Thursday, June 12, 2008

6/12 Morning News -

News Items
Obama Internet site confronts rumors
Web page repeats innuendo, explains where it comes from, debunks it...
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Starting Gate: Rapid Rumor Response
Obama confronts Internet rumors with new Web site

Putting Obama's Lead Into Perspective
While polls can't accurately gauge an election five months out -- after all, so much can still happen -- it's worth putting Obama's lead into this perspective...

Obama V. McCain on the Middle Class
McCain is “more of the same on steroids,” McCaskill said, adding, “The sooner the American public gets to the facts; they’ll realize finally they’ll have a champion” in Sen. Obama. She added that McCain's plan would help those at the very top of the economic ladder, the "thinnest sliver" of people.

Not all Democrats going for Obama
Barack Obama, for all his attention and primary successes, does not go over so well in a fair number of Democratic lawmakers' home districts. So it seems there is little chance that some will endorse him for president.
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Obama Camp Courts Clinton Fund-Raisers
With Senator Barack Obama’s campaign manager scheduled to meet Thursday with top fund-raisers for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in New York, there is resistance from at least some in her once-vaunted network to supporting Mr. Obama.

Leader of Obama's VP Search Team Quits
James A. Johnson, a consummate Washington insider and former Fannie Mae chief executive, resigned yesterday from Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential search committee, just four days after he was caught up in controversy over low-interest home loans and lucrative business deals.
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Obama Aide Quits Under Fire for His Business Ties
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The Early Word: A Setback for Obama
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More On The Johnson Resignation

Obama moves DNC ops to Chicago
Large parts of the committee's operations are relocating to be fully integrated with the Obama campaign.

Va. governor could help fill gap for Obama
He is the popular governor of a critical swing state. He has working-class roots and a Harvard degree, and strong support from both business and labor. He is a devout Catholic and speaks fluent Spanish, and was the first governor outside Illinois to endorse Barack Obama for president.

Michelle Obama likely target of conservative attacks
Sen. Barack Obama is bracing for the general election fight, and conservatives are likely to throw some jabs at his wife Michelle Obama as well. Conservatives view the presumptive Democratic nominee's wife as a target of opportunity.

McCain, Obama reaching out to female voters
Sen. John McCain and his aides have gone out of their way to praise Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in recent days, and by the end of the week his most prominent female supporter ... will embark on a female-focused speaking tour in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Strange Bedfellows: Obama and Evangelicals
From the Catholic cathedrals of Boston to the AME storefront churches of Chicago to the Southern Baptist megachurches of Memphis, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is actively courting Christian voters, many of them the children of evangelical Protestants who have voted Republican for decades...

Obama's Birth Certificate Released
Those rumors include the claim that Obama was born in Kenya, that his middle name isn't "Hussein", but "Muhammad", and that his real name is "Barry" and not "Barack". The first and third are attempts to reinforce the claims that Obama isn't "American" enough...

John McCain: ’I can’t be a referee’
GOP presidential contender John McCain says he can’t control every attack ad aimed at Democrat Barack Obama and fully expects he’ll face a similar barrage, sounding the bell for a raucous general election brawl.

McCain to discuss free trade in Canada speech
McCain, an avowed free-trader, is to speak to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa on June 20, the club announced Wednesday. McCain has criticized his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, for saying he would renegotiate the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement...
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Sticky Issue of Free Trade Returns

McCain’s Tax Plan Favors Wealthiest, Analysis Says (May require free registration)
Both John McCain and Barack Obama promise to cut taxes for the majority of Americans. But an Obama administration would redistribute income toward lower- and middle-class households, while a McCain White House would steer the bulk of the benefits to the wealthiest families, according to a nonpartisan analysis
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Analysts say Obama offers three times the tax break for middle class

McCain 'pleasantly surprised' by Iraqi leader
The presumptive Republican nominee for president told about 450 supporters at a Boston fund-raiser that the Iraqi government has made notable progress in Baghdad, Basra and Mosul. The Iraqi military, supported by U.S. troops, has launched major offensives in those cities...

McCain In 2005: I "Totally" Support Bush On The "Transcendent Issues" (VIDEO)
But McCain's case is complicated by his own words from just three years ago. In a June 2005 appearance on Meet The Press, the Senator told moderator Tim Russert that, far from being at odds with the White House, he had "been totally in agreement and support of President Bush"

Will Obama Appear At Town Hall With McCain Tonight?
John McCain will hold two town hall meetings today, and he’s been asking Barack Obama all week to show up to one of them. But it now appears it will be a solo act.

Interview with Mark Penn On Why She Lost
"Sure, he can win. I don't think there's any question he can win. It's a Democratic year, he's coming out of these contests as a very strong nominee, there's a tremendous amount of almost worldwide enthusiasm for him—so he definitely can win."

How Will Clinton Pay Off Her Debt?
Though Hillary Rodham Clinton racked up more than $30 million in debt during her Democratic primary campaign, she could emerge from her loss with a bundle of campaign cash to either play kingmaker or mount another campaign of her own.

Fox News Calls Michelle Obama: 'Obama's Baby Mama'
That's just straight-up racist.

Democratic primary winners & losers
Politico takes a look at lawmakers who took major roles in Obama's campaign who may be rewarded - and those who won't.

Clinton charm couldn't keep supers
As Obama began to pile up state after state in February, superdelegates irreversibly swung hard toward him.

Army Shows Its Colors
Tuesday's edition contained an entry under "WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS" that struck me as unusual -- both for its headline and its patent political bias: Obama: World peace thru surrender...

Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows Barack Obama attracting 47% of the vote while John McCain earns 41%. When “leaners” are included, Obama still holds a six-point advantage, 50% to 44%

Obama Leads McCain, But Race Is Looking Tight
Sen. Obama leads Sen. McCain by 47% to 41%, a spread that is twice the edge he had in the previous poll, in late April. Still, that lead is significantly smaller than the Democratic Party's 16-point advantage...

Polls: Obama extending lead over McCain
The Illinois senator now holds a 5 point lead over McCain among registered voters, 48 percent to 43 percent. In a CNN poll of polls conducted earlier this week, Obama's lead stood at 4 points...

Poll shows Obama with economy edge
More Americans believe Sen. Barack Obama is better suited to handle the No. 1 issue on voters' minds — the country's economic woes – than his likely rival in the fall election, Sen. John McCain.

WI, NJ Polls: Obama on Top
New polls out in two key states. First, the University of Wisconsin has new numbers (June 8-10, 506 LV, MoE +/-4.5%) in the Badger State:...

War on Terror Update
Forty-three percent of American voters think the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror, up 1% from last week, but 41% also believe America is not safer than it was before the 9/11 attacks. The latter is down 1% from the week before.

Election 2008: Iowa Presidential Election
Barack Obama, enjoying a bounce in national polling since clinching the Democratic Presidential Nomination, is also expanding his lead in Iowa... Obama bests McCain in General Election Poll
In the inaugural UW Dept. of Political Science/ survey taken immediately after Hillary Clinton suspended her campaign, Barack Obama leads John McCain by a 13-percentage point margin in the Badger state.

Election 2008: North Carolina Presidential Election
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Tar Heel State finds John McCain earning 45% of the vote while Barack Obama attracts 43% support.

Most Voters Say Lobbyists Part of Any White House Campaign
Nearly three out of five voters (57%) believe it is not possible to run for the presidency without the help of lobbyists and special interest groups, even as the Obama campaign purged itself of an official with ties to the subprime lending crisis.

Large Democratic Base Provides Big Advantage for Obama
The current political landscape, with the percentage of those identifying themselves as Democrats outnumbering those who identify as Republicans by a 37% to 28% margin, provides a significant advantage for Barack Obama's presidential chances.

Editorial Note: No Gallup Daily Reports Today
Heavy storms and tornadoes shut down Gallup interviewing centers in Omaha and Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday night, as a result Gallup will not be publishing new Gallup Poll Daily tracking results Thursday, June 12. The next report will be Friday, June 13.

Why look at national polls?
Now that we are turning our attention to the general election, an important question comes up often: When it comes to tracking the presidential "horse race," does it make any sense to follow the national polls?

First Thoughts: Obama's Bump
Perhaps the most fascinating numbers are in the crosstabs, and some of the numbers will surprise folks who memorized every exit poll from the Democratic primaries.

Thinking About Hillary
Ever since I was in first grade, I've been aware that the heroes of the two parties are not necessarily the people who win the presidency. Think Adlai Stevenson. Think Barry Goldwater. ... I see another prospect for this list

Analysis: Obama feels way in handling advisers
In dealing with associates who have dragged him into controversies, Barack Obama has shown great patience with a longtime friend, but much less forbearance with those whose ties are weaker.

Analysis: Town halls have risks, benefits
Two political rivals on a stage, unfiltered questions from undeclared voters, thoughtful answers, no soundbites. Democracy at its best or risky politics?

Will the Election Be All About Obama?
One odd thing is already clear about the fall campaign: in it, one of the two major candidates, John McCain, is going to play only a minor role.

In campaigns, as in basketball, the refs get worked
Team McCain has been complaining no end about how easy that lanky young rookie, Barack Obama, has it with the press, while their scrappy veteran suffers "fiction" at worst and inattention at best.

The Note: Poets and Justice
Sen. John McCain helps Obamaland color in a fading argument -- slipping up with the same kind of gotcha-gaffe manner his campaign delights in using against Obama.

Nicholson the kiss of death for prez candidates?
According to The Washington Post, the Hollywood start picks presidential candidates who have repeatedly gone down in defeat.

Analysis: Many judge the president by the spouse
It's not like deciding whether to press the nuclear button, but first ladies in the United States can wield enormous influence in politics and in society. They're not elected. They're not paid. There's no precise job description.

Coulter: McCain a "Lickspittle" Unworthy of "Kissing Bush's Behind"
Rather than back McCain, right-wing pundits seem poised to turn him into a cartoon effigy of all they claim is wrong with American liberalism.

The End of Politigation
From the rise to power of the "Comeback Kid" until June 12th, the Clintons have played the game as litigators. After all, isn't a campaign a war?

Crime and the Candidates
The possibility of a multitude of different crimes is something many of us think about on a regular basis, so why don't we about it more often from the leaders who want our votes?

John McCain Dismisses the War's Collateral Damage
America's occupation of Iraq has destroyed not only the people suffering under it, but the troops who were asked to carry it out.

The Four Things Necessary to Turn this Historic Opportunity into Progressive Realignment
We need to act boldly to create fundamental change. We must think big like Roosevelt and focus on the fundamental structures of our economy and society that will determine our future.

Barack Obama and Soft Power
It is difficult to think of any single act that would do more to restore America's soft power than the election of Obama to the presidency.

Obama and AIPAC
Obama's AIPAC speech would have been the perfect time for Obama, while upholding his commitment to Israel, to challenge AIPAC's militarism and national chauvinism.

On Issues, Obama Poetry Won't Rhyme
Barack Obama is such a stand-up guy that he'll stand up twice -- once for each side of an issue. The poetry reading on change and hope is over. Now that he has to talk about real policy, there's little rhyme in the rhythm.

Is Bobby Jindal -- Who May Be On McCain's Veep Shortlist -- An Exorcist?
But one of Jindal's job titles hasn't gotten much attention -- and it just might prompt a few questions if his Veep candidacy gains steam: Exorcist.

A Challenge Obama Should Accept
To his credit, John McCain has invited Barack Obama to join him in a national "town hall" tour over the coming months, without the unneeded intrusion of celebrity journalists, network extravaganzas and all of their irrelevant impertinence.

President Obama? Many White Supremacists are Celebrating
With the nomination of Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate clinched, large sections of the white supremacist movement are adopting a surprising attitude: Electing America’s first black president would be a very good thing.

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