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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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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.

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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.

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Shades of McCarthyism? In her televised rundown of practically all of the anti-Obama talking points conjured up this election season, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., calls the Illinois senator (and other "liberals" in Washington) "anti-American" on Friday's "Hardball."

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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."

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David Axelrod and Rick Davis of the Obama and McCain campaigns, respectively, dispensed with the niceties on "Fox News Sunday."

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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.

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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.

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