Sunday, June 29, 2008

6/29 Sunday News: Obama Takes Day Off, Hits Gym

News Items
Obama gets in works out, hair cut, hoops
The Illinois senator managed a 30-minute workout at a gym near his home on the city's South Side, then got a hair cut at the Hyde Park Hair Salon, where he's been a customer for several years. Barber Ishmael Alamin, who was working at the shop, said Obama got "a regular clipper cut."
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McAuliffe: Bill Clinton and Obama to talk within 48 hours
Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe assured CNN’s Candy Crowley that former President Bill Clinton and presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama will be discussing Clinton’s role in the campaign within the next two days.

Obama Moves to Close the Foreign Policy Gap
Barack Obama is taking visible steps to shore up his foreign policy credentials, scheduling an extensive trip abroad as polls show his Republican presidential rival is seen as the candidate with the sharpest international acumen.

Group with Clinton connections ready to back Obama
By rights, a group that helped elect Bill Clinton president and counts Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as one of its leaders should be hostile territory for Barack Obama. But members of the DLC seem ready to embrace Obama rather than risk squandering an opportunity for victory...

Fla. Cars Tagged With Anti-Obama Slogans
Police on Sunday were investigating vandals' spray-painting of dozens of city vehicles here, some with disparaging messages about the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
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City Vehicles Vandalized With Political Messages

Obama Supporters Adopt ‘Hussein’ in Act of Solidarity
Barack Obama’s middle name Hussein has been used in some corners as a rallying cry to cast false aspersions against him, but in a growing movement, some of his supporters are adopting his middle name as a show of solidarity with the candidate.

Obama collects from Americans abroad
Holbrooke to hold London fundraiser as candidate tells wealthy donors that the time to donate is now.

An Attack That Came Out of the Ether
Scholar Looks for First Link in E-Mail Chain About Obama...

McCain meets with evangelist Graham family
The Republican presidential candidate, who is actively courting religious voters and trying to reassure skeptical conservatives, visited privately with the Grahams on the grounds of Little Piney Cove in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina.
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FirstRead: McCain and the Grahams Pray Together
CNN: McCain gets praise, no endorsement, from Grahams
Politico: McCain sits down with the Grahams

McCain on the defensive about pet projects
The Arizona senator has spent most of his career on the attack against wasteful federal spending ... Now McCain finds himself on the defensive as he campaigns for president in places where people consider the dollars necessary.

McCain: Obama's word cannot be trusted
"You know, this election is about trust, and trusting people's word, and unfortunately apparently on several items, Sen. Obama's word cannot be trusted," McCain said ... The comment came as McCain criticized Obama for reversing positions on public financing and other issues.

For McCain, Airliner Interior as Campaign Motif
This week Senator John McCain’s campaign will try to restore a little style when it unveils a new airplane, the flying Straight Talk Express.
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McCain's Straight Talk Express grows wings

A McCain win could push Supreme Court right
A win for his Republican counterpart, John McCain, could mean a fundamental shift to a consistently conservative majority ready to take on past court rulings on abortion rights, affirmative action and other issues important to the right.

Wesley Clark Dowplays McCain War Record’s Value
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, a key military adviser for Barack Obama, dismissed John McCain’s war record as a qualification for readiness to be president.
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Clark hits McCain's military credentials

Jindal: 'McCain has to talk more proactively' on economy
Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-Louisiana, told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday that he thinks John McCain has to be more proactive in his dialogue on domestic issues if he wants to win the White House.

Political freelancers use Web to join the attack
In the 2008 race, the first in which campaigns are feeling the full force of the changes wrought by the Web, the most attention-grabbing attacks are increasingly coming from people outside the political world.

Lieberman: U.S. May Be Attacked In 2009
In describing the reasons he believes the Republicans' presumptive nominee for president would be better prepared than the Democrats' to lead the nation next January, Sen. Joe Lieberman said that history shows the United States would likely face a terrorist attack in 2009.

John Kerry Faces 1st Primary Opponent Since 1984
Sen. John Kerry is facing his first primary opponent since he first took office 23 years ago, and his challenger has one issue in mind: The senator’s 2003 vote authorizing President Bush to launch military action against Iraq.

Evangelical movement touts 'Jesus for president'
They're spiritual misfits. Rabble-rousers. They packed the shell of the old Baptist church on Negley Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to hear author, Christian activist and fellow misfit Shane Claiborne stump on the campaign for a third party candidate, Jesus.

Preston on Politics: Barr says he's no Nader
Bob Barr was once a loyal solider in the Republican Party — ­ a lawmaker GOP leaders could count on to return home each weekend and echo their talking points at local political events, town hall meetings and civic lunches.

GI bill boosts Webb's veep odds
Speculation about Virginia Sen. Jim Webb's prospects as a candidate for the Democratic vice presidential nomination got a boost last week with the passage of an important GI benefits bill...

Western states may swing
Rocky Mountain voters' individualism makes it hard to poltically pin them down.

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 42%
The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking presidential trial heat, based on July 25-26 and 28 interviewing, finds Barack Obama moving slightly ahead of John McCain, 46% to 42%.

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

Election 2008: Arizona Presidential Election
In April, McCain led Obama by twenty points. Now, the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows McCain attracting 49% of the vote while Obama earns 40%. Six percent (6%) say they’ll vote for some other candidate and 5% remain undecided.

Support for Offshore Drilling Dips Slightly to 59%
The good news for Barack Obama is that support for offshore drilling of oil wells has declined just a bit over the past week. The bad news for the presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee is that only Democrats are changing their mind.

Supreme Court Update
The United States Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on the Second Amendment last week did more than clarify an important Constitutional principle—it also improved public perceptions of the Court itself.

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Commentaries
Candidates Think Flip-Flopping is the Only Way to Win Elections
Raise some big bucks, ridicule your opponent, pander to the locals. Nothing unusual about that for a politician. But wait—wasn't this the candidate who was going to change politics as usual?

True or False: The Power to Fix the Economy Rests With the Next President
Each candidate is unequivocally promising voters that ... he will instantly reverse the decline of housing prices, bring gasoline prices crashing back to earth and generally kick the economy back into gear. If you believe that, I've got some subprime mortgages I'd like to sell you.

The Voters of Appalachia …
In this strangest of political seasons, Appalachia, the last forgotten place in America, suddenly matters.

Record of Reversals Is Source of Ammunition for McCain, Obama Backers
This week’s Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment right to bear arms ... became the latest source of ammunition for John McCain supporters charging Barack Obama with flip-flopping, but Obama’s backers don’t have to search too far to find examples of their own.

The Early Word: Web of Attacks
Will the big political attack of the 2008 election come from the Internet?

Stephen Ducat: Understanding Obama's Recent Right Turn
Obama's resort to triangulation is an admission of a serious limitation -- that he does not believe in his own ability to reframe issues in a way that makes a progressive stance the one that is obviously the most moral.

Reminder: Obama Told Us To Judge Him, and Pressure Him
So by Obama's own admission, when he casts an anti-progressive vote on civil liberties, we shouldn't whip up wild fantasies about him supposedly doing it because he actually is progressive the issue.

A Reminder For Senator Obama: Fortune Favors The Bold
Key in on that little bit of maxim that Daschle quotes in that first sentence: "Don't make perfect the enemy of the good." See, Daschle's got that twisted. My father taught it to me differently: "The worst enemy of the best idea is a good idea."


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