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Both sides slinging lots of mud

For all the talk about John McCain's hard-hitting politics, Barack Obama is hardly innocent.

Both candidates and their allies are fully engaged in creating unflattering caricatures of each other that they hope will stick in voters' minds for the next three months.


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A close race in three key states

Peter Brown and Clay Richards have enough experience between them monitoring national politics to make their views stand out in the near deafening din of babble in the current presidential race. In fact, when it comes to putting things in perspective, the veteran reporters turned demographers are remarkably adept at distillation.


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The dangers of being liberal

One of the biggest contemporary ironies is that being liberal in the United States of America, home of history's greatest democracy, has become dangerous. That danger is particularly acute for religious liberals, as the recent tragedy in Knoxville, Tenn., demonstrated.


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Hey Barack! You ain’t the Prez yet!

You could be forgiven if you have the impression we have two presidents of late -- one elected, the other acting as if the November election is a mere formality. George W. Bush still holds the keys to the White House, but Barack Obama is assuming the trappings of office to a degree never before seen in American politics.
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McCain’s attacks are paying off

Intensified attacks by Republican John McCain on the character of his Democratic opponent have coincided with Barack Obama losing a nine percentage point advantage in a national poll, which showed the candidates running dead even over the weekend.


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‘Wet & Wild’ McCain courts biker vote

Presumptive GOP Presidential nominee John McCain's "do anything for a vote" strategy takes him today to the anything-goes town of Sturgis, South Dakota, where the candidate will court the biker vote amid naked beauty pageants, nude mud wrestling events, public nudity and drunken fights.

McCain will speak at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a gathering of 400,000 or more motorcycle riders, hangers on and party girls. McCain's speech is sandwiched in between the "Ringing Wet & Wild" women's mud wrestling event and the Miss Buffalo Chip contest.

Bikers, many of them vets, might seem like a natural audience for former Vietnam Prisoner of War McCain but a candidate who also tries to cater to the self-righteous right-wing of the Republican Party may be courting disaster by mixing politics with naked women, drunken brawls and public debauchery.

It's that kind of political year.


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Obama: ‘No’ to reparations, apology

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opposes offering reparations to the descendants of slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders.

The man with a serious chance to become the nation's first black president argues that government should instead combat the legacy of slavery by improving schools, health care and the economy for all.


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Race remains a political wild card

By accusing Barack Obama of playing the race card, John McCain hopes to shuffle the deck in a White House campaign that is scarcely begun, much less settled.

In so doing, the Republican made at least two political calculations.

He risked at least temporarily overshadowing a tough ad his campaign had unleashed depicting Obama as a celebrity in the Paris Hilton mold.


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Obama flip flops on drilling

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday he would be willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling if that's what it takes to enact a comprehensive policy to foster fuel-efficient autos and develop alternate energy sources.


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