Barack Obama met yesterday with a bipartisan group of high-level economic advisors.
** 13 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MAC’S 3RD STRAIGHT ATTACK AD. From my other blog.
** AN ECHO CHAMBER FOR MAC? Is John McCain in an echo chamber in which his not surprising sense of pique about this whippersnapper who never wore the uniform, i.e., Barack Obama, is souring his persona? (Something you may have picked up from me from my May day around McCain.) That’s, cutting to the quick of it, the question posed by the Atlantic’s very knowledgeable insider reporter, Marc Ambinder.
UPDATE: The earthquake has been downgraded to 5.4 on the Richter scale.
** SCHWARZENEGGGER LIVE WEBCAST THIS AFTERNOON ON EARTHQUAKE. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will hold a press conference on today’sm earthquake in Southern California. The seismic event was rated 5.8 on the Richter scale and took place about 30 miles east of Los Angeles in the Chino Hills.
** WESTERN REPUBLICAN SENATOR INDICTED FOR CORRUPTION. Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, age 84, has been indicted on seven counts of political corruption. He was already trailing his Democratic opponent by nine points in recent polling. Stevens is a pork barrel Republican despised by John McCain. But Stevens’s woes add to those of the Republican brand. McCain has only a narrow lead over Barack Obama, despite the fact that this is a perenially Republican state in presidential elections. It is almost certain that McCain will have to spend at least a day making the trek to Alaska if he hopes to hold on to the state.
** NORTH CAROLINA POLL: SLIGHT EDGE FOR MCCAIN. The new Public Policy Polling survey of North Carolina shows John McCain with a slight lead over Barack Obama, 47% to 44%. Obama is keeping this traditionally big red state in play. In fact, he has a big edge on the economy over McCain, 53-38. It’s only when people are focused on social issues such as family values or immigration that McCain has an edge.
** WHERE THEY ARE TODAY.
Barack Obama is in Washington, DC. He has a variety of meetings today, mostly on the economy, including the chairman of the Federal Reserve, the House Democratic Caucus, and the prime minister of Pakistan.
John McCain is in Nevada and Colorado today. He has a town hall in Sparks and a fundraiser in Incline Village. Then he goes to Colorado for a fundraiser in Englewood.
** FROM THE ARNOLD FILE. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s move to cut state employee compensation to the minimum wage level and terminate contingent employees may be paying off as California’s chronic budget crisis drags on.
State Senate leader Don Perata cancelled his scheduled floor session and vote on his version of the budget today. He is negotiating with the governor and other leaders. For his part, the former action superstar postponed his executive order until Thursday.
** SCHWARZENEGGER LIVE WEBCAST THIS MORNING ON OCEAN PROTECTION. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, acting from the state Capitol, will join Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and Washington Governor Chris Gregoire via satellite to launch a new plan addressing ocean and coastal management issues along the West Coast.
** DEMS AND OBAMA LAUNCH LARGEST EVER LATINO VOTER MOBILIZATION. The Democratic Party and Barack Obama are launching the largest ever mobilization program for Latino voters. In the 2004, the party and the John Kerry campaign spent $8.7 million to identify, register, and turn out Latino voters. This year, the party and the Obama campaign will spend $20 million on the task. The drive will be run out of Chicago, now the location for most national Democratic Party efforts following Obama’s victory in the Democratic presidential nomination fight against Hillary Clinton. This may have its largest impact in the new battleground region of the Mountain West.
** SIX REASONS MCCAIN’S LUCKY HE DIDN’T MAKE IT ON THAT OIL RIG. From my other blog.
** MCCAIN TRIES TO COUNTER-PROGRAM A WAVE. You know, Obama’s new flood of foreign policy cred. Resulting in a somewhat confusing, rather sulky, kitchen sink approach. With full analysis of the two new anti-Obama attack ads, first of the general election. One is arguable. The other is preposterous. From my other blog.
Russia is unhappy with John McCain’s effort to kick it out of the G8 group of top industrial nations.
** 24/7 LIVE TV NEWS FEED FROM RUSSIA TODAY. Russia has re-emerged as one of the world’s great powers. Click here for a live TV news feed on your computer, bringing you English-language, jargon-free, fast-paced coverage of global and Russian news from the new Russia Today channel. You probably already know about CNN International, BBC World, and Al Jazeera. Russia Today, which also features culture, entertainment, and sports, is based in Moscow and is owned and operated by the TV Novosti division of Russia’s state news agency, RIA Novosti.
While it’s quite foolish to expect to see, say, criticism of Vladimir Putin on Russia Today, which I know as a former DemRussia advisor, the channel is very interesting nonetheless. With U.S. cable news chattering away as it does, this sort of respite can be informative. The NWN live link to RT does not constitute an endorsement of the channel’s views. It’s presented as an otherwise unavailable new media window.
** TRACK GLOBAL AND U.S. ENERGY PRICES IN NEAR REAL TIME VIA BLOOMBERG ENERGY MARKET WATCH. After crashing over $147 for yet another record on July 11th, crude oil is trading in the $123 to $124 per barrel range. The drop of over $20 per barrel came amidst multiple signs that the weak US economy will cut future demand and fresh signs of a detente between the US and Iran.
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