President Barack Obama arrived in Denver, Colorado Wednesday today for his first debate with conservative Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
** QUICK HITS. Big demonstrations hit Tehran today as Iran’s currency collapsed nearly 50% in the past nine days. Iran’s economy is under big pressure from international sanctions against the regime’s nuclear program. … Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agreed to cooperate with a House investigation, led by California Congressman Darrell Issa, into the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. … Still not seeing CIA Director David Petraeus mentioned in the coverage on this. CIA had a large contingent in Benghazi. Presumably the Agency had an interest in having its officers and assets protected. The CIA presence there is now very sharply diminished, a critical node in the intelligence net going mostly dark.
** NEW COLUMNS COMING UP … RECALLING TOTAL RECALL: SCHWARZENEGGER’S COMEBACK PROCEEDS WITH A BIG (NATURALLY) BOOK and BOND 50: DR. NO IS A TIME CAPSULE OF THE MAD MEN ERA.
** OBAMA TODAY. President Barack Obama is in Nevada and Colorado.
Obama broke debate camp in Henderson, Nevada at mid-day and flew on Air Force One to Denver, Colorado in advance of tonight’s first of three presidential debates.
At 6 PM Pacific, Obama participates in the first Presidential Debate, at the University of Denver.
First Lady Michelle Obama also attends.
Today is their 20th wedding anniversary.
Observes are almost uniformly saying that Mitt Romney needs a breakthrough.
While national polls are relatively close, Obama leads in all but one swing state, often by sizable margins.
And in the only swing state in which he is not ahead, North Carolina, Obama is tied with Romney.
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.
The Proposition 30 revenue initiative campaign today launched its first TV ad, which is now running in markets around the state. Governor Jerry Brown does not appear in this ad, but will appear in subsequent ads which have already been produced.
** FROM THE JERRY FILES. Governor Jerry Brown is in Northern California.
He has no scheduled public events.
His Proposition 30 revenue initiative campaign today began its television advertising campaign, with the ad you see running above.
It is now appearing in markets around the state.
Brown does not appear in this ad, but will appear in subsequent ads which have already been produced.
Meanwhile, Charles Munger, Jr. has given another $5.9 million to the shadowy Small Business Action Committee, which I discussed in the “Jerry Brown: Gearing Up A Campaign At Last?” article linked below.
Munger, the activist physicist brother of heiress Molly Munger (who is spending multi-millions on her rival tax hike measure), son of Warren Buffett’s billionaire business partner, had already given $4.1 billion to the SBAC, which only raised about $60,000 in the first half of the year, directing that it go to promote the Proposition 32 initiative to block funding for public employee union political committees.
But the SBAC has also given money to the No on 30 committee.
This situation continues to intrigue. Munger has been known as a political reformer since he began his activism just eight years ago as a volunteer in then moderate Republican Steve Poizner’s state Assembly campaign in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Trying to play a major role in an attempt to defeat an initiative to avoid further budget cuts in order to keep taxes from going up on people like himself would be a risky departure.
Prop 30 leads in all public polls by between 15 and 28 points, and has a big warchest to spend in its support.
** 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.
** 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.
The Season 2 premiere of Homeland, in its entirety.
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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 is trading around $88 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
This is up about $54 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 $26 per barrel from the price at the time of the Osama bin Laden raid.
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