July 14th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
15 years ago

CNN=Politics Daily

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(CNN) - A magazine cover depicting Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle has sparked controversy about persistent rumors and misinformation on the presumptive Democratic nominee's background and religious beliefs.

In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, Carol Costello takes a look at New Yorker magazine's latest cover.

Obama is also set to give a speech before the NAACP Monday evening.  Jessica Yellin previews the Illinois senator's planned remarks.

Recently, Obama has spent time on the campaign trail and with the press clarifying and reaffirming his commitment to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq should he win the White House.  Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider breaks down the issue of Iraq and how it may help or hurt Obama in the general election.

President Bush tried to put pressure on Congress Monday by lifting the White House's ban on off-shore drilling.  White House Correspondent Elaine Quijano reports on Bush's latest move in the political back-and-forth over soaring energy prices and how Sens. McCain and Obama approach the issue of off-shore drilling.

Finally, Wolf Blitzer remembers Tony Snow.

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