Jacob Weisberg profiles Barack Obama in a cover story for the September/October issue of Men's Vogue ("The Path to Power") on the Illinois Senator mixing religion with politics, his $1.9 million contract for his second book "The Audacity of Hope" (plus another as yet-unannounced title), and his possible presidential ambition. Weisberg points out that Obama is "too candid" to deny that he's thinking about a presidential run. The author continues, "Obama is well aware of the obstacles he would face, including his limited experience in foreign policy, and Hillary Clinton's embedded position as frontrunner. It's also not lost on him that much of the next president's job will be 'cleaning up the mess,' which is as close as he comes to trashing the Bush administration." Weisberg, a writer's writer and proud member of the Conde Nast family, paints Obama a bit more poet than pol in this must-read look at the Democratic superstar. The Obama issue of Men's Vogue (a/k/a "the gold standard of taste and style") hits newsstands on August 15. The hard copy of the Washington Post previews the Annie Leibovitz shots, about which Robert Gibbs will tease the Senator forever. LINK
"Battle rages on over GOP phone-jamming," the Union Leader on the latest in the ongoing trial over the GOP's allegedly illegal 2002 Election Day tactics. LINK
"Groups Seek Female Candidates," USA Today on the drive for female candidates in state-level offices across the country in an effort to enhance the debate and dialogue. LINK
President Bush wraps up his summer vacation at his Crawford, TX ranch this weekend and is due back at the White House on Sunday.
The stumping in Iowa continues as numerous candidates appear at the State Fair and around the state for local candidates. Former Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-VA) attends an 8:00 am ET "Breakfast with Newt" followed by a Renewable Fuels Dialogue at the Fair with Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) at 10:00 am ET. Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) speaks to the Marion County Democratic Party before returning to Des Moines to campaign for local candidates, while Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) delivers the keynote address at the Republican Party of Iowa fundraiser. Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) is scheduled to campaign for local candidates all day Saturday and attends brunch with Des Moines Democratic Activists and then attends the Fair all day Sunday.
Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) continues his visit to New Hampshire with plans to play with his band at a concert in Manchester on Saturday. He then attends a Manchester Young Republicans Summer Social Cookout on Sunday.