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Gov. Sarah Palin
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Extreme Makeover: Palin Edition

If the hierarchy of staff salaries in the McCain/Palin campaign has anything to say about what Republicans really care about this election, then voters will likely be unsurprised that the McCain camp’s highest paid individual these past couple weeks is none other than Sarah Palin’s traveling makeup artist, Amy Strozzi.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Karl E. Meyer on Sharon Waxman’s ‘Loot’

A new book investigates the illicit trade in antiquities and raises uneasy questions over cultural patrimony, the fevers of nationalism and the imperial ambitions of museums.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Banking on a Confederacy of Dunces

Is John McCain stupid, or does he believe we are? That’s the question as he criticizes Barack Obama for allegedly trying to “redistribute the wealth” with a plan to lower taxes on the middle class and raise them on the super-rich.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Conservatives in Crisis

A candidate is supposed to rally the base during the primaries and reach out to the middle at election time. John McCain got it backward, and it’s hurting him.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Life After November 4th

Opinion surveys, voter registration totals and cable television ratings indicate that Americans have been engrossed by the marathon presidential campaign. In a week and a half, it’ll be over. What will we do to fill the void in our lives?

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE



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New York Times Endorses Barack Obama

This news isn’t going to make certain members of the Republican Party like the Gray Lady any more than they already do, which is not at all: The New York Times’ editorial board has officially endorsed Barack Obama for president.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE



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Bill Boyarsky on Election ‘08 and the Real America

Fresh off a trip to small-town Ohio, Truthdig’s political reporter weighs in on the week’s news, from the Colin Powell endorsement to the battle for Pennsylvania.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Jim Mone

Franken Gaining Ground in Minnesota Senate Race

A couple of months ago, Al Franken’s U.S. Senate bid might have seemed like a long shot, even when it came to politics as (un)usual in his quirky home state of Minnesota. Now, victory may be within reach for the former “SNL” star in his race against Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE



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Communication Scholars Speak Out About Negative Campaigning

A group of top American communication professors have crafted and signed a statement calling on the McCain campaign, primarily, to stop its negative campaigning. “The purposeful dissemination of messages that a communicator knows to be false and inflammatory is unethical. It is that simple,” the statement says.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


No End in Sight

‘No End in Sight’ Released in Full Online

If you haven’t seen Charles Ferguson’s buzzed-about 2007 documentary, “No End in Sight,” and you wanted to, you’re in luck: You can now watch the film on YouTube in its entirety. Thanks, Mr. Ferguson!

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Study: Media Goes Negative on McCain

A study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism has found that media coverage of Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been over three times as negative as coverage of his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, since the two parties held their conventions.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Joe the Strummer

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Citizen Tim Takes On Obama by Himself

The one form of political advertising that’s completely unregulated and free is the speech of an individual citizen, even when money amplifies that speech by putting it on the airwaves. Tim D’Annunzio, who describes himself as a “concerned North Carolina businessman,” is doing just that.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE



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Greenspan Admits Ideological Flaw

The former Fed chair told angry lawmakers on Thursday that after 40 years of buying into free-market ideology he had “found a flaw.” Rep. Henry Waxman told Greenspan “our whole economy is paying the price” because he ignored advice and resisted regulation.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: The Governor’s New Clothes

Jon Stewart found plenty of, er, material for Wednesday night’s “Daily Show” episode as the Sarah Palin Wardrobegate scandal, um, unfolded.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama Is Ready to Be Tested

The Democratic nominee embraced his running mate’s gaffe on Wednesday, saying that the next president, regardless of who wins, will be tested after the election.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Socialist Delusion

Wherever John McCain appears on the stump in these waning days of the presidential campaign, he is always accompanied by his imaginary friend “Joe the Plumber,” but it is the specter of Karl Marx that lurks just offstage.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Doesn’t Need Your Money

After the eye-popping fundraising revelations of the past couple of days, the need that’s far more pronounced is the imperative of acting quickly after November’s election to restore some common sense to the presidential campaign finance system—before we don’t have any system at all.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


The Molecular Full Monty

A cohort of entrepreneurs and scientists is the cutting edge of the Personal Genome Project. In an act of altruism and/or exhibitionism, the PGP-10 have put their medical records, traits and genetic codes on the Web where all the scientists, paparazzo and peeping Toms can see them.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Palin: ‘I’m Not Going to Toot My Own Horn, but ...’

John McCain and his running mate respond to Colin Powell’s endorsement of the other ticket, which the general said was motivated in part by McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger: Palin Isn’t Ready ... Till Jan. 20

The California governor told CNN’s Campbell Brown that Sarah Palin will be ready to be president “by the time ... she’s sworn in.” What’s that about on-the-job training?

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Change Big Donors Can Believe In

The candidates’ coffers are swelling with larger and larger bundles of cash, but don’t hold your breath waiting for the extended television discussions of this, because it’s the broadcasters who profit the most.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE



realclearpolitics.com

Going Poll Crazy

Some polls show Barack Obama with a double-digit lead while others have John McCain even or ahead. Take Pennsylvania, where Obama and McCain are waging much tougher campaigns than one would expect in light of an 11-point average margin. That’s because their internal polls show a much closer race. So how do you make sense of it all? The short answer is: You can’t.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Tales from the Palin
wired.com

Tales From the Palin

The ghoulish comic “Tales From the Crypt” is taking a spooky look at the possibility of a Sarah Palin presidency. An editorial by Gathy Gaines Mifsud, daughter of publisher William Gaines—a target of a ghastly 1950s Senate investigation on censorship—rails against Palin and her reported McCarthy-esque book-banning stunts while mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Parwez Kambakhsh
syracuse.com

Afghan Court Resentences Activist

Want proof that the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan has brought the democracy it promised? You won’t find it in this case. An appeals court resentenced Parwez Kambakhsh, a student arrested for distributing an article on women’s rights, to a mere 20 years in prison, overturning the controversial death sentence he was given last year.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Waving
usatoday.com

Bush’s Farewell Gala

As if there was no better way to conclude the past eight years of the current administration, President Bush will host his own personalized going-away party: the world’s first “global financial summit,” where leaders will discuss the current global economic troubles and hopefully ways to prevent such crises from recurring.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Matt Rourke

I Ran for Vice President and All I Got Was This $150K Wardrobe

Did the Republican National Committee splash out a staggering $150,000 since early September to get Sarah Palin all spiffed up for the campaign trail? And if she and John McCain don’t win the election, does Palin get to keep all those versatile and stylish career separates? Updated

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Ohio seal
groundspeak.com

A Week in the ‘Real America’

What struck me during my week in Appalachian Ohio was how different this was from the America of the McCain-Palin campaign, a divided place where the Republicans pit one part of the country against another with vicious robocalls at the dinner hour.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and the economists
AP photo / Chris Carlson

The Battle for Obama’s Economic Soul

Instead of running with the “European socialist” crowd, as John McCain has claimed, Barack Obama has turned to the same American “free market” elite that views government as merely a corporate subsidiary. Even within that group, however, there are serious splits, and the more enlightened side seems to be winning.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


Russia’s Resentment of the West Began With a Broken Promise

It did not take the clash between Russia and Georgia to reveal that relations between Russia and the West have taken a bad turn. They have been deteriorating since the mid-1990s, when the decision was taken to expand NATO to include the former Warsaw Pact states.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE



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Should Obama Be Worried About Pennsylvania?

Real Clear Politics has Barack Obama leading in Pennsylvania by an average of 11 points, so why is John McCain betting on an upset there, of all swing states? It seems that Gov. Ed Rendell is among the Democrats who are nervous: He has asked the Obama campaign to send its big guns back to the Keystone State.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE



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Pew Predicts Election Snafu

A new report from Pew suggests that this election has the potential to make 2000 look organized. With new voter ID laws, record turnout, wrongfully purged voter rolls, new machines and more, it could be a tense night, even if the outcome is decided early.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


No Candy for You

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Bullwinkle on Palin

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Time Is Running Out for Iraq Occupation Deal

Here’s one way to get U.S. troops out of Iraq: The tediously negotiated status-of-forces agreement between the U.S. and Iraq has met yet another snag. The current legal justification for the occupation of Iraq is about to expire, and the U.S. is eager to pass new guidelines, but the Iraqi Cabinet is hitting the brakes.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE



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Rep.‘s ‘Anti-American’ Comments Could Cost Her Re-Election

Rep. Michelle Bachmann was cakewalking to re-election in her Republican-leaning Minnesota district until she told Chris Matthews the media should investigate anti-Americanism in Congress. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee calls that a “$1 million mistake.”

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


McCain

Who’s Afraid of ACORN?

Who knew that “community organizing” and “ACORN” would become two of the most mischaracterized and maligned terms during this election season? Well, as a few key members point out in this must-see clip from Brave New Films, ACORN had some idea this might be coming.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


Iraqi police in Ramadi
Flickr/Jim Gordon

Brokering a Fragile Peace in Iraq

A key overlooked fact about the much-ballyhooed “surge is working” argument in Iraq is that the U.S. military actually paid some former insurgents $10 a day to help American troops keep the peace in parts of the country. But what happens when that setup changes in volatile regions like Anbar?

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Seth Perlman

No Child Left Behind Fails Us All

Truthdig asked Demitrious C. Sinor, an inspirational educator, to sound off on the state of our schools. He warns that unless the No Child Left Behind regime ends soon, America’s classrooms could unravel. It’s a reality that neither presidential candidate seems to fully understand, but one he sees every day, from where he sits.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Picking the Lesser of Two Evils’

The renowned linguist and political philosopher tells The Real News that there is indeed a difference between the two major parties and their candidates, if only a narrow one. While they both serve elites, Chomsky says, the Democrats, over time, help people.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


Palin

Logic Lessons With Sarah Palin: Gay Marriage Edition

Just to go out on a limb here, doesn’t supporting a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage on the federal level represent a very real form of “judgment” about the people and relationships that are granted the official stamp of legitimacy and those that aren’t?

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


Powell Said What Obama Couldn’t

Colin Powell demonstrated his eponymous “Powell Doctrine” of overwhelming force on Sunday when he endorsed Barack Obama on “Meet the Press.” The general covered all lines of retreat and took no prisoners.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


End of a Catholic Commandment?

Catholics, who are quintessential swing voters and gave narrow but crucial support to President Bush in 2004, are drifting toward Barack Obama. And this time, some church leaders are suggesting that single-issue voting—such as on abortion—is by no means a Catholic commandment.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


How to Win Votes and Influence People

Conservatives fear a “period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy” should Barack Obama and the Democrats sweep in November, but the voters care more about competent government than ideology.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE



Obama for America

Obama Will Stop Campaigning for Two Days

Barack Obama will spend Thursday and Friday off the campaign trail in order to visit his ailing grandmother, Madelyn Dunham. Obama was raised in part by his grandparents, and has credited his grandmother with teaching him “values straight from the Kansas heartland.”

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


Kristol
andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com

Wrong Again, Bill Kristol

The New York Times’ conservative stalwart William Kristol should receive some kind of award for being wrong with such baffling consistency while still retaining his job. Not only has he been credited (if that’s the right word) with steering John McCain toward picking Sarah Palin and waving his proverbial pompoms for the Iraq invasion, but he has just let fly with another doozy in his latest column.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE



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U.S. Threatens to Put Sanctions on Zimbabwe

The already confusing and highly charged situation in Zimbabwe has become more tense since Sept. 15, when President Robert Mugabe agreed to share power with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who was to assume the position of Zimbabwe’s prime minister.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE



Federal Reserve

Fed Chief Wants More Stimulation

Ben Bernanke doesn’t really care if you call it a recession or, in his words, “a very serious slowdown in the economy.” Whatever it is, the chairman of the Federal Reserve thinks a new stimulus package is needed to get those terrified Americans dipping into their mattresses and buying things again.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Susan Walsh

Palin Pushes Powell, Voters Away From McCain

Colin Powell said Sarah Palin was one of the many reasons he decided to endorse Barack Obama. According to an ABC News-Washington Post poll, he has plenty of company. Fifty-two percent of likely voters question John McCain’s judgment because of his running mate choice.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE


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