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Collage: AP photo / Mary Altaffer, acorn.org

Fact-Checking the ACORN Flap

Not a moment too soon, here’s FactCheck.org’s assessment of the recent hullabaloo over ACORN, the beleaguered community organization that has been yanked into the epicenter of the election battle since Team McCain seized upon it as a Campaign Talking Point™.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Obama

McCain’s Oil-Talk Addiction

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Reports investigates John “Drill, Baby, Drill!” McCain’s claims about “good” and “bad” oil, energy independence and whether he played a little fast and loose with the oil talk during the final presidential debate,

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


Obama in St. Louis
AP photo / Jeff Roberson

Obama Draws Record Crowd to St. Louis Rally

Barack Obama drew the largest crowd of his presidential campaign, 100,000 people, on Saturday at a rally in St. Louis. The Illinois senator had been behind in the race in Missouri until very recently.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
youtube.com

Your Handy Guide to the Right’s 11th-Hour Attacks on Obama

Thus far this election season, we’ve witnessed a number of scare tactics cooked up by conservatives hoping to scare the bejeezus out of voters who might even consider choosing Barack Obama over John McCain, and the fun isn’t over yet.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


Cleese

Cleese on Palin: ‘Monty Python Could Have Written This’

Venerable Britcom star John Cleese has a thing or two to say about the U.S. election, speaking on behalf of the world, or at least Europe, or at least himself, about George W. Bush, Barack Obama and a certain vice presidential candidate who reminds Cleese of “a nice-looking parrot.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Bucks

What’s Racist About ‘Obama Bucks’?

Uh, in what way does putting Barack Obama on a food stamp mock-up, surrounded by fried chicken, ribs and watermelon, not read as racist?

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


voting booth
blog.wired.com

Team Obama Asks for Special Prosecutor to Investigate Voter Fraud

By way of a response to the McCain camp’s claims about Barack Obama’s ties to ACORN, Obama’s campaign has put in a request to Attorney General Michael Mukasey to “turn over any investigations of voter fraud or voter suppression to Special Prosecutor Nora Dannehy, the same special prosecutor recently appointed to investigate the U.S. attorney firing scandal,” according to CNN.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Looking Down the Final Stretch

No more presidential debates (at least for a couple months or so)! Who won the last one, Barack Obama or John McCain? Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer size up the candidates and their campaigns and discuss the latest developments in the economic arena on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


Steal Back Your Vote
stealbackyourvote.org

Investigation Finds Massive Bid to Steal the Election

As John McCain and GOP operatives rattle their sabers about ACORN’s alleged “voter fraud” tactics, tag-team investigators Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have released some truly scary findings, in the latest Rolling Stone, from their investigation into Republican efforts to steal the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Letterman

McCain to Letterman: ‘I Screwed Up’

When Sen. John McCain finally appeared on “Late Night” on Thursday, David Letterman didn’t let him forget that he had stood Letterman up last month. Later, McCain joked, “I haven’t had so much fun since my last interrogation.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama and McCain Roast Each Other With a Smile

After enduring many grueling weeks of campaigning and three tense debates, John McCain and Barack Obama turned up in tuxes for Thursday night’s Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York to cut loose and try out some lighter material on a crowd ready to laugh, and they laughed as well—at themselves and (especially) at each other.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
unconfirmedsources.com

Team McCain Launches Ayers-Themed ‘Robocall’ Campaign

During Wednesday night’s debate, Barack Obama told John McCain that the McCain campaign’s intense focus on Obama’s ties to former Weatherman Bill Ayers “says more about your campaign than it does about me.” Updated

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

McCain’s Scare Quotes

The term “health of the mother” is a coded term used by extreme pro-abortionists to mislead the public about their nefarious intentions, as John McCain suggested during Wednesday’s presidential debate. Or it could just mean “health of the mother.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in Ohio
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Another Round of Dirty Tricks in Ohio

After Wednesday’s big debate, McCain-Palin volunteers celebrated what they considered a big victory for their presidential candidate. But the real action was taking place in courts miles away.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


Christopher Buckley on 'Hardball'

Christopher Buckley: ‘So Much for the Conservative Revolution’

“I wrote a posting—I guess they’re called,” says neophyte blogger and newly discharged National Review columnist Christopher Buckley, describing the first step in a process that began with his confession that he was breaking with the GOP to vote for Barack Obama and ended with his resignation from the conservative magazine his father founded.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 READ MORE


Palin and McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

The Hoover-Palin Ticket

And the winner is … Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Remember him—the great Democratic president who saved capitalism from the capitalists by reining in their exorbitant greed? Forget the Reagan Revolution heralding a new era of small government, which turned out to be nothing more than a fig leaf for legalized corporate crime. The hero of the hour is FDR.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


McCain

McCain Was Speaker at 2006 ACORN-Sponsored Immigration Rally

“What makes America special is what’s in this room tonight,” says the keynote speaker in this video clip from February 20, 2006. Who was speaking that night? None other than Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Where was he speaking? At Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida, at an immigration rally sponsored by—wait for it—ACORN.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


Badgley

Anti-McCain Spot Spoofs Anti-Drug Ads

The parents of “Gossip Girl” stars Blake Lively and Penn Badgley might have considered pulling the lever for Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Nov. 4 ... if it wasn’t for those meddling kids.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
Flickr / soggydan

McCain Announces Economic Plan

John McCain has laid out his plan for how he would help Americans recover from the recent shocks to the domestic and international markets. He took the action on Tuesday, a day later than he initially said he would and a day after Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama released his own economic plan—and McCain’s timing was not lost on the Obama campaign.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


Kristol

McCain Campaign Spokeswoman Slams Kristol

You know it’s troubs when McCain campaign spokeswoman Nancy Pfotenhauer turns on The New York Times’ resident McCain campaign strategist, William Kristol—and on Fox News, no less—claiming he’s fallen for the Obama party line. Over to you, Bill.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE



Collage: commons.wikimedia.org / senate.gov

McCain Changes His Tune

After Team McCain’s negative strategy over recent days seemed to hurt the Republican’s campaign more than help it, John McCain took a new tack on Monday, calling off the attack dogs—or at least reining them in a bit—during a speech in Virginia Beach, Va.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / BohPhoto

Obama Ahead by Double Digits

William Kristol was becoming apoplectic, Hillary Clinton was sounding optimistic, and the McCain campaign was being perhaps a tad unrealistic—or so read Monday’s political barometer as an ABC/Washington Post poll indicated that the Obama campaign had taken a 10-point lead in the presidential race.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE


Christopher Buckley
npr.org

William F. Buckley’s Son Voting for Obama

His famous father is now gone, but Christopher Buckley, son of the late conservative icon William F. Buckley, still apologizes to his “pup” directly for—as Matt Drudge would say, “SHOCK!”—deciding to vote for Barack Obama in this year’s presidential election.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


'Ayers' commercial
youtube.com

Fact-Checking McCain’s ‘Ayers’ Commercial

In this time of confusion and strife, it’s a good thing there’s FactCheck.org to shine a light through the political fog that surrounds us all. Or something like that. Anyway, the FactCheck folks took a close look at the McCain campaign’s shadowy little commercial number, “Ayers,” and found it to be problematic on several counts.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in crowd

McCain Tries to Cool Anti-Obama Fervor

Here’s the video footage of John McCain attempting to calm his riled-up audience by calling Barack Obama a “decent” person (and also not an “Arab,” as one bewildered audience member claims) during a campaign stop in Minnesota on Friday.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


tiger
AP photo / RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, pool

For the Russian Prime Minister Who Has Everything

An unknown (to the general public, anyway) well-wisher has given Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin an unusual gift for his 56th birthday: a two-month-old Ussuri tiger cub.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

McCain Booed at Rally for Calling Obama ‘Decent’

Looks like John McCain is attempting to put a lid on the hostility directed at his rival, Barack Obama, during McCain-Palin rallies, but some of the Republican presidential candidate’s supporters aren’t happy with this suggested change of tone.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE


Michelle Obama on 'Daily Show'

Michelle Obama, Known Associate of Barack Obama, Visits ‘Daily Show’

Do we really know Michelle Obama? She thinks so, since, as she tells “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, after 20 months on the campaign trail there have certainly been plenty of opportunities to check her and Barack Obama out.

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


overhead projector
Composite: communicationcorner.com/wikimedia

Projectorgate 2008: Astronomers Fact-Check McCain

What on earth was John McCain referring to during Tuesday’s debate when he kept bringing up that mysterious “$3 million overhead projector” that Barack Obama ostensibly supported in Chicago?

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Responds to McCain-Palin Attacks

During a sit-down interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson that aired on Wednesday, Barack Obama talked about the economy and how he’d lead differently from President Bush before addressing the McCain-Palin campaign’s ramped-up attacks of late. “All these statements are made simply to try to score cheap political points,” Obama told Gibson.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Madalyn Ruggiero

Obama Leads by 11

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has pulled significantly ahead of Republican rival John McCain, taking an 11-point lead after Tuesday night’s presidential debate, according to the latest Gallup Poll.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE


McCain commercial

McCain Campaign Ads: Dishonorable Edition

If there was any lingering doubt as to the tone that will characterize these last weeks on the campaign trail, take a look at this disapproving, if vague, McCain ad, in which a disdainful-sounding narrator claims Barack Obama did something dishonorable at some point in the campaign, and also, liberals are bad ... or something like that.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


Fey plays Palin

‘SNL’ Spoofs the VP Debate

Parody is the best policy, as evidenced by the boost that “Saturday Night Live” has recently enjoyed, thanks to Sarah Palin lookalike (and sometime comedy star) Tina Fey. We kid, but so do Fey, Queen Latifah and Jason Sudeikis—playing Republican VP candidate Palin, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and Democratic VP pick Joe Biden, respectively—in this clip from the show’s Oct. 4 episode.

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 READ MORE


Palin in Colorado
AP Photo / R.J. Sangosti

Palin Goes On the Attack

Sarah Palin went into negative campaigning mode on Saturday during a speech in Colorado, apparently attempting to forge associations in voters’ minds between the name Barack Obama and the word terrorist, thus indicating that the McCain campaign is ready to hit the mat—or the muck—during the last four weeks before the election.

Posted on Oct 4, 2008 READ MORE


presidential pins
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Economy Changing the Game for Obama, McCain

With just a month to go before the presidential election, the Obama and McCain campaigns are making some strategy changes in reaction to the seismic shifts that shook the economy over recent weeks. The forecast currently looks better, to some analysts, for Obama than McCain, but McCain’s supporters don’t see it that way.

Posted on Oct 4, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Team McCain Pulls Out of Michigan

Looks like John McCain and his camp have decided to cut bait in Michigan after their efforts to win over voters in the Midwestern state didn’t quite pan out as they’d hoped. Instead, as Politico reports, McCain’s team is focusing on other important states like Florida and Ohio.

Posted on Oct 2, 2008 READ MORE



commons.wikimedia.org

McCain Campaign Challenged by Economic Crisis

John McCain’s bid to put his campaign on hold in order to wing his way to Washington last week was intended to make him seem ready for action in a crisis but may have resulted in a “political dead end” for the Arizona senator after Monday’s bailout bomb, according to the Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 30, 2008 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: McCain Courts the Reptile Vote

Choosing the winner of the first presidential debate proved to be a tough call, but Stephen Colbert has a few ideas about how to settle the issue, starting with John McCain’s staggering insights about the differences between various Asian populations around the world—and ending with the electrifying moment when McCain “reached out to the key swing vote ... reptiles!”

Posted on Sep 30, 2008 READ MORE


Colbert and Spidey
ccinsider.comedycentral.com

Colbert Gets Graphic in ‘Spider-Man’ Cameo

It may sound like an impossible feat to appear in a popular superhero series without even having to physically show up for the job, but that’s just what Comedy Central pseudo-pundit Stephen Colbert has pulled off by lending his name and likeness to Marvel Comic’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #573.

Posted on Sep 30, 2008 READ MORE


Palin and Zardari
AP photo / Henny Ray Abrams

Fatwa Issued Against Pakistani President for ‘Flirting’ With Palin

Tina Fey, in character again as Sarah Palin for last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” made light of how the Republican vice presidential candidate was “literally” embraced by “a couple of them Pakistani guys” she met at the United Nations last week. Unfortunately for Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, though, the prayer leader of Islamabad’s Red Mosque isn’t laughing about Zardari’s encounter with Palin last Thursday.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP Photo / Alex Brandon

Obama Has the Edge After First Debate

Even though the American mainstream media pronounced Friday’s presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain a draw, the UK’s Guardian newspaper tallied up some poll results and found that Obama has gained an edge over McCain as the candidates head into their final month of campaigning.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and McCain debate in Mississippi

Obama and McCain Face Off in First Presidential Debate

Thankfully, Jim Lehrer wasn’t left at the moderator’s podium on Friday, as both Barack Obama and John McCain showed up for their scheduled presidential debate at the University of Mississippi to field questions about the economy and foreign policy.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Madalyn Ruggiero

Obama Gets a Break on Race Issue

In Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy, the fact that he is African-American has seemed to be an obstacle that could be overcome with a good campaign, a few breaks and the issues turning his way. That’s what is happening now.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton on 'The View'

Bill Clinton: Hillary Would Have Been the Best VP Pick ‘Politically’

Former President Bill Clinton braved the deceptively comfy-looking couch on the set of “The View” to sit for a chat with Barbara Walters and her deceptively bubbly-seeming quartet of co-hosts, who are suddenly in the catbird seat in terms of landing the big political interviews after their headline-grabbing session with John McCain on Sept. 12.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE


Gramm and McCain
momocrats.typepad.com

McCain Calls for End to Big Business Bailouts

And now, this latest dispatch from the U.S. Department of Unintentional Irony: Sen. John McCain spoke out against the Federal Reserve’s recent bids to give life support (read: gigantic amounts of money) to failing financial institutions. Isn’t he the same guy who has looked to Phil Gramm for economic advice?

Posted on Sep 19, 2008 READ MORE


Obama ad

Obama Ads, McCain-Is-Economically-Clueless Edition

Turns out that having Phil Gramm on one’s economic advisory team may not be the best way to demonstrate one’s readiness to inherit the gigantic mess that the U.S. economy has become under the Bush administration’s not-so-close watch—or at least that’s what Obama’s camp is pointing out in this ad on the financial debacle.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008 READ MORE


Chuck Hagel
cappymcgarrshow.com

Hagel Doubts Palin’s Readiness to Lead

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel has openly questioned whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has the experience or qualifications to effectively serve as president, the Omaha World-Herald reported Thursday. Also, Hagel’s not buying the argument that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives Palin any particular edge or special insights about U.S.-Russian relations.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE


Bush
White House photo / Paul Morse

Software Scans for Spin in Speeches

Humans may be susceptible to methods of persuasion that play on the emotions and circumvent logic, but computers are another story. Enter a software program that purports to detect “spin” in politicians’ speeches by using a complex (albeit man-made) algorithm to hunt for truth-stretching words and phrases.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE


Obama's menu

Obama Goes to Hollywood, Take Two

Barack Obama’s fundraising extravaganza in Hollywood Tuesday night raised a whopping $9 million for his presidential campaign and the Democratic Party—the single highest figure ever raised by a candidate in one go, as MSNBC anchor Alex Witt points out in this clip.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


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