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Barack Obama’s smoking gun

Whether it makes a difference that Barack Obama once was a smoker (and may be struggling to keep a nonsmoking status) may depend on whether or not you smoke.

Whether it makes a difference that he's working to quit his addictive habit may depend on whether or not you've quit.


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Obama’s SS plan short on details

Barack Obama's bid to place a new Social Security tax on very high incomes is either a bold or foolhardy plan, depending on who critiques it.

But its potential impact is almost impossible to gauge because he is providing few details on basic questions such as what the tax rate might be, what types of income would be taxed and how the taxpayers' benefits would be affected.


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Too many questions, too few answers

Six months ago, Americans were worried about Barack Obama's inexperience and John McCain's age and adherence to President Bush's policies. Today? Ditto.

Granted, most normal people are not yet besotted with the upcoming presidential election. Vacations, gas prices, the upcoming Olympics and the sagging economy are more important right now.


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Closing in on running mates

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain and his Democratic rival Barack Obama are in the final stretch of the process of selecting their running mates -- even if they won't openly say so.

Asked about his timeline for announcing a choice, and how many potential number-twos he was considering, McCain sidestepped the question.


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Obama’s ever-evolving Iraq policy

The indications are that Barack Obama is returning from his visits to Afghanistan and Iraq with at least a more nuanced view of Iraq.

His view of Afghanistan remains unequivocal: It is the central front in the war on terrorism; he would deploy at least 10,000 more U.S. combat troops there; and he fears that a long-term military presence in Iraq will detract from that fight.


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Obama’s war zone tour hits Baghdad

Barack Obama began Monday his first on-the-ground inspection of Iraq since launching his bid for the White House, with U.S. commanders ready to brief him on progress in a war he has long opposed and Iraqi leaders wanting more details of his proposals for troop withdrawals.


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