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A constantly degenerating campaign

It continues to degenerate, this campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain, not just because of the lies they tell about each other, but because the press can't always distinguish between a lie and the truth, because too many commentators have no grasp of statistics, because any number of real issues are inadequately addressed and because know-nothing, Hollywood celebrities actually get listened to.


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The two faces of John McCain

John McCain embraces and expels Washington like an accordion player belting out a song.

Squeeze in and he touts his vast knowledge of the capital city. Draw out and he casts himself a reformer bent on changing its ways.


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Rove: Palin mania will end

Republican tactician Karl Rove said Wednesday that Sen. John McCain's vice presidential pick was a political choice and that excitement over Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will subside.

"Nothing lasts for 60-some-odd days," Rove told The Associated Press after appearing at a health care conference. "Will she be the center of attention in the remaining 48 days? No, but she came on in a very powerful way and has given a sense of urgency to the McCain campaign that's pretty remarkable."


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Is experience really an issue?

Let's be blunt: If John McCain wins the election and drops dead during his first year in office, someone not very experienced will become president. But the same is true if Barack Obama wins the election and doesn't drop dead during his first year in office.


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A guide to campaign jargon

As a change of pace, today's column will adopt a more even-handed approach to the coming presidential election.

Instead of criticizing just one camp, I will try to spread the love around concerning the trademark candidacies of Republicans John McCain ("Yesterday's Man for Tomorrow's Problems") and Sarah Palin ("A Moose in Every Pot").


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Experts fault both candidate’s health plans

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's health care plan would cost too much and create more regulation, while Republican John McCain's plan would leave 60 million Americans without health insurance and reduce coverage, experts said on Tuesday.

Neither plan would fully fix the broken U.S. health care system, the separate teams of experts concluded in the journal Health Affairs.


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Roadblocks to Palin probe

Alaska's investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power, a potentially damaging distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign, ran into intensified resistance Tuesday when the attorney general said state employees would refuse to honor subpoenas in the case.


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