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Doh, about this ‘spreading the wealth’ stuff

Joe Wurzelbacher, a middle-class Ohio contractor, asked Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama about his tax plans a few weeks ago. Now, all of a sudden, Americans are having a debate about socialism.

In response to "Joe the Plumber's" question about whether the aspiring small businessman's taxes would go up, Obama said: "It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you -- that they've got a chance at success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."


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Obama pads lead in new poll

Democrat Barack Obama's lead over Republican rival John McCain has grown to 12 points in the U.S. presidential race, with crucial independent and women voters increasingly moving to his side, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Thursday.

With less than two weeks before the November 4 election, Obama leads McCain 52 percent to 40 percent among likely voters in the latest three-day tracking poll, which had a margin of error of 2.9 points.

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Obama holds big lead with younger voters

Democrat Barack Obama is the overwhelming favorite of young people to win the coming presidential election, according to a study released Wednesday.

A survey of 18 to 24 year olds conducted by Harvard University found that Obama commands a 26 percent lead over Republican candidate John McCain.

"The remarkable youth voter turnout in the primary process underscored the historic role young people are playing in the political process this year," Harvard's Institute of Politics director Bill Purcell said in a written statement.


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The high cost of dressing Sarah Palin

The Republican National Committee went into financial overdrive to dress Sarah Palin up for public consumption after John McCain campaign plucked her out of Alaska as his suprise running mate.

The self-proclaimed hockey mom and heroine of the working class now struts around in more than $150,000 in clothes and accessories from trendy stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.


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Colin Powell redeems himself

Just three Sundays before Election Day, the Great American Video Game that is U.S. presidential politics was being played out before a nation of news-talk channel surfers.

It was one of the few days of a cacophonous Campaign 2008 in which the hardcore themes of message politics converged and actually reinforced each other. Right before our eyes.


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Franken slipping in the polls

With two weeks to go until Election Day, the exceptionally volatile and closely watched U.S. Senate race in Minnesota has tightened up, and comedian Al Franken's lead is slipping.

The latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll shows Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate Franken at 39 percent to incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's 36 percent. Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley was the choice of 18 percent of likely voters.


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Obama builds on lead in polls

Democrat Barack Obama has opened an 8-point lead over Republican John McCain two weeks before the U.S. presidential election, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Tuesday.

Obama leads McCain 50 percent to 42 percent among likely U.S. voters in the latest three-day tracking poll, up from a 6-point advantage for Obama on Monday. The telephone poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

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Money, money everywhere

In the long and checkered history of campaign fund raising in American politics, September may go down as a transformational month. In that time, Barack Obama raised a record of more than $150 million. The previous record: the $66 million he collected in August.


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McCain flooded out by Obama’s cash

If you live in one of those so-called presidential battleground states the chances are about the only political sound you hear regularly is Sen. Barack Obama telling of his childhood love of America or of his plans to sort out the mess with the economy and revolutionize health care, or delivering a half dozen other different messages mainly knocking Sen. John McCain who seems almost to be stricken by laryngitis.

It isn't that McCain has lost his voice. It's just that Obama's has effectively drowned it out.


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Like it or not, race is a factor

It's out there.

Regardless of the protests over U.S. Rep. John Murtha's remark Wednesday that Western Pennsylvania was "a racist area" -- and his subsequent apology -- many people who live in this region believe Sen. Barack Obama's skin color will be a factor in this election.

One of them is John Kashin, of Mount Pleasant.


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