Nevada's Firing Squad [David McGrath Schwartz,Las Vegas Sun]: "About 100 Nevadans will be sitting in the audience at Cox Pavilion, primed to inject state and Western issues during the second hour of the debate." Silicon Backers [Eric Kleefeld, Talking Points Memo]: "Stanford professor Lawrence Lessig, one of the founders of the Creative Commons movement and a leading intellectual and legal proponent of free information and open government, has endorsed Barack Obama." B-word Blues [Helena Andrews, Politico]: "On Monday, while campaigning in South Carolina, Sen.
Bigger Guns [Jim Davenport, Associated Press]: "Fred Thompson called for a million-member military ground force and more funding to equip and care for service members and veterans in a speech Tuesday at a military college in this early presidential primary state." A Plant Grows in Iowa [Ari Melber, The Nation]: "The allegations that Hillary Clinton's campaign planted fake questions at public events has now grown into a major dispute in the Democratic race, drawing pointed attacks from the leading candidates."What Voters Want [Mike Dorning, Chicago Tribune]: "Obama campaign manager David Plou
Mate and Switch? [Jennifer Jacobs, Des Moines Register]: "Former President Bill Clinton said Thursday that the blame for Democrat Hillary Clinton's failed health care plan in 1993 should rest on his shoulders." Two-Trick Pony [David Shribman, RealClearPolitics]: "(1) The entire 2008 election is about leadership qualities; and (2) the entire 2008 election is a referendum on Hillary Clinton, who isn't even president." Off With Her Head!
The Des Moines Register reports that a conference billed as "Parents 2008: Putting Children on the National Agenda" will take place in New York today. The agenda? Duh. Unlike Italy, Japan and now Iran, our procreative society is hardly in short supply of young'uns. How we care for the 40 million children under ten is a fine descriptor of the state of our union. Education, health care, green spaces and after-school support all factor in.
Poll Dancing [John Harwood, Wall Street Journal]: "Democrats enter the 2008 election campaign with powerful political advantages but face a tough and unpredictable battle because of the vulnerabilities of front-runner Hillary Clinton and the Democratic-controlled Congress." Blue-Collar Barack [Jason Clayworth, Des Moines Register]: "Presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed spending $26 billion a year on middle-class tax cuts and credits, plus help to guarantee sick days for workers and reform of bankruptcy laws." Little Girls, Big Problem [Robert Novak, RealClearPolitics]: "
The state dinner hosted at the White House yesterday in honor of French president Nicolas Sarkozy was hardly a soiree of corn dogs and High Life, but was a relaxed affair compared to the starched, white-tie reception Queen Elizabeth II received during her May visit. Still, a comparative study of the guestlists for these rare occasions reveals quite a bit about neither Britain nor France, but the US political pecking order.
Bill Shills for Hill [Patrick Healy, New York Times]: "Bill Clinton’s suggestion that his wife faced a Republican-style 'Swift boat' attack during and after the last Democratic debate drew a rebuke yesterday from Senator Barack Obama, who said, 'I was pretty stunned by that statement.' " Pressure Drop [Philip Elliott, Associated Press]: "Edwards, speaking to voters at a Newmarket music hall yesterday, said his rivals aren't being honest about Iraq and should have to say whether they would continue combat missions and how soon they would bring all U.S.
Paul's Haul [David Kirkpatrick, New York Times]: "On Monday, a group of Paul supporters helped raised more than $4.07 million in one day — approaching what the campaign raised in the entire last quarter — through a Web site called ThisNovember5th.com." Obama Targets Fence-sitters [John McCormick, Chicago Tribune]: "Obama's embracing of the GOP expanded today with the release by his campaign of a list of 268 Iowa Republicans backing his candidacy." Giuliani's New Cold War [Joelle Farrell, Concord Monitor]: "Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said yesterday that ...
Saturday Night Obama [Jim Rutenberg, New York Times]: "Coup of the Weekend: Barack Obama showed up on 'Saturday Night Live,' unannounced, to deliver the famous opening line, 'Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!' ” No GOP Strongman in 2008 [Jon Cohen and Dan Balz, Washington Post]: "For the first time in nearly 30 years, there is no breakaway front-runner for the Republican nomination as the first votes of Campaign 2008 loom, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll underscores how open the GOP race remains." Iowans on the Clinton Vault [John McCormick, Chicago Tribune]: "With Sen.
Man on Top [Kevin Drum, Political Animal]: "The Telegraph's list of the most influential liberals and conservatives in America is now complete, and the #1 most influential conservative is.....Rudy Giuliani!