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Obama: Hoop Dreams

“President Obama swished and dished in the city Wednesday to net some serious dough at a trifecta of basketball-themed fund-raisers — but a gimpy knee was expected to keep him from playing above the rim,” the New York Daily News writes. “Obama’s latest trip to the political ATM that is the Big Apple featured cash grabs — more like cash dunks — with NBA stars and a $20,000-per-person dinner co-hosted by the one-and-only Michael Jordan. The ‘Obama Classic,’ as the $3 million night at Lincoln Center was dubbed, included a $250 per-fan autograph signing and a $5,000-per-baller skills camp." 

“A veteran Wall Street executive who performed an independent review that exonerated the Obama administration’s program of loans to energy companies contributed $52,500 to re-elect President Barack Obama in the months since completing his work, according to an Associated Press review of campaign records. The executive defended the integrity of his conclusions and said he decided to donate to Obama after his work was finished,” AP writes. 

Bill Clinton favorability scores in the NBC/WSJ poll are very high, higher than Obama, Biden, Romney, Ryan, etc. And today the Obama campaign is out with an ad with a full-throated endorsement by Clinton of Obama’s economic philosophy. 

USA Today: “The commercial is the latest attempt by Obama to associate himself with a popular president who enjoyed a good economy on his watch. Entitled ‘clear choice,’ the new commercial is airing in New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada." 

USA Today looks at how the Obama campaign is trying to make the most of the Akin controversy.

Reuters does a similar story. 

“The Congressional Budget Office made it official today, projecting a $1 trillion-plus budget deficit for the fourth straight year,” USA Today writes. “The CBO said this year's red ink will total $1.1 trillion for fiscal year 2012, which ends Sept. 30. Republicans quickly jumped on the new deficit projection, blaming President Obama while promoting GOP candidate Mitt Romney.”

The New York Daily News: “The nation’s top military official scolded a group of veterans for criticizing President Obama in a new online documentary, saying in an interview that he is ‘disappointed’ by their partisan comments.”

USA Today: “Israel is unlikely to provide much if any advance notice to the United States if it attacks Iran's nuclear facilities, Middle East experts say. … In the past, Israel has given the Americans ‘very general notice,’ said Yoram Peri, director of the Israel studies program at the University of Maryland. ‘They would never talk in advance.’ For example, Israel unilaterally attacked nuclear facilities in Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007 and didn't give the United States advance warning.”