In his weekend video/radio address, President Barack Obama says that Congress needs to act to to help more in reviving the housing market and aiding homeowners.
** NEW COLUMN COMING UP … RECALLING TOTAL RECALL (THE BOOK, NOT THE MOVIE).
** OBAMA THIS WEEKEND. President Barack Obama is in Washington and Nevada.
Obama received the daily intelligence and economic briefings in the Oval Office.
On Saturday, he has no scheduled public events
On Sunday, he travels to Nevada.
He is in the midst of debate prep in advance of the first debate with conservative Republican challenger Mitt Romney on October 3rd in Denver, Colorado.
At 8:15 AM Pacific on Sunday, Obama departs the White House on Marine One en route Joint Base Andrews.
At 8:30 AM Pacific, Obama departs Joint Base Andrews on Air Force One en route Las Vegas, Nevada.
At 12:55 PM Pacific, Obama arrives Las Vegas, Nevada.
At 6:30 PM Pacific, Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas.
Here’s what Obama’s week ahead looks like. He spends most of it in the West, in swing states Nevada and Colorado, before heading to swing states Ohio and Virginia.
Obama leads Romney in Nevada, Colorado, Ohio, and Virginia.
There’s not as much time as usual built into the schedule for crisis monitoring and management, but as I wrote in yesterday’s essay, Obama has just successfully navigated the minefield of UN Week and the anti-American demonstrations in the Islamic world have died down.
Though an X factor can always emerge.
On Monday and Tuesday, Obama will remain in Henderson, Nevada, which near Las Vegas.
On Wednesday, Obama will travel from Henderson, Nevada to Denver, Colorado where he will participate in the first Presidential Debate at the University of Denver. First Lady Michelle Obama will also attend. The Obamas will remain overnight in Denver.
On Thursday morning, Obama will deliver remarks at a campaign event in Denver, Colorado. In the afternoon, he will travel from Denver to Columbus, Ohio where he will deliver remarks at a campaign event. Obama will return to the White House in the evening.
On Friday morning, Obama will deliver remarks at a campaign event in Vienna, Virginia. In the afternoon, Obama will travel to Cleveland, Ohio where he will deliver remarks at a campaign event before returning to the White House in the evening.
Obama is monitoring several geopolitical crises involving the Arab Awakening, Iran and Israel, Syria, Iraq, AfPak, and the South China Sea.
Military Crisis Zone Times: The Persian/Arabian Gulf is ten hours ahead of Pacific time and Afghanistan is eleven and a half hours ahead of Pacific time. The time in Manila, on the South China Sea, is fifteen hours ahead of Pacific time.
** FROM THE JERRY FILES. Governor Jerry Brown is in Northern California.
He has no scheduled public events.
Brown is continuing to go through bills from the recently concluded legislative session with the Sunday night deadline for decision fast approaching.
On Friday, Brown signed bills prohibiting the open carry of unloaded rifles, limiting Public Utilities Commission regulation of voice over internet calls, and allowing participation in a portable retirement plan. >He also vetoed legislation to raise penalties for texting while driving.
And he is working on his Prop 30 revenue initiative.
Brown is getting ready to spin up the public portion of the campaign, which is leading by 15 to 23 points in three polls released in the past few days.
Brown learned of the two latest polls on Friday.
In the USC Dornsife/LA Times poll, it’s 54-37.
In the California Business Roundtable poll, it’s 58-35.
Prop 30 is down 10 points in the USC/LAT poll, as the press release notes, since last March.
But the relevant point is where it is compared to other recent measurements. And in that regard, it’s actually up a few points from its standing in the latest Field Poll.
All polls in recent months have shown Prop 30 to be in the 50s, from the low 50s, as in the Field Poll and the Public Policy Institute of California polls, to the high 50s, as in the California Business Roundtable poll.
The latest USC/LAT poll is in the middle of that range.
Heiress Molly Munger’s attempt at a rival initiative trails in all polls despite her spending over $20 million already, spending heavily on advertising.
The public pension reform bill Brown got through the legislature gets relatively high marks in the USC/LAT poll, with USC poll director Dan Schnur, who earlier predicted that if Brown signed the high-speed rail bill the initiative would go down, now saying that what legislation Brown was able to get through on public pension reform will suffice to satisfy voter concerns on the issue, at least for now.
Meanwhile, the USC/LAT poll is the latest to show Prop 34, repeal of the death penalty, and Prop 32, the latest effort to prohibit payroll deduction of public employee funds for campaigns, both trailing and going down to likely defeat.
In his forthcoming 60 Minutes interview, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger admits some very big mistakes.
** FROM THE ARNOLD FILES. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, talking about some big mistakes, appears on the CBS News program 60 Minutes Sunday night in a preview of his Total Recall autobiography, released on October 1st.
Schwarzenegger speaks and writes candidly of his failings in his relationship with former First Lady Maria Shriver.
The book, as it happens, is an adventure story, as one might expect when considering Schwarzenegger’s very unusual life. And it is a love story.
Much more to follow.
** OBAMA PASSES THROUGH THE MINEFIELD OF U.N. WEEK (BUT SETS UP A POTENTIAL EXPLOSION NEXT YEAR). … From my September 28th essay.
** IS POST-PARTISANSHIP PASSE? SCHWARZENEGGER AND COMPANY (AND BILL CLINTON) SAY NO. … From my September 26th column.
** DETHRONED: MAD MEN‘S DOWN SEASON OPENED THE DOOR FOR A SUPERLATIVE HOMELAND. … From my September 24th column.
** JERRY BROWN: GEARING UP A CAMPAIGN AT LAST? … From my September 22nd feature.
** HOW ROMNEY SHOULD HAVE ATTACKED OBAMA: ANATOMY OF A GEOPOLITICAL CRISIS. … From my September 19th essay.
** CONSIDERING THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY. … From my September 15th essay.
** WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED SINCE 9/11? … From my September 11th essay.
** PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE ELEPHANT: THE CONVENTIONS AND THE CLIMATE. … From my September 8th essay.
** WHILE ONE CLINTON WOWS AT THE OBAMARAMA, ANOTHER PIVOTS TO THE LONG GAME. … From my September 6th essay.
** SO WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED WITH CLINT EASTWOOD? (AND THE PERILS OF ARGUING WITH IMAGINARY OBAMAS). … From my September 4th essay.
** AFTER THE ROMNEYRAMA, AND MORE SERIOUS MATTERS. … From my August 30th essay.
** SPACE, JERRY BROWN’S PLACE, AND A RACE. … From my August 27th essay.
** FROM GOVERNATOR TO MOONBEAM. … From my January 3rd, 2011 feature.
** OBAMA: RIDING WITH HISTORY. (NOTE: As Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States, this column was the featured column on the top of the front page of the Huffington Post.) … From my January 19th, 2009 Huffington Post column.
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** TRACK GLOBAL AND NATIONAL ENERGY PRICES IN NEAR REAL TIME VIA BLOOMBERG ENERGY MARKET WATCH. Having crashed over $147 for yet another record on July 11th, 2008, crude oil closed on Friday at $92.19 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
This is up about $58 from the low of $34 per barrel prior to enactment of the Obama economic recovery program, reflecting a low point in global economic activity, and down about $22 per barrel from the price at the time of the Osama bin Laden raid.
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