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Achenblog: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

Poll Derangement Syndrome

[Cross-posted from The Trail.] I knew I had come down with something severe and hideous when, Thursday afternoon, roughly three minutes after I began looking at the latest polling data at Real Clear Politics, I refreshed my browser. Because what...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 31, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (339)
 
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A Political Browser

Huge news -- a major personal career breakthrough -- I got tapped to contribute to this new "Political Browser" thing on dot.com. Scroll down for a list of what I was reading last night on the iconic porch. Here's...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 31, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Those Georgetown Conservatives

Random notes with a big vote approaching: Who was John McCain thinking of when, defending Sarah Palin, he took that shot at Georgetown cocktail party people who pretend to be conservatives? ("If there's a Georgetown cocktail party person, who...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 30, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
 
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Basin and Range and Subdivisions

Here's my story today in the Biz section on the Las Vegas housing market. the housing crisis in Vegas is unusually visible, simply because it's brand new metropolis built in a desert -- in a great basin surrounded by...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 30, 2008; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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You Get What You Pay For

Yesterday, my colleague Frank Ahrens wrote a short article about The Post's credit rating (it remained the same, but there was some kind of change in the outlook, from "stable" to "negative"). Against my better judgment I clicked on...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 29, 2008; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
 
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Baseball in the Snow

Here's a crazy thought: Baseball is a warm-weather sport. Baseball is not something that should ever be contested at, say, the Winter Olympics. There is, in fact, a "winter meeting" for executives of Major League Baseball, but the phrase...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 29, 2008; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Palin to Endorse Obama?

Republican apostasy runs riot. Every day, nay every hour, another Republican clears his or her throat and, after offering the ritual respect for Sen. McCain, throws him under the Obama bandwagon. This morning the venerable Sen. Matthias, a Republican...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 28, 2008; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
 
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Wolf Country

Here's my story on the wolves of Yellowstone. I found these wolf watchers in the Lamar Valley, in the northeast section of the park. It's where the buffalo roam, and the elk, and the Druid Peak pack of wolves....

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 27, 2008; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
 
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Dean Barnett

Sad news in the blogging world: Dean Barnett has passed away. I never met him, or so much as exchanged emails; I knew him only as a guy who often guest-blogged for Hugh Hewitt (see HH's tribute here). But...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 27, 2008; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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How I'll Get Rich Quick

This weekend, I went to a fund-raiser for the C&O Canal Trust at a mansion with a grand view of the Potomac River. I made a mental note to get a mansion, and a view of a river, or...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 27, 2008; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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