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2012: Obama gets a bounce

USA Today’s Page: “Forget the pundits: Three national surveys released Sunday show President Obama getting a noticeable bounce in the wake of the Republican and Democratic conventions, opening a small lead in a race that has been essentially tied for months.” (Only one, however, Gallup utilizes a methodology that NBC reports on. And that’s the Gallup Daily Tracking poll.)

“President Obama's campaign raised $114 million in August, edging Mitt Romney's haul of $111.6 million and ending the Republican's three month winning streak in the money race,” USA Today notes, adding, “The $114 million in August is a big spike for Obama, who had raised only $75 million in July.”

Not surprisingly, President Obama and Speaker Boehner have very different recollections of how the debt-ceiling showdown went down.

“A new Albuquerque Journal poll in New Mexico finds President Obama leading Mitt Romney by five points, 45% to 40%, with Gary Johnson (L) at 7%,” Political Wire writes. 

“For all the talk by the presidential candidates about producing jobs, fixing the economy, and bolstering the country’s middle class, a dispiriting prospect looms ahead of November’s election: The nation’s poverty rate is poised to rise to its highest level since President Lyndon B. Johnson launched his war against it,” the Boston Globe says. “New Census Bureau estimates are expected to be released this week, and even a small two-tenths tick upward would push the 2011 rate to its highest level since 1965. With nearly one in every six Americans now living in poverty, advocates for the poor say little attention is being paid to the issue and express concern over how this fall’s elections could influence government programs meant to aid the poor.”

There are … likely to be disputes over poll station monitoring,” the New York Times says. “True the Vote, a conservative group, says it is training one million citizens as election observers to make up for what it says is a lack of poll workers. Catherine Engelbrecht, the president of True the Vote, said the job of those trained would be to ‘observe, document and report on activities inside the polls that are not in keeping with state law.’” 

“Two groups on the other side of the political spectrum, Demos and Common Cause, are issuing a report on Monday, ‘Bullies at the Ballot Box,’ that warns of ‘a real danger that voters will face overzealous volunteers who take the law into their own hands to target voters they deem suspect.’ The voters that the groups say they are most worried about are members of minority groups. “