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Voters see gas tax suspension as political ploy

A majority of voters surveyed by The New York Times see the gas tax suspension supported by Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain as just another political ploy and most also say the uproar over the relationship between Sen. Barack Obama and his pastor doesn't change their opinion of the Democratic Presidential frontrunner. However, voters also feel questions about Obama could affect how voters cast their ballots in the November General Election.
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Obama makes more gains in superdelegates

Sen. Barack Obama may be losing big state primaries and getting roughed up by controversy but he continues to gain support among Democratic party "superdelegates" who will make the final decision on who gets the nomination. Recent reports show more and more of the automatic delegates who are not elected by either a primary or caucus system are lining up behind Obama and one story suggests Democratic members of the House and Senate -- all superdelegates -- have made up their minds and most are going with Obama. And now the former chairman of the Democratic Party, an early supporter of Clinton, is switching sides and going with Obama. Where does this leave Hillary Rodham Clinton? Up the creek without a political paddle.
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Obama’s photo op broke NCAA rules

North Carolina's men's basketball team on Tuesday had what a team official called an extraordinary chance to play basketball with presidential candidate Barack Obama. So extraordinary that an NCAA rule appears to have been broken -- and the NCAA is apparently going to ignore it.
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Did Barack Obama finally do the Wright thing?

On Monday, the pundits said Rev. Jeremiah Wright threw Democratic Presidential frontrunner Barack Obama under the proverbial political bus with more lurid comments about the sad state of affairs in a place called America. On Tuesday, Obama disowned his former minister and now the same pundits say the candidate tossed the preacher under the same bus. Sure is getting crowded underneath that Greyhound. Has Obama finally done right on Wright? Can he put the mouth that roared behind him? Or did his denunciation come too late? The jury's still out and polls are mixed.
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Al Franken is a big, fat tax cheater

Al Franken, the Rush Limbaugh of the left wing, is finding out the glare of the political spotlight can raise questions about his own honesty and integrity. Frankin, the comedian turned politician, will have to pay at least $70,000 in back taxes to states he stiffed and is also paying a $25,000 fine to the state of New York for failure to carry workers' compensation insurance.
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Is Barack Obama too smart to be President?

Is Barack Obama too smart to be President of the United States? Are Americans afraid to elect a leader who might actually know what he (or she) is doing? George W. Bush certainly doesn't qualify for membership in Mensa. His predecessor, a native-born Southern governor from a red neck state, had a beer belly, a fondness for beer and Big Macs and put chasing White House interns ahead of others affairs of state. Maybe Obama can better win the hearts and minds of America's mindless if he deep sixes the coat and tie, dumps the stump speech about real issues, and starts tossing back boilermakers and chasing women. In other words, give Americans what they want: Fewer real ideas and more shuck and jive.
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