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Modern Democracy, Politics, and the American Dream - By Dennis Knicely - Democracy and American Politics have so much effect on our lives that it is in our best interests to be informed. This is a short chronology detailing aspects of recent events shaping our Roots in American Democracy. Read more...

The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States - Looking at the facts and fallacies about this huge American Corporation

Drilling for Oil Destroys Environment “Fracing”, plain and simple, is the main reason drilling is one of the worst possible things we can do to our environment. Read more...

Fundamentalism, the Religious Right, and the NeoCon Agenda

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Political Animal - October 31, 2008 FRIDAY'S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP....Today's installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn't generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers. Read more...

A Grand Bargain for US and Iran - The Washington Independent, DC - Oct 14, 2008 Sarah Palin, has claimed, without evidence, that Iran seeks a “second Holocaust” for the Jews. In any case, McCain added that he would “sit down with ... Read more...

Welcome to the Revolution Thursday, 16 October 2008, 1:51 pm - by Steve Weissman, t r u t h o u t | Perspective - With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the United States proclaimed itself the world's only super-power and hawked American-style capitalism as the only economic system worth considering. Read more...

Palin impacts voters' decision, poll says NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. voters increasingly say Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin isn't qualified to be to be vice president and is dragging the Republican ticket down, a poll indicates. Read more...

Obama delivers TV tour de force worthy of JFK Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama delivered a TV tour de force last night. I don’t think any presidential candidate has ever had as strong and wide-reaching a run on the medium as Obama did from the dinner hour to the midnight hour. Read more...

Florida midnight rally drew 35,000 to hear Clinton, Obama - BY LAURA FIGUEROA MIAMI HERALD KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Former President Bill Clinton stumped alongside Democratic nominee Barack Obama for the first time this campaign season in a late night outdoor rally that attracted more than 35,000 supporters. Read more...

Shays among Republicans upset with McCain campaign By DAVE COLLINS | Associated Press Writer October 29, 2008 HARTFORD, Conn. - Locked in a tough re-election campaign in a district that overwhelmingly supports Barack Obama, Connecticut Rep. Christopher Shays has joined some fellow Republicans in publicly voicing frustration with John McCain's presidential campaign. Read more...

AP – Florida Gov. Charlie Crist looks on as Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks …Obama ridicules McCain charge he's socialist - By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer – 37 mins ago AP – RALEIGH, N.C. – Barack Obama accused Republican rival John McCain on Wednesday of stooping to low tactics by labeling the Democrat a socialist. Read more...

Crow tribal members greeted Sen. Barack Obama during the Democratic candidate's visit to Montana's Crow Reservation in May. Reznet Photo by April GregoryMessage From Obama: Tribes Will Have Voice in White House October 25, 2008 By Barack Obama - ...We need more than just a government-to-government relationship; we need a nation-to-nation relationship, and I will make sure that tribal nations have a voice in the White House. Read more...

More executives sold on Obama - By Ken Dilanian, USA TODAY WASHINGTON — Dan Cooper, a proud member of the National Rifle Association, has backed Republicans for most of his life. Read more...

McCain Admits Sharing 'Common Philosophy' with Bush Online video short by jedreport

What are YOUR priorities for the President's first 100 days? White House 2 is where U.S. citizens are coming together to tell the next President what we need him to do in his first 100 days in office. Read more with Online Video short...

Dave Thibault, of Wasilla, Alaska, comments on Sen. Ted Stevens' R-Alaska, convictions at a coffee shop in Anchorage, Alaska Monday Oct. 27, 2008. Stevens was convicted Monday on seven counts of lying about more than $250,000 in gifts and home renovations he received from oil field services contractor Bill Allen. (AP Photo/Al Grillo) (Al Grillo - AP)Alaskans turning against Stevens after verdict By MARY PEMBERTON The Associated Press Monday, October 27, 2008; 8:25 PM ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaskans fondly call longtime Sen. Ted Stevens their "Uncle Ted" for his ability to steer gobs of federal money to his home state, but his conviction in a corruption case Monday had many residents crying: "Throw the bum out." Read more...

The 2008 campaign’s fight over ‘patriotism’ Dante Chinni Posted: 10.27.2008 / 7:27 AM EDT In the past few weeks of the presidential campaign, questions of patriotism and who is patriotic have popped on several occasions. Read more...

In Early Voting Trend, Democracy Is the Biggest Loser - washingtonpost.com - By Marc Fisher Sunday, October 26, 2008; Page C01...In those states, some people vote by mail, some at special early voting centers and some at their regular polling place, but they all have an opportunity not available to residents of Virginia, Maryland and the District. Read more...

Sarah Palin: Fiscal Conservative? After 8 years of a Republican White House, there still seems to be a reality distortion field around the concept of "Fiscal Conservative." Read more...

Labels – Defining NeoCon versus Right Wing Conservative, and How It Compares to Left Wing Liberal

The president’s personal health will affect his (or her) policies and decisions. Our views are biased by our own personal habits.Our President's Personal Health Matters - by Dr. John McDougall - DrMcDougall.com - All voting US citizens will have to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of John McCain and Barack Obama when voting November 4, 2008 to choose the President of the United States. The personal health of these two candidates will play a determining role in their performance over the next four to eight years. This grueling job requires the highest level of physical and mental fitness. A serious disability or the death of our national leader during office would disrupt the function of our government and require the vice-president to take office. Read more...

Zinn: Bailout Is Trickle-Down Economics on Steroids Historian and author Howard Zinn says there has always been big government, but mostly for the wealthy. Online video short...

Naomi Klein Breaks Down the Bailout The Nation in conjunction with the Brecht Forum held an emergency town hall meeting earlier this month to discuss the current financial meltdown. Online video short...

Endorsements: Anchorage paper picks Obama By The Associated Press – Oct 26, 2008 - The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation. Read more...

Karl Rove Thinks He's Smarter Than 2,900 Doctors Regarding McCain's Health a bhglitter video Oct 26, 2008 - by ZP Heller - BraveNewFilms - A critical question concerns inconsistencies in medical opinions about the severity of his melanoma; if the classification of his melanoma is more severe, it would increase the statistical likelihood of death from a recurrence of the cancer. Online video short + Read more...

McCain Aides Aggressively Pushed Mutilation Hoax - CNN News with Brave New Films - Online Video Short and Comments...

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama arrived at a rally in Reno yesterday. He has a sizable edge in campaign money. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)Many reasons still for Obama to worry, and McCain to hope - Boston.com - By Scott Helman Globe Staff / October 26, 2008 - LEESBURG, Va. - With the presidential race entering its final full week, most signs point to a comfortable victory for Senator Barack Obama, who is poised to fulfill his quest to redraw the electoral map by picking off a handful of historically Republican states. Read more...

Obama, McCain begin closing arguments Saturdy, Oct 25, 2008 - Candidates target Western states in next-to-last campaign weekend - AP / MSNBC - Read more...

More Republicans jump ship - Weld, McClellan support Obama By Jimmy Orr | 10.24.08 - Christian Science Monitor - Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, a Republican, announced this morning his support for the Democratic nominee for President, Barack Obama. Read more...

Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., addresses a campaign rally in downtown Charleston, W.Va., Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Bob Bird)Biden dismisses McCain claim on change By LAWRENCE MESSINA – Oct 24, 2008 - CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Friday that Republican John McCain would need a Halloween costume to persuade voters that he would depart from the policies and divisive politics of President Bush. Read more...

McCain Employing GOP Operative Accused Of Voter Registration FraudMcCain Employing GOP Operative Accused Of Voter Registration Fraud - October 20, 2008 05:03 PM - John McCain's campaign has directed $175,000 to the firm of a Republican operative accused of massive voter registration fraud in several states. Read more...

Police investigators look for evidence of voter fraud at a Las Vegas ACORN office in early October. (Photo: Jae C. Hong / AP)Justice Department Targets ACORN but Ignores GOP Voter Suppression Thursday 23 October 2008 » by: Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet - On the eve of the 2008 election, the Department leaks an FBI probe of ACORN but remains silent on widespread voter intimidation tactics. Read more...

Paris Hilton Gets Presidential with Martin Sheen Paris seeks the advice of the most esteemed fake president of our generation. Online video short...

Palin stylist draws higher pay than policy adviser - By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer – WASHINGTON – An acclaimed celebrity makeup artist for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin collected more money from John McCain's campaign than his foreign policy adviser. Read more...

Call McCain and Call Off the Politics of Hate - Produced by Brave New Films - Tell McCain to End the Politics of Hate has already received over 395,000 views and 90,000 petition signatures in only a week. Watch this online video short...

Block the Vote Will the GOP's campaign to deter new voters and discard Democratic ballots determine the next president?Block the Vote - Will the GOP's campaign to deter new voters and discard Democratic ballots determine the next president? ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. & GREG PALAST Posted Oct 30, 2008 11:10 AM - Rolling Stone Magazine -These days, the old west rail hub of Las Vegas, New Mexico, is little more than a dusty economic dead zone amid a boneyard of bare mesas. In national elections, the town overwhelmingly votes Democratic: More than 80 percent of all residents are Hispanic, and one in four lives below the poverty line. Read more... Video: Behind the Story With Kennedy Jr. and Palast

Ex-Bush press secretary McClellan endorses Barack Obama - Oct 23, 2008 - Los Angeles Times - Scott McClellan, President Bush's former press secretary, announced Thursday that he is endorsing Barack Obama for president. Read more...

Polls Show Obama Gaining Among Bush Voters - By JIM RUTENBERG and MARJORIE CONNELLY Published: October 23, 2008 Senator Barack Obama is showing surprising strength among portions of the political coalition that returned George W. Bush to the White House four years ago, a cross section of support that, if it continues through Election Day, would exceed that of Bill Clinton in 1992, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News polls. Read more...

American ThinkerWalid Phares explains al-Qaeda 'endorsement' of McCain - Rick Moran - October 23, 2008 - American Thinker - Liberal blogs and websites were falling all over themselves yesterday, breathlessly and gleefully reporting that an al-Qaeda sympathetic website had come out and "endorsed" John McCain for president. Read more...

EDITORIAL Barack Obama for President - Published: October 23, 2008 - The New York Times - The United States is battered and drifting after eight years of President Bush’s failed leadership. Read more...

Ron Edmonds/AP Rep. Michele Bachmann, MinnesotaHow to Ruin a Political Campaign: Bachmann’s ‘Anti-American’ Statements October 23, 2008 12:43 PM by Emily Coakley - Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose remarks about Obama’s “anti-American views” buoyed her opponent’s campaign, joins a long list of politicians punished for making unfortunate statements. Read more...

Bachmann tapes apology - Oct. 24, 2008 - Politico - Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has taped an advertisement apologizing for her televised comments calling Barack Obama anti-American, according to a Republican source familiar with her campaign’s decision. Read more...

Political Wisdom: Palin, Perhaps Planning Ahead Here’s a summary of the smartest new political analysis on the Web: by Sara Murray and Gerald F. Seib - October 23, 2008, 7:15 am - Wall Street Journal - “Is Palin making plans for 2012?” So asks Andrew Romano of Newsweek. Read more...

As Democratic Landslide Looms, Big Media Try to Peddle More 'Right-Wing Nation' B.S. By Paul Waldman, Media Matters for America. Posted October 22, 2008. When Democrats win we're told that they need to move to the center. What a joke. Read more...

On Al-Qaeda Web Sites, Joy Over U.S. Crisis, Support for McCain - By Joby Warrick and Karen DeYoung Washington Post Staff Writers Wednesday, October 22, 2008; Page A13 - "Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election," said a commentary posted Monday on the extremist Web site al-Hesbah, which is closely linked to the terrorist group. Read more...

Obama Takes Time for a Woman Dear to Him - By JULIE BOSMAN Published: October 21, 2008 - New York Times - In his speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president, Senator Barack Obama spoke of how his grandmother started as a secretary without a college degree and worked her way up to be a vice president of a bank. Read more...

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“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”. Martin Luther King

McCain’s “Socialism” Charge CQPolitics.com - Oct 22, 2008 By Madison Powers, CQ Guest Columnist For many months the McCain campaign has been asking who Barack Obama is. The campaign has been tantalizingly vague, dropping hints along the way, but leaving it to us to connect the dots. Read more...

Who is the real John McCain? Oct. 21, 2008 - OpEdNews - A few years ago Lawrence Britt released his study of common characters of the more infamous fascist regimes of the 20th Century in which he found that the most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions through relentless propaganda and disinformation against the target scapegoats, usually communists, socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, and homosexuals. Read more...

Identifying Characteristics of Fascism by Laurence Britt 25 July 2004 - ...His comparisons of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile) yielded this list of 14 identifying characteristics of fascism. Read more...

Andrew Councill for The New York Times Rick Davis, Senator John McCain’s campaign manager, in 2007. Loan Titans Paid McCain Adviser Nearly $2 Million - Published: September 21, 2008 - NYT - Senator John McCain’s campaign manager was paid more than $30,000 a month for five years as president of an advocacy group set up by the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to defend them against stricter regulations, current and former officials say. Read more...

BEWARE OF VOTER INTIMIDATIONBEWARE OF VOTER INTIMIDATION By Gina Ford Story Published: Oct 20, 2008 at 6:38 PM CDT Story Updated: Oct 20, 2008 at 7:01 PM CDT With early voting underway, and the November fourth general elections around the corner, local Democrats are warning voters to beware of voter intimidation. Read more...

Palin breaks with McCain on gay marriage amendment - 10-20-2008 - AP - NEW YORK – Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin says she supports a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, a break with John McCain who has said he believes states should be left to define what marriage is. Read more...

Where McCain, Obama stand on the issues The Associated Press - Oct 20, 2008 - The plans of presidential candidates are never set in stone, if only because circumstances and the makeup of Congress change after the election. Read more...

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=6067626&page=1Obama 'Beyond Humbled' as GOP's Powell Says He'd Be 'an Exceptional President' Republican Who Served as Bush Secretary of State Says He Will Vote for Obama By JOHN BERMAN, JAKE TAPPER, TAHMAN BRADLEY and ARNAB DATTA - ABCnews - Oct. 19, 2008 - Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama wasted no time basking in the glow of his latest big-name supporter, former Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican. Read more...

Obama breaks the bank - raises $150 million in September By Jimmy Orr | 10.19.08 - Christian Science Monitor - Joe the Plumber doesn’t have to worry. Barack Obama doesn’t need to raise taxes. All he’s got to do is continue to raise money personally. Read more...

Sarah Palin On Saturday Night Live With Tina Fey, Weekend Update's Alaska Rap, Baldwin And Wahlberg (VIDEO) EDITOR'S NOTE: This one is over the top!!!

Powell Endorses Obama After months of hints and speculation, former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama this morning, a huge vote of confidence in the Illinois Democrat with just 16 days left before the November election. Read more...

McCain Care Leaves Seniors Behind - Oct 18, 2008 by SEIU - With America's economy in crisis, employment rates skyrocketing, home foreclosures still building and retirement savings dropping faster than Wall Street CEOs can squander $700 billion, the last thing seniors need is to have their health care safety net put in jeopardy. Read more...

About the McCain / Liddy ties - Who is G. Gordon Liddy?

Is G. Gordon Liddy McCain's William Ayers? Oct 17, 2008 Associated Content - John McCain appeared on the David Letterman Show, which for a Republican is the equivalent of Daniel willingly going into the lion's den. Read more...

The McCain-G. Gordon Liddy Symbiosis October 13, 2008 - 8:09pm. - Capitol Hill Blue - Certainly McCain's continuing "association" and relationship with the convicted Watergate burglar and domestic terrorist G. Gordon Liddy might suggest that is the case, if we are to apply the standards drawn by the McCain campaign. Read more...

Letterman Confronts McCain on Gordon Liddy Ties Finally, for the first time this year, a prominent media figure asked John McCain about his relationship with G. Gordon Liddy last night. Read more, with an online video short...

G Gordon Liddy: Voice of unreason - Monday, 22 November 2004 - The Independent [UK] - G. Gordon Liddy is vibrating with rage. "Environmentalism is a form of pagan fundamentalism. These green wackos are fanatics like al-Quaida. Just like them," Read more...

Bill Ayers, Meet G. Gordon Liddy

Issac Bailey: McCain's associates also shady This is how easy it is to play the guilt-by-association game that seems so popular in presidential politics: Read more..

FOX Contributor Urges GOP to Continue Questionable Tactics Online video short...

Obama draws crowd estimated at 100,000 in St. Louis In battleground Missouri, record U.S. crowd gathers By John McCormick and Jill Zuckman | Chicago Tribune correspondents 10:10 PM CDT, October 18, 2008 ST. LOUIS — Hours before Sen. Barack Obama had even landed here Saturday, this city's mass transit system and downtown streets were packed with people headed to see the presidential hopeful who hails from the state across the river. Read more...

McCain draws bipartisan criticism for 'robo calls' Oct 18 2008 - AP - LAS VEGAS – Two senators in opposing political parties asked Republican presidential candidate John McCain to stop the automated phone calls that link Democratic candidate Barack Obama to a 1960s radical. Read more...

Court Ruling Stokes Voter-Fraud Fight - By AMY MERRICK - OCTOBER 18, 2008 - Wall Street Journal - The U.S. Supreme Court quashed attempts to force hundreds of thousands of newly registered voters to undergo added scrutiny in Ohio, potentially dealing a setback to John McCain less than three weeks before the election. Read more...

McCain at Sunset - Oct 17, 2008 - Huffington Post - Now, with less than three weeks to the end, he comes to the country staggering toward defeat, his pride and honor certainly diminished by the incoherence of his campaign and the absurdity of the choice he agreed to when it came to picking someone who would share a national ticket charged with talking, coaxing, massaging the country through a tough and turbulent time. Read more...

America's new social democracy Geoff Garrett | October 18, 2008 - The Australian - ...When the stock market reacted with a huge sell-off, the administration changed the plan to a profoundly un-American partial nationalisation of big banks. Read more...

The Obama - McCain subplot: an idea versus an individual Dante Chinni Posted: 10.17.2008 / 7:26 AM EDT - Christian Science Monitor - ...The campaign of Sen. Barack Obama may be boiled down to the simple slogan “Change,” but if you watched Wednesday’s debate around domestic issues, one thing that became clear was Senator Obama’s growing comfort with policy talk. Read more...

McCain, Letterman Make Amends By Lisa de Moraes - Washington Post - Oct 17, 2008 - John McCain, so pugnacious in his encounters with his Democratic rival, folded like a tent when confronted last night by late-night host David Letterman, whom McCain stood up last month. Read more...

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.,stand together during the Alfred E. Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)McCain, Obama trade jokes, not jabs at NYC dinner By DAVID ESPO – Oct 16 2008 NEW YORK (AP) — John McCain and Barack Obama swapped self-deprecating jokes instead of campaign jabs Thursday night, the Republican saying he had replaced his team of senior advisers with "Joe the Plumber" while the Democrat claimed his own "greatest strength would be my humility." Read more...

The committee may be violating state law in the process.Wave Of McCain Robocalls Reported, Some May Violate State Law - Huffington Post - October 16, 2008 04:37 PM - The McCain-Palin campaign and the Republican National Committee launched a massive robocall campaign on Thursday designed to alarm voters about Barack Obama's past association with former radical Bill Ayers. The committee may be violating state law in the process. Read more...

Obama warns against overconfidence By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent 10-16-2008 - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama warned his supporters to guard against overconfidence on Thursday as he and underdog Republican rival John McCain opened a 19-day sprint to Election Day. Read more...

Senator says White House withheld CIA interrogation information - USA Today - 11 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the White House on Wednesday of withholding documents that showed the Bush administration authorized the CIA to use waterboarding and other tough interrogation tactics against suspected terrorists. Read more...

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain debate face to face Wednesday night.Poll: Debate watchers say Obama wins - 101608 - CNN - Fifty-eight percent of debate watchers questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll said Democratic candidate Obama did the best job in the debate, with 31 percent saying Republican Sen. John McCain performed best. Read more...

McCain puts Obama on the spot in final debate -101608 - (CNN) -- Sen. John McCain played offense against Sen. Barack Obama during much of the final presidential debate as he challenged his rival on his policies, judgment and character. Read more..

EXCLUSIVE: McCain's Latest Attack Ad - Brave New Films - I got an exclusive leak of John McCain's next attack on Barack Obama. Click here for online video short... "Political Satire"

Hillary Clinton appropriates a signature line from Sarah Palin rallies - Top of the Ticket - Los Angeles Times - ...Clinton told her listeners that Democrats have a better slogan: "Jobs, baby, jobs." Read more...

Who's more fit?Our President’s Personal Health Matters by John McDougall, MD DrMcdougall.com - All voting US citizens will have to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of John McCain and Barack Obama when voting November 4, 2008 to choose the President of the United States. Read more...

Obama Details Plan to Aid Victims of Fiscal Crisis Obama Details Plan to Aid Victims of Fiscal Crisis By JACKIE CALMES and JEFF ZELENY Published: October 13, 2008 - New York Times - TOLEDO, Ohio — Senator Barack Obama proposed new steps on Monday to address the economic crisis, calling for temporary but costly new programs to help employers, automakers, homeowners, the unemployed, and state and local governments. Read more...

Barbra StreisandWho Is Sarah Palin? By Barbra Streisand Posted October 13, 2008 | 07:01 PM (EST) - Huffington Post - Until the Republican Convention, very few had ever heard of Sarah Palin... and now this mean-spirited campaigner is asking who is Barack Obama? Read more..

Diane TuckerCindy McCain's Attack On Obama's Record Offends Military Spouses - Diane Tucker - Posted October 13, 2008 | 12:58 AM (EST) - Huffington Post - At a rally in Bethlehem, Pa. last week, Cindy McCain spoke about having two sons serving on active duty: "I'm proud of my sons, but let me tell you, the day that Senator Obama cast a vote not to fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body. Read more...

*** Obama expands his lead: From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann - Monday, October 13, 2008 9:26 AM - MSNBC FirstRead - Three weeks until Election Day, Obama now holds a more than 100-vote lead in NBC's latest electoral map. Read more...

How workable are the presidential candidates' health reform plans? Here's a summary of their proposals and a list of online resources for more information.John McCain, Barack Obama on healthcare - By Susan Brink, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer - Oct 13, 2008 - How workable are the presidential candidates' health reform plans? Here's a summary of their proposals and a list of online resources for more information. Read more...

By Drew BeckmeyerDemocracy, at 70 Degrees Below Zero - By VICTOR S. NAVASKY Published: October 11, 2008 - New York Times - SPEAKING as one who spent almost two years in Alaska, even though it was more than 50 years ago, even though I was only in the peacetime army, even though I merely rose to the rank of private first class (53rd Infantry Regiment, Fort Richardson, just outside Anchorage), even though as a member of headquarters company I was issued snowshoes, whereas most Arctic Frontiersman (as our regimental insignia identified us) were issued skis, and even though Alaska was not yet a state, I believe I speak with authority when I say that at least in those years, Gov. Sarah Palin’s much-mocked claim that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives one a leg up on matters of national security was, in effect, official United States policy. Read more...

Joel McNally: GOP battles the spread of democracy The Capital Times — 10/11/2008 8:54 am Madison, WI - One Bush administration cover story for going to war in Iraq to provide hundreds of billions of dollars in no-bid contracts for Halliburton and other corporate cronies was that it was to spread democracy in the Mideast. Read more...

Palin has mixed record as fiscal conservative By MATT VOLZ, Associated Press Writer Oct 12, 2008 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, bills herself as a fiscal conservative. But her record looks little like the classic conservative who favors less government and lower taxes. Read more...

Jody Mock, left, and Beth Kerrigan embrace in the kitchen of their West Hartford home. (SHANA SURECK)Gay Marriage Ruling Ended Long Journey Of Soul by Alaine Griffin - Hartford Courant - October 12, 2008 - For years, Beth Kerrigan tried to talk herself out of being gay. Read more... EDITOR'S NOTE: Although heterosexual male, I advocate people's right of choice. While performing with a musical group that included lesbians, we were featured at an event celebrating gays' and lesbians' 10, 20, and 30 year anniversaries as couples. It was impressive, and there was no evidence of AIDS or HIV contamination in this crowd.

Saul FriedmanElders' self-interest is to vote for Obama Saul Friedman | Gray Matters - NewsDay - October 11, 2008 With less than a month before this most important election in my lifetime, I'll leave it to the professional pundits to provide the differences between the major candidates on the cosmic issues of war and peace, the future of the economy and climate change. Read more...

Palin Rips Obama on Social Security 'Fear and Panic,' but Tangles Health Policy Descriptions 10-11-08 By Perry Bacon Jr. - Washington Post - PENSACOLA , Fla. -- ...The Alaska governor also accused Obama of misleading Americans about McCain's health care plan, but offered an inaccurate explanation Read more...

This undated photo provided by the Heath family shows Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in her dorm room at...  (Heath Family/AP Photo)Palin Switched Colleges 6 Times in 6 Years - By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press Writer SPOKANE, Wash. September 4, 2008 (AP) Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin seems to have switched colleges at least six times in six years, including two stints at the University of Idaho before graduating from there in 1987. Read more...

President Bush makes a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House after meeting with G-7 finance ministers about the financial crisis.Bush Pledges Global Cooperation on Crisis - By HENRY J. PULIZZI - Wall Street Journal - Bush said turmoil in financial markets requires a "serious global response," but cautioned that the worldwide economic crisis won't be solved overnight after meeting with G-7 finance ministers. Read more...

US Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks at a campaign rally in Philadelphia, October 11, 2008.Obama thanks McCain for remarks, presses attack - Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:47pm EDT By Caren Bohan PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama praised his rival John McCain for trying to tone down the vitriol of the U.S. presidential race but pressed ahead on Saturday with an effort to cast the Republican as out of touch on the economy. Read more...

Documents Show AIG Knew Of Problems With Valuations By LIAM PLEVEN and AMIR EFRATI - Wall Street Journal - Oct 11, 2008 - Top officials at American International Group Inc. knew of potential problems in valuing derivative contracts long before these risky transactions caused the insurer's shareholders severe pain, according to documents released by congressional investigators. Read more...

Sarah Palin, right, pictured with Cindy McCain Photo: EPAAnalysis: Sarah Palin inquiry will reinforce voters' existing prejudices - Analysis by Tim Shipman in Washington Oct 11, 2008 - Telegraph - The United Kingdom - The ethics inquiry into Sarah Palin's behaviour as Governor of Alaska is likely to reinforce voters' existing prejudices about her, rather than profoundly change the race for the White House. Read more...

As governor, Palin at times bonds church and state By GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press Writer Oct 11, 2008 WASILLA, Alaska - The camera closes in on Sarah Palin speaking to young missionaries, vowing from the pulpit to do her part to implement God's will from the governor's office. Read more...

AP Photo: A copy of the ethics report on Gov. Sarah Palin's abuse of power investigation sits...Alaska panel finds Palin abused power in firing By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer Oct 11, 2008 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. Read more..

Obama Knew It Was Coming All Along - Remember in late July when Barack Obama predicted John McCain's attack strategy? - Online video short...

Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) listens a question from a supporter during a town hall meeting in Lakeville, Minnesota October 10, 2008.Republican anger bubbles up at McCain rally Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:11pm EDT - By Matt Spetalnick LAKEVILLE, Minnesota (Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee John McCain was booed at his own rally on Friday as he tried to rein in increasingly raw anger among supporters stunned by Democrat Barack Obama's lead in the polls. Read more...

Afternoon Reading: Should the Government Take Over All the U.S. Banks? Posted by Stephen Grocer October 10, 2008, 4:13 pm Wall Street Journal - So what can you buy for $700 billion? Well, according a chart over at Bespoke Investment Group, the rescue plan’s $700 billion represents over 55% of the S&P 500 financial sector’s market cap. Read more...

McCain's Musical Copyright Infringement Continues - It's getting to the point where the only songs the McCain campaign will be able to use at rallies are the ones written specifically for them, like John Rich's pseudo-country trifle "Raisin' McCain." Online Music video short... The band said in a statement: "The saddest thing about this is that `My Hero' was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song."

Former governor Milliken backs away from McCain by Pat Shellenbarger | The Grand Rapids Press Friday October 10, 2008, 6:57 AM Former Republican Gov. William Milliken GRAND RAPIDS -- He endorsed John McCain in the presidential primary, but now former Republican Gov. William Milliken is expressing doubts about his party's nominee. Read more...

AP Photo: Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., speaks during a news conference, Friday, Oct. 10, 2008,...US to buy stake in banks; first since Depression By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer October 10, 2008 - WASHINGTON - The government will buy an ownership stake in a broad array of American banks for the first time since the Great Depression, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said late Friday, announcing the historic step after stock markets jolted still lower around the world despite all efforts to slow the selling stampede. Read more...

It's Time for Paulson to Cut the Crap and Do His Job - by Dean Baker Published on Friday, October 10, 2008 by Huffington Post - Just about every economist who supports bailing out the banks thinks that taking an equity stake through a direct infusion of capital is the way to go. Read more...

WRAPUP 2-Obama focuses on economy, rejects McCain attacks - Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:33pm EDT - CHILLICOTHE, Ohio, Oct 10 (Reuters) - "In this global economy, financial markets have no boundaries. So the current crisis demands a global response," said Obama, who leads opinion polls over McCain with 25 days to go until the Nov. 4 election. Read more...

Hundreds of US citizens overseas, including US troops in Iraq, have been eavesdropped on, according to two former military and NSA intercept operators, despite pledges by President George W. Bush and American intelligence officials. (ABC News Photo Illustration)NSA Eavesdropping 'Outrageous' and 'Disturbing,' Critics Say Insiders Told ABC News What NSA Really Heard By JUSTIN ROOD October 10, 2008 - A Senate panel is probing claims top secret government workers eavesdropped on communications from American service members, journalists and aid workers overseas. Read more...

Outraged out-of-work Lehman Bros. traders stage a protest at corporate headquarters, blockading the entrance with their own vehicles. With McCain-Obama election near, stricken Wall Street workers take law into their own hands - LA Times - The Ticket has just received a breaking news photo of suddenly unemployed Wall Street workers taking the financial crisis into their own hands. Read more... EDITORS NOTE: By the looks of photo posted at this link Lehman Bros., co-owners of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, have been more interested in supporting Italian manufacturers than their American compatriots..

$700 Billion Was a Drop in the Bucket - By Christopher Barker October 9, 2008 - The Motley Fool - I remember when $29 billion sounded like a lot of money. Read more...

Attack at the PumpAttack at the Pump - Let's Break OPEC's Monopoly - Online video from Citizens for Energy Freedom

Mega-Million Dollar CEO Payouts See How Much These Big-Name CEOs Took Home Each Year - By ZUNAIRA ZAKI ABC NEWS Business Unit - As Washington lawmakers debate as massive, $700 billion, bailout for Wall Street firms that invested in mortgages, CEOs have come under new scrutiny for their multi-million-dollar salaries, even when their companies have suffered. Read more...

On Line videos>>> McCain Loses It: Calls Americans 'My Fellow Prisoners' This is the kind of mental mixup that really makes you wonder what is truly going on inside of John McCain's mind. Go to video... Next video>>> Palling Around With Secessionists If Sarah Palin wasn't a secessionist, then why was she palling around with them? Go to video...

States’ Actions to Block Voters Appear Illegal - By IAN URBINA - October 9, 2008 - New York Times - Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times. Read more...

Veiled racism seen in new attacks on Obama - Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer Thursday, October 9, 2008 - They cite as examples Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin portraying Obama as a cultural outsider and friend to terrorists and the dismissive way his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, referred to Obama at their Tuesday night debate as "that one." Read more...

 

Madonna: Not a Fan of Sarah Palin Posted October 8th, 2008 by fashiongossip She missed the presidential debate while performing as part of her Sticky & Sweet Tour Tuesday at NYC's Madison Square Garden, but Madonna did not hold back as far as her political views are concerned. Read more...

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. addresses a deployment ceremony for a unit of the Delaware Army National Guard, Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, in Dover, Del. Biden's son, Beau, is a member of the unit that will be going to Iraq. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)Biden calls Palin's criticism 'mildly dangerous' Oct 08 2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday that Republican rival Sarah Palin is injecting fear and loathing into their campaign with her criticism that Barack Obama is friends with a terrorist. Read more...

John McCain speaks as Barack Obama listens during a townhall-style presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday. (AP)Political Wisdom: Obama, McCain and a Debate Without a Surge Here’s a summary of the smartest new political analysis on the Web: by Gerald F. Seib and Sara Murray - October 8, 2008, 6:10 am - Wall Street Journal - As the reviews of presidential debate number two roll in, analysts on all sides seem to agree: Nothing happened here to change the shape of the race. Read more...

John McCain Hugs Cuban Terrorist in Miami Oct 7, 2008 - Brave New Films - I think it is safe to say John McCain is palling around with noted terrorist Roberto Martin Perez in the video seen here. Online video and article...

John McCain's Terrorist Connections - Submitted by JohnKWilson on Tue, 10/07/2008 - ObamaPolitics.com - ...McCain has much closer, more direct, and more recent connections to terrorists who committed acts far worse than Ayers, yet McCain's links to "unrepentant terrorists" are completely ignored by the media. Read more...

FOX's Mort Kondracke Raises Concerns About McCain's Cancer Looks like we're not the only ones concerned about McCain's health records being released. Online video and article...

When Their Supporters Call Obama a Terrorist and Demand His Assassination, McCain and Palin Remain Silent - Go to online video and article at Brave New Films...

Fed Announces Plan to Buy Short-Term Debt - By EDMUND L. ANDREWS and MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM - New York Times - Published: October 7, 2008 WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve announced a radical new plan on Tuesday to jump-start the engine of the financial system. Read more...

Photo Credit: Tennessee Valley Infrastructure Group Inc.Tax Credits Extended: Renewable Energy Industry Breathes Sigh of Relief by Graham Jesmer and Stephen Lacey, Staff Writers Washington, D.C., United States - October 3, 2008 - Renewable Energy World - After a disastrous few weeks on Wall Street, the renewable energy industry has come out a winner. Read More...

Online documentary short: US Economy is Collapsing - Watch this online documentary about the Federal Reserve Bank, and why we are having a huge meltdown. Go to YouTube..

Illustration: Paul Giambarba / t r u t h o u t)Make-Believe Maverick Thursday 16 October 2008 » by: Tim Dickinson at Rolling Stone Mag - A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty. Read more...

Oil & Gas Industry Contributions to John McCain, 1990 to June 2008Why Did McCain Sell Out to Big Oil? Ask Charles Keating. - The Huffington Post - Oct. 6, 2008 - John McCain's new coziness with Big Oil is in many respects just a replay of his old coziness with Charles Keating. In both cases, money and access bought influence. Let's start with oil. Read more...

McCain’s Involvement in the Keating 5 FINALLY Explained Many on the left have been wondering for months when the media or the Obama campaign would bring up the Savings & Loan scandal, John McCain’s “membership” in the Keating 5, and the clear connections to the economic crisis the world is currently enduring View this online video...

AFP Photo: Republican vice presidential cadidate Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally at the Home Depot...Palin ethics probes beset by secrecy and lawsuit By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer Oct 06 2008 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says she's an open book regarding an abuse-of-power investigation. Apparently her staff doesn't feel the same way. Read more...

John Tenniel's illustration of Tweedledum and Tweedledee, from Through the Looking-Glass (1871), chapter 4EDITOR'S COMMENT: This latest political battle for the White House reminds me how Ralph Nader compared the race between Bush and Gore to Tweedledee and Tweedledum. When it came to a bailout plan, FISA, as well as off shore drilling, both Obama and McCain supported the same agenda in the end, yet continue to fight like cats and dogs, claiming to be different. Look how cordial Biden and Palin were to each other, immediately before and after the VP debate, even during it at times...

Congress opens hearings on financial meltdown By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, Associated Press Writer 1 minute ago WASHINGTON - Days from becoming the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, Lehman Brothers steered millions to departing executives even while pleading for a federal rescue, Congress was told Monday. Read more...

Obama Campaign Hits Back at McCain With Keating Five Web Video Julianna Goldman Mon Oct 6, 2:16 AM ET Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama, after attacks on his character and past associations, is hitting back by highlighting John McCain's ties to the ``Keating Five'' savings-and-loan scandal that embroiled the Republican presidential nominee in the 1980s. Read more...

Republicans worry that Pa. could be slipping away from McCain By Dan Hirschhorn - PolitickerPA.com - PHILADELPHIA-With John McCain largely ceding Michigan to the Democrats, the stakes in Pennsylvania and other battleground states are becoming higher by the day. Read more...

John McCain's Big Bailout Blunder By JIM MCTAGUE | Barron's Monday, October 6, 2008 - McCain's crucial misstep. THE POLLS TELL THIS REMARKABLE STORY: GOP presidential candidate John McCain badly miscalculated when on Sept. 24, in a huge roll of the dice, he said that he'd suspend his campaign the next day in order to bring Republicans and Democrats together to save our foundering financial system. Read more...

Palin's expertise too thin - Oct. 6, 2008 12:00 AM - The Arizona Republic - Would all those of you defending Sarah Palin as "real" and "a much-needed breath of fresh air" please stop? Read more...

Obama says McCain, Palin smearing him The Associated Press Published: October 6, 2008 - WASHINGTON: Democrat Barack Obama accused Republican opponent John McCain of launching a smear campaign to reverse his slide in the polls and cover up his "erratic" behavior in the face of America's financial crisis. Read more...

Seven Palin Aides Will Honor Subpoenas in 'Troopergate' Probe By Tony Hopfinger Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Seven aides of Governor Sarah Palin have agreed to cooperate with an investigation into her firing of the state police chief after unsuccessfully fighting subpoenas to testify in the probe. Read more...

Palin defends terrorist comment against Obama By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer Sun Oct 5, 6:37 PM ET BURLINGAME, Calif. - Sarah Palin defended her claim that Barack Obama "pals around with terrorists," saying the Democratic presidential nominee's association with a 1960s radical is an issue that is "fair to talk about." Read more...

EDITOR'S NOTE: If Sarah Palin is so low to make this "dig" against Barack Obama, going back 40+ years,... - Why isn't the issue coming up more about she and her husband's association with the "Alaskan Independence Party", an anti-American group looking to secede from the United States? Both Sarah and her husband Todd Palin have supported this group recently.

Sarah Palin might not be a member of the AIP, but her husband was for 7 years until recently [wonder why?]. If my definition is correct, would not this be considered "Anti American Government"??? Do yourself a favor, as well as our United States Government, and get out the truth.

Pass this information to everyone you know, before even considering allowing this woman occupy the White House of our dear Country! Let every Republican you know realize who and what this woman represents, before they vote. Let's stop smear campaigns based on untruths! Here are the facts:

Sarah Palin and the Alaska Independence Party. Palin addresses AIP convention - YouTube evidence - an online video of her talk 6 months ago...

Introduction to the Alaskan Independence Party "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions." -Joe Vogler ...read more. EDITOR'S NOTE: "AKIP.org" is the official website of the Party. Joe Vogler was the main founder, and this is posted right in this link to their official website.

Sarah Palin's ties to Alaskan Independence Party are played down - Los Angeles Times ... Sep 3, 2008 ... "Keep up the good work," Sarah Palin told members of the Alaskan Independence Party in a videotaped speech to their convention six months ago in Fairbanks. Read more...

AP Photo: Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaks during a rally in Carson, Calif.,...Analysis: Palin's words may backfire on McCain By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer Oct 5, 2008 - ...Palin's incendiary charge draws media and voter attention away from the worsening economy. Read more...

 Sarah, we still hardly know you (ROBYN BECK / AFP/Getty Images) Sarah, we still hardly know you John Diaz Saturday, October 4, 2008 - SF Chronicle - Say this for Sarah Palin: The Alaska governor knows how to shelter herself from public scrutiny, even when debating on national television. Read more...

VP debate shatters TV ratings record Christian Science Monitor - By Jimmy Orr | 10.04.08 You may just be right. Forget Obama and McCain, the American TV public seemed much more interested in the Biden - Palin showdown. Read more...

Traders pause to watch the House vote on television on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange today in New York City. The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $700-billion bailout of the U.S. financial system.Reversal of fortune: House approves $700-billion bailout bill - Four days after rejecting a similar plan, the House of Representatives approves the measure by a 263-171 vote. Bush quickly signs the bill into law. By Richard Simon and Nicole Gaouette, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers October 4, 2008 WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives approved the $700-billion Wall Street bailout Friday, setting in motion the biggest government intervention in the financial system since the Great Depression. Read more...

How the Rescue Bill Politics Did (and Didn't) Change By Ben Pershing - Washington Post - The second time was the charm for the House of Representatives, which began the week by sending the stock market into the tank with its defeat of the financial rescue bill, and has ended the week by approving a modified version of the measure by a comfortable margin. Read more...

Nader: Bailout a boondoggle plus blank check - October 3, 2008 04:42 PM - The Boston Globe - "The whole thing was a special interest boondoggle, around the core of a $700 billion blank check," Nader told the Globe this afternoon. Read more... EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has comments by Nader, Obama, then McCain.

McCain supporter while Obama gainsMcCain's path to White House narrows as Obama gains Fri Oct 3, 2008 3:48pm EDT By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent - Analysis ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - With one month left in the campaign, Republican John McCain's path to the White House has become perilously narrow as Democratic rival Barack Obama gains momentum in crucial battleground states. Read more...

Sarah Palin played a convincing populist in Thursday's debate, but Joe Biden prevailed by shredding McCain's 'maverick' claims.The Meaning of 'Maverick' - The Nation - October 3, 2008 - JOHN NICHOLS: Sarah Palin played a convincing populist in Thursday's debate, but Joe Biden prevailed by shredding McCain's 'maverick' claims. Read more...

Palin Delivers, But Doubts Linger - By Dan Balz Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, October 3, 2008; Page A01 ST. LOUIS, Oct. 2 -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spent much of the past two weeks on the defensive, hounded by critics over halting performances in television interviews and questioned even by conservative writers doubtful about whether she is ready to be vice president. Read more..

AP Photo: Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., left, and Republican vice presidential candidate AlaskaSome facts adrift in veep debate By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press Writer Fri Oct 3, 7:58 AM ET WASHINGTON - Republican Sarah Palin criticized a version of a Barack Obama health care plan that doesn't exist and Democrat Joe Biden clung to a misleading charge about Republicans and big oil when the two clashed in the vice presidential debate Thursday. Read more...

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., participates in a women's town hall style campaign event in Denver, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) McCain struggles to explain support for bailout By SARA KUGLER – October 2,2008 - DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who insists he would veto any pork barrel bills to come across his desk as president, is struggling to explain his vote for the revised financial bailout plan that contained a number of those pet projects. Read more...

Code Pink protestor dons a mask depicting Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Thursday.Bailout dish has heaping side of pork Thursday, October 2nd 2008, 9:14 PM - New York Daily News - Here we are, in the midst of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, and the members of U.S. Senate are busy dispensing pork in a shameless fashion. Read more...

President Bush met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Oval Office last week, ahead of the U.S. Senate's passage of a key nuclear-energy deal that will open the Indian market to U.S. companies.Senate Approves Nuclear-Energy Pact With India OCTOBER 2, 2008, 11:41 A.M. ET - Wall Street Journal - U.S. Technology Companies Are Eager to Tap the Multibillion-Dollar Market in a Deal that Bush Has Made a Top Priority ...Read more...

Reuters Photo: Lead negotiator for Senate Republicans in the financial bailout talks, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) speaks... Bailout passes Senate, House foes soften By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writers Oct. 1, 2008 - WASHINGTON - After one spectacular failure, the $700 billion financial industry bailout found a second life Wednesday, winning lopsided passage in the Senate and gaining ground in the House, where Republicans opposition softened. Read more...

 McCain, Obama agree: health care needs fixing McCain, Obama agree: health care needs fixing San Francisco Chronicle - (09-30) 20:02 PDT -- John McCain and Barack Obama agree that our current health care system isn't working. They say the country needs to reduce the ranks of the 46 million uninsured and provide alternatives to job-based insurance. Read more...

Sarah Palin reads newspapers: 'All of 'em, any of 'em' Dallas Morning News - Oct. 1, 2008 - Sarah Palin is still wowing the Republican base, but polls show she's losing her luster with the public in general. Read more...

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