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Obama, it is said, takes himself to be something like a benevolent monarch -- a king in a mixed constitutional system, where the duties of the crown are largely ceremonial. He sees himself, in short, as the holder of a dignified office to whom Americans and others may feel naturally attuned.

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What does Fox Newser Glenn Beck believe to be a safe investment during times of panic and fear? Gold. Which emotions is Beck particularly skilled at playing upon in his nightly Fox-cast? Panic and fear. Which Web site does Glenn Beck stump for? Goldline.com, which pushes the idea that now's the time to invest in gold. Oh.

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My goodness, those CNN anchors are getting feisty in these final days of the election season! Take Rick Sanchez here, who doesn't give McCain aide Michael Goldfarb an inch when it comes to his claims about Obama's alleged anti-Semite acquaintances.

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