Streaming Live Today: Germany’s Green Party Chief Reinhard Buetikofer

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One of my best international politcal pals is head of the Green Party in Germany, Reinhard Buetikofer. He has been an outstanding leader of his party — and I hear is soon stepping down to run for the European Parliament. Interestingly, another favorite of mine — Cem Oezdemir who is now a Green Party member of the European Parliament — is planning to run for the Chairmanship of the Greens. It’s a perfect swap. Today, I’ll be having a discussion…

Chris Hill BEATS John Bolton: Bush Declares New Track for US-North Korea Relations

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What I reported two days ago about the White House asking Congress to remove North Korea from the State Sponsors of Terror list was confirmed a few moments ago by President Bush. In a Rose Garden statement, President Bush also suspended sanctions on North Korea that are tied to the “Trading with Enemies Act”. This is huge news — and is a giant step in putting US-North Korea relations on a new and more constructive track. This is a success…

Five Important Minutes with Russ Feingold on FISA and Imperial Powers of the Presidency

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The “Media Consortium” via correspondent and former New America Foundation research associate Brian Beutler posted this short clip of three questions posed to Senator Russ Feingold during his recent talk before the New America Foundation. He addresses FISA and also articulates concerns that an Obama presidency may not walk back the many powers usurped by the Executive Branch during the George W. Bush administration. It’s an important five minutes of video. — Steve Clemons

The <strike>Enthusiasm</strike> SIZZLE Gap

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On June 11th, I posted a link to a videologue of McCain Campaign Manager Rick Davis walking through Senator McCain’s strategy with the public. Today, the Obama team has released a set of powerpoints that campaign manager David Plouffe used in a “strategy” discussion with the media. I’ve attached the pdf file here. One of the most interesting — and obvious — graphs shows an “Enthusiasm Gap” between Republicans and Democrats. I prefer to call it a “Sizzle Gap.” Voter…

The Obama-McCain Polls

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I check in with the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll frequently and think it has been consistently on target. Today, Gallup has Obama and McCain tied at 45% each. But four days ago, Newsweek had a poll out showing Obama 15 points ahead. Those on TWN who want to help me (and others) understand the basis of this gap would be most appreciated. I see some close to Obama thinking that he’s got some real distance now but that the race…

Leo Hindery, Tom Gallagher and Steve Clemons on the Gut-Punched American Middle Class

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Today at 12:15 pm EST, I’ll be having a discussion with former John Edwards campaign Senior Economic Policy Adviser Leo Hindery and ISI Group financial markets expert Tom Gallagher. We will be discussing high oil prices, declining home values, and what all of this means for the American middle class. You are welcome to watch live here at The Washington Note. Here is a link to the video and audio of the event that was streamed live. — Steve Clemons

BREAKING: Bush Administration to Ask Congress on Thursday to REMOVE North Korea from TERROR WATCH LIST

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(Asst. Secretary of State for East Asia Christopher Hill) Tonight, The Washington Note confirmed that the Bush administration will “ask Congress” to de-list North Korea from America’s “terrorist watch list.” This request will be made on Thursday — if there are no last minute, unexpected interventions. Rumors have been kicking around that this might be happening, but no administration officials would confirm until today that this was finally decided. During the day today, I spoke with officials from the State…

<em>Guest Post</em>: The Squeeze in Middle America

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Sam Sherraden is a Program Associate with the New America Foundation’s Economic Growth Program and writes for Global Economic Snapshot. As my cab approached Dulles Airport last week from my Washington home 45 minutes away, I looked up and was astonished to see the meter at only 45 dollars. After the driver paid for gas on a 60 mile ride (the 30 mile drive to the airport and 30 mile drive back to the district where he could get another…