COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democratic officials say President Barack Obama is trying to reach all elements of the party in his rallies leading up to the midterm elections. But he's reaching out in particular to young people, African-Americans and women, as he tries to energize the constituencies who helped put him in the White House. At Ohio State University in Columbus yesterday, Obama urged a lively crowd of 35,000 to "overcome the cynicism of our politics."
WASHINGTON (AP) - A lot of the people who voted for Barack Obama two years ago seem ready to vote Republican this time -- but an equal number of people who voted for John McCain appear ready to vote for the Democrats. That's one finding of an Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll that suggests a widespread dissatisfaction with politics in general. About one quarter of the supporters from each side who were surveyed say they're switching or thinking about it.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jury selection begins today in Washington in the trial of a man charged in the death of congressional intern Chandra Levy. Her disappearance more than nine years ago generated headlines around the world and ended the career of California congressman Gary Condit, who was romantically linked to her. An illegal immigrant from El Salvador is accused of murder. Levy's body was eventually found in a Washington park.
FRESNO, Texas (AP) - Early voting begins in Texas today and candidates are making a down-to-the-wire push to get approval from voters. Democratic candidate Bill White and Republican Gov. Bill Perry both spent part of yesterday visiting churches.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Bill White's candidacy for governor has received the backing of six more Texas newspaper editorial boards, while Gov. Rick Perry picked up another endorsement in support of his re-election bid. Newspapers in San Antonio, Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo, Wichita Falls and Bryan-College Station published their endorsements of White yesterday. Perry picked the support of the paper in Waco.
NEW MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - A fire at a Kimberly-Clark factory will slow tissue production just as the cold and flu season approaches. No injuries were reported as a result of yesterday's fire in Connecticut. The Texas company makes Kleenex tissues.