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Let third parties debate

By Lynne

Just a few months ago, John McCain challenged Barack Obama to an entire series of town-hall-style debates.

Now, he wants to delay the first debate at the University of Mississippi.

Fine. There are several qualified candidates -- Cynthia McKinney and Bob Barr have more experience in Congress than Obama -- who are ready to take the national stage and provide tens of millions...

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Wall Street bailout is just running in circles

By Lynne

Is Congress crazy?

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Our current economic model is unsustainable. John McCain may have (initially) scoffed at the idea of pumping tires to save on gasoline costs, but there are so many common sense measures we need to implement --...

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Wasn't he supposed to be in Washington?

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By Dontre

Yesterday, McCain attempted to convince us that is presence in Washington was so needed that he was immediately suspending his campaign, calling for a postponement to the presidential debates (and subsequently, the vice presidential debates ... like we didn't see that coming, and returning to Washington. The state of the country rested solely on him!

So, I'm a little...

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It's the economy, stupid

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By Meg

Hey, Barry, remember that time when you called John McCain up and asked him to join forces with you to issue a bipartisan statement on the economic crisis? Remember how John then turned around and made an announcement intimating that this renewed bipartisan spirit was his idea (and invoked 9/11 just for kicks)?

Then remember how John used the opportunity to pull the fire alarm...

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Five-on-five with Obama and McCain

It's been a pretty heavy past few days in the presidential race, so Amara, Bragg, Meg, Dan and Jeff give us their tongue-in-cheek take on five questions about Barack Obama and John McCain.

1) Which candidate would you rather have balance your checkbook?

2) Who would be more likely to win a staredown with Putin?

3) Biden’s plugs, Palin’s beehive. What does their hair...

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What we should be asking on Friday

By Jeff

While everyone is talking about Lehman, AIG, Paulson and Chris Dodd (by the way, two of the best blogs for keeping up on the Fed bailout are Megan McArdle at The Atlantic and Barry L. Ritholtz’s “The Big Picture”), it’s largely being ignored that there is a Presidential debate (scheduled!) on Friday.

Assuming it goes forth, it will be interesting to see what...

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Let's get real: McCain's 'suspension' of his campaign is just transparent political posturing

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Debate-dodging is political ploy on the part of McCain, Dontre writes. More voters say Obama can better handle the economy, according to one poll. (AP)

By Dontre

If there is nothing that SCREAMS political maneuvering, it is this ridiculous ploy by McCain's camp. In a week where his poll numbers fell, and many Americans saw the real McCain — someone who was largely out of...

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McCain is doing the right thing (oh, and it's actually Obama who's afraid to debate)

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John McCain did the right thing in putting the economy and the country first, Bragg writes. (AP)

By Bragg

Today John McCain announced he was suspending his campaign in order to return to Washington to focus on the catastrophic issues facing our country's financial system. He also has called for a postponement of Friday's debate (a debate that, in exceptionally bad timing, was...

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Bill Clinton on 'that little Down syndrome kid'

In New York on behalf of his global initiative, former President Bill Clinton mixed with reporters (an ill-advised combination) to again misrepresent himself.

According to The Associated Press, Clinton said he understands GOP vice presidential pick Sarah Palin's appeal because voters think:

"I like that little Down syndrome kid. One of them lives down the street. They're wonderful children....

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Campaign buttons for hipsters

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It's New York City. Street vendors sell Obama buttons by fistfulls. But I'll bet few street vendors have Obamaton buttons of the Democratic Stuff.com variety. I picked out the ones best suited for Williamsburg. You're welcome, hipsters.

Visit the site to find the best pin for you. Meanwhile, I'm Googling "Hipsters for McCain" buttons. Tell me if you find some.

— Emily...

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