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Confusion reigns supreme

If you intend to vote for president solely on the basis of either candidate's claims about what he will do to solve the nation's growing health care pains, you have to be one confused dude or dudess. The claims and counter claims that have bombarded you from your television set every few minutes are so off the wall, they ought to go down in the Guinness Book for the record number of distortions in one political campaign.

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Oh, the audacity of it all

Read his lips: Brand-new taxes.

Barack Obama promises to return personal income taxes to Clinton-era levels, with the top rate rising from 35 percent to 39.6. His agenda -- call it "No Tax Hike Left Behind" -- boosts levies on capital gains (from 15 percent to 20), dividends (from 15 percent to 20), and death (from 0 percent in 2010 to 45, on estates exceeding $7 million).

These increases among existing taxes would work like brass knuckles on a wobbly economy. Even worse, Obama also proposes brand-new taxes that further threaten to pulverize growth and jobs:

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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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