Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas
CNN Washington Bureau
Washington Post: Poll Finds Independent Voters Split Between McCain, Obama
Buoyed by a public mood favoring Democrats, Sen. Barack Obama begins the general-election campaign holding a narrow advantage over Sen. John McCain, with independent voters emerging as a constituency critical to the Republican's hopes of winning the presidency in November.
Washington Post: McCain Seeks to End Offshore Drilling Ban
Sen. John McCain called yesterday for an end to the federal ban on offshore oil drilling, offering an aggressive response to high gasoline prices and immediately drawing the ire of environmental groups that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has courted for months.
WSJ: Obama Plans Spending Boost, Possible Cut in Business Tax
Sen. Barack Obama shed new light on his economic plans for the country, saying he would rely on a heavy dose of government spending to spur growth, use the tax code to narrow the widening gap between winners and losers in the U.S. economy, and possibly back a reduction in corporate tax rates.
WSJ: Congress, Unloved and Supported
In an election year full of pretzel-like twists and turns, here's a new one: How can a record percentage of Americans say they disapprove of the job the Democratic-controlled Congress is doing - yet at the same time say, also by a record margin, they want this year's election to produce another Democratic-controlled Congress?
Compiled by Mary Grace Lucas, CNN Washington Bureau
* Sen. John McCain holds an afternoon campaign event in Houston, TX.
* Sen. Barack Obama holds a town hall meeting in Taylor, MI.