In his efforts to call upon the black church to denounce the Christian Right as well as conservative black leaders, Rev. Al Sharpton delivers the keynote address at the Progressive Black Convention held in Cincinnati, OH. Sharpton plans to criticize these conservative black leaders for their "misuse" of the church to focus on particular issues while ignoring the real moral issues of today, including the war, healthcare, and education. Sharpton will deliver this address at the convention at 7:30 pm ET.
Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) addresses the topic of education at the Politics and Eggs: 2006 Issues Forum in Bedford, NH and later plays with his band, "The Capitol Offense," at a campaign kick-off rally for State Senate candidate Nancy Wall in Hollis, NH.
Today marks day one of a week full of Iowa stumps by presidential hopefuls as the Iowa State Fair is set to take place from August 10-20 in Des Moines. Likely excited to be able to campaign in his home state, Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) continues to attend events at the Fair, with plans to attend the Governor's Life Saving Awards Ceremony and spend time at the Governor's and Democratic Party booths. Former Rep. Newt Gingrich also attends the Fair with plans to participate in a book signing. Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) plans to visit the Fair in the morning with plans later to campaign for state candidates.
Elsewhere around the state, Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) stumps for state candidates, while Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) is scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion on domestic violence before attending a barbecue for Democratic activists in Dubuque, IA.
Be sure to check out our look at the weekend in politics below.
Politics of terror:
"It's a Safety Dance," ABC News' Jake Tapper sums up the never-ending national security debate that will ensue from yesterday's terror threats with his continued emphasis on the competition between Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Democratic primary victor Ned Lamont. LINK
"Both Parties Claim Edge as Terror Is Reinforced as a Campaign Topic," Washington Post. LINK
"Unlike in the 2004 election, when Republicans clearly benefited from the terrorism issue and a general sense of insecurity among many voters, the politics are muddled this year. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, conducted last week, found Democrats with an eight-point edge when people were asked which party they trusted more to handle terrorism issues."
"'I can't help but admit that I had a small knot in my stomach this morning,' said Democratic pollster Mark Mellman. 'It was eerily familiar. But upon reflection, we are in a fundamentally different place in 2006 than we were in 2002 and 2004. For two or three generations, Republicans have, in the main, had a very substantial advantage on national security. The reality is, they have squandered that advantage in the sands of Iraq.'"
The Wall Street Journal's news section doesn't buy the Notion that the politics of terror have changed.
"Foiled Plot Swings Voter Attention to Terror War: Focus Shifts from Iraq Woes, Democrats' Central Issue, To a Republican Strength," Wall Street Journal's John D. McKinnon on the way in which the foiled bombing plot is "likely to benefit President Bush and the Republican Party, at least in the short term, by reminding voters of national-security concerns and the war on terror -- two areas where the president and his party have earned high marks from U.S. citizens."