2:0: Michelle Obama speaks to grassroots supporters in Cincinnati
9:25: Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event in Seattle
CBS have the first speech in their schedule, not sure whether the second one will be shown
Detroit News: General Motors said its September sales rose 1.5 percent to 210,245 vehicles, marking its best September since 2008.
Chrysler Group LLC beat analyst expectations as its September sales rose 12 percent, while Ford Motor Co. sales remained flat in September compared to the same month a year ago.
GM said passenger car sales jumped 29 percent from the same month a year ago, while sales of mini, small and compacts shot up a combined 97 percent.
….. Chrysler reported its best September sales total in five years. The Auburn Hills automaker sold 142,041 vehicles last month; September also marked the 30th consecutive month that Chrysler has experienced year-over-year sales gains.
CNNMoney: American Express will refund $85 million for what government officials called deceptive practices involving about 250,000 customers.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Monday that American Express (AXP, Fortune 500) subsidiaries illegally charged late fees, deceived customers by promising non-existent money rewards, and discriminated against new applicants over the age of 35.
“Laws were violated at all stages of the game,” said CFPB director Richard Cordray in a statement …. In addition to refunding customers, American Express will pay a $27.5 million penalty…
Quinnipiac: An 18 point lead among women puts President Barack Obama ahead of Gov. Mitt Romney 49 – 45 percent among likely voters nationwide, and voters expect 54 – 28 percent that the president will win the debates, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
…. “It is very difficult to win an election when you are getting shellacked among women,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac.
11:45: Holds a bilateral meeting with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, McCormick Place, Chicago
1:35: Meets with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
2:30: Takes part in the official greeting of the North Atlantic Council Leaders
3:15: Participates in the opening session of the North Atlantic Council
8:40: Takes part in a NATO family photo
9:00: Attends a NATO working dinner
(Michelle Obama hosts a NATO spouses event at the Gary Comer Youth Center and later hosts the spouses dinner at the Art Institute)
Monday: The President will attend meetings at the NATO Summit in Chicago. Later in the day, he will travel to Joplin, Missouri, where he will deliver the commencement address at Joplin High School. He will return to Washington, DC, in the evening.
Tuesday: Attends meetings at the White House.
Wednesday: Travels to Colorado Springs to deliver the commencement address at the Air Force Academy. The President will then travel to Denver for a campaign event. In the evening, he will travel to California for campaign events in Atherton and Redwood City. He will spend the night in San Jose.
Thursday: Attends a campaign event in Palo Alto, California. The President will then travel to the Newton, Iowa, area to deliver remarks on the economy at an official event. Later, he will attend a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, before returning to Washington, DC, in the evening.
Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.
Morning everyone. Thanks a million for all the kind words last night, and for the donations to the TOD fundraiser – you’re severely good people.
Right, put away your champagne and cheesy puffs, we have G8 and NATO summits to attend.
Harold Pollack (Washington Monthly): ….. Many progressives – me, for instance – worry that OWS will promote destructive alienation from the hard and sustained work of conventional politics. If a sizeable chunk of progressive youth are passive in 2012, that is the functional equivalent of a Nader candidacy.
The best way to prevent this is to find an aspect of conventional politics that can genuinely excite and move these protesters into positive action that serves their own values and long-term goals …. Perhaps earnest substantive emails about health reform should do that – given the Affordable Care Act’s impact on millions of low-income people….
Ari Berman’s fantastic reporting describes Republican efforts across the country to establish subtle (or not-so-subtle) roadblocks to hinder voting among minorities, poor people, ex-felons, and the young … This is an obvious effort to turn the 2012 electorate into an older and whiter group that resembles the 2010 electorate rather than the 2008 electorate that brought Barack Obama to the White House.
…. Occupy Wall Street organizers: I believe you should resonate with this issue. GOP officials are trying to disenfranchise people like you: college students with university IDs not gun permits, young people and minority urban residents who don’t drive, and so on.