"President Obama resumes his election-year offensive Friday when he takes questions at his first full-blown press conference since May," the New York Daily News writes. "White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs indicated Obama will hammer Republicans for insisting on preserving tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans."
Austan Goolsbee is set to step into the role vacated by Christina Romer as chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
In his National Journal column, Ron Brownstein notes Obama's poll slippage among two very different groups -- 1) whites without college degrees, and 2) whites with college degrees, as well as Hispanics. "All the results underscore the likelihood that Obama will face an energized ideological opposition grounded in the portions of the white electorate that have long been most dubious about him... The poll, though, also suggests that Obama hasn't suffered an irreparable breach with the core groups that elected him -- if he can deliver a stronger economic recovery..."
"A federal appeals court yesterday temporarily allowed federally funded human embryonic stem cell research to resume, the latest twist in a court case that has left the scientific community in limbo," the Boston Globe reports. "The new order suspends a federal judge’s ruling, issued last month, that halted federal funding for such research. The order is temporary and 'should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits of that motion,' the appeals court judges wrote."
The Washington Post: “A federal judge in California said Thursday that the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members violates the Constitution, the most recent in a string of court rulings overturning restrictions on the rights of the country's gay men and lesbians.”
"Just 48 percent of Americans in this ABC News/Washington Post poll say the country is safer now than it was before Sept. 11, 2001, down from 62 percent two years ago to the lowest (albeit by a single point) level in polling since 2003. Views that the country is safer have fallen by a huge 34 points among Republicans, but also by 17 points among political independents, while holding essentially steady among Democrats."
In an interview with National Journal's Kirk Victor, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis responded to critics who've complained that she hasn't been visible, especially at a time of high unemployment. Solis' response: "I am spending a lot of time making sure the program monies that we get are really hitting the targeted areas. While Hilda may not be out there in the headlines or in the Washington Post or whatever, I think I am more effective when I am working behind the scenes and conducting the business I have to."
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