While President Barack Obama went book shopping on Martha’s Vineyard and bought a novel about a family from the Midwest –“Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen — Vice President Joe Biden was out in the Midwest talking the talk in St. Louis.
VPOTUS assured Democratic Party leaders that they would retain control of Congress in November because Republicans were out of touch. ”They are going to look at what the Republican Party is really offering — more of the past, but on steroids,” Biden said.
That brings us to the State Department press corps ALMOST asking George Mitchell about baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, but refraining and sticking to the news at hand – a fresh attempt to jumpstart Middle East peace talks with a meeting in Washington next month.
Oh, and finally, it’s Friday!
Here are our top stories from today…
U .S. seeks to relaunch direct Mideast peace talks
The United States and other big powers asked Israel and the Palestinians to restart direct talks on Sept. 2, aiming for a deal in one year to create a Palestinian state and bring peace to one of the world’s most intractable conflicts. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were invited to meet with President Barack Obama before formally resuming direct negotiations.
For the full story by Andrew Quinn and Douglas Hamilton, click here.
Biden says voters won’t like Republican alternative
Vice President Joseph Biden assured Democratic Party leaders they would retain control of Congress in November elections with the unwitting help of Republicans, who he said had lost touch with Americans. At a meeting of the Democratic National Committee, Biden said voters would begin to focus on the election in the next few weeks and would not like the rehash of failed Bush administration policies pushed by Republicans.