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Obama’s hype is wearing thin

Remember the good old days when Barack Obama was campaigning for president on the vacuous pledges of hope and change without saying exactly what changes we should hope for? Well, now he's beginning to fill in the blanks with actual policy proposals, and it's becoming clearer by the minute that vacuous was better.


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In defense of Britney and Paris

John McCain's Britney Spears/Paris Hilton campaign ad -- associating Barack Obama with talentless, empty-headed celebrity -- has a lot wrong with it. At best, it's a tacky exit onto the low road, and at worst, so some speculate, it's a vile attempt to resurrect the barely buried racist specter of the violation of white women by black men.


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Sanctimony and John Edwards

A wise man used to tell me to be careful of those who are outwardly sanctimonious. What is inside may be entirely different. The moral claims of politicians and those who wear their religion on their sleeves were always suspect in his mind.


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McCain slams Obama on Iraq

U.S. presidential candidate John McCain on Saturday again accused his opponent Barack Obama of defeatism and said the Democratic senator from Illinois did not have what it took to be the country's commander in chief.


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Whispers doomed Edwards

John Edwards didn't ruin his reputation by admitting on television to an affair. By the time he sat down to come clean, the damage had already been done in private conversations by political insiders.


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Edwards admits extra-marital affair

Former presidential candidate John Edwards, who won nationwide praise and sympathy as he campaigned side by side with his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, admitted in shame Friday he had had an affair with a woman who produced videos as he prepared to launch his campaign.


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