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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Early Word: Influences


Today's Times

  • Duke Energy, the nation's largest utility company, emerged as a lead cheerleader for the Democratic convention to be held in Charlotte. Jim Rutenberg writes that the company's financial future stands to be greatly influenced by the Obama administration's environmental proposals.
  • Medicare has been abruptly thrust into the top tier of Congressional campaign issues since the selection of Representative Paul D. Ryan as the Republican vice-presidential candidate, Carl Hulse writes. Congressional Democrats and other analysts say this development could transform the fight for control of Congress.
  • With the votes of Medicare's 50 million beneficiaries up for grabs, the brawl over Medicare also continued in the presidential race Tuesday. Robert Pear looks at the battle between presidential candidates over how to rein in Medicare costs without hurting beneficiaries.
  • President Obama was in Iowa again Tuesday, hoping to reignite the flame that kicked off his first presidential bid, Helene Cooper reports.
  • Four days after his selection as Mitt Romney's running mate, Mr. Ryan was in Las Vegas for a sit-down with Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul, Trip Gabriel and Nicholas Confessore report. The meeting shows that Mr. Ryan not only helps bring ideological ballast to the Republican ticket, he is expected to have major appeal to donors as well.

Around the Web

  • Three Democratic lawmakers are trying to ban all questions related to the Simpson-Bowles budget plan from being asked in the first presidential debate, Politico reports.
  • Mr. Ryan spoke from one in Iowa on Monday, and now Slate magazine delves into the history of politicians' love affairs with the soapbox.

Happenings in Washington

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will meet with Susan E. Rice , ambassador to the United Nations, at the State Department.
  • Kathleen Turner, Academy Award winner and Tony Award nominee, will host a program about the legendary newspaper columnist Molly Ivins at the Newseum.