Tuesday, June 24, 2008

6/24 Morning News: Muslim Voters Detect a Snub

News Items
Muslim Voters Detect a Snub From Obama
When Mr. Obama began his presidential campaign, Muslim Americans from California to Virginia responded with enthusiasm, ... But more than a year later, many say, he has not returned their embrace.
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Obama to Shake Tinseltown Tree
This afternoon at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Los Angeles Music Center, the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, will hold a $2,300-per-person reception that looks to attract many fancy celebrities.

Hope or Hype? Obama Says He’ll Deliver
While he focused on courting women voters at a local New Mexico bakery today, Obama wasn’t asked many questions on specific women’s issues. Instead, he was confronted on whether he would actually be able to keep his campaign promises.
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Clinton to Join Obama As He Courts Female Vote
As Hillary Rodham Clinton prepared to return to life in the Senate and announced that she will campaign with Sen. Barack Obama in New Hampshire on Friday, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee began reaching out to female voters...
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Clinton, Obama Release Fundraising Appeals
Clinton's appeal directly acknowledges the fact that she now needs contributions to retire the $22.5 million in debt from her campaign, while Obama's shows the nominee speaking to campaign staff shortly after becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee.
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Dobson: Obama ‘Distorting’ Bible, Pushing ‘Fruitcake Interpretation’ of Constitution
As Barack Obama broadens his outreach to evangelical voters, one of the movement’s biggest names, James Dobson, accuses the likely Democratic presidential nominee of distorting the Bible and pushing a “fruitcake interpretation” of the Constitution.
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Obama on wrong side of Elian Gonzalez saga
Eight years after the furor over the repatriation of a little boy, the international custody saga returns to haunt another Democratic presidential nominee.

McCain veep helper is discreet lawyer
The Republican is leaning on a consummate behind-the-scenes player in Washington — attorney Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. — for this maximum-discretion, minimal-disclosure assignment.

Cindy McCain to headline fundraiser in London
The evening event was expected to raise more than $500,000 for the Arizona senator's presidential bid, a person familiar with the planning said Monday. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was scheduled to join Cindy McCain as a headliner of the event.

McCain Distances Himself From Adviser
Sen. John McCain distanced himself from controversial comments made by a senior adviser to a magazine Monday. Chief strategist Charlie Black told Fortune Magazine that another terrorist attack on U.S. soil would be a “big advantage to him.”
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McCain's Web Attack on Obama
Note the last line over an Obama-like Horizon and sunbeams... "Change that works for him: Breaking his word."

DNC Files Lawsuit Over McCain Financing
With so much attention on Obama's reversal on public financing, liberal bloggers like Arianna Huffington and Josh Marshall have wondered why McCain's own apparent flip flop on the subject hasn't received as much scrutiny.

Obama/McCain: 'Psychological' Benefit?
Yesterday, McCain admitted that his offshore drilling proposal would probably have mostly "psychological" benefits, NBC/NJ’s Adam Aigner-Treworgy reports.

Obama Rides The Wave
Barack Obama is riding the leading edge of a Democratic wave, benefiting from a potential -- although by no means certain -- cyclical shift in the partisanship of American voters which could last at least through 2016, if managed carefully.

Obama Camp Responds To Rove: He Has 'Cornered The Market On Arrogance'
Well, Obama communications director Robert Gibbs came on Morning Joe this morning and he wasn't having it. Asked about Rove's remarks, Gibbs offered that he was "willing to bet you that Karl Rove hung out in...a country club a lot more often than Barack Obama,"...

Schwarzenegger to highlight difference with McCain
Even though California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is backing John McCain for president, the box office superstar-turned politician will highlight his differences with the presumptive Republican nominee Tuesday on the issue of off-shore drilling.
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Hillary Clinton returns to the Senate
The New York Democrat will attend the Senate Democrats' caucus lunch Tuesday, and she has also been invited to Wednesday's meeting of House Democrats, her spokesman, Philippe Reines, said.

Executive Privilege Struggle Pressures Presumptive Nominees
Barack Obama and John McCain, two senators who want to become president, are trying not to pick sides in the White House’s court fight with Congress over executive privilege.

The Elizabeth Edwards Show
In a bit of improv theater, Elizabeth Edwards addressed an Internet conference in New York today by video hookup from her home in North Carolina.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says —“I’m a victim of sexism myself all the time."
At a reporters’ breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor, Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House reflected on the White House bid by Clinton, who would have been the first major party nominee if her bid had succeeded.

Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Barack Obama attracting 46% of the vote while John McCain earns 40%. When "leaners" are included, Obama leads 49% to 44%.

Obama Has Edge on Key Election Issues
Americans see Barack Obama as better able than John McCain to handle energy issues and the economy, the two most important election issues in the public's eyes, according to a recent Gallup survey. ... McCain's only advantage is on terrorism.

South FL Poll: Obama +16
In the populous South Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, Obama leads 46%-30% over McCain in a new Miami Herald/Zogby poll (June 18-20, 807 A, MoE 3.5%). Among Hispanics, who have consistently voted Republican in the state, Obama leads 40%-35%.
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Poll: Obama Has Big Lead In Michigan
Another swing-state poll suggests that the damage done to Democratic unity by the bitter primary has been exaggerated. The new Michigan numbers from Public Policy Polling (D): Obama 48%, McCain 39%, with a ±4.1% margin of error.

Hard times in state deflate Crist's approval ratings
For the first time in his 18 months in office, Gov. Charlie Crist's popularity is down, a new poll found.

The Note: Black Arts
Just when we thought there might be a policy debate emerging -- here come Rove, Black, and Dobson to turn the page on the GOP playbook. This may not have been the way they wanted their messages to get out...

How Do You Vote? Depends on Where You Vote
A new study suggests that where people vote may affect how they vote. "Seemingly innocuous factors can influence behavior," said Jonah Berger, assistant professor of marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania...

What Obama means for business
He slammed big companies and free trade in the primaries, but Barack Obama insists he just wants to show corporate America some tough love. We go behind the scenes to see how he plans to make the U.S. a land of opportunity once again.

Obama's virtues aside, it's politics as usual
In the ad, Obama sits in what seems to be a living room, with sun streaming in from a window behind him. If the atmosphere seems familiar, it's because it's a less elaborate version of the setting for Hillary Clinton's announcement video early last year.

Raise High the Rafters
At the Democratic convention, Obama will have to prove he’s more than just a brilliant speech giver—by giving the most difficult speech of his meteoric career. A rhetorical analysis.

McCain gambling on offshore drilling
John McCain returned to Santa Barbara this week not to assert his opposition to offshore drilling -- as he did when he ran for president in 2000 -- but to make the calculated gamble that high gas prices have trumped voters' desire to protect the environment.

John Adams Wannabes Tremble as Obama, McCain Teams Seek Vices
There was one last thing the lawyer interviewing 1992 vice presidential prospect Al Gore had to ask: In light of Bill Clinton's dalliances, was there any dirt in Gore's personal life that might hinder their election?

Preston on Politics: Obama's 'Shock and Awe'
Barack Obama's decision to forgo public financing for his presidential campaign provides him with the tools needed to implement a "Shock and Awe" television ad strategy designed to paralyze John McCain's campaign, an expert on political TV advertising said in an interview with CNN.

Keeping a promise is one thing, flexibility is another
Still, I think he showed a side of himself that voters needed to know was there. All along, there have been questions about whether he is tough enough to be President. He showed here that in the crunch he is no Bambi, that on a hard call, he has the inner will to prevail – even if he has to go back on what he has promised.

Do the Democrats Want to Lose?
The Democrats are about to lose to Bush and the grossly unpopular Republicans again on FISA and telecom immunity. But are they really losing? That depends on what your objective is.

A Chance for McCain
When John McCain met privately with Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin after a political event in the Milwaukee suburbs May 29, the Republican presidential candidate might not have realized that he had just come face to face with an opportunity and a test.

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