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44: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

Palin Sued for Private E-Mails About State Business

By Matthew Mosk ANCHORAGE -- In a lawsuit filed in Alaska Superior Court, a Republican...

By Post Editor  | October 4, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
Categories:  Sarah Palin  
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Palin Turns to NYT, Citing Article on Ayers

It turns out GOP vice presidential nominee does like the mainstream media after all -- at least, when it's publishing unflattering stories about Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 4, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (739)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Sarah Palin  
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Decrying McCain's 'Radical' Plan, Obama Returns Focus to Health Care Coverage

Obama blasted his opponent for having a weak plan on the key pocketbook issue of health insurance.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 4, 2008; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Health Care  
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Next on Bush Agenda: Helping a Rescue Opponent

Updated 11:15 p.m. By Dan Eggen ST. LOUIS--After finally convincing Congress to approve his administration's...

By Post Editor  | October 3, 2008; 8:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Palin Reports Six-Figure Income in '06 and '07

By Dan Morgan Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, have assets...

By Post Editor  | October 3, 2008; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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McCain Hails Bailout Bill Passage

John McCain this afternoon hailed the House passage of the $700 billion economic rescue plan but described the bill approved by Congress as a "tourniquet, not a permanent solution" to the problems facing the U.S. economy.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Economy, John McCain  
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McCain Celebrates Sarah and Slams Obama in Colo.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain addresses supporters at a town hall meeting Oct. 3, 2008,...

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Battlegrounds, John McCain  
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Biden Speaks at Son's Deployment Ceremony

Vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden spoke today at the deployment ceremony for a unit of the Delaware National Guard headed to Iraq that includes his son, Beau Biden.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Palin Says Couric Interviews Colored by Annoyance

Palin offered her first explanation for her less-than-stellar appearances with Katie Couric: She was ticked off.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
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Obama 'Glad' Financial Package Passed House

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) buys flowers for his wife for their anniversary at Penny's Flowers...

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Economy  
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Obama, in Pa., Rips McCain on Economy

By Perry Bacon Jr. ABINGTON, Pa. -- Barack Obama highlighted a new report showing the...

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Economy, John McCain, Sarah Palin  
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With Bailout Vote, McCain Voted for Earmarks

By Michael D. Shear Sen. John McCain claims to be an absolutist on earmarks. He...

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Earmarks, Economy, John McCain, analysis  
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VP Debate Draws More Viewers Than Presidential Face-Off

By Lisa de Moraes Early ratings indicate that about one-third more people watched last night's...

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Attention -- and Scrutiny -- Shifts Back to McCain

Thanks to Sarah Palin's performance, Thursday's vice presidential debate likely shifted the political focus back to John McCain and Barack Obama. That's good and bad news for McCain.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (225)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Dan Balz's Take, John McCain  
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Palin Web Ad Cites Thumbs Up From 'Famous Person'

The McCain campaign attributed a positive review of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's debate performance last night to a "Famous Person."

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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McCain Says Senate Silence Was Act of Bipartisanship

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says he didn't speak on the Senate floor in favor of the economic rescue plan Wednesday night because he didn't think the Democrats wanted him or his politics there.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Biden-Palin Debate Bar Games

Customers at Ventnor Sports Cafe in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., watched the vice presidential debate last night and played along with some creative games.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 3, 2008; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Candidate Reaction: September Jobs Report

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain, reacting rapidly to continued negative economic news, released statements...

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Economy, John McCain, Primary Source  
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A Night with Three Victors

Both presidential candidates gained ground and moderator Gwen Ifill won points after almost all those tuning in said she had treated the rivals "fairly."

By Web Politics Editor  | October 3, 2008; 12:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
Categories:  The Debates, The Pollster  
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Alaskans Cheer and Jeer Their Home Town Guv

At the Bear Tooth Theater Grill in Anchorage, the debate didn't change many minds, accept among a handful of Democrats who said they were expecting Palin to fall on her face.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 11:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  B_Blog, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, The Debates  
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McCain Declines to Blame Media for Housing Crisis

"I don't think that the media was responsible for what happened at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae," said McCain.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 9:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Battlegrounds, John McCain  
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In Anchorage, Bear Tooth Theater Grill Awaits Debate

Supporters and opponents of the Alaska governor are bracing for what they anticipate will be a defining moment in the career of Sarah Palin.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, The Debates  
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From Bingo to Spin, Debate Night Looms

It's the night of the vice presidential debate and that can only mean one thing: Bingo!

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 8:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin  
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Palin Picks Ferraro as Favorite 'Vice President'

The contrast between the two vice presidential candidates was on stark display Thursday night during yet another set of interviews with CBS News anchor Katie Couric.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Joe Biden, Sarah Palin  
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RNC Raised $66 Million in September

The record sum should allow Sen. John McCain to compete with his well-funded rival for the presidency.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 8:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  B_Blog, Republican Party, The Green Zone  
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Obama Will Watch Biden from a Michigan Sheraton

Sen. Barack Obama planned to watch the Palin-Biden debate from a Sheraton hotel in Lansing with aides.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Barack Obama, The Debates  
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McCain Will Watch Palin from Denver's Brown Palace Hotel

John McCain plans to watch the Palin-Biden debate in his room at the Brown Palace Hotel here with some of his aides.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 7:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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McCain Previews His Own Debate, Coming Tuesday

McCain says Obama would raises taxes, grow the size of government and not work across the aisle.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  B_Blog, Battlegrounds, John McCain, Sarah Palin, The Debates  
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Obama Campaign Clears its Va. Voter Registration Goal

Barack Obama's campaign ahead its goal of making sure 150,000 Virginians got added to the voter rolls in the months since the primaries ended.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Ohio Court Rules for McCain-Palin on Absentee Ballots

The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that disputed absentee ballot applications mailed to state voters by the McCain-Palin campaign should be accepted by local elections officials.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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McCain Pulls Out of Michigan

Internal polling convinced McCain campaign Michigan is a lost cause.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
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Palin's High Stakes Night

Palin's performance on the stage at Washington University in St. Louis tonight likely will determine the Alaska governor's future.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (297)
Categories:  Dan Balz's Take, Joe Biden, John McCain, Sarah Palin, The Debates  
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Matthew 25 Network Expands Advertising

It announced that next week it will make its largest radio ad buy to date as it continues its efforts to woo Christian voter support for Barack Obama.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Channel 08, Religion  
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Conservative Activists Launch Ad Questioning Obama Judicial Appointments

A new ad attempts to tie Obama's least savory associates to his approach to Supreme Court nominations.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Obama in Mich.: McCain 'Doesn't Get It'

"Over the past few days, he's talked a lot about getting tough on Wall Street, but over the past few decades, he's fought against the very rules of the road that could've stopped this mess," Obama said.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Obama Differs With McCain on Steroids

Sen. Barack Obama took an apparent swipe at Sen. John McCain's activism on the subject of steroids in sports this morning, suggesting that the topic should not be a high priority for Congress or the federal government.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 2, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Biden to Speak at Son's Deployment Ceremony

Joe Biden will speak Friday in Dover, Del., at the deployment ceremony for his 39-year-old son Beau, who is headed to Iraq as part of a unit of soldiers from the Delaware National Guard.

By Lexie Verdon  | October 2, 2008; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Asked About Court Rulings, Palin Draws a Blank

Pressed by Katie Couric, Palin could not name a Supreme Court decision she disagrees with, beyond Roe v. Wade.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 8:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (290)
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Georgetown Cocktail Parties, Past and Present

McCain's derisive remarks about Georgetown parties have some Washingtonians say he showing his age.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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McCain Revives Immigration Fight in Spanish

The McCain campaign today announced another Spanish-language television commercial blaming Barack Obama for killing immigration reform.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama Urges Senate to Pass Rescue Plan and 'Put Out That Fire'

Obama implored members from both parties leery of the plan to "step up to the plate" and "do what's right for the country."

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Aides Promise an Aggressive Palin in VP Debate

Palin has spent the last two days preparing at John McCain's ranch complex in Sedona, Ariz.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Planned Parenthood Hits McCain, Palin on Rape Record

Voters watching Thursday night's debate in Missouri, Northern Virginia and Wisconsin may see a new ad from the political arm of Planned Parenthood that targets John McCain and Sarah Palin for their record on women's health and safety issues, specifically rape.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Obama Casts McCain as a Big Spender

This Barack Obama ad is an attempt to capitalize on the public's anger and unease about the current financial crisis and deflect attention from John McCain's charges that the Illinois senator would boost taxes and federal spending.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Enviro Group Expands Palin Wolf-Hunting Policy Ad Buy

Capitalizing on the success of its hard-hitting ad questioning Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's support for predator control, a national environmental group is expanding its television buy in time for Thursday night's vice presidential debate.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Obama Calls for Greater Fiscal Responsibility

"It's time to put an end to the run-away spending and the record deficits," the Democratic nominee told a crowd of thousands at a Wisconsin rally.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Ifill's Book is no Secret

It's no secret that Gwen Ifill has been working on a book about the younger generation of black politicians.

By Washington Post Editors  | October 1, 2008; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (442)
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McCain Stresses Bipartisanship

McCain praised a new spirit of bipartisanship that he said will carry the financial sector rescue package to passage.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Battlegrounds, Economy, John McCain  
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NRA Delivers New Ad in Spanish

The latest TV ad from the National Rifle Association invokes the immigration debate by suggesting that Barack Obama voted against a 2004 Illinois bill to provide additional legal protections to individuals defending themselves with firearms against illegal immigrants committing crimes in the citizen's homes.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A Sarcastic and Combative McCain Greets Iowa Editors

McCain didn't seem to enjoy Tuesday's grilling by the Des Moines Register editorial board.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Palin Continues to Question Human Role in Global Warming

In an interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric Tuesday night, GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin continued to question humans' contribution to global warming.

By Web Politics Editor  | October 1, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
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Veterans Group Hits Obama on Afghanistan and Iraq

Having targeted Sen. Barack Obama's stance on the Iraq war before, the pro-McCain group Vets for Freedom this week begins airing a hard-hitting message accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of focusing more on his campaign than on his Senatorial oversight duties of military operations in Afghanistan.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 30, 2008; 9:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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On Social Policy Questions, Palin Sticks to Personal Views

On CBS, Palin stood by her opposition to abortion in cases of rape or incest and her skepticism that global warming is caused by man, but stepped back from favoring the teaching of creationism.

By Post Editor  | September 30, 2008; 8:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Obama Spending Plans Little Changed by Wall Street Crisis

Barack Obama essentially ruled out any reductions in his major proposals, even as he touted a $700 billion financial sector rescue plan and urged Congress to support it to help avert an economic crisis.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 30, 2008; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Obama's Two-Minute Ad on Taxes

By Ed O'Keefe Amid continued claims by the McCain campaign that he would raise...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 30, 2008; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Obama Pushes Passage of Wall Steet Rescue Bill

Obama becomes an aggressive advocate for a financial sector rescue plan.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 30, 2008; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Battlegrounds, Economy  
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New RNC Ad Dismisses Bailout as McCain Works for It

A new ad from the Republican National Committee's independent expenditure unit seems to dismiss the economic bailout proposals that John McCain continues to work on.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 30, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Channel 08, Economy, John McCain, Republican Party  
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A Political Meltdown

The meltdown in Washington was no less dramatic than the meltdown on Wall Street -- and it spread across the political spectrum.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 30, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Dan Balz's Take, Economy, John McCain  
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McCain Takes to Radio Over Coal and Stem Cells

McCain is running ads challenging Obama's stance on coal plants and ads about stem cell research.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 30, 2008; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Obama Notes 'Remarkable' Resemblance of Palin and Fey

Sen. Barack Obama finally had something to say about the other break-out star of the 2008 campaign, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, after spending the past several weeks trying to ignore her.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 30, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Obama and McCain Call for Increase in Deposit Insurance

Obama proposes raising the cap on federally insured bank deposits to $250,000 from $100,000 in an effort to broaden support for the financial rescue package.

By Lexie Verdon  | September 30, 2008; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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Courts Allow Same-Day Vote Window to Go Forward in Ohio

By Mary Pat Flaherty A weeklong window in which Ohio residents can to register to...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 29, 2008; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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McCain Accuses Press of 'Gotcha Journalism'

John McCain accused the media of "gotcha journalism" in response to a question about whether his running mate had contradicted him on his policy toward Pakistan.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 29, 2008; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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Pelosi's Pre-Vote Remarks Lead to GOP Finger-Pointing

Video of Pelosi's pre-vote speech.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 29, 2008; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Obama Urges Calm

Obama said that "it's important for the American public and the markets to stay calm" in the wake of a failed vote on a bailout bill this afternoon.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 29, 2008; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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McCain Campaign Blames Obama, Democrats After Bailout Bill Defeat

After bragging today about his role in shaping the economic bailout package, McCain made no statement after the defeat of the bill, in part at the hands of House Republicans.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 29, 2008; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (322)
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McCain Pounds Obama Over Response to Financial Market Crisis

Despite having insisted that his announcement last week of a temporary campaign suspension was not political, Sen. John McCain made it clear today that he plans to use his return to Washington, D.C., as campaign fodder in the last five weeks before election day.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 29, 2008; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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Palin Tweaks Biden, Looks Forward to Debate

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took a shot at her vice presidential rival while declaring herself ready to face Sen. Joe Biden in the debate Thursday night.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 29, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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Obama Marvels at the 'Crazy' 2008 Campaign

By Perry Bacon Jr. DETROIT, Mich -- Barack Obama sounded a bit wistful about his...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 28, 2008; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Bill Clinton Talks Obama, McCain and Greatness

By Perry Bacon Jr. Former president Clinton continued his complicated embrace of Sen. Barack Obama...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 28, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Candidate Reaction: Wall Street Bailout Agreement

Both presidential candidates said they were likely to support a Wall Street bailout agreement.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 28, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Economy, John McCain  
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Gov. Palin Gets the SNL Treatment -- Again

Tina Fey was back in the role of Gov. Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live" last night, interviewed by Amy Poehler as Katie Couric.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 28, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
Categories:  Making the Rounds, Sarah Palin  
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