TPMDC Morning Roundup


New RNC Ad: Steele Pushes Deatherism Issues
Michael Steele is starring in a new TV ad by the Republican National Committee, which will run on select national cable channels and in Florida. In the ad, Steele promotes the RNC’s positive “Seniors’ Bill of Rights” — which is itself a warning against the Democrats wanting to cut Medicare and kill senior citizens, which are the underlying themes of the “death panel” meme:

“Make it illegal to ration health care based on age. Prevent any government role in end-of-life care,” Steele says. “And stop bureaucrats from getting between seniors and their doctors. A few things we should all agree on. The Seniors’ Bill of Rights.”

Obama’s Day Ahead
President Obama will receive a briefing in the Oval Office today at 1:15 p.m. ET on preparedness and response efforts surrounding the H1N1 flu virus. At 2:45 p.m. ET, he will meet with Vice President Biden in the Oval Office. At 8 p.m. ET, Obama will host a dinner celebrating Ramadan.Biden’s Day Ahead
Vice President Biden will spend the morning in Wilmington, Delaware, with no public events scheduled. At 2:45 p.m. ET, he will meet with President Obama in the Oval Office. He will spend the remainder of the day in private meetings.

Report: Palin To Speak In Hong Kong
Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) will reportedly head to Hong Kong in September, speaking at an annual investor’s conference for the brokerage firm CSLA. However, CNN notes that Palin’s spokespeople could not be reached for comment, and in the past four months various conservative events have announced her as a speaker only for her to say she was not actually attending.

Obama Cuts Pay Increases For Federal Workers, Citing Economic Conditions
President Obama has cut federal employees’ pay increases from 2.4 percent down to 2.0 percent. Obama invoked his power to do so in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “few would disagree that our country is facing serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare.”

Today: Primary In Special Election For California House Seat
Voters are headed to the polls today in California’s safely Democratic 10th Congressional District, where Democratic incumbent Ellen Tauscher resigned to take a position in the State Department. All candidates are running on a single ballot, and one will be elected outright if they get a majority. Otherwise, the top candidates from each party will meet in a general election.

Kennedy Had Millions Left In Campaign Fund
The Boston Globe reports that Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) had $4.55 million in his campaign war chest, with no debts: “Now, the late senator’s aides are left to handle the money in ways that specialists expect will be dictated by Kennedy’s desires for his personal and political legacy, as well as strict campaign finance laws on how campaign funds can be redistributed.”

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