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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Why would anyone sane vote for McCain?

It’s time to get serious about this election, and the most serious question is why would anyone who isn’t rich, racist or totally clinging to God, guns and gays vote for John McCain?

Let’s grant one point first: Barack Obama doesn’t have a tremendous amount of experience.

Let’s grant another one: Obama is a liberal.

Fine, but why would anyone hire a conservative to clean up a mess made by another conservative, especially one who would do almost everything the same way?

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Sen. Ted Stevens guilty on all counts

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that threatened to end the 40-year career of Alaska’s political patriarch in disgrace.

The verdict, coming barely a week before Election Day, increased Stevens’ difficulty in winning what already was a difficult race against Democratic challenger Mark Begich. Democrats hope to seize the once reliably Republican seat as part of their bid for a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

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‘Socialism for Some’, by Mumia Abu-Jamal

[col. writ. 10/22/08] (c) ’08 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Stimulus package. Bailouts. Banking rescues.

It has been generations since we’ve witnessed scenes such as these.

Government officials spin like jacks, as they proclaim a policy one day, only to renounce it the next. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rushes up and spirals downward in a matter of minutes, visual, measurable reminders of the volatility in the markets.

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Ambassadors and other foreign dignitaries support Obama in mass

Ambassado Peter Bridges writes a great piece about how people in the foreign relations business support overwhelmingly Senator Obama for POTUS.

We Know the World and We Support Obama

A friend and former colleague of mine in the Foreign Service, Kevin McGuire, some time ago drafted a short statement of support for Obama and began to ask retired Foreign Service officers if they would sign it. So far 334 of us have done so, including by my count 66 former American ambassadors.

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Much of Georgia unites to spare Troy Davis from Death again, can other places unite to save a prisoner’s life?

Troy Davis is spared for at least almost another month. Several very short stays in his execution date invigorated especially his local supporters. All of Georgia keenly aware of the difference between old Georgia and new Georgia. But in Philadelphia we have the saga of Kevin Brinkley and of Mumia abu-Jamal and Philadelphians not as keenly aware that Philadelphia under the late Frank Rizzo was almost an entirely different place.

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Starting the last full week before the election…

This will be the most interesting week of the election as far as I’m concerned. It is the week that the candidates have to sum up all the issues and charges they have raised for months in order to firm up the support they have generated with voters.

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Obama leads in 5 key states

Barack Obama leads John McCain in five of eight crucial battleground states one week before the presidential election, with McCain ahead in two states and Florida dead even, according to a series of Reuters/Zogby polls released on Monday.

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Bush leaves next President a world of trouble

US President George W. Bush’s successor inherits a world of troubles come January, including wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a defiant Iran, and a US economy battered by the global financial crisis.

The new president will take the reins of a limping superpower facing deep doubts overseas about the limits of its strength, and sharply diminished US standing even among Washington’s closest friends, recent studies find.

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Record crowd turns out for Obama

Before a record 100,000 plus crowd, Democratic nominee Barack Obama Sunday rebuked John McCain after his Republican foe said he shared the "philosophy" of unpopular President George W. Bush.

Just nine days before the presidential election, Obama again attempted to shackle McCain to Bush’s unpopular Republican economic legacy and tried to rebut attacks on his own tax policy.

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