More spice for Randy Scheunemann: "Randy Scheunemann operated for years deep inside Republican foreign policy circles, a burly, bearded lobbyist with powerful patrons, neoconservative credentials and little public profile," Bob Drogin writes in the Los Angeles Times. "Today, as John McCain's top foreign policy and national security advisor, Scheunemann serves as spokesman and surrogate for the probable GOP presidential nominee on issues from NATO enlargement to gun control in American cities. . . . In all, the files show, Orion has earned $2.5 million lobbying for foreign governments since 2001."
McCain is OK with it: "Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain told USA TODAY on Sunday that he has no problem with his top foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann's past lobbying work," per USA Today's Matt Kelley and David Jackson. "The fighting between Russia and Georgia has brought renewed attention to Scheunemann and the lobbying firm he founded, Orion Strategies, which received more than $730,000 from Georgia since 2001, records show."
A new Change to Win effort targeting McCain launches Monday. From the press release: "In a multifaceted, multimedia effort, Change to Win is launching a McCain Truth Squad tour; starting a new website that allows workers to directly question McCain and his agenda; and premiering a three-part online sketch comedy series, the first of which is a response to the infamous McCain 'Celebrity' ad."
Can't wait for Congress to come back? Neither can the speaker: "When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set out to promote her new motivational book this month, she simultaneously touched off her national why-haven't-you-impeached-the-president tour," The New York Times' Carl Hulse writes in a Web column. "As she made the coast-to-coast rounds of lectures, television interviews and radio chats the past two weeks, Ms. Pelosi found herself under siege by people unhappy that she has not been motivated to try to throw President Bush out of office – even if only a few months remain before he leaves voluntarily."
Denver, one week out: "The stage is nearly set at the Democratic National Convention's main venue a week before doors open, though organizers must wait until Saturday to start prepping for the event's banner night at Invesco Field at Mile High," Jessica Fender writes for The Denver Post. "Working through Denver's recent downpours, a 600-person crew is sweeping up construction dust, furnishing leaky media tents and individually checking thousands of electrical and Internet hookups in and around the Pepsi Center, on schedule to meet the Aug. 25 deadline."
Labor peace: "Qwest and its two unions have reached tentative agreements on new, three-year contracts, averting a potential strike one week before the National Democratic Convention in Denver," Jeff Smith reports in the Rocky Mountain News.
And labor pains: "I'm hearing [Robert] Rubin's name more and more associated with the campaign's economic policy," James Torrey, a top Obama fundraiser and chief executive officer of a hedge fund investor, tells Bloomberg's Kristin Jensen and Matthew Benjamin.