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George Bush has dealt with the failure of his "stay the course" strategy by pretending it never existed, but will other candidates who once abused the phrase follow suit? And will the media hold them accountable?

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George W. Bush, retreating to familiar ground, has blamed the Clinton administration for North Korea's nuclear arsenal. But the official who brokered the Clinton-era deal with North Korea called the idea "ludicrous," and defended his efforts.

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In an apparent attempt to control the fallout of his ostensibly racist "macaca" remark, Virginia Sen George Allen has updated his website with a picture of him embracing a woman with dark skin But the damage has been done He's losing in the polls to his rival for the Senate (and Allen was until recently being touted as presidential material) (h/t: HuffPo)

  • Ana Marie Cox says historians will study this episode as an example of how NOT to do damage control
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    Can't get enough backstory on Va. Sen. George Allen's racist remark? Neither can the Washington Post, which posted this 1,300-word profile on the object of Allen's remark, 20-year-old U. Va student S.R. Sidarth.

  • Allen's lead over his rival for the Senate has evaporated in the wake of his comment. (Go, blog power!)
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    The Virginia senator tracked down the university student whom he maligned with the racist remark and apologized, but the damage is already done. In stepping into this steaming pile of macaca, Allen may have just kissed any 2008 presidential hopes goodbye.

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    Jon Stewart asked "Daily Show" correspondent Rob Corddry if Virginia Sen. George Allen had damaged his image by using a racial slur to describe a young campaign worker. Corddry: ?I don't know what ?macaque? means, but it sure as sh-- sounds racist. And John, here in Virginia, I'm still not sure if that helps or hurts a guy.?

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    George Galloway, the Scottish MP who came to international prominence for his outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq, engages in a heated (and abusive) debate with a Sky News anchor over the morality of the Israel-Hezbollah conflict. We don't agree with Galloway on everything, but this is the rare shouting match with substance. NOTE: Broken link to video is now working

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