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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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The roots of racism and hate

An ugly line has been crossed in this presidential campaign, one in which some people don't mind calling Barack Obama a dangerous Muslim, a terrorist and worse.

"To me, this all feels much worse than we've seen in some time," said Kathryn Kolbert , the president of People for the American Way , which monitors political speech.

Experts agree on the reasons: Obama, the Democratic nominee, is different from any other major presidential candidate in history in many ways, and people often don't accept such change gracefully.

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More questions about McCain’s tax claims

John McCain and Barack Obama are running close in Ohio, a state President Bush won the last two elections, and Andy Mance may help explain why the Republicans are having trouble pulling away as the 2008 campaign reaches its conclusion.

The Toledo businessman, a self-professed GOP moderate, says he likes McCain but has trouble with the "Joe the Plumber" story the GOP nominee's been telling nonstop for the better part of a week.

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Republicans fear Election Day bloodbath

Republicans always feared a pounding in this year's congressional elections, but the shockwaves of the Wall Street crisis may inflict a bloodbath on President George W. Bush's demoralized party.

Still reeling from 2006 mid-term polls which saw Democrats wrench away their control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Republicans look set to take further losses in a toxic political climate.

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