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A really bad day for the GOP

Even for a party whose president suffers dismal approval ratings, whose legislative wing lost control of Congress and whose presidential nominee trails in the polls, it was a remarkably bad day for Republicans.

A White House summit meeting on Thursday meant to shore up John McCain's shaky campaign "devolved into a contentious shouting match." And that's how McCain's own campaign described it.


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Bailing out the campaign

All in all, it would have been better if John McCain and Barack Obama had stayed out on the trail and kept on campaigning.

But McCain, in what seemed an impulsive gesture, announced he was suspending his campaign to fly back to Washington -- first stopping to confer with CBS's Katie Couric -- to broker a compromise on the bailout package.


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Is it patriotic to pay taxes?

Is paying taxes patriotic?

Joe Biden thinks so. The Democratic vice presidential nominee said so during a recent television interview, responding to criticisms of a proposed tax hike on America's richest earners. They should pay more, Biden said, during a time of national instability. "It's time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut."


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McCain aide on Freddie Mac’s payroll

Almost up until the time it was taken over by the government in the nation's financial crisis, one of two housing giants paid $15,000 a month to the lobbying firm of John McCain's campaign manager, a person familiar with the financial arrangement says.

The money from Freddie Mac to the firm of Rick Davis is on top of more than $30,000 a month that went directly to Davis for five years starting in 2000.


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Obama’s charade

Barack Obama, who has yet to see any nook or cranny in American life that would not benefit from his cramming it full of taxpayer dollars, has an oh-so-ingenious plan to serve the economy -- improved governmental efficiency.


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