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Election Protection

Election Day approaches, and with it a test of our election system’s integrity. Who will be allowed to vote; who will be barred?

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Colbert on Obama the Socialist

Stephen Colbert has figured out John McCain’s new campaign strategy of trying to paint his rival as a socialist: “Clearly the McCain campaign is targeting its most important voter: Joe the McCarthy.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Ad Takes a Swipe at Palin

Team Obama has avoided campaigning against Sarah Palin ever since a few botched attempts when she first burst onto the national stage. Since then, the governor’s numbers have nosedived and she now serves as the punch line in a new Obama campaign commercial called “His choice.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain, Palin Fume at Obama’s ‘Pet Newspaper’

While John McCain is still searching for a reason he should be president, he has a new reason Barack Obama shouldn’t be: The Illinois senator once had dinner with a Palestinian. Or, as McCain sees it, he attended a terrorist convention with a PLO spokesman and William Ayers.

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Murder, Spies & Voting Lies

Patty Sharaf’s new documentary “Murder, Spies & Voting Lies,” featuring election integrity journalist Brad Friedman, tells the story of Clint Curtis, a computer programmer who says a prominent Florida Republican asked him in 2000 to create software that could be used to rig the vote. Al-Jazeera’s Riz Khan takes a closer look.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE



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Dems Tap Credit for Congressional Campaigns

Not everyone is feeling the credit crunch: The DNC is borrowing $10 million to spend on Senate and House races. Encouraged by polls, the party wants to win as many seats as possible before the public stops hating on the GOP.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE



An ‘Emergency Effort to Stop Barack Obama’

Every election season, some independent groups sizzle with controversy and impact, and others fizzle. We couldn’t tell at first, but the National Republican Trust PAC appears to be of the sizzling variety.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE



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Sarah Palin Scares Danny Elfman Into Politics

If you don’t know Danny Elfman, you know his music. Better known for his unique film scores and “The Simpsons” theme than his political views, the composer is running an ad in battleground states with a simple message: “President Sarah Palin—think about it.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Recriminations

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Maybe She Really Is a Maverick

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John McCain Doesn’t Agree With the Polls

And neither would you, if you were him. He’s a maverick, after all. Just because a majority of Americans don’t want him to be president doesn’t mean ... oh.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE



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Stevens Won’t Back Down

Even as his conviction has politicos rethinking Senate filibuster math, Ted Stevens of Alaska says he’ll fight the verdict and continue campaigning for re-election. It’s not all bad news for the longest serving Senate Republican—and you really can’t make this up—the Senate doesn’t ban convicted felons.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


The McCain Ship Drifts in a Tide

Probably, John McCain and Sarah Palin will lose this election. Certainly, they deserve to. With a campaign designed more to play on insecurities than promote ideas, McCain and Palin have practically framed Barack Obama’s “closing argument” for him.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


‘H’ Is for Hypocrisy

My computer will allow a letter to be displayed at a maximum 500 percent of its normal size. That isn’t big enough for a capital “H” that conveys the towering hypocrisies of the Sarah Palin political wardrobe malfunction.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Callers Walk in Protest

Robocalls are illegal in Indiana, so John McCain and friends paid to have a local call center phone voters. The campaign’s script was upsetting to some of the center’s workers, who decided to miss out on a paycheck rather than read it, so they got up and left.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE



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Stevens Goes Down

Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, has been convicted on seven counts of lying about gifts he received while in office. Unless he steps down, the Republican Party will be running a convicted felon for the Senate in the Nov. 4 election.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


I Suggest a New Game, John ...

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Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


The End of an Error

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McCain-Obama Dance Battle

OK, people, this has gone on long enough. It’s time to settle this campaign once and for all, MTV straight-to-video style. Update: video fixed (for now).

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


Once Again, It’s a Fight for Florida

Florida provides the appropriate closing metaphor for the 2008 campaign. If John McCain were on a clear path to victory, there would be no campaign here at all.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


Wusssuuuuup 2008 Edition

The actors from arguably the most annoying commercial ever have reprised their roles for a more constructive purpose than selling beer. Now if only the Verizon guy would come out against warrantless wiretapping.

Posted on Oct 26, 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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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


Palling Around

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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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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


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


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



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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



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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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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


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


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



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



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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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McCain Scares Kids for Halloween

John McCain’s robocalls, which are bombarding swing-state voters with the message that Barack Obama “worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers,” are reportedly scaring children who make the mistake of answering their phones. Sarah Palin, who may or may not realize she’s on a sinking ship, says she disapproves of the robocalls.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008 READ MORE


Powell to the People

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Negative 2008

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Colin Powell Endorses Obama

The former secretary of state and Joint Chiefs chairman revealed on Sunday whom he is voting for and why. Powell explained that it was not easy to disappoint his friend, John McCain, but that Barack Obama is the “transformational figure” America needs at this moment.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama Raises $150 Million in September

The Obama campaign announced early Sunday morning that it had raised $150 million in September, more than doubling the previous single-month record of $66 million, set by Obama in August.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008 READ MORE


Palin and ‘SNL’ Hug and Make Up

It’s hard to make fun of someone to their face, although Alec Baldwin made an effort when Sarah Palin stopped by “Saturday Night Live” for some free PR. Tina Fey managed to dodge a direct confrontation with the woman she has so ably mocked.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008 READ MORE


Stuck in the Primary

John McCain’s debate performance almost certainly did him good among those whose votes he already has: very conservative Republicans who share Joe the Plumber’s view that Obama is some kind of socialist.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


Signs of an Earthquake in Oregon

No Republican says aristocrat like Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon. And no Senate election could more intensely shift economic politics than his state’s.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Sounds Worse Than He Looks

Grouchiness, twitchiness and haughtiness didn’t help John McCain in Wednesday’s debate, but what he said hurt him more than how he said it.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


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