THE SKIRMISHES CONTINUE IN THE HIGH HEAT
BARACK OBAMA ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
As America learns about Barack Obama, he returns the favor. He has engaged with the voters at factories, farm fields, luncheonettes and a bowling alley as well as big rallies, as recorded by photographers from The New York Times. Note: The photos are available as a SLIDE SHOW.
A New York Times/CBS News poll finds that deep divisions still exist throughout the United States on race relations. The impact of race on the campaign battle is the topic of a discussion with Adam Nagourney, Katharine Seelye and other political editors and correspondents from The New York Times, hosted by Sam Roberts.
CARTOONS (Wieck folder Campaign for the White House, cartoons)
CAMPAIGN IN CARTOONS
Up-to-the-minute contributions, most in color, from editorial cartoonists in Austria, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
WEB WISE: MATERIAL FROM NYTIMES.COM
ABOUT THOSE TOWN HALL MEETINGS
Why Barack Obama is resisting John McCain’s call for a series of town-hall meetings between the candidates this summer. By Adam Nagourney. Nytimes.com/politics.
THE EARLY WORD: JOHN MCCAIN TACKLES EDUCATION
The Republican candidate is rediscovering his identity as a reformer. Barack Obama gives an address in Washington about his national security policy as he prepares for a trip to Europe and the Middle East. The Early Word also tracks how local elections reflect the direction of the national campaign. By Michael Falcone. Nytimes.com/politics.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES SYNDICATE:
MY PLAN FOR IRAQ
“On my first day in office, I would give the military a new mission: ending this war,” writes Barack Obama. In an exclusive article, Obama urges that the United States take up Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s call for a timetable for the removal of American troops from Iraq. The new U.S. mandate, he maintains, is to fight al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan. By Barack Obama. The New York Times Op-Ed.
THE PRESIDENT AND THE POPE
Though George W. Bush’s legacy is more or less set, Pope Benedict XVI Hans Kung has an opportunity to learn from the president’s mistakes. By Hans Kung. The New York Times Syndicate.
WHY I AM BETTING ON BARACK OBAMA’S VICTORY
Among other reasons why Barack Obama will prevail is that he is not only the most charismatic but also the most gifted politician produced by the Democratic machine in a long time. By Bernard-Henri Levy. The New York Times Syndicate. (Not available in Spain, Sweden, Italy, Germany and France.)
AMERICA’S NEXT STEPS
To grapple with the quandaries of the Middle East, America will need a president of intellectual independence, strategic flexibility and considerable political imagination. By Richard Clarke, Steven Simon and Ray Takeyh. The International Herald Tribune Opinion.
FASHION INDUSTRY PARSES PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES’ TRADE AGENDAS
John McCain supports an aggressive free trade agenda, expanding upon the North America Free Trade Agreement and the Central America Free Trade Agreement. Obama hasn’t ruled out negotiating similar accords, but he opposes pending trade deals with South Korea and Colombia. He objects to South Korea’s trade barriers to U.S. auto exports. And he has cited the assassinations of union activists in Colombia. By Kristi Ellis. Women’s Wear Daily.© The New York Times. All rights reserved. This article originally appeared in The New York Times.