August 4th, 2008
06:06 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, August 4, 2008



CNN: Obama to unveil energy plan Monday
Barack Obama travels to battleground Michigan Monday to unveil details on his energy policy. Obama speaks at 11am ET in the Lansing, where the campaign said he will announce his “New Energy for America” plan.

AP: Poll: McCain's attack strategy paying dividends
Intensified attacks by Republican John McCain on the character of his Democratic opponent have coincided with Barack Obama losing a nine percentage point advantage in a national poll, which showed the candidates running dead even over the weekend.

CNN: Is McCain's 'Celeb' ad accurate?
John McCain's campaign got a lot of attention last week for its ad that likens Barack Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. The ad calls Obama "the biggest celebrity in the world," but asks, "Is he ready to lead." In addition to the flashy imagery, the ad also claims that Obama would raise taxes on electricity. But is that claim true? CNN's Josh Levs reports.

Boston Herald: DNC video crews prep for Ted K tribute
Camera crews descended on the ailing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s Hyannis compound this weekend to film an emotional tribute scheduled to air at the Democratic National Convention in August.

NY Times: Media Outlets Are Seeking a Campaign Bounce of Their Own
This year’s presidential campaign has drawn more voter interest than any other race in generations. For mainstream news media, however, capitalizing on that interest has been hit or miss, though not for lack of trying.

CNN Radio: Obama spends birthday weekend on the defensive as both candidates get drill-happy
It's been a weekend of backpedaling, slings, and arrows for both presidential campaigns. And somebody's got a birthday (hint: his last name begins with “O”), as CNN's Bob Costantini reports in today's political ticker.

San Francisco Chronicle: Candidates' VP picks could decide the race
This could be the presidential election when it really happens: No. 2 actually helps No. 1 get to be ... No. 1.

Washington Times: GOP: Lift drilling ban or risk shutdown
The showdown on Capitol Hill over expanding offshore drilling could lead to a threatened government shutdown when Congress returns from its five-week summer break in early September.

LA Times: Obama's crime? Acting too presidential
So the pundits' verdict is in: Obama is too confident. It all would be funny if many people didn't seem to be inhaling this multimedia stink bomb as if it were fragrant truth.

New York Sun: Republicans Ready Lines of Attack on Obama's Vice Presidential Pick
Republicans preparing to pounce on Senator Obama's running mate see his choice falling into one of two categories: "inexperience," or an "insider."

USA Today: McCain and Obama tweak views on Iraq
John McCain and Barack Obama have been on opposite sides of the debate over U.S. policy in Iraq for much of the past two years. Now, they seem to be drawing closer together.

USA Today: Writer offered a young Barack Obama advice on life
At key moments in his adolescence, Barack Obama could not turn to a father he hardly knew. Instead, he looked to a left-leaning black journalist and poet for advice on living in a world of black and white.

Washington Post: Obama Leads, Pessimism Reigns Among Key Group
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama holds a 2 to 1 edge over Republican Sen. John McCain among the nation's low-wage workers, but many are unconvinced that either presidential candidate would be better than the other at fixing the ailing economy or improving the health-care system, according to a new national poll.

Washington Post: Rerouting McCain's Bus; Frustrations Lead Campaign To Limit Reporters' Access
While the traveling press corps was shipped off to a barbecue restaurant here, John McCain charmed his way through an interview with a local TV reporter. Surae Chinn of KCTV posed such less-than-penetrating questions as "How important is Missouri?" and "Have you chosen a running mate?" and - addressing the candidate's wife, Cindy - "How do you make your marriage work?"

NY Times: McCain Takes a Page From Clinton’s Playbook
At times this spring, it appeared that Senator Barack Obama’s fight with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton would never end. In important ways, it hasn’t. Instead, Mr. Obama has watched Senator John McCain pick up central strands of Mrs. Clinton’s approach, and amplify them.

CNN: VP fever intensifies as conventions near
It happens once every four years: Political pundits, news junkies and water cooler crowds obsess over whom the presidential contenders will pick to be their No. 2.

Politico: VP pick may chafe Hillary supporters
Many of the foremost activists in the women’s movement ardently believe that Hillary Rodham Clinton should be Barack Obama’s running mate — and primary wounds that are just beginning to heal may be torn back open should the Democratic nominee select someone else, as it seems very likely he will.

CNN: Cantor getting "thorough vetting" from McCain team
A Virginia congressman is among those getting "thorough vetting" by John McCain's vice presidential team, an informed Republican source told CNN on Saturday.

New York Daily News: Running mate stock rises for Democrat Evan Bayh, Republican Eric Cantor
Republican John McCain has added a Jewish congressman from Virginia to his list of potential vice presidents, while Barack Obama's schedule raised speculation yesterday he was leaning toward Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh as his No. 2.

Politico: Private equity fears criticism if Romney VP
If John McCain selects Mitt Romney as his running mate, Romney's former colleagues in the private equity industry expect they are in for a bloody campaign that will paint them all as job-killing fat cats eager to stomp the little guy to make a quick buck.

CNN: Pelosi offers Veep support for House darkhorse
Plenty of high profile names are getting bounced around as Barack Obama’s potential running mate. But Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may have a lesser-known candidate in mind.

Bloomberg: Pickens, Gore Sidestep Differences in Alternative-Energy Quest
The most unlikely alliance in this election year hasn't come out of any political campaign. It's in the convergence of interests between billionaire oilman and Republican Party backer T. Boone Pickens and former vice president turned uber-environmentalist Al Gore.

USA Today: Pelosi firm: No vote on offshore drilling
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday ruled out a vote on new offshore oil drilling even as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he might be open to a compromise that included it.

Politico: House Republicans go back on the floor Monday to talk gas prices
Continuing with their guerilla tactics from last week, House Republicans will be back on the floor Monday to talk gas prices, even though Congress is in recess, and they may stay there all week.

Washington Post: Reliably GOP State Is Up for Grabs
This year's Fredericksburg Fair had the usual attractions: Hercula the Giant Horse and Black Jack the Giant Steer, the carnival rides and the four-wheeler races. But added to the mix was something Virginians had not seen for decades - the earnest campaigning of a competitive presidential race.

CNN: Obama calls for giving 'full vote' to Michigan, Florida delegatesSen. Barack Obama said Sunday that the delegates from Florida and Michigan should get a “full vote” at the Democratic convention this month.

Washington Post: Olympics Notwithstanding, Trip Won't Be All Fun and Games
Continuing the global barnstorming that has marked his final year in office, President Bush leaves today for a seven-day trip to Asia that has the potential for fireworks at every stop.

Bloomberg: Bush Burnishes China Card for Obama, McCain in Taiwan's Shadow
When Barack Obama or John McCain takes over the presidency in January, he will inherit a stable U.S.-China relationship. Part of the credit will belong to someone who gets few kudos for his foreign-policy initiatives: George W. Bush.

DC Examiner’s Yeas and Nays: Bush is one of Jay-Z’s ‘99 Problems’
Jay-Z got plenty of applause and wild cheers Friday as he closed the Africa Rising Music and Fashion Festival at the Kennedy Center. But perhaps none was louder than when the show turned political.

Washington Post: How Foreign Policy Functions Shifted to the Pentagon
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, opened a hearing last Thursday on the creeping militarization of U.S. foreign policy by saying: "There has been a migration of functions and authorities from U.S. civilian agencies to the Department of Defense."

LA Times: State considering laws modifying individual health insurance policies
The proposal would limit insurer profits on individual plans, require the plans to provide a basic set of benefits and restrict insurers' ability to cancel policies retroactively.

NY Times: An Internal Wiki That’s Not Classified
IN the past, said Stacie R. Hankins, a special assistant at the United States Embassy in Rome, when the ambassador prepared to meet an Italian political figure, the staff would e-mail a memo about the meeting and attach biographies of those who would be attending to be printed out.

Washington Post: Researcher Kept Security Clearance as FBI Closed In
As an FBI investigation increasingly focused on him as a suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, Fort Detrick scientist Bruce E. Ivins enjoyed a security clearance that allowed him to work in the facility's most dangerous laboratories, to handle deadly biological agents, and to take part in broad discussions about the Pentagon's defenses against germ warfare.

Washington Post: Prescription Data Used To Assess Consumers; Records Aid Insurers but Prompt Privacy Concerns
Health and life insurance companies have access to a powerful new tool for evaluating whether to cover individual consumers: a health "credit report" drawn from databases containing prescription drug records on more than 200 million Americans.

AP: Gitmo interrogators shift focus to prison activity
Interrogators at Guantanamo Bay are asking detainees primarily about activity inside the U.S. military prison, the mission commander said, revealing a shift in focus from the wider fight against terrorism.

AP: Lax oversight risks millions of Medicare dollars
The government is putting millions of Medicare dollars at risk by authorizing fictitious sellers of wheelchairs, prosthetics and other medical supplies to submit reimbursement claims with only limited review, congressional investigators say.

San Francisco Chronicle: Santa Cruz firebombs look familiar
The devices used in two firebombings targeting UC Santa Cruz biologists are similar to some used in the past by animal rights activists, investigators said Sunday.

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  1. bulldog


    August 4, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. Vivian

    I am highly offended by John McCain's supposedly "humorous" attack ad on Barak Obama as "The One". It is not funny that he has disrespected Christianity in that manner, poking fun at the miracle of crossing the Red Sea and of God speaking to his Son Jesus from the clouds. Nor is it humourous that Senator Obama is comparied to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, two young women that has serious personal issues and is implying that Senator Obama has no substance to his character. I was leaning toward voting for McCain but now I will vote for Obama.

    August 4, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. Happy Birthday!!!

    HAPPY Birthday Senator Obama!!!
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    August 4, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Texas Trail Dog!


    August 4, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |



    August 4, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Denise Groves

    Obama stay on target. That is all you need to do. The last thing dead man walking walking wants is for you to discuss energy. If you do, he looses.


    August 4, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |

    Obama is nothing but an arrogant idi0t. He has ZERO experience, is affilliated with a racist church, is all full of pretty but empty and confusing rethoric, says what people want to hear at the moment, and on and on. He says in one of his ads that he "worked [his] way through college". What a lie!! The record shows that he took tons of student loans and only worked a couple of summers. He is a big pretender and , oh yeah, did I mention that he is also extremely ARROGANT?

    His supporters play the race card all the time by calling one a racist just because one does not see him fit to be President of the US.


    August 4, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Denise Groves

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    August 4, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. GIFTY

    Continue to flip flop obama.

    August 4, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. TJ Johnson

    I see, it's being flexible, not flip-flopping but only if BO does it?

    August 4, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Joe Reg

    When circumstances change, a democratic president adapts to the new situation instead of saying my way or the high way, which is pretty much what we have now.

    Obama is in favor of oil drilling with consideration to end in part oil import from the Middle East and to work towards sustainability.

    That is a refreshing concept.

    Obama 08/12.

    August 4, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. jesse

    i which congress would just tell us the turth,on matter if the news is good or bad.congress need to stop trying to think for the people.and just do what they are sent to do.the people can think for themself's .and also that's true for the news media . stop using sound bit,and spins to get the people to see things your way.your ratings would be much higher if you would just tell it like it is ,if you get a story and you know it is deividive why show it.there are moral limits you know.and it starts with you.

    August 4, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. sarah

    Any one who thinks that McCains experience is real, should look at all of his mistakes and realize his experience has been a complete failure.

    OBAMA, We desperately need you in 2008 and 2012. Keep up your "high road" and don't let the old man cut you down. Your ideas are invigorating many to vote for the first time.

    August 4, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Henry n New York

    We watched the republican party in 2000 and 2004 attack the democratic candidate on everything but the issues. We watched this republican president create an atmosphere of fear and anger. We have then endured a disrespect for the American people as he took on his personal agenda without regard for the affects and effects those decisions had on the American people. Now as we hurt we have another republican that wants to inflict even more damage with no policies, no new ideas, no direction other than war and occupation of another sovereign country. The smears, slander and misrepresentation of the McCain Campaign and the Republican party are all character type attacks attached to direct lies or misrepresentation of facts. They then end with no new ideas or solutions to our many issues. I for one have had enough of the republican party. The fact is I'M NOT BETTER OFF THAN I WAS 8 YEARS AGO WHEN A DEMOCRAT WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!

    August 4, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. alvino

    I am not sure that McCain can really benefit from the ". . . is he ready to lead?" question posed to O'Bama. In the military, Senator McCain was told when to wake up, told when to sit down, told when to eat, when to march, when to go to the bathroom, and when to go to bed. Unless you are the one in charge, this is not a leadership training program.

    August 4, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Henry n New York





    August 4, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. LET IT GO

    Happy B-day Obama, Everyone is right stay on your message. becaue they are going to be more attacks to come starting with 2 new anti Obama books coming out this week.

    August 4, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Lynette Stapleton

    How about Senator Obama spelling out his tax plan
    The majority of Americans will be paying out big time
    Electricity will be one of the items on his long list

    August 4, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Donna in ID

    As soon as he realized that the public was upset with him and his standing with Miss Fluff Pelosi he started changing his tune on the drilling. Everything I have hear from him on oil is he has not a clue about oil independence being important to our National Security. He also has no real plan to get us off the dependence of forgein oil. Everything he has mentioned is many yrs down the road.
    People have been working on alturnitives for yrs. I knew a man in MT in the 70's that was working on using Quake and Aspin wood . No one in this country has come up with anything that is affordable in the 50 yrs they have worked on this.
    I'll be interested in hearing his plans but it will not change my mind on the no X on my ballot for Obama.

    August 4, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Senior female

    Oh my, how many more "Obama" policies is this guy going to steat and call his own. He went through the entire primary saying he agreed with Hillary at every critical point in the debates. Now when he see's some one else getting any attention for idea's , well then, of course it becomes his by saying the following, "as I have said repeatedly before" and his flip/flops are just mere "refinements"

    How is this guy going to lead this country when he obviously has no original thoughts in his head.

    August 4, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. overseas US

    Do we want a president that "believes on Wednesday what he believed on Monday, regardless of what happened on Tuesday"? Then vote McCain.
    Do we want a honorable man, that will make the world respect us again that is willing to listen and learn and heal, then McCain is not your man.

    August 4, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Texun

    We'll see what Obama can come up with on Energy. The pity of the situation is that despite his background in oil, Bush failed repeatedly to come up with a viable set of policies to reduce consumption and increase production. With the support of Republicans in Congress, Bush/Cheney managed to encourage increased consumption, but did little or nothing to increase production. Permitting additional leases in the Rockies was futile because most of them produce natural gas, not oil. The only gains under Bush/Cheney went to the large oil companies. As to Obama "stealing" ideas from Hillary, if he did, that would be a sign of good judgment, not a weakness.

    August 4, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |

    It is sad to see that the polls are reflecting that Mccains trash
    is getting attention.
    The republicans and Mccain are resorting to their dirty
    politics because they have no other course. They certainly
    cannot run on their records for the last 8 years!
    Thanks to the republicans we are in the worse shape we
    have ever been in, in my lifetime.
    How any intelligent person can still support them is beyond
    It boils down to, survive with Barack Obama or continue
    down the road to distruction with Mccain.

    August 4, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Griff

    Nobody really want's to be Borack Obama's VP. He will have to decide himself... They are scared of this man, who devalues the rest of the Democrats... When he loses, and he will, then they themselves would be tarnished...

    August 4, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |