OBAMA is in the Senate this morning and will vote on an update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). He recently announced his support for this bill, bucking his party's leadership, after saying he was opposed to it during the primaries. Tonight, he'll attend a fund-raiser with Sen. Hillary Clinton in New York City. The two will also attend a fund-raiser together tomorrow morning.
McCAIN will tour CONSOL Energy in South Park, Pa., at 10:40am. He'll also hold a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, Ohio at 3pm. And McCain will be interviewed by the three network evening news anchors for air tonight.
NEW OVERNIGHT: During an unexpected stop at Pittsburgh's famed Primanti Bros. restaurant, McCain spoke to voters and said that the U.S. "will be able to withdraw with honor, and I am sure that it will be dictated by the situation on the ground. I'm confident that is what Prime Minister Maliki is talking about, since he has told me that for the many meetings we have had." He was also asked about an AP report indicating U.S. exports to Iran have risen, with the largest export being cigarettes. McCain interrupted saying, "maybe that's a way of killing them," quickly adding "I meant that as a joke."
***CBSNews.com, "McCain Responds to Maliki's Timetable for Troop Withdrawal from Iraq"
***KDKA-TV, "McCain Campaigns, Eats in Strip District"
CANDIDATES COURT HISPANIC VOTERS
Washington Post's Milbank, "Latin Lovers": "Como se dice 'pander' en Español? The closest translation seems to be saconería, or insincere flattery. In some Latin American countries, the panderer is a sobón, or kiss-up. Others say he's a chupamedias -- literally, one who sucks socks. But whatever you want to call it, Barack Obama and John McCain were doing it yesterday -- en abundancia."
LA Times, "McCain shifts his message toward Latino immigrants"
USA Today, "Candidates woo Hispanic advocacy group"
Washington Times, "Obama vows immigration 'priority' to Hispanics -- McCain woos block with economic plan":
Politico, "In theory, economists support McCain": "The endorsement could hardly have been stronger. On Monday, John McCain's campaign released a statement signed by 300 economists who 'enthusiastically support' his 'Jobs for America' economic plan, providing a heavyweight testimonial to the presumptive Republican nominee's 'broad and powerful economic agenda.' There's just one problem. Upon closer inspection, it seems a good many of those economists don't actually support the whole of McCain's economic agenda. And at least one doesn't even support McCain for president. In interviews with more than a dozen of the signatories, Politico found that, far from embracing McCain's economic plan, many were unfamiliar with—or downright opposed to—key details. While most of those contacted by Politico had warm feelings about McCain, many did not want to associate themselves too closely with his campaign and its policy prescriptions."
CANDIDATES' POSITION SHIFTS
Washington Post, "Candidates Refine Their Stances on a Changing Iraq"
Politico's Simon, "Obama running in place on Iraq"
Chicago Tribune, "Obama's online muscle flexes against him": "The same Internet-fueled power that led to historic gains in organizing and fundraising for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is now providing a platform for fiery dissent in a most unlikely place: his own Web site."
CBSNews.com, "Obama Answers Criticism That He's Changing Positions"
NY Times, "Obama Says His Critics Haven't Been Listening"
Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page, "Obama's surge to the middle"
The Hill's Dick Morris, "Obama would, in fact, govern from the left"
Time Magazine, "The Veep Pick: What's the Rush?": "Barack Obama could use his veep announcement to drown out any lingering voices of unhappiness from Sen. Hillary Clinton's army of convention delegates... Journalists searching for news in Denver will find this theme irresistible. A modern convention is choreographed as if by Balanchine with scripts tight enough for Chekov — and any brawl is more interesting than a coronation... Obama might steer the spotlight away from Clinton's delegates by making actual news of his own. He would be the first Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976 to spring his running mate on the gathered conventioneers, and if his choice is popular on the floor he might even buy a couple of peaceful news cycles."
Detroit Free Press, "McCain-Romney buzz fires up Michiganders"
Boston Herald's Howie Carr, "Mitt dialing it up for veepstakes"
McCAIN STAFF SHUFFLE
NY Times, "McCain Adviser Rejects Talk of Becoming Chief Strategist"
USA Today, "Convention cities sued by protestors"
Politico, "Networks may limit convention coverage"
WCCO-TV, "Stadium Acceptance Speech: Risky or Brilliant?"
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., held a Washington, D.C. fundraiser for Obama last night. During his remarks the senator said, "one of the things I think we might be able to do is make government cool again. And that is desperately needed."
NY Times, "Obama Donors Aren't Rushing to Aid Clinton"
Washington Times interviewed the Virginia GOP chairman, "GOP chief sees support for Obama": "'I wouldn't say that Obama can't win Virginia, because anything's possible,' Delegate Jeffrey M. Frederick, 32, told editors and reporters at The Washington Times. 'But I think it's unlikely.' Mr. Frederick - less than 40 days into his job as chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia - said during an interview that Mr. McCain could have trouble winning over some conservatives in the state because of his stance on immigration and his party's failure to clearly communicate its core values."
LA Times, "Obama shows signs of being trail-weary -- Barack Obama kisses daughter Sasha during the Fourth of July parade in Butte, Mont., where the family improvised a party for daughter Malia's 10th birthday. The Democrat makes the most of the occasional break with his family but can't seem to escape the spotlight."
Washington Post, "Close Kerry-McCain Kinship Has Dissolved Since 2004": "Four years ago, Kerry considered offering the Republican the opportunity to be his vice presidential running mate on the Democratic ticket. But since then, their relationship has gradually deteriorated, and on Sunday, it reached a new low. Appearing on a news show, the senator from Massachusetts lambasted the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for what he called a lack of judgment about the war in Iraq. ... Kerry insists that the senator from Arizona is "my friend and will always be my friend" but says that the person he considered for vice president in 2004 was a "very different John McCain." Kerry cites McCain's policy shifts on tax cuts, the treatment of detainees and the regulation of greenhouse-gas emissions, among others. McCain, through his aides, let it be known that he has no interest in talking about his relationship with Kerry. But Mark Salter, McCain's longtime chief of staff, rejected the idea of any tension between the two men. "If Senator Kerry is saying there was some kind of falling-out," he said, "he's inventing an excuse to justify the difference in their behavior to each other."
NY Times, "McCain Health Plan and That High-Risk Pool"
U.S. News & World Report, "Jimmie Johnson Says NASCAR Fans Aren't Alike But Will Choose McCain"