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Joe Klein on Obama & Islam

As usual Joe Klein of TIME has a slant on President Obama that most media tend to ignore.

JOE KLEIN ON OBAMA AND ISLAM

Included is an interesting snapshot of Vice President Biden.

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Run Up To The Inauguration — Key Urls

Here is the basic Barack Obama-Joe Biden Inaugural Site:

http://www.pic2009.org/content/home/

Here’s the US Senate Inaugural Site:

http://www.inaugural.senate.gov/

And here is the site detailing the Monday, January 19 Day of Service plans.

http://www.usaservice.org

BONUS: The Story of the Invitation Sent to 1 Million: SOURCE

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Biden, Palin Debate Preview — Sarah Report & Other Wierdnesses

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MINI UPDATES:

Last January I did a piece called How I Would Run MSNBC. Rachel Maddow is not exactly running things … yet. But since she now has her own show, let me press a bit farther. I would like to see Rachel given Meet The Press. And I rather think she will get it.

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Barack gave the same speech, essentially, in Nevada and on the Senate floor. Probably not a problem. But I had a sense that it was not needed on the Senate floor, unless there was a clear reason in terms of the news cycle. I am sure I am in a small minority.

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The heads on MSNBC are brazenly pulling for Palin. That’s entertainment? It most certainly isn’t news. Change the channel. Done.

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It’s forgive Bill Clinton day today. His speech, which I am watching now, is vastly more than anyone could have expected and it is the best argument for electing Barack that has been put out so far. And for electing Joe Biden as well. Bill is on fire and if he continues doing this, the landslide I believe will take place — noted at the BOTTOM of this page — will come to pass.

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Malkin thinks Ifill is in the tank for Obama

And, later, Nate of 538 argues Obama forces would do well to agree to a new debate moderator, partly because it would throw a curve at the McCain forces, but mainly to avoid massive media spin. Yet more drama. Only, everyone knew this. The McCain campaign went along with Ifill. And McCain himself gave her an OK. This is a Malkin and Company hissy fit.

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How McCain tongue-jut betrayed his real meanings in the debate + OUCH VDEO

Be sure to scroll down for today’s links which are updated continuously. I believe these are the best sources for news and opinion and my selections are carefully chosen for pertinence and readability.

Biden, Palin Debate Preview — Sarah Report & Other Wierdnesses

Though I’ve run a full-blown Palin Page for a month, today I want to move Sarah front and center to get beyond the current spin — her ineptitude and her uselessness as a game-changing vote-getter. These two nice phrases would about sum up what the mainstream view is as we speak.

I want to consider the possibility of a Palin rebound, a sort of nightmare worst-case scenario, a turnaround to strike fear into everyone who has been lusting after an Obama momentum push that begins to move inexorably to victory.

So start with the links below. I will be back as time unfolds to put together a Sarah Report, add some videos and otherwise turn this into a magazine page about what will transpire tomorrow night in Missouri.

Start with this pertinent paragraph about Sarah’s vacation from the teleprompter from one of my best sources:

Realize, instead, how the presumptuous Sarah was just taking a break from the teleprompter for an instant, and that, otherwise, her appearance in Golden, Colorado two weeks ago (as evidenced by the broader context of these three other images) was mostly a Mad Ave.-style agglomeration of sex appeal, maternal idealization, gender exploitation, ideological harangue and firing range adrenaline surge from someone who today is now fully leveraging her own incompetence (via a media-as-perpetrator abuse fantasy) to get into our heads. SOURCE

Next, if you have the fortitude, peruse the most recent Katie Couric documentary-type video (with transcript} of her day with Sarah. See if it is not at once a little apology for all the nasty soundbites — Katie warm and fuzzy — as well as a grim reminder that McCain and Palin really are soul-mates. Both have that run-at-the-mouth capacity to simply flood the talksphere with nothing, until the listener is either overwhelmed or nauseated. Such is Sarah’s response about what papers she reads. On one level, it is gibberish. On another, it is a profound sociological index of the sort that would have made the late Thorstein Veblen dissolve into hysterical laughter … or else throw things.

This will give you the flavor of one of my favorite journalist’s take on Sarah Palin as a debater.

“My attitude and my approaches towards dealing with the complexities of health care issues,” she said in an AARP debate in October 2006, “is a respectful and responsible approach, and it’s a positive approach. I don’t believe that the sky is falling here in Alaska.”

These patterns could help explain why the McCain campaign negotiated for less time for discussion in her debate Thursday with Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware than the presidential candidates had in their debate last week.

Ms. Palin was not always at her best when questioned by her opponents in the governor’s race. SOURCE

And let’s take a detour to Joe Biden:

A review of Mr. Biden’s debate performances shows him to be deeply knowledgeable across a range of topics, reflecting his nearly four decades in Washington, where he is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Mr. Biden’s answers tend to gush forth and his voice is raspy, which lends his arguments an air of urgency. He also uses assertive phrases like, “the truth is,” or “folks, let me tell you,” which grab listeners by the lapel.

One danger for Mr. Biden on Thursday is that his habit of speaking authoritatively, of saying he possesses the truth, will come across as overbearing or condescending, particularly toward someone like Ms. Palin, who lacks his credentials. To try to guard against sounding sexist, he is sparring in practice sessions with Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan, who is playing the role of Ms. Palin. SOURCE

Next Stop

This New York Times VIDEO on the contrasting debate styles of Biden and Palen.

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This video shows the EXACT danger to Biden. The clobbering confession of IGNORANCE which allies her with her AUDIENCE. If she is in her non-hyper voice mode, watch out.

I think time will be the ally of Biden. That is, a 90 minute, evenly-divided format, no matter how sliced, will pall on Palin.

Were I Biden I would take the same tack. Not confessing IGNORANCE, but saying that this election is about ordinary people and POUNCING on any Palin statement that tries to say he is not able to understand the plight of ordinaty people.

I would like Biden to FACE HER DOWN if she brings up a woman’s issue with his own record on VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

In other words I think Biden should NOT defer in the least. Accord Palin the respect of an evenly-matched opponent and go toe to not on KNOWLEDGE ISSUES but on HUMAN ISSUES. Not accusing her. Just standing up for himself. Not posing as an ordinary guy. Being an ordinary guy. Tell the get up story again. And mean it. Always remembering to rope-a-dope until Palin puts out the bait. Mano a mano.

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I have been thinking of the two Palins — speaking-wise. There is the hyper, Tina Fey Palen who can be depended upon to dig her own grave. There is the cooler, non-hyper, thoughtful Palin who will probably be on exhibit. If the latter, match cool for cool. Either Palin is reported to be preparing to ATTACK. Meet cool with cool. It is more than likely the attack will be false or distorted. Correct matter-of-factly and do a one-up cooly. Reference experience casually, not defensively.

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BILL CLINTON on fire for Barack, Joe — stressing the importance of the veep choice GO


CHANGED rescue plan up for Senate vote today GO


OBAMA landslide thoughts GO


ON NOT pitying Palin with PHOTO GO


PALIN Couric takes on controversial issues. Text. Transcript. VIDEO GO


SURVEY of conservative Palin raps GO


MICHAEL MOORE has no use for the bailout GO


EARLY VOTING in Ohio and elsewhere alters campaign strategies GO


MCCAIN ad lies on Obama’s clean coal position FACTCHECK GO


538: what Barack accomplished in debate one GO


REGULATOR says McCain repeats Keating Era mistakes GO


REPUBLICAN hissy fit re: Pelosi goes down in flames GO


IS US trying mentally incompetent terror suspects? GO


AFL-CIO raps McCain health plan in mailer GO

GALLUP DAILY is now 48-44 Barack GO


UNDERESTIMATE Palin at your own risk, say former rivals GO


SURGE TEST — will Iraq back Sunni militias? GO


PALIN debate profile may have changed GO


MCCAIN rewrites Alaska history MUDFLATS GO


NYTIMES veep debate preview VIDEO GO


RETICENCE of both candidates raises health questions GO


ON UNDERESTIMATING Palin VIDEO & text GO


NERVOUS GOP urges McCain to step up anti-Obama attacks GO


MCCAIN is bipartisan for 16 minutes VIDEO & text (NOTE: McCain’s call for regulation amounted to a single speech in 2005.) GO


TAPPED lightning roung — salient links GO


TIME bailout Q & A GO


WHY IS Warren Buffett smiling? GO


FLORIDA’s new vote fraud law triggers many lawsuits GO


NADIR of Wall Street? GO

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Excerpts of Joe Biden National Security Speech in Cincinnati

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BREAKING: McCain wants debate postponed so he can deal with economic crisis. (MSNBC) ABC says Obama has indicated the debate is “on” and that he can also be in DC to cooperate on solving crisis. Later MSNBC reports that in Mississippi the debate is on, according to folk there. Later, Lieberman is telegraphing the McCain politics. Now Harry Reid has said that injecting Presidential politics into tke DC negotiations would not make sense. Score for Barack. I think this is moving into a loss for McCain. Barack is about to talk. His remarks are below.



Barack has basically defended against any idiot McCain barbs by indicating that there is a statement that should be a basic input to assist in gaining an agreement. McCain should go to DC as it is the Republicans who do not want this agreement to go through. If he cannot whip them into shape he loses.

Obama Campaign: Obama Made First Gesture Towards Joint Action On Crisis
By Greg Sargent – September 24, 2008, 3:24PM

In response to McCain’s announcement today that he is suspending his campaign in response to the meltdown, the Obama campaign is arguing that Obama is the one who made the first suggestion to McCain that the two candidates act jointly in response to the crisis.

From Obama spokesperson Bill Burton:

At 8:30 this morning, Senator Obama called Senator McCain to ask him if he would join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal. At 2:30 this afternoon, Senator McCain returned Senator Obama’s call and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement. The two campaigns are currently working together on the details.

This statement, however, doesn’t appear to say that Obama had suggested a suspension of the campaign or that the two men discussed such a move.

McCain made his announcement of the suspension unilaterally, rather than jointly with Obama. So, did McCain really speak to Obama privately about his intention to suspend before going public with it? SOURCE

Barack has agreed to be at a White House meeting with Congressional leaders, including McCain, tomorrow morning. This would seem to clear the way for a waffling resolution of this by McCain and for his appearance in Oxford to debate on Friday.

These were issued this evening:

Joint Statement of Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain

The American people are facing a moment of economic crisis. No matter how this began, we all have a responsibility to work through it and restore confidence in our economy. The jobs, savings, and prosperity of the American people are at stake.

“Now is a time to come together – Democrats and Republicans – in a spirit of cooperation for the sake of the American people. The plan that has been submitted to Congress by the Bush Administration is flawed, but the effort to protect the American economy must not fail.

This is a time to rise above politics for the good of the country. We cannot risk an economic catastrophe. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country.

Speaking for himself, Senator Obama outlined the following principles that he calls on Senator McCain to support:

I believe that several core principles should guide this legislation.

First, there must be oversight. We should not hand over a blank check to the discretion of one man. We support an independent, bipartisan board to ensure accountability and complete transparency.

Second, we need to protect taxpayers. There should be a path for taxpayers to recover their money, and to turn a profit if Wall Street prospers.

Third, no Wall Street executive should profit from taxpayer dollars. This plan cannot be a welfare program for CEOs whose greed and irresponsibility has contributed to this crisis.

Fourth, we must help families who are struggling to stay in their homes. We cannot bail out Wall Street without helping millions of families facing foreclosure on Main Street.

Fifth, we both agree that this financial rescue package should move on its own without any earmarks or other measures. We have different views about the need for other action, but this must be a clean bill.

This is a time to rise above politics for the good of the country. We cannot risk an economic catastrophe. This is not a Democratic problem or a Republican problem – this is an American problem. Now, we must find an American solution.

Biden speech DEMOLISHES the Bush/McCain foreign policy. A remarkable prelude to Friday’s debate and a red flag for Sarah Palin.

Excerpts of Senator Joe Biden
National Security Speech
As Prepared for Delivery
Cincinnati, OH
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Later this week, Barack Obama and John McCain will come together to debate a president’s most important responsibility: how to keep Americans safe and America secure. It will be their first presidential debate – but in many ways it’s a debate we’ve been having as a nation for the past eight years. And the outcome of that debate has already been decided. Now, just as most Americans believe we are on the wrong track at home, so too have they come to the conclusion that we’ve been heading in the wrong direction abroad.

Our country is less secure and more isolated than it has been at any time in recent history. This administration has dug America into a very deep hole around the world at a time our leadership is needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.“A central question for this election is which candidate will keep digging that hole…and which candidate will dig us out of that hole – indeed which candidate has the judgment and the vision to renew the promise of America in the world. It won’t surprise you who I believe that candidate is: Barack Obama. But it is equally clear who that candidate is not: John McCain.

… the policies he would pursue as president would be wrong for America – nowhere more so than with our security and standing in the world.

This week, John talked about the judgment required to be Commander in Chief. He’s right: nothing is more important than judgment. But time and again, on the most critical national security issues of our time, John McCain’s judgment was wrong. Right after the terrorists attacked us on 9-11, John responded by urging that we consider attacking countries other than Afghanistan, including Iraq, Iran and Syria. In the run up to the war in Iraq, John insisted that we would be greeted as liberators… that we didn’t need a lot of troops… that victory was imminent. Then, he said he wasn’t worried about Afghanistan… that we would “muddle through”… and he declared Afghanistan to be “a remarkable success. In John’s judgment, there is nothing to talk about with Tehran. And he has one idea for dealing with Russia: kick it out of the Group of Eight nations.

In John’s judgment, it is not the federal government’s responsibility to protect us here at home. He voted again and again against fully funding cops and firefighters… against interoperable communications so that our first responders can talk to each other… against screening more cargo on planes and ships… against better security for our tunnels, trains, ports and chemical plants. It is John’s judgment that six years into the war in Iraq, we should keep spending $10 billion a month… indefinitely… at a time Iraq is running an $80 billion surplus.

And John McCain continues to insist, against all the evidence and all the facts, that Iraq is the central front in the war on terrorism… and not the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan where the people who actually attacked us on 9-11 reside and are regrouping.

John is more than wrong — he is dangerously wrong. On a question so basic, so fundamental, so critical to our nation’s security, we can’t afford a Commander-in Chief so divorced from reality and from America’s most basic national interests.

Time and again, Barack Obama has demonstrated the judgment we need in our next president… and the vision to see over the horizon.

Seven years ago, Barack Obama opposed one of the most disastrous decisions in the history of American foreign policy: the diversion of our military might, our resources and focus from Afghanistan to Iraq. He was profoundly right. Now, he is right again: Barack Obama will end the war in Iraq responsibly. He will be as careful getting out as George Bush and John McCain were careless getting in. He knows we should not keep spending $10 billion a month indefinitely while the Iraqis are running a $79 billion surplus – which is why he will start to shift responsibility to the Iraqis…bring our combat brigades home over a period of 16 months… lead a diplomatic surge with the world’s great powers and Iraq’s neighbors to press for a political power sharing agreement… and keep a residual force in Iraq to destroy any remaining terrorists, train Iraqis and protect our personnel.

Barack Obama understands what John McCain does not: the next President must be more than the Commander-in-Chief for Iraq. He must be Commander-in-Chief for America’s security around the world.

Mark my words: if, God forbid, there is another major attack on America, it will not come from Iraq. It will almost certainly come from the Afghanistan-Pakistan border – where the Bush/McCain approach let down our guard and let our enemies off the hook.

And unlike John McCain – who opposed Barack Obama’s call to take out the high-level terrorist targets in Pakistan and called it “bombing our ally” – we will not tolerate a terrorist sanctuary in Pakistan. If Pakistan cannot or will not act, we will take out high-level terrorist targets like bin Laden if we have them in our sights.

Barack Obama has been clear: no country poses a greater security challenge to the United States, Israel and our allies than Iran. Under the policies George Bush has pursued and John McCain would continue, Iran, not freedom, has been on the march. Iran is much closer to the bomb; its influence in Iraq is expanding; its terrorist proxy Hezbollah is ascendant in Lebanon; its ally, Hamas controls Gaza and launches rockets at Israel. Beyond bluster, what would John McCain actually do about these dangers? He doesn’t say.

The worst nightmare for a regime that thrives on isolation and tension is an America ready, willing and able to engage. Since when has talking removed the word “no” from our vocabulary? It’s amazing how little faith John McCain has in himself and in America.

So ask yourself: based on the judgments they have made and the policies they have proposed, which candidate is more likely as president to end the war in Iraq responsibly… to focus America’s full might on Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan… to unite our allies in dealing effectively with Iran and Russia…to renew the promise of America in the world? The answer is clear.

There’s a short list of the forces shaping the 21st Century. No one country can control these forces, but more than any other country, we have an ability to affect them – if we use the totality of our strength. That means maintaining the finest fighting force in the world – not pushing it to the breaking point… rebuilding our alliances, partnerships and international institutions – not disparaging them… strengthening our diplomacy — not disdaining it… and using our economic might, not putting it in jeopardy.

Barack Obama understands that strength and wisdom go hand in hand… that the power of our example is as important and the example of our power… and that its only leadership when others join us in the struggle for freedom, security, prosperity, and progress. Barack Obama will keep our citizens safe. He will keep our country secure. And he will answer the yearning, at home and around the world, for an American foreign policy that is once again as good and strong as the American people.

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HOW SECESSIONIST is Palin? GO


ROBERT REICH proposes a bailout solution GO


BARACK’s four bailout conditions GO


ABC calls Obama lead commanding GO


HILLARY will campaign for Barack in Michigan GO


NAOMI WOLF — Palin and the Fear Society GO


MCCAIN machinations in Alaska — the whole tawdry mess. HT to Andrew Sullivan GO


DC wisdom collapse PHOTOS GO


UDALL imptoves in New Mexico GO


MIKE MULLEN calls for cooperation with Russia and he is right GO


STUDY of near-death experiences is slated GO


MCCAIN continues false quilt by association tactics FACT CHECK GO


538 — Intrade betting is suspicious GO


FREDDIE MAC and Rick Davis — the dance goes on GO


NICE five minute VIDEO on the bailout GO


RACIST 527s in Michigan GO


TIME — bad reviews for Palin on Troopergate GO


THE URGENCY of Iran VIDEO & text GO


COLBERT on the national hissy fit VIDEO GO


HIDING Sarah Palin GO

GALLUP DAILY maintains a three point Obama lead second day running GO


LATIMES/BLOOMBERG echoes a widening Obama edge GO


HOSTILE CONGRESS may revise plan GO


BUFFETT buys some Goldman GO


AHMADINEJAD is the end of fanatical religion GO


WE COULD be buying the junkiest stuff of all time GO


HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH — Failing Darfur VIDEO GO


NEW Florida voting glitches GO


INADEQUATE CASE for the bailout GO


NPR poll says it’s even in swing states GO


MORE on Rick Davis. What is worse, lobbying or doing nothing at all but having John McCain’s ear? GO


OLIVER WILLIS — current electoral prediction GO


HOUSE GOP isn’t buying Cheney any more GO


SATIRICAL email likens bailout to Nigerian Scam emails GO


TPM election roundup GO


SCHEER’s conditions for approving bailout — freeze mortgages and cap pay GO


TALIBAN winter offensive likely GO


N. KOREA bars nuke inspectors GO


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Barack and Joe Honing In and Taking Names

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Just published this at Huff Post: With All The Attention, Palin Still Escapes Scrutiny

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Ever so often I think of how this blog is good deal more than daily campaign material. Here is a collection of links to suggest things I care deeply about that I wish were more integrated into the warp and woof of this effort.


Pattern Language Onsite Links

Barack Obama’s Apollo Project

The Timeless Way of Building — A Signpost

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Alex Steffen Hits The Nail on The Head in Business Week

Common Sense on Human Settlements

Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language

Barack and Joe Honing In and Taking Names

Yeah folks, stop wringing your hands. Barack and Joe are taking a bit of time to react to the McCain Change Deception, but these guys have a big advantage. McCain has done two townhalls in the last month or so. These guys face folk daily. They know when they are connecting. Call this a time of revving up. Call it a time of taking names. We’re honing in now and setting up for the — dare I say kill?

Here is Barack yesterday in Grand Junction, CO:

So with everything looking even, with the race issue not behind us, with McCain engaged in a puppet exercise and stonwalling on lies and Troopergate, and with appearance seemingly trumping reality, Barack and Joe press on.

Palin and McCain manifest energy and confidence but every time they say anything it grows their already prodigious noses. I have always thought that if we did nothing and just let McCain talk, we would win in a walk.

Barack and Joe? Leadbelly has a wonderful song called, There’s a Man Going Round Taking Names. I suggest they take a leaf and keep HONING what they are already doing until rafters ring when the questions come rat-a-tat-tat:

ENOUGH?

BUSH!!!

ENOUGH?

MCCAIN!!!

Ignore Sarah. We do not know yet, but I do not see a chance in hades she can actually wriggle out of Troopergate. If she can, I suspect we have already lost.

Don’t ignore Palin in this respect:

Cite AUTHORITY on why she is not qualified — people like David Brooks, Republican, on why she is unfit to govern.

Cite McCain’s temperament and lack of judgment and his ambient speech which like the river just keeps rolling along going wherever it will to avoid whatever is in the way.

I say Barack and Joe are getting their sea legs and that yesterday was the start of the marathon.

I cannot face waking up after Election Day and contemplating Sarah Palin wandering around the West Wing wondering where she will park her Tanning Bed when her time comes.

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A little PS — No one’s hands are clean in this financial crisis. Back in May, I posted a note indicating that Bill Clinton was a player in creating the mortgage crisis which has now morphed into what another architect, Bob Rubin, recently called a perfect storm. I would strongly advise Barack not to take any economic advice with which Larry Summers does not agree.

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GALLUP Daily gives McCain a one point edge — continuing his downward trajectory GO


MCCAIN forces stonewall Troopergate GO


HURRICANE Dow GO


MCCAIN’s Keating Five past and Gramm ties spell disaster should he run economy GO


WALL STREET ties of McCain & Obama GO


THE FACE of financial collapse PHOTOS and some cautionary text GO


ANALYZING how $$$ crisis affects campaigns GO


MCCAIN intimate helped bring Wall Street down GO


DOLE playing defense in North Carolina GO


MCCAIN tries to morph into an economic reformer GO


WHY red Montana could turn blue GO


SORTING out the candidates on the financial crisis GO


RANDALL KENNEDY wrings his hands GO


FACT CHECK skewers Corsi book on Obama GO


WILL McCain’s “magical apologies” save him from being branded a liar? GO


DAVID BROOKS on Sarah Palin’s biggest liability GO


PALIN breathes new life into the neocons GO

10 political ideas for handling the economic crisis GO


MCCAIN & Co.’s sick health plan GO


US passes measure to prosecute child soldier recruiters GO


PETRAEUS positives (Juan Cole) GO


HOW deregulation sank Wall Street GO


REPEAL of Glass-Steagall set the stage for the current economic carnage GO


PALIN’S evasiveness is a problem for AK legislature now GO


TIGHT RACE, differing strategies GO


ALASKA the nation’s rape capitol GO


OLIVER WILLIS — salient links GO


BEST assume a slight McCain lead at this point GO


CHECKING out campaigns’ financial status GO


TOP Dems seek to reinforce campaign GO


TAPPED lightning round — more leads for you GO


RACE is still elephant in the room GO


MCCAIN’s latest ad plays on economic fears and says drill, drill drill VIDEO GO

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TWO MEDITATIONS AND A NOVELLA:
ABBA’S WAY ANTICIPATES THE OBAMA ERA. (MEDITATIONS)
BEYOND CREED ADVANCES THEOLOGY BEYOND BONHOEFFER. (APHORISMS)
PANFLICK (1988) BLACK HUMOR.

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