CLINTON: The legend of Teresa Vilmain is growing thanks to a front-page Washington Post story today. Is she an Iowa miracle worker? Clinton hopes so.
The New York Post writes, "Clinton is on pace to smash presidential fund-raising records with a $27 million second-quarter haul… But rival Barack Obama is likely to raise even more."
That said, the New York Times has a piece that could help tamp down Clinton money expectations. The piece is based on this leaked document from the Clinton campaign.
Last evening, the Clinton campaign held its first "Club 44" event, and NBC's Appelbaum reports it would be hard to call it successful compared with some of her more expensive rallies and parties held in DC. While 8,000 people attended the event, according to Clinton herself, only about a quarter of them paid. One had to pay $20 (free for children under 18) to enter the VIP section, in front of approximately 20 TV cameras. The rest of the people paid no admission, but they were in the back and they had to fill out forms with their contact information to attend.
EDWARDS: Today in New York, Edwards will outline why the US isn't any safer since 9/11, and he'll also discuss his policy to fight and defeat terrorists. Per excerpts provided by his campaign, Edwards will say: "For six years, George Bush has hijacked the language of terrorism and used it to force through an ideological agenda that undermines our values and does nothing to undercut terrorism. ... by the Bush Administration's own admission, we are less safe today. Today, we know two unequivocal truths about the results of Bush's approach – there are more terrorists and we have fewer allies."
The New York Sun: Soon after referring to President Bush's war on terror as a "bumper sticker slogan," John Edwards will be coming to New York to outline his own plans to keep America safe."
Bob Novak looks at the problem some have pointed out in the past about Edwards: his lack of popularity within the Democratic Party Establishment. While that may be a badge of honor to some in Raleigh, it can pose the campaign some problems.
The AP has a brief item on Edwards campaigning in South Carolina with actor Danny Glover on rural problems and poverty.
GORE: Al Gore won Spain's most prestigious prize, which the AP says is considered to be a warm-up for the Nobel Prizes. He won in the peace category for his environmental work.
The Chicago Tribune writes that Gore's book tour stop in Chicago yesterday had the makings of a campaign appearance, but with a continual denial of plans to run for president. Several hundred hopeful Chicago fans lined the streets outside the bookstore, "chanting 'Run, Al, run'… 'I'm not planning to be a candidate again,' [Gore] said after a six-minute campaign style speech."
OBAMA: The Los Angeles Times' Z. Barabak examines Obama the retail politician and notes of his body language. "[O]ftentimes there seems a certain distance, a physical remove, a part of Obama that he holds back for himself. He is not a hugger, like Bill Clinton or Bill Richardson… The connection Obama forges is through the spoken word, not touch. It was his soaring rhetoric at the 2004 Democratic convention that launched his national political career and it is his voice — rising to a shout, falling to a whisper, as finely tuned as any symphony orchestra — that moves audiences. But he is also a careful listener, hands clasped before him, neck craned slightly forward, eyes earnestly locked on his subject."
Stories like this Bloomberg piece will be used by Obama's opponents to prove that he's just another politician.
RICHARDSON: Yesterday afternoon, Richardson released a statement noting that he had accepted an invitation to participate in a Spanish-only debate on September 9 in Miami (to be aired on Univision). "I challenge my fellow Democratic candidates to participate in this debate and not to find reasons to avoid it -- diversity is a fundamental Democratic issue," the Latino Richardson said. "We should be committed to reaching the broadest range of Americans possible, and the Latino community is critical to winning the nomination and the Presidency in 2008." Later in the day, Dodd -- who is fluent in Spanish -- announced that he would also participate.