I ran into Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) outside the Senate chamber this afternoon, and got this update on his presidential decision timetable. He is not going to “dilly dally,��? he told me. Meanwhile, he will deliver a major speech on Iraq Monday and will talk to Wal-Mart critics as will 2008 potential White House rival former Sen. John Edwards. All this, plus new Obama committee assignments just a click away.
ALL THINGS OBAMA TUESDAY REPORT
Iraq speech: Monday, in Chicago before the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Wal-Mart: A union pressuring Wal-Mart, the United Food and Commercial Workers, has organized an anti-Wal-Mart drive called WakeUpWalmart.com.
Obama and Edwards host two separate conference calls pressuring the anti-union Wal-Mart. This from the union:
WakeUpWalMart.com will also announce the start of its 6-week 2006 Holiday Campaign, entitled “Hope for the Holidays,��? The goal of this year’s holiday campaign is to build community pressure on Wal-Mart to put families first and end its anti-family business practices and policies which hurt its 1.39 million workers, their families, and America.
New senate committees: Tea leaf readers, get to work on this in the context of an Obama 2008 bid
Obama, is dropping his seat on the Environment and Public Works Committee. He is adding the Homeland Security Committee and the HELP Committee, an acronym for what is oversees---health, education, labor and pension policy.
Obama will remain on the Foreign Relations Committee and the Veterans Affairs panel.