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McCain presses Ayers attack with new ad

By Emily Ngo

emily.ngo@am-ny.com

John McCain further pushed his presidential rival’s connection to domestic terrorist Bill Ayers on Thursday, launching an Internet ad that questions Barack Obama’s candor on the matter.

“When their relationship became an issue, Obama responded, ‘This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood,’ ” the ad’s narrator...

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Grading the second debate

By Meg

Gold Star: "Sen. Obama, it's good to be with you at a town hall meeting.”

Oh, snap!

Demerit: McCain’s New and Completely Original Mortgage Plan

Sen. McCain, let me get this straight: You want the government to get off my back, but you also want the government to buy my mortgage?

Demerit: Tom Brokaw Watching the Clock

I’ve met nuns...

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Random observations from last night

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By Jeff

The main thing that struck me during last night’s debate was how physically uncomfortable McCain looked while walking around. I guess his handlers told him to walk around the stage while Obama was talking in order to distract the viewers, but what I noticed was just how unstable McCain looked. I realize his shoulders were seriously injured during his time in...

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These boys came to play

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By Emily

And they brought their A game. Tonight's debate had little of the courtesy that Joe Biden and Sarah Palin so carefully exhibited last week. Both Barack Obama and John McCain attacked readily and with more substance than in their first debate.

They dodged questions, but they also established distinctly separate foreign policy doctrines. It was their chance...

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TJ analyzes expectations for tonight's debate

Our friend, speaking consultant TJ Walker, breaks down expectations at tonight's town hall meeting in Nashville:

More at The Speaking Channel.

— Emily...

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An open letter: Country first?

Dear John and Barack,

You had a good thing going there for a while. We were all talking about things that mattered, such as health care and the meltdown on Wall Street but apparently it was too good to last. Shall I paraphrase the turn the conversation has taken since yesterday?

McCain: Hi, America. You guys don’t seem to like me when we talk about the economy, so I’m going...

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Would your dog rather chew McCain or Obama?

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Who will your dog chew?

Do you have a politically-minded pooch at home who's just, like, so over rope tugs and Nylabones and would much prefer a more intellectual chew toy? Well, you're in luck - now they can gnaw on John McCain or Barack Obama.

These campaign dog toys come to you from the creators of the Michael Vick chew toy, Headline Pet Toys. The stuffed toys measure 11 inches tall...

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Double-checking Obama's radical ties

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By Amara

John McCain has to take advice from his running mate and take the gloves off. Barack Obama is going to win this election and the American people don’t even know what they are getting.

The McCain campaign must not be afraid to expose Barack Obama’s ties, Barack Obama’s friends, and Barack Obama’s admirers — the ones he knows, and those working on his...

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Grading the VP debate

By Meg

Demerit: Lies, All Lies!

It’s not like we need the VP candidates to be concerned with telling the truth or anything. Whoppers and exaggerations included “budget-neutral” vs. "government run" health care; records on taxes; Spain; funding the troops; sounding the bell on Fannie and Freddie; the surplus in Iraq; shall I go on?

Gold Star: “Hey, Can...

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Winning by not losing — the Sarah Palin story

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By Adrian

She wins by default! Sarah Palin did not win last night’s debate, let’s be clear about that. What she did was speak to the core base of the Republican party. She looked like “a good ol' girl” as we’d say back in Texas.

She was “one of us” and a true “red, white and blue American” like our beloved Ronnie. Still,...

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