- Obama in statistical dead heat with Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann (By Corbett B. Daly, CBS News/Political Hotsheet) Among registered voters, the president scored higher than Bachmann and Rep. Ron Paul, though both of those differences were still within the margin of error for the poll conducted August 17-18. Against Paul's 45 percent, Mr. Obama took 47 percent and compared to Bachmann's 44 percent, Mr. Obama garnered 48 percent.
- Jon Huntsman goes on offensive against 2012 rivals - The Republican presidential hopeful casts himself as a moderate in a field of extreme candidates. (Jon Huntsman Jr., By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau, LA Times) Since entering the presidential race in late June, Huntsman has polled poorly and largely sidestepped Iowa. On Sunday, he said he would focus on New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida with "a center-right message for a center-right country."
- Obama aide gets grilled by black lawmakers on jobs (By Peter Wallsten, Washington Post) Obama and his aides say all Americans including blacks benefit from broad-based policies. But many black lawmakers and civil rights leaders want direct, targeted aid — and some worry that Obama’s pursuit of white independent voters might make him reluctant to advocate for blacks.