Monday, June 23, 2008

6/23 Morning News: Obama, The Reintroduction

News Items
Obama Moves To Reintroduce Himself to Voters
Sen. Barack Obama has moved aggressively to shape his campaign and offered a clear road map for the kind of candidate he is likely to become in the months ahead: an ambitious gamer of the electoral map, a ruthless fundraiser and a scrupulous manager of his own biography...

To Ease Gas Prices, Obama Eyes Speculators
Mr. Obama proposed closing the so-called Enron loophole, a legal provision requested by that company in 2000 that exempts crucial energy commodities from government oversight.
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Boston.com:
Obama proposes closing loophole to rein in oil speculation

Obama camp closely linked with ethanol
Mr. Obama is running as a reformer who is seeking to reduce the influence of special interests. But like any other politician, he has powerful constituencies that help shape his views. And when it comes to domestic ethanol ... he also has advisers and prominent supporters with close ties...

Obama braces for race-based ads
A presidential candidate who's named Hussein and wears a turban? A building that's called the White House but run by a black guy? Those political images and ideas already have found their way onto TV airwaves...
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Politico:
First Obama attack book in the works

Obama, Clinton Look to Set Aside Differences, Campaign Together
Sen. Hillary Clinton's shadow will be taking a bite out of Sen. Barack Obama's spotlight again this week as she returns to the Senate and gears up for a joint campaign trip with the man who dashed her presidential ambitions.
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CBS:
Clinton Brings What Obama Needs: Money

Obama campaign targets black voters -- carefully
The strategy requires a deft touch and carries risks, however. In large part, Obama, an Illinois senator who is the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas, has succeeded so far by appealing across racial lines.

Obama, McCain pitching to women
This year's most-watched group so far consists of women so disgruntled by Hillary Rodham Clinton's loss in the Democratic primary that they vow to vote for Republican John McCain in November, a group dubbed the "Nobama Mamas" by Slate magazine.
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CBS FtR:
Obama Woos Women Voters

In Jacksonville, African-Americans find inspiration in Obama's promise
71-year-old Willie Bussey held court beside a shaded hot dog stand. Donning his homemade Barack Obama T-shirt and recounting how he once banished his son from the house until he produced a valid voter registration card, Bussey showed off the Obama donation envelopes he pushes on everyone he can.

Obama kept Law Review balanced
In the end, though, Obama's time on the review mirrored other aspects of his life. Even in the staunchly liberal milieus in which he has spent his entire adult life, Obama has managed to lead without leaving a clear ideological stamp, and to respect and even at times embrace opposing views.

Barack Obama inspires Milan men's runway styles
Calling the U.S. presidential hopeful "the man of the moment," Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for "a relaxed man who doesn't need to flex muscles to show he has power."

Sen. McCain offers $300 million prize for new auto battery
The presumed Republican nominee is proposing a $300 million government prize to whoever can develop an automobile battery that far surpasses existing technology. The bounty would equate to $1 for every man, woman and child in the country...
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McCain, Obama Unveil New Energy Proposals
CBS FtR: McCain Focuses On Energy
The Caucus: The Early Word: McCain’s ‘Clean Car Challenge’

McCain Driving Debate, But Some Fear Swerving
But even as McCain's strategists claim tactical victories, Republicans outside the campaign worry that underlying weaknesses in its organization and message are costing him valuable time to make the case for his own candidacy.

Lieberman's Costly Support for McCain
"Liberated" from partisanship, the ex-Democrat endorsed his best friend in the Senate. But come November, he may discover that political parties have long memories

Priest who mocked Clinton is back on the job
The Rev. Michael Pfleger told a cheering congregation Sunday at St. Sabina church he will not let his faults make him "play it safe or become silent."

Veepstakes: Who will, who won't and who won't say
Comments by lawmakers and others Sunday when questioned about running for vice president with either Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain....
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Three women who could join GOP ticket

GOP courting blue-collar vote
The Republican Party is going after blue-collar voters and other key blocs that traditionally support Democrats but did not back Sen. Barack Obama in primary contests, a top party official said.

Clinton fulfills long-held promise to student
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fulfilled a pledge to a young supporter by speaking at the teenager's high school graduation on Sunday.
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The Caucus:
‘Aunt Hillary’ Speaks at Bronx Graduation

Pols Continue to Demur on Potential Veep Slot
The vice presidential sweepstakes continued unabated Sunday as surrogates for John McCain and Barack Obama mostly demurred from questions about whether they would accept the running mate slot in the 2008 election.

A battle of accused political 'flip-flops'
Days after both men reversed course on major issues, the presidential campaigns of Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain spent much of Sunday's talk-show circuit working to ensure accusations of "flip-flopping" don't stick.
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The Caucus:
Flip-Flops Are Looking Like a Hot Summer Trend

Richardson: 'You can't drill your way out of the problem'
Sen. Barack Obama supporter Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico, attacked Sen. John McCain’s stance on offshore drilling on Sunday, calling the Arizona senator’s plan “cosmetic steps.”

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Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Barack Obama attracting 47% of the vote while John McCain earns 40%. When "leaners" are included, Obama leads 49% to 43%...

CBS Poll: Race, Age Are Issues For Voters
"When you ask people about a candidate who's 70-years-old, you get a very large percentage, almost 50 percent, saying 'that's too old to be president,'" Andrew Kohut of Pew Research said.

71% Know Pelosi is a Democrat, but Most Don’t Know Other Congressional Leaders
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that only 13% of voters had never heard of Pelosi, the first woman to ever serve as Speaker of the House and the highest ranking Democrat in government today.

Voters Split on Need for Stricter Gun Control Laws, but Oppose City Handgun Ban
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% say stricter gun control laws while another 44% disagree and 12% are not sure. Most African-American and Hispanic voters believe stricter gun control laws are needed...

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Commentaries
Barack Obama: What's the big idea?
16 months and 26 debates later he remains a puzzle to many voters...

Damaged Brand?
On health care, Iraq and other issues, even some Republicans fear the party's image is badly tarnished. Can McCain restore the luster?

Why Clinton voters will come back to the fold
Now that the Obama campaign has announced that the Democratic victor and his vanquished foe will campaign together on Friday, brace yourself for the frenzied over-analysis of every sound bite of banter, every muscle twitch of body language during the Barack-and-Hillary show.

Sweet — and sour — home Chicago
He meant it as a joke, but when Barack Obama recently parodied a famous line from "The Untouchables" he also dredged up the reputation of his longtime home as a place that is rough, raw and unlikely to breed reform."If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun," Obama said...

Obama Walks a Fine Line With Muslims
The characterization highlights a tricky balance the campaign is trying to strike: to tamp down false rumors -- intended by some to link the Democratic presidential candidate to radical Islam -- without offending Muslims and harming his image of inclusiveness.

Nudge Against the Fudge
Dare we hope that Barack Obama shares the 'libertarian paternalism' of two of his former University of Chicago colleagues?

The Note: Signed and Sealed
Somewhere between the new seal, a new Latin phrase, the shattered public financing pledge, and the not-happening town-hall forums, Sen. Barack Obama made clear that he's really, really sure he's going to win.

Starting Gate: Bust Out The Flip-Flops
Four years ago, there was perhaps no insult in politics worse than “flip-flopper.” ... This time around, however, flip-flopping doesn’t appear to carry quite the same stigma.

First Thoughts: The New Arms Race
As we've mentioned before, one of the more underappreciated ways that Obama defeated Clinton in the Democratic primaries is that he forced her to compete in a political arms race that she couldn't win. ... could history repeat itself?

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