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Thursday ... 6/12/2008 ... 9 am


•A new Diageo/Hotline poll of nat'l RVs, taken 6/5-8, shows Barack Obama leading John McCain 44-42%; Obama led the previous poll, taken 4/30-5/3, 47-43% (release).


•A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of nat'l RVs, taken 6/6-9, shows Obama leading McCain 47-41%. Obama led the previous poll, taken 4/25-28, 46-43% (release).

•A new Univ. of WI/ poll of WI LVs, taken 6/8-10, shows Obama leading McCain 50-37% (release). And a new Quinnipiac Univ. poll of NJ RVs, taken 6/5-8, shows Obama leading McCain 45-39% (release).

•McCain will discuss free trade in a 6/20 speech to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa, which "is bound to revive the controversy over NAFTA that embarrassed" Obama this year (AP).


•After the resignation of VP vetter Jim Johnson, the Obama camp "returned fire" by calling attention to McCain's "reliance on" ex-Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina "for economic advice" (Los Angeles Times).

•The McCain camp will dispatch Fiorina "on a female-focused speaking tour" in OH and PA "by the end of the week" (Washington Post).

•However, on a conference call yesterday, Hillary Clinton supporters/Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and EMILY's List pres. Ellen Malcolm warned women supporters "against swinging toward" McCain ("Political Radar").

•Several HRC fundraisers are saying that they harbor "too much ire" for DNC Chair Howard Dean "to raise money for the party, even if" they are "willing to support" Obama (New York Times).


•James Carville said that Obama should "ask Al Gore to serve as his vice president" to send a signal "that America's getting serious about" energy consumption ("Situation Room").

•McCain said yesterday that he "can't be a referee" for every 527 ad aimed at Obama, adding: "We all know there are groups who want to attack me" (Boston Herald).

•At least 14 cong. GOPers "have refused to endorse or publicly support" McCain's WH bid, "and more than a dozen others declined to answer" whether they back him (The Hill). Meanwhile, there are "at least" 14 "fence-sitters" on the Dem side as well (AP).

•McCain's "absence" from this year's Southern Baptist Convo annual meeting in Indianapolis "has some Southern Baptists wondering whether" he "wants their vote" (AP).

•NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I) and Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), "who had meetings during the primary season, will be together again" today in DC (The Hill).

•For more headlines, see today's Earlybird: Top News; Campaigns; Pundits & Editorials; Network News; TV Guests; Today In Washington.


Obama has an intriguing email buddy on Play of the Day!


A "teddy bear maker that's selling bear likenesses" of McCain, Obama, and HRC "has cut the price on the Clinton model -- from $99.95 to $74.95" (AP).


•"I'm constantly sitting there with my mind turning, thinking about issues. Often times I will text people at 1, 2 or 4 or 6 o'clock in the morning" -- NV Gov. Jim Gibbons (R), on the real reason behind his extreme texting (Las Vegas Sun).

•In her upcoming "children's picture book about her father's life," Meghan McCain "deals delicately" with his time as a POW, writing: "The food was really bad" ("The Caucus").

•The same "private eyes" who worked for O.J. Simpson have been hired by Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) to keep him "out of jail" over his "misdemeanor drunken driving charge" (New York Daily News).

•According to "several well-connected" GOPers, CNN's Lou Dobbs "has inquired about the steps necessary to start a campaign" for NJ GOV (Newark Star-Ledger).

•"Talks are underway" to "decide what exact role" Barbra Streisand will play in Obama's camp, according to Streisand spokesperson Marge Tabankin ("Top of the Ticket").

•Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL) "led a team of rescuers to push a bus of partygoers out of a ditch" in front of Sen. Jay Rockefeller's (D-WV) home this week -- "all in the midst of" a "driving rainstorm" (Roll Call).

•During a segment discussing conservative attacks against Michelle Obama yesterday, FNC decided it would be a good idea to refer to her as "Obama's baby mama" (Salon).

•Introducing Bill Press at his book party yesterday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) insisted that she didn't eavesdrop on the Obama/HRC secret meeting, but admitted that everyone's been asking her about it (Wake-Up Call! reporting).

•Rep. John Salazar (D-CO) "had a hankering for a kid's-menu lunch" in the Longworth cafeteria last week, opting for "a mountainous plate of chicken fingers and fries" (The Hill).

•R&B group Dru Hill -- featuring Sisqo of "Thong Song" fame -- "silenced the chatter" during their cong. testimony yesterday by singing: "Baby, I am gonna tell the truth, I have a feeling we are going to get loose" ("Yeas & Nays").

•According to an update this week to his LinkedIn profile, ex-FEMA dir. Michael Brown "is looking for a challenge" ("Shenanigans").

•"Fashion is a vital part of our economy that drives thousands of jobs" -- Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), on why he introduced a bill "to make it easier for foreign fashion models to get visas" to work in the U.S. (New York Daily News).


•Black novelists, historians, poets, and playwrights read and discuss their work (Alexandria Black History Museum, 11 am).

•FRESHFARM Market (Penn Quarter, 3 pm).

•The Kelly Bell Band performs blues and R&B (Farragut Square Park, 5 pm).

•NBC's David Gregory and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin discuss how to rise above scandals and gossip (Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 7:30 pm).

•Kenny G's smooth saxophone stylings (Wolf Trap, 8 pm).


"Just look at today's headlines, and you'll see that Nader was the early warning system. From food safety (bad tomatoes), to cracking down on corporate crime (sub-prime meltdown), to the oil industry ($4 a gallon) ... to the war in Iraq, to the NBA playoffs" -- Ralph Nader spokesperson Chris Driscoll (release).

Nora McAlvanah, Editor Maura O'Brien, Associate Editor

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