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Red hot racial politics

John McCain accused Barack Obama of playing politics with race on Thursday, raising the explosive issue after the first black candidate with a serious chance of winning the White House claimed Republicans will try to scare voters by saying he "doesn't look like all those other presidents on th
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Tax hikes? What tax hikes?

Republican Ronald Reagan raised taxes and survived to serve another presidential term. His successor, George H.W. Bush, raised taxes and did not.

Now comes Republican candidate John McCain, eager to reassure conservatives he's no tax raiser, yet also intent on letting voters know he will "do the hard things," as he often said in the primaries.


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A primer on polls

Why should I believe your poll?

It's a challenge pollsters and news organizations get all the time. And why not — the profusion of polls can be confusing. This week alone, one USA Today-Gallup Poll showed Barack Obama leading John McCain in the presidential race by 3 percentage points and a separate Gallup Poll showed Obama up by 8 points.


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Obama blew his chance on surge

We have just witnessed a rare happening in the political galaxy when the stars and the moons -- the facts and the politics -- line up perfectly. So perfectly, that a politician who made a wrong prediction or assertion can take the high road and still come out better than ever.


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Obama the superhero

Here come the superheroes, solitary, outsider conquerors of evil, doing what we stumbling, ordinary beings could scarcely ever hope to achieve and winning public adulation along the way -- the latest Batman movie is breaking all kinds of box office records, and Barack Obama is now nine points ahead of John McCain in Gallup's daily tracking poll.


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The media’s love affair with Obama

Appearing at a rally in behalf of Franklin Roosevelt in 1932, humorist Will Rogers said in introducing the Democratic presidential nominee that he would keep it short because he didn't feel like wasting too many words on a "mere candidate." The American press should take note.


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Obama’s risky surge strategy

With the United States fighting two wars on foreign soil, Barack Obama promises to end the bad one, in Iraq, and to escalate the good one, in Afghanistan. He still opposes the troop surge that has dramatically lowered the level of violence in Iraq even as he proposes a troop surge sure to increase the violence in Afghanistan.


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