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Goodbye maverick, hello panderer

John McCain gives the impression of a man running not for president but for commander in chief. He seems more animated by national security concerns than by the drudgery of domestic issues, even though the country's economic woes are likely to be the central issue in this fall's presidential election.

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Some change we should worry about

Are we undergoing some kind of sea change of attitudes in America today?

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne reflects such sentiment -- perhaps I should say wishful thinking -- by those on the left that indeed we are. He says capitalism is having a "reality check."

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Obama mourns soldiers’ deaths

Barack Obama mourned the death of nine U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan on Sunday, even as he said John McCain's numerous visits to the region don't leave the Republican better equipped to deal with its volatility as president.

Preparing to embark on only his second visit to Iraq, as well as his first to Afghanistan, the Democrat told reporters: "I will recall the visit he made last year in which he was surrounded by helicopters and SWAT teams and he came back and reported how safe everything was in Baghdad. And I don't think that that was indicative of what was actually happening on the ground at that time."

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Is John McCain too old?

So how old is John McCain? Six-packs, automatic transmissions and the American Express card were all introduced after he was born, not to mention computers which McCain admits he doesn't use.

McCain, himself, jokes that he's older than dirt. And while his age is being raised as a campaign issue, medical experts say voters shouldn't be concerned that, if elected, McCain would be the oldest man to assume the presidency, at 72.

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When the truth hurts

In the political white heat of the US presidential race, the truth cannot set a candidate free, it can only get them into trouble.

The most intense and expensive White House race ever is throwing up a rich catalogue of gaffes and unwisely uttered truths.

Republican candidate John McCain, and Democrat Barack Obama have seen their campaigns rocked in the last few days by supporters who planted their feet squarely in their mouths.

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With friends like these…

Former Republican Sen. Phil Gramm isn't the first friend to give a presidential candidate heartburn. And based on recent history, another one will be along before John McCain or Barack Obama know it.

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Comedian’s joke falls flat at Obama fete

Comedian Bernie Mac endured some heckling and a campaign rebuke during a surprise appearance Friday night at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Toward the end of a 10-minute standup routine at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago, the 50-year-old star of "The Bernie Mac Show" joked about menopause, sexual infidelity and promiscuity, and used occasional crude language.

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Surprise! Obama is a politician!

Is Barack Obama a flip-flopper?

In recent weeks, the presumptive Democratic nominee has backed away from his opposition to a wiretapping law that would grant telephone companies de facto immunity for their participation in warrantless wiretapping after 9/11. He backed away from his pledge to stay within public-financing limits during the general election campaign. And he has recently signaled a willingness to shift ground on his plans to withdraw American troops from Iraq.

Some conservatives claim Obama is moving to the center to disguise his liberal leanings. And liberal bloggers are threatening to withdraw their support.

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