AT HOME AND ABROAD
In Congress, Democrats express more enthusiasm for Barack Obama than Republicans can muster for John McCain. The risk for Democrats is overconfidence. For Republicans, McCain’s independence from the party and an unpopular president may be a plus. John Harwood of The New York Times and CNBC.
JOHN MCCAIN: TIMELINE OF A LIFE
Second of two photo profiles of the candidates. Here from McCain’s election to the U.S. Senate in 1986 to his campaign summer. With photos from The New York Times.
If Barack Obama is causing such a sensation, why doesn’t he perform better in the polls? Adam Nagourney, whose article “Where’s the Bounce?” sets the topic this week, joins a discussion with 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, Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands and the United States.
WEB WISE: MATERIAL FROM NYTIMES.COM
WHERE’S THE BOUNCE?
A “bounce” is a sizeable jump in the polls after a celebrated event like Barack Obama’s tour of the Middle East and Europe. So why the voters aren’t responding as expected. By Adam Nagourney, “On the Campaign” columnist for Nytimes.com/politics.
DID OBAMA OVERSTAY?
Barack Obama’s overseas tour, on balance, was a success but not all the fallout has been positive. By Dan Schnur. Nytimes.com/opinion.
THE POWER OF THE PROTEST VOTE
John McCain and Barack Obama may both be vulnerable to third party candidates’ impact. With a chart on “John McCain’s Enthusiasm Gap” from the Pew Research Center. By Andrew Kohut. Nytimes.com/opinion.
HOW FREE WAS THAT SPEECH?
Immediately after Barack Obama’s Berlin speech, fundraising appeals poured forth. By Tobin Harshaw in The Opinionator. Nytimes.com/opinion.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES SYNDICATE:
BAD IN BERLIN, PERFECT IN PARIS
Everything was wrong: a Victory Column setting when he’s not yet victorious, a jejune weave from fighting communism to fighting terrorism, and an accumulation of worthy platitudes. By Roger Cohen. The International Herald Tribune.
OH, LUCKY MAN
After Barack Obama’s coronation tour of the Middle East and Europe, an amendment is necessary to show how and why the conventional wisdom about him and the surge is wrong. By Christopher Hitchens. Slate.com.
'THE HOUR OF EUROPE’ TOLLS AGAIN
A new U.S. administration presents an opportunity for Europe to show leadership if German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders can rise to the occasion. By Anne Applebaum for Slate.com.
OBAMA’S CERTAIN VICTORY: A RESPONSE TO SKEPTICS
A prediction of Barack Obama’s certain victory leads to another attempt to explain “the originality and strangeness of the American electoral system.” By Bernard-Henri Levy. The New York Times Syndicate.
MCCAIN BATTLES AGAINST AGE BIAS
Two candidates. Two generations. A quarter of a century separates John McCain and Barack Obama. McCain will be 72 next January – and if he is elected, he would be the oldest man ever to become U.S. president. By James Coomarasamy. BBC News.© The New York Times. All rights reserved. This article originally appeared in The New York Times.