The Washington Post writes, “President Obama and top White House aides are waging a behind-the-scenes push to win over skeptical big-dollar donors — whose early money is needed to help fund a dramatic summertime expansion of his battleground-state machinery. Campaign officials are working to broaden Obama’s network of ‘bundlers,’ the well-connected rainmakers tasked with soliciting big checks from wealthy donors, while seeking to preserve the aura of a grass-roots movement by luring back the kind of small Internet donations that helped shatter fundraising records four years ago.”
The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin: “The conventional wisdom … is that Wall Street has turned its back on Mr. Obama out of frustration with his so-called antibusiness rhetoric and ‘fat cat’ comments about bankers. But Wall Street’s absence may be more about optics — the way things appear— than reality. Behind the scenes, it seems that many bankers are not running away from the president as quickly as some might suspect.”
Romney continues to bracket Obama’s trips outside the White House. The top story in the Des Moines Register: “As Obama heads to Iowa, Romney criticizes him on jobs.” (There’s where your presidential campaign stands in a nutshell.)
Nathan Gonzales writes in Roll Call: “With his trip to Davenport, Iowa, on Tuesday, President Barack Obama returns to a media market that he shunned in the 2008 presidential contest. Even though Iowa is traditionally a swing state, the Obama campaign refused to air television ads in the general election in the Quad Cities because of the exorbitant cost, according to a campaign source.”
“President Obama formally entered debt talks Monday with a pair of Oval Office meetings with Senate leaders, hoping that face-to-face talks could set the stage for detailed negotiations seeking more than $2 trillion in federal savings in exchange for continued Treasury borrowing to finance government operations,” the Washington Post says. “While no immediate breakthroughs were reported, the talks were meant to signal Obama’s increased personal involvement in the issue after the dissolution last week of a group led by Vice President Biden and congressional leadership deputies.”
“Let's make a deal – not,” the New York Post writes. “President Obama did not make much of a splash yesterday when he finally dived headfirst into stalled negotiations to cut federal spending and raise the debt limit.”
“First lady Michelle Obama will visit Vermont for a series of events after she stops in Boston on Thursday for a fund-raiser at the Chestnut Hill home of Democratic activists Elaine and Gerald Schuster,” the Boston Globe writes.
“A federal judge yesterday temporarily blocked parts of Georgia’s strict new law targeting illegal immigration from taking effect, including a provision that authorizes police to check the immigration status of suspects without proper identification and to detain illegal immigrants,” AP writes.