Wednesday, June 25, 2008

6/25 Morning News: Obama vs. Dobson, continued...

News Items
Obama dismisses Dobson criticism about Bible
Barack Obama said Tuesday that evangelical leader James Dobson was "making stuff up" when he accused the presumed Democratic presidential nominee of distorting the Bible.
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Rap, rock, classical — music to Obama’s ears
Bob Dylan. Yo-Yo Ma. Sheryl Crow. Jay-Z. These aren't musical acts in a summer concert series: They're artists featured on Barack Obama's iPod. "I have pretty eclectic tastes," the Democratic presidential contender said in an interview to be published in Friday's issue of Rolling Stone.
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In L.A., the stars line up for Obama
Sen. Barack Obama's bid for Hollywood's financial support was officially cinched Tuesday night at -- where else? -- a gala attended by celebrities, studio executives, producers, directors and other well-moneyed people.
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Clinton, Obama Begin Democratic Unity Dance
Sen. Hillary Clinton will urge her former supporters to back Sen. Barack Obama and will tout Democratic unity in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill today, Democratic aides said.
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Obama asks Inland, California Democrats for advice on running mate
The lawmakers were called separately into meetings with Obama's vice presidential search team, Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder, who are vetting a list of candidates that Boxer placed about a dozen.

Muslim Voters' Waning Support for Obama?
"I was quite disappointed. The Obama campaign to me, represents a change from traditional politics and embodies an America which supersedes discrimination and racism. This incident is in stark contradiction to that notion," said Lydia Habhab...

Obama Camp Requests Intelligence Briefing From Pentagon Brass
Barack Obama’s Senate staff has requested an intelligence briefing on the latest in Iraq and Afghanistan from aides to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, suggesting the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate could be gearing up for a trip abroad.

Mo. Sen. McCaskill emerging as key Obama supporter
She was there when Obama needed her most, a female senator endorsing him just after he lost New Hampshire's Democratic primary to Hillary Rodham Clinton. That was a politically risky move at the time, one that angered many of her own supporters.

Obama's aim: 14 Bush states and local races
Barack Obama will focus his resources largely in 14 states George W. Bush won in 2004, his chief field operative said Tuesday, hoping to score upsets in places such as Virginia, Indiana and Georgia.

Turnout boost could favor Obama
Barack Obama could make major gains in at least nine states the Democratic ticket lost in 2004 if he can achieve a relatively modest increase in turnout among young and African-American voters, a Tribune analysis of voting data suggests.

Wallis to Push Obama for 'Abortion Reduction' Plank
Before the Democrats convene in Denver, the Rev. Jim Wallis plans to urge Barack Obama to go along with adding an "abortion reduction" plank to the party platform.

Obama under fire over Iraq troop pledge (requires registration)
Having stuck to the line that he would withdraw one to two brigades a month and remove all US combat forces from Iraq within 16 months of taking office, Mr Obama’s promise is looking increasingly vulnerable to John McCain’s taunts of “surrender”...

Why Bill Clinton's Miffed At Obama
In politics, Hillary Clinton speaks for the Clinton family now, and aside from her campaign debt, she has no real difficulty supporting Barack Obama privately and publicly. But Bill Clinton has a beef.

Nader: Obama trying to "Act White," Appeal to "White Guilt"
In an interview with the Rocky Mountain News, independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader says the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, is trying to "talk white" by downplaying poverty issues.
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Obama Absent, but Still the Buzz at BET Awards
“If we all register and vote, we will have the first black president in the history of America,” Sean “Diddy” Combs told the crowd Tuesday at the Shrine Auditorium before chanting “Obama or Die” - a declarative remix of his neutral “Vote or Die” motto...

Obama Offers Car Magnet to Get Internet Base to Donate
Barack Obama tapped Hollywood — a reliable Democratic source of big cash, glitz and glamor — then within hours sent a new appeal to his small-donor Internet base, promising a car magnet to those who send in at least $15 by Monday.

India's National Newspaper: 11-day prayer for Obama’s success
All-India Congress Committee member Brij Mohan Bhama has organised a 11-day religious ceremony at Karol Bagh here for his success in the U.S. elections.

McCain adviser may have struck a nerve
Sen. Barack Obama and his surrogates continued to criticize Charles R. Black Jr. ... for saying a terrorist attack before the November election would help the presumptive Republican nominee. But behind their protests lay a question ... Was Black speaking the truth?
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Casino Kings Wine and Dine McCain in Vegas
Las Vegas casino magnates will be hosting a luncheon fundraiser today for Senator John McCain behind the guarded gates of a posh Vegas golf club where donors ponying up tens of thousands of dollars will get face time with the presumptive Republican nominee.
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McCain hosts tele-meeting with S. Florida voters
This wasn't a telemarketing joke -- the McCain campaign Tuesday night called 50,000 Democratic and independent voters who live in Broward and Palm Beach counties for a ''tele-townhall meeting'' with the presidential candidate. About 4,500 people participated.
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McCain Has Plan to Make Government More Green
Sen. John McCain pledged yesterday that he would make the federal government more environmentally friendly, while Sen. Barack Obama mocked his rival as crafting energy policies that merely pander to voters...

McCain To Visit Colombia
Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Tuesday he wants to show his support for Colombia's anti-drug efforts and a pending free-trade agreement with the U.S. by visiting the South American ally.
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Meet the Republican VP Prospect: Bobby Jindal
With a fresh face, conservative credentials and a reformist streak, Bobby Jindal, 37 years old, has enjoyed his share of buzz as a potential vice-presidential pick. John McCain will have to decide if that excitement is enough to supplement Jindal’s four and a half years of experience ...

After months of acrimony, Barack Obama is tapping into his massive fund-raising network to help Hillary Rodham Clinton pay off her campaign bills.
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Clinton's back in the game
The senator is all smiles as she returns to her day job, where she receives a standing ovation.

You Know Times Are Tough for Republicans When…
Just how poisonous is President Bush for incumbent Republicans running for reelection? Well, one of them is running a TV ad touting his ties to the Senate’s most liberal member: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

MTV to Rock the Vote, Will Now Accept Political Ads
The Viacom MTV Networks channel -- once known for round-the-clock music videos and now home to a host of reality shows -- says it will now take political ads, though only from political candidates and party political committees, not from third parties.

Dems craft a populist summer plan
House rolling out domestic spending bills in a kind of “We-R-U” midsummer Congress.

For John McCain's Mom: Another Day, Another Speeding Ticket
The would-be first mother -- and yes, she fully expects her Johnny to win the presidency in November -- is still speeding around like a NASCAR driver on the last lap.

Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Barack Obama attracting 46% of the vote while John McCain earns 40%. When "leaners" are included, Obama leads 49% to 45%.

Election 2008: California Presidential Election
John McCain’s call for offshore oil drilling may have helped him in Florida, but it’s having the opposite impact in California. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Golden State finds Barack Obama leading McCain 58% to 30%.

Obama holds 12-point lead over McCain, poll finds
In a two-man contest, 49% of respondents favor Barack Obama, 37% John McCain. With Ralph Nader and Bob Barr added to the mix, Obama holds a 15-point edge.
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Just 37% Believe Clinton Wants Obama to Win
Just 37% of voters nationwide think that Hillary Clinton wants Barack Obama to win the White House this November. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 33% disagree and say that Clinton does not want an Obama victory.

Obama Leads McCain by 15 Points as Voters Reject Republicans
Democrat Barack Obama has opened a 15-point lead in the presidential race, and most of the political trends -- voter enthusiasm, views of President George W. Bush, the Republicans, the economy and the direction of the country -- point to even greater trouble for rival John McCain.

First Thoughts: A Focus Group in New York
A focus group conducted last night here in a county that Hillary Clinton carried in April showed that her supporters are coming around to Obama. But the group -- 12 likely voters, all white, ... also demonstrated that both candidates have plenty of work to do between now and November.

Perspective on Recent National Polls
Be careful over-interpreting the independents number for McCain in current polls. The reason he's doing well among indies is that a growing slice of them are former Republicans.

Voters split over McCain, Obama on Iraq
The public's stance on the war is as equivocal as McCain's is not: A strong majority of Americans oppose it and believe it was wrong in the first place, but more find McCain better suited to handle Iraq than his Democratic presidential rival, Barack Obama.

The Case for Hillary Clinton
There is no person on either side of the veepstakes more speculated about than Hillary Rodham Clinton. And, with Clinton and Barack Obama set to appear together twice in the next two days ... now seems as good a time as any to debate the merits

Will 'Experience' Hurt Obama?
The lines usually generated laughs, but nowadays it sometimes looks like the joke is on Obama; after 16 months, 22 debates, thousands of speeches and 56 marathon contests, Obama may have gotten a little more seasoning than he bargained for.

Triple $$$ Ranch
John McCain and Barack Obama Began ’08 Race as Populist Renegades; That Was Then: From Drilling to Campaign Funding, Systems Encroach: ‘It’s Hard to Be the Rebel When You Are the Nominee,’ Says Pete King...

America’s Next Chapter
The novelties of race and gender have largely distracted the nation from the more profound aspect of the 2008 presidential election: This campaign presents the potential for a new cycle of American history.

The Note: Solidarity Salsa
It's unity week for the Democrats -- and watch this tense tango: Hillary Clinton two-steps toward togetherness, Barack Obama congas for comity (with a fandango of a phone call) -- and Bill Clinton manages to shimmy out a statement.

Starting Gate: Just How Confident Should Democrats Be?
And while that may be a stretch, Democrats would be wise to temper their enthusiasm. For a cautionary tale, they need look no further than 1988: In May of that year, Michael Dukakis had a 10 point lead over George Bush in a New York Times/CBS News Poll.

Commentary: Obama helps himself and McCain, too
When is the most recent time a decision by a presidential candidate ended up being good for him and his opponent? But that is certainly the case with Sen. Barack Obama's decision last week to become the first candidate since public financing went into effect...

The Great Tolerant Majority
Here's a nice news flash: Most people really are religious and tolerant, faithful and open, altogether American. That's the conclusion this week of a major Pew Research Center study of religion in America.

Wasteful Weapons and the Politicians Who Love Them
The DNC's attack on McCain speaks volumes to the bipartisan gut-checking in favor of military waste that has led us to squander trillions of taxpayer dollars since 9/11.

Obama's "Contract with America"
Obama could call it Promise to America --in the aftermath of eight years of Bush/Republican corruption, it could be his vow to restore respect for the Constitution.

Screw the Evangelical Vote!
How did this country become so colossally retarded? Sure, there will always be the lunatic fringe, but they belong on the fringe -- not playing host to presidential candidates.

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