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Parsing Barack Obama’s biography

The first thing those with presidential aspirations do is write an "autobiography" that recounts how they overcame adversity and personal tragedy to come to this place where they are ready to lead the world's only remaining superpower.

It is essential to do this if one is not as prominent as one's opponent. That's the case in the current race for the White House. Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, has written two such books and now finds himself under attack by those who question his honesty.


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Obama and the Paris Hilton factor

It's the eve of the Democratic National Convention, and the Republican John McCain is suddenly catching up with Barack Obama in the polls, even coming out five points ahead in a Reuters/Zogby survey.

I am not sure we should make a lot of this, but can't resist wondering what some acquaintances think of that Paris Hilton video now.


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Skeletons in the closet

The presidential campaign can begin. A vital social component of our potential leaders has fallen into place.

Cindy McCain has always described herself as an only child but this week her older (by 11 years) half sister spoke up, mildly irritated that she had not only been forgotten but written out of the family narrative.


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Stupid is as stupid does

With the Democratic Convention starting in Denver next week, it is a timely moment to suggest to Barack Obama and other party luminaries on how they can best avoid criticism by the right-wing propaganda machine.

My advice is: Stay home. Stay in bed (not with anyone named Rielle). Pull the covers over your head. Don't say anything. I think that should do it.


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Take the cash, ask questions later

Neither Barack Obama nor John McCain has consistently followed the government's instructions for keeping prohibited foreign money out of their presidential campaigns, and some of that banned money has slipped into Obama's campaign.

During interviews with 123 donors in 11 countries, The Associated Press found contributions Obama accepted from at least three foreigners. Just five of the donors checked, three for Obama and two for McCain, said the campaigns asked to see copies of their current U.S. passports — as instructed by the Federal Election Commission to avoid legal problems.


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