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When the truth hurts

In the political white heat of the US presidential race, the truth cannot set a candidate free, it can only get them into trouble.

The most intense and expensive White House race ever is throwing up a rich catalogue of gaffes and unwisely uttered truths.

Republican candidate John McCain, and Democrat Barack Obama have seen their campaigns rocked in the last few days by supporters who planted their feet squarely in their mouths.

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With friends like these…

Former Republican Sen. Phil Gramm isn't the first friend to give a presidential candidate heartburn. And based on recent history, another one will be along before John McCain or Barack Obama know it.

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Comedian’s joke falls flat at Obama fete

Comedian Bernie Mac endured some heckling and a campaign rebuke during a surprise appearance Friday night at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Toward the end of a 10-minute standup routine at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago, the 50-year-old star of "The Bernie Mac Show" joked about menopause, sexual infidelity and promiscuity, and used occasional crude language.

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Surprise! Obama is a politician!

Is Barack Obama a flip-flopper?

In recent weeks, the presumptive Democratic nominee has backed away from his opposition to a wiretapping law that would grant telephone companies de facto immunity for their participation in warrantless wiretapping after 9/11. He backed away from his pledge to stay within public-financing limits during the general election campaign. And he has recently signaled a willingness to shift ground on his plans to withdraw American troops from Iraq.

Some conservatives claim Obama is moving to the center to disguise his liberal leanings. And liberal bloggers are threatening to withdraw their support.

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‘I wanna cut (Obama’s) nuts off!’

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Chicago civil rights leader known for speaking without thinking, may support presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama in public but apparently has second thoughts about him in private.

An open mike has caught Jackson upset with Obama and saying "I wanna cut his nuts off."

Jackson had just finished an interview on Fox News and was speaking privately after he thought the microphone was off. It wasn't and Fox, being Fox, decided to go public with what he said.

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Mr. Obama, build back that wall

My mother had a deft way of turning away those well-meaning folks -- Jehovah's Witnesses? Mormons? -- that came to our front door to convert our family to their faith.

"We have our own religion, thank you!" she would say, while closing the door quickly to avoid further interrogation.

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Flip flop? Who? Me?

Asked by a voter about accusations of flip-flopping, Democrat Barack Obama dismissed the notion Tuesday that he has shifted stances on Iraq, guns and the death penalty to break with his party's liberal wing and court a wider swath of voters.

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Pet owners prefer McCain

If the presidential election goes to the dogs, John McCain is looking like best in show.

From George Washington's foxhound "Drunkard" to George W. Bush's terriers "Barney" and "Miss Beazley," pets are a longtime presidential tradition for which the presumed Republican nominee seems well prepared, with more than a dozen.

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