first general-election one he launches today.

Are the Democrats Worse Than the Republicans?
President Bush is the most unpopular president of all time -- literally. But if you keep losing to the worst, what does that make you?

Can the Republican Party Begin to Look Forward?
The substance of any proposed economic reforms is less important, frankly, than McCain demonstrating that he can, in fact, understand the economy and discuss it in some depth.

Dreams of My... Grandparents? Obama's Campaign Ad Omits All Mention of His Father
News outlets treaded lightly on the absence of Obama's father from the ad. The Boston Globe wrote that Americans know who Obama is by now. But if that were really true, why the need for this kind of ad?

By Any Means Necessary
Barack Obama has gone back on his word, Barack Obama is a hypocrite ... I couldn't be happier. Truth is, if what's necessary to win in November is some outright cheating, I'd be all for that, too.

My Mother: A Nana for Obama
Simply said, my mother would have voted for Obama to keep her promise to the future, "for the sake of the kids. I hope that many of those in Florida, and elsewhere, planning to vote for McCain think again.

Helping McCain: He Needs an Intervention
Over the last year, The real McCain has disappeared. We've heard nothing real from him. What we hear instead are the words predatory lobbyists are putting into his mouth.

Taxes, Integrity and Character
Once upon a time, there was a fiscally and socially responsible senator named John McCain. Despite his presidential ambitions, the Republican from Arizona spoke out against the economic royalism of his party's leadership in the White House and Congress, and simply said no.

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