NOTE: The latest PJ Media tech change ate my homework this morning. Sorry for the delay, and for any problems going on, some of which posters have complained about.
** DAILY NATIONAL TRACKING POLLS. Barack Obama has a six to 10 point lead over John McCain in the daily national tracking polls. I talked at length earlier today with a top Republican strategist who thinks Obama has it.
** PENNSYLVANIA POLL: OBAMA BY 8. The brand-new Rasmussen poll of battleground Pennsylvania has Barack Obama opening up a big lead over John McCain in the Keystone State, 50% to 42%. Obama has doubled his edge over McCain in the last three days. Obama has the edge on the economy, by a whopping 52-39, while McCain has a narrower edge on national security, 51-43. Nearly twice as many voters in Pennsylvania – one of McCain’s most targeted states – view the economy as the key issue as compared to national security.
** FLORIDA POLL: OBAMA BY 3. The brand-new Public Policy Polling survey of battleground Florida now shows Barack Obama in the lead over John McCain, 49% to 46%. Three weeks, ago, McCain had a 5-point lead.
The top issue? “The economy, stupid.” Another top issue: The swiftly declining standing of Sarah Palin.
** NORTH CAROLINA POLL: OBAMA BY 2. Barack Obama has taken a 2-point lead in longtime red state North Carolina in the brand-new Public Policy Polling survey. It’s Obama 47%, John McCain 45%. Economic concern is rated as the top issue by a record 64% of likely voters.
** WHERE THEY ARE TODAY.
Barack Obama is in Reno, Nevada.
Joe Biden is in Wilmington, Delaware, in debate prep.
John McCain is in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sarah Palin is in Sedona, Arizona, at John McCain’s ranch, in debate prep.
** SCHWARZENEGGER LIVE WEBCAST THIS MORNING. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a bill this morning which makes California the first state in the nation to have its restaurant chains with 20 or more locations statewide post calorie information on menus and indoor menu boards for consumers. At a Chili’s, in Elk Grove.
Do I really want to know that, given the near collapse of the nation’s financial markets? They only serve beer at Chili’s, as I recall.
In any event, the event takes place at 11:30 AM. And will be webcast live on www.gov.ca.gov.
** THAT FOREIGN POLICY DEBATE WE’RE NOT HAVING. Let’s face it. This has been a disappointing campaign. Two very interesting candidates. Some of the biggest issues going, both within and without the US, and they have to blow up in our faces to get much attention. Then there’s the ridiculous media coverage. Which brings us to tonight’s foreign policy debate, which is finally back on.
Part of the problem is what it’s called. Because foreign policy is not “foreign,” it’s geopolitics. The underlying essential dynamics of geopolitics deeply affect domestic politics. In the flows of energy and capital and products and people, in our military budget, and in flash-point electoral politics. When there is debate, we end up debating symptoms — illegal immigration from Mexico, a surge in Iraq — rather than systems. … From Friday’s Huffington Post column.
** 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.
** SCHWARZENEGGER’S CALIFORNIA. Here is my series of five columns for the Los Angeles Times in debate with Pulitzer Prize-winning former Times reporter/editor Bill Boyarsky, whose columns are also included.
Among them is what I’m sure is the first piece examining Schwarzenegger’s legacy as governor of California. Since he will actually be governor of California until 2011. No technology known to be disruptive to the space/time continuum was used in its preparation.
** 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 now in the $98 to $99 per barrel range.
The drop of over $49 per barrel since the record high two months ago comes on acknowledgement that the weak US economy will cut future demand and the easing of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. The Russian war with Georgia, confounding much speculation and reporting to the contrary, actually decreased the geopolitical risk premium in the oil market.
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