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Stupid is as stupid does

With the Democratic Convention starting in Denver next week, it is a timely moment to suggest to Barack Obama and other party luminaries on how they can best avoid criticism by the right-wing propaganda machine.

My advice is: Stay home. Stay in bed (not with anyone named Rielle). Pull the covers over your head. Don't say anything. I think that should do it.

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Take the cash, ask questions later

Neither Barack Obama nor John McCain has consistently followed the government's instructions for keeping prohibited foreign money out of their presidential campaigns, and some of that banned money has slipped into Obama's campaign.

During interviews with 123 donors in 11 countries, The Associated Press found contributions Obama accepted from at least three foreigners. Just five of the donors checked, three for Obama and two for McCain, said the campaigns asked to see copies of their current U.S. passports — as instructed by the Federal Election Commission to avoid legal problems.

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What’s rich? Who’s rich?

How much money makes a person rich? That's the latest question dividing Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. presidential race.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama ripped Republican rival John McCain on Monday for joking during a televised discussion on values that $5 million fit the definition for being monetarily rich.

"I guess if you're making $3 million a year, you're middle class," Obama told a campaign event in New Mexico.

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Two views of patriotism

The U.S. presidential election presents a sharp contrast between two types of patriotism: John McCain stands as a war hero. His rival Barack Obama calls Americans back to the can-do spirit of the nation's founders.

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Facts? Who needs facts?

Character assassination has replaced dirty tricks in presidential politics. It's an ugly and repugnant business that poisons our political dialogue and harms our democracy. Sometimes, it's a bestseller.

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Get religion out of politics

A number of years ago, John McCain did a hilarious segment on "Saturday Night Live" in which he did a spoof commercial for an album called "McCain Sings Streisand."

The "commercial" featured a crooning McCain torturing a number of Streisand hits -- "People," "Memories," "The Way We Were."

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