"With the American press corps - make that the entire global media conglomerate -- tracking every move of Sen. Barack Obama across the Middle East and Europe, how on earth does Sen. John McCain break into the news?" Joseph Curl writes in the Washington Times. "By floating a little veep talk, that's how."
Obama has an extremely full day in Israel and the West Bank, meeting with -- among others -- Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipora Malka "Tzipi" Livni, Deputy Prime Minister/Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and leader of the Opposition in the Knesset Likud Party Chair Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu.
In Ramallah, he'll meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
McCain moves on to Pennsylvania, with a 10 am ET event in Wilkes-Barre, followed by a press availability.
Could THIS be the Thursday surprise? Per WDSU-TV in New Orleans: "Sources said McCain will arrive in New Orleans late Wednesday and spend the night somewhere in the city. On Thursday, he will board a helicopter for a tour of [offshore] drilling rigs."
Also in the news:
A Denver perk: "The committee hosting the Democratic National Convention has used the city's gas pumps to fill up and apparently avoided paying state and federal fuel taxes," per the Rocky Mountain News. "The practice, which began four months ago, may have ended hours after its disclosure. An aide to Mayor John Hickenlooper released a statement Tuesday evening saying that Denver 2008 Host Committee members would pay market prices for fuel and would also be liable for all applicable taxes."
"A dispute about this prompted city officials Tuesday to promise that the local host committee will reimburse the city at a market rate for gas -- and pay state and federal taxes on the fuel," reports the Denver Post's Allison Sherry.
(Says a smart McCain aide: "Why is Barack Obama for a gas tax holiday for the Democratic Party but against it for hardworking American families?")
New place to be in Denver: "Here's more evidence that this year's Democratic National Convention is quickly turning into a Sundance for politicos," Variety's Ted Johnson reports. "Starz, the premium cabler, is hosting the Starz Green Room, offering delegates, VIPs and other attendees 'the only place within close proximity of the convention hall where convention attendees can have the choice of unwinding with a movie and refreshments, or sharing in a high-level political conversation with prominent figures from entertainment and government.' "
And we thought this referred to Fred Thompson . . . "The Twin Cities and Denver will face a common challenge for the next five weeks. As host cities for the Republican and Democratic national conventions, both are girding for battle with 'sleeping dragons' and other tools of mass disorder," Katherine Kersten writes in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Denver City Council's public safety committee will vote today on an ordinance that would bar protesters from carrying items such as weighted PVC pipes, carabiners and quick-drying concrete."