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Two views of patriotism

The U.S. presidential election presents a sharp contrast between two types of patriotism: John McCain stands as a war hero. His rival Barack Obama calls Americans back to the can-do spirit of the nation's founders.


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Facts? Who needs facts?

Character assassination has replaced dirty tricks in presidential politics. It's an ugly and repugnant business that poisons our political dialogue and harms our democracy. Sometimes, it's a bestseller.


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Get religion out of politics

A number of years ago, John McCain did a hilarious segment on "Saturday Night Live" in which he did a spoof commercial for an album called "McCain Sings Streisand."

The "commercial" featured a crooning McCain torturing a number of Streisand hits -- "People," "Memories," "The Way We Were."


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Rural slump could hurt Republicans

The folks in this picturesque mountain community with red barns and Amish buggies have been voting overwhelmingly Republican in national elections for decades.

But tough economic times in Mifflin County and in rural areas all around the country have created possible openings for Democrat Barack Obama.


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Obama cozies up to Swift Boat backer

Democrat Barack Obama met Sunday with Texas oil baron and longtime conservative activist T. Boone Pickens to discuss strategies for developing alternative energy.

The presidential hopeful praised Pickens as a "legendary entrepreneur" and deflected a question about the billionaire's role in helping to fund a television ad campaign that undermined John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee.


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McCain’s multi-million dollar assault

Republican White House pick John McCain set the stage for an advertising blitz against Democrat Barack Obama by raking in a monthly fundraising record of 27 million dollars in July, aides said Friday.

McCain's total was however expected to be dwarfed by Obama's monthly fundraising figure, which has yet to be released, but could exceed the stunning 52-million-dollar bonanza he piled up in June.


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Lawsuits? What lawsuits?

Republican presidential candidate John McCain's divorce was amicable enough that he and his ex-wife jointly brought a lawsuit 10 years later to recover damages for lost mementos, but it wasn't amicable enough to prevent McCain's mother from suing his ex-wife to get back some personal property.

Both lawsuits were settled out of court decades ago and before they went to trial, but records of them are kept in the archives of the city courthouse in Alexandria.


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Facing questions about faith

The Rev. Rick Warren is so prominent and respected that just being seen with him is a boon for any presidential candidate. For Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, their appearances at a forum Saturday night at Warren's evangelical California megachurch bring risks along with rewards.


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