Bonus Quote of the Day

“I’m deeply outraged and disappointed in Reverend Jackson’s reckless statements about Senator Barack Obama. His divisive and demeaning comments about the presumptive Democratic nominee — and I believe the next president of the United States — contradict his inspiring and courageous career.”

— Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-IL), quoted by ABC News, about his father’s comments caught on a “hot mic” about Sen. Barack Obama.

Reid Sets Adjournment Date

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “has agreed to the House target of adjourning Congress by Sept. 26, giving it only a few weeks to finish an agenda that, Democrats say, has been backed up because of Republican opposition,” according to The Hill.

“Republicans have frustrated Reid by launching dozens of filibusters to slow Senate business… As Election Day nears, however, it has become clear that Democratic leaders have little desire to keep their members away from the campaign trail during what some analysts predict could be a windfall election for their party.”

PPP Poll: Missouri Appears Close

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Missouri finds Sen. John McCain edging Sen. Barack Obama, 47% to 44%.

Key finding: “The good news for Obama and other Democrats in the state is that Democratic party id has surpassed that for Republicans in the state. When PPP last polled Missouri, during its hotly contested 2006 Senate race, Republicans had a 40-39 party id advantage. While the Democrats have remained constant since then, Republican self identifiers have dropped 6%, with a commensurate increase in independents.”

Ventura Looks Likely to Enter Senate Race

Former Minnestora Gov. Jesse Ventura (I) “is hinting more strongly than ever that he will enter the state’s race for U.S. Senate,” according to CQ Politics.

“The pending candidacy by Ventura — a flamboyant professional wrestler before he entered the political arena — would add to the cost, publicity and unpredictability of an already expensive, high-profile, tossup race pitting incumbent Republican Norm Coleman against Al Franken, a former Saturday Night Live funnyman and longtime acerbic Democratic Party activist.”

CQ currently rates the race No Clear Favorite.

Rasmussen: McCain Leads in Missouri

The latest Rasmussen Reports survey in Missouri shows Sen. John McCain leading Sen. Barack Obama, 47% to 42%, with a sampling error of 4.5 points.

Networks May Cut Coverage of Convention

Citing increased costs, the major television networks “are considering curtailing coverage of the Democratic National Convention after Monday’s announcement that Sen. Barack Obama will accept his party’s nomination in a Denver stadium,” Politicoreports.

The change in venue “could add hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs to already cash-strapped news divisions.”

Said one CBS News executive: “It does add to the overall question of how the networks should cover what is a non-news event.

Quote of the Day

“Maybe that’s a way of killing them.”

— Sen. John McCain, quoted by the AP, when asked about a report that $158 million in cigarettes have been shipped to Iran during George W. Bush’s presidency despite restrictions on U.S. exports to that country.

Obama Donors Not Stepping Up for Clinton

Though Sen. Barack Obama asked his top donors to help raise money to retire Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt, the New York Times says that “so far they have come up with less than $100,000.”

“Several Obama donors said in interviews that they were balking at Mr. Obama’s call for help because they believed Mrs. Clinton accumulated most of her debts after she had lost any mathematical chance of winning the nomination and was hanging on only in hopes of an Obama collapse. The idea of helping her now — and lining the pockets of Mr. Penn, a reviled figure in the Obama camp — is galling to them, they said, especially at a time when they say any available money should go to defeating Sen. John McCain and the Republicans in November.”

Edwards Open to Being Obama’s Running Mate

John Edwards said that “if he were asked to accept the vice presidential slot or a cabinet position in a potential Barack Obama administration, he would ‘seriously consider’ whatever the Illinois senator asked him to do,” CNN reports.

When told it’s an “open secret” that he’s on Obama’s short list of veep candidates, Edwards said, “I’m glad to hear that’s an open secret because I didn’t know it.”

Political Insider: The case for Edwards as Obama’s running mate.

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