Wednesday, July 9, 2008
GENERAL NEWS HEADLINES with excerpts
It's a matter of judgment:
The Democratic presidential candidate and his wife, Michelle, allowed the cable entertainment news show Access Hollywood to interview their daughters, Malia and Sasha, as Malia celebrated her 10th birthday. Segments of the interview began airing this week.
On Wednesday, Obama said he had second thoughts after seeing how much attention the interview had received.
Obama told ABC's Good Morning America talk show that things got carried away a bit.
Obama said, "I don't think it's healthy and it's something we'll be avoiding in the future."
Christian group invokes slavery in opposing Obama
The Christian Defense Coalition held their anti-Obama press conference today -- "An Appeal to Catholics Regarding the 2008 Presidential Election" -- complete with the "I want you to pay for abortions" Obama-as-Uncle-Sam picture we told you about Monday as well as some other interesting material.
Such as: this image of slavery, invoked in the CDC's literature to
argue that there is nothing wrong with Catholics being "single issue"
voters on abortion.
Click HERE to see the context of the slavery mention as well as the other controversial materials.
McCain: Obama will take away your weird trendy plastic 'crocs'
"Five years ago, the outdoor footwear company, Crocs, was started by a couple of entrepreneurs with a great idea, ingenuity and drive," McCain said. "This former small business now employs 600 people in Colorado alone, and sells over 50 percent of its products in 90 countries around the world. Building barriers to Crocs or any American company's access to foreign markets will have a devastating effect on our economy and jobs, and the prosperity of American families."
Watch the VIDEO HERE.
McCain plan for budget: fiscal hawks vs tax foes
The tug of war between wanting steep tax cuts and trying to make sure the government spends no more than it takes in has been a theme this year as Mr. McCain’s economic thinking and policies have evolved. ..
McCain says he will balance budget by 2013
Skepticism on McCain plan to balance budget by 2013
Internal politics heat up at McCain campaign
...it is becoming clear that his campaign is once again a swirl of competing spheres of influence, clusters of friends, consultants and media advisers who represent a matrix of clashing ambitions and festering feuds. The cast includes the surviving members of Mr. McCain’s 2000 campaign, led by Rick Davis and Mark Salter; a new camp out of the world of Karl Rove, led by the recently ascendant Steve Schmidt; and on the periphery, the ever-present Mike Murphy, Mr. McCain’s strategist in the 2000 presidential race who has been dispensing advice to the candidate to the annoyance of the other camps, and is the subject of intensifying rumors in Republican circles that he is about to re-enter the campaign.
Top Obama aide signals shift on Iraq withdrawal policy
A top defense adviser to Barack Obama is recommending that significant "residual" U.S. military forces remain in Iraq to ensure its stability, an emerging policy shift that is angering the Democratic Party's anti-war left and has Republicans charging "flip-flop."
Adding up the cost of Obama's agenda
Some budget analysts say the Democrat's proposals for funding tens of billions of dollars in programs may not be enough.
Like predecessors who also had to square far-reaching promises with inescapable budget realities, they say, a President Obama might need to jettison pieces of Obama-ism.
"I don't think it all adds up," Isabel Sawhill, an official in President Clinton's Office of Management and Budget, said of Obama's spending plans.
"There will definitely need to be a recalibration of these proposals once someone is in office," said Sawhill, now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. "The fiscal situation just isn't going to permit doing what Sen. Obama or anyone else would like."
Obama acceptance speech moved to outdoor venue
Borrowing from the political repertory of John F. Kennedy, Senator Barack Obama will accept his party’s nomination outside of the main Democratic convention hall this August, in the Denver Broncos’ football stadium that seats more than 75,000 people.
The move, rumored for days and announced by the Obama campaign on Monday, set off a round of complaints from news executives, who for more than a year have been drawing up elaborate plans for a convention that was to culminate in the main hall, at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Obama's voting record complicates his shift to center
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is trying to claim the political center, following in the footsteps of previous nominees including Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980. Yet the Illinois senator has a higher hurdle than most: a consistently liberal voting record.
Webb withdraws name from veep list
U.S. Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) announced yesterday that he will not seek a place on the Democratic ticket next to Sen. Barack Obama, ending months of speculation that he was a front-runner for the vice presidential nomination.
"In the absence of some sense of progress, in the absence of some sense from the Dalai Lama that there was progress, I would not have gone," the presidential candidate told reporters at a news conference.
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