Mark Halperin's Daybook
All times Eastern.
Radio, Internet, and TV news continue to lead with the Ebola story, undoubtedly important but holding on to the top stop at this point mostly by default, with no other major new news.
The official release of the Leon Panetta book, along with some high-profile Tuesday media, remains the biggest candidate to break through. A muted Peter Baker story and a lukewarm Michiko Kakutani review in the New York Times give the book high viz, but also threatens to burn it out as an earned-media gambit. The White House has so far well executed its apparent Goldilocks strategy of pushing back on the book's charges enough to dampen them but not so much that it creates a news making war of words. In the book, Panetta makes the specific charge regarding the failure to reach a status-of-forces agreement with Iraq and the president's leadership style more generally with some pulled punches; let's see if any interviewer gets him to unfurl the full measure of his private, even darker views. The author closes his day enveloped by the intoxicating confines of 92 Y in New York at 7:15 p.m., at which point Late Night Leon just might make some news.
President Obama spends Tuesday fundraising in New York, attending a $25,000-per-ticket, closed-press DNC event at the home of Bill White and Bryan Eure at 2:25 p.m. At 4:10 p.m., the president hits a second Manhattan fundraiser (covered by a print pool only) before heading to Connecticut for a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event at 6:40 p.m., also pooled sans camera.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice will convene at the White House at noon.
Bill Clinton does two more rallies for Arkansas Democrats at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Marco Rubio is on the stump in New Hampshire with Scott Brown this afternoon, and first lady Michelle Obama hits the trail in Wisconsin with Mary Burke (doors open at 11:30 a.m.) and Illinois with Governor Pat Quinn (around 4 p.m.).
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Bakersfield, Calif., for a 6:30 p.m. rally on behalf of Democrat House challenger Amanda Renteria, who is struggling to get traction versus GOP Representative David Valadao. Bakersfield.com is offering a livestream.
Rick Santorum is slated to swing through Michigan for a 10:30 a.m. radio interview in Detroit and a visit to a state GOP field office in Troy.
At 7 p.m. there's a debate between Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis in North Carolina (WFMY News 2 is offering a livestream). In Georgia, Michelle Nunn and David Perdue will spar at 7 p.m. (13WMAZ is livestreaming). And in Colorado, Senator Mark Udall and Representative Cory Gardner face off at 8 p.m. (The Denver Post is livestreaming).
The Dodgers and Cardinals will meet at 5:07 p.m. and the Nationals will look to tie up their series with the Giants at 9:07 p.m.
At 5 p.m. Josh Earnest joins me and John Heilemann on "With All Due Respect."