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Senator Chris Matthews?

On his nightly MSNBC talk show called "Hardball," host Chris Matthews yaks incessantly about all sorts of things political.

But when asked if he might run in 2010 as the Democratic challenger to longtime Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia-area native hasn't had much to say.

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McCain disses Midwestern farmers

Republican presidential candidate John McCain opposes the $300 billion farm bill and subsidies for ethanol, positions that both supporters and opponents say might cost him votes he needs in the upper Midwest this November.

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Paris Hilton: The tart strikes back

Attention, America: Paris has spoken. Paris Hilton, the blonde, doe-eyed celebrity thrust into the presidential campaign in an ad by Republican candidate John McCain, issued a tart rebuttal Tuesday, albeit in a scantily clad, tongue-in-cheek kind of way.

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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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