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Mixed Reviews for the 'O Show'

Some did, some didn't, making a headline tough to write

(Newser) - Barack Obama's half-hour TV pitch scored with writers on the left—though one found it embarrassing to admit to being seduced by an infomercial—while those on the right were turned off:
  • Saying it was hardly the "gauzy, feel-good commercial," McCain labeled it in advance, John Nichols of
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Obama: 'We've Got a Good Shot at This Thing'

Whites 'didn't get the Bradley effect memo,' he quips on Daily Show

(Newser) - Barack Obama wrapped up his night of blitzing TV with an upbeat appearance on the Daily Show, the Chicago Tribune writes. "I think we've got a good shot at this thing," he told Jon Stewart last night, downplaying the chances of his race costing him the election. Pundits...

Bill Clinton Joins Obama in Florida for Late Push

(Newser) - Bill Clinton and Barack Obama engaged in a mutual admiration fest tonight, their first joint appearance since their relationship soured during the primaries, the Boston Globe reports. "This man should be our president," Clinton told a Florida crowd at the end of a spirited endorsement. Obama then joined...

Best, Worst Financial Decisions of Candidates

Candidates have spent a bundle on campaign, but didn't always do it wisely

(Newser) - The next president faces the daunting task of fixing a crippled economy—all the more reason to look at the candidates' best and worst financial decisions during the campaigns. Politico's Jeanne Cummings does the tally:
  • Obama's Best: His decision to hire Facebook's founder, whose interactive Internet fundraising included billboards in
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Obama Court Would Threaten Foundation of US Democracy

'Left-wing ideologue' threatens representative governance if elected

(Newser) - Before electing a “left-wing ideologue,” Americans should reconsider who “moderate-posing” Barack Obama would put on the Supreme Court, Edward Whelan writes in the National Review. The Democrat will select ultra-liberals for a bench already “markedly to the left of the American public,” he cautions: “...

McCain Camp: LA Times Is Suppressing Obama Video

Paper accused of concealing candidate's links to Palestinian scholar

(Newser) - The McCain campaign is accusing the Los Angeles Times of shirking its journalistic duty by sitting on a tape of Barack Obama speaking at a 2003 dinner in honor of a Palestinian-American scholar and activist. The Times—which wrote about the tape in an April article on Obama's ties to...

Racism Will Blunt Obama's Lead: Barkley

Baller-turn-pundit calls polls 'absolutely useless'

(Newser) - Charles Barkley has news for the experts predicting the Bradley effect won’t undermine Barack Obama’s lead. “The polls are absolutely useless,” the former NBA star says, anticipating a race “down to the wire.” While he concedes some whites will vote Democrat for “their...

GOP Email Compares Obama to Nazis

Message to 75,000 Jews unauthorized, Pa. party says

(Newser) - The Pennsylvania GOP has disavowed an email that went out last week to 75,000 Jewish voters comparing a vote for Barack Obama to support for the Third Reich. The message, sent out by a consultant charged with securing the Jewish vote, warns that "Jewish Americans cannot afford to...

Obama's First 100: Channel FDR, Avoid Clinton Foibles

Democrats hoping for 'new New Deal,' but financial crisis will be drag on any efforts

(Newser) - Up big in the polls with Election Day fast approaching, “a lot of people around Barack are reading books about FDR’s first 100 days,” one Obama insider tells New York. Aides have gone beyond simply planning his White House transition; they’ve drafted a book-length administration blueprint,...

Michelle Does Overtime on Trail

Humanizes husband, plays up working class roots

(Newser) - With the election mere weeks away, Michelle Obama is a very busy woman, the Washington Post reports. The would-be first lady has been spending more and more time on the campaign trail, humanizing her husband and focusing on his middle-class roots. “He gets it,” she tells an Ohio...

GOP's Weld Jumps Ship, Backs Obama

Ex-governor of Mass. could help swing votes in New Hampshire

(Newser) - The latest big Republican to jump ship, at least temporarily, is a former Massachusetts governor who supported Mitt Romney in the primaries. Barack Obama is a "once-in-a-lifetime candidate" with "common values" and "an ability to unite and inspire," says William Weld. The Democrats have Massachusetts in...

Obama Scores in Fantasy Football

Candidate steps up to sportswriter's challenge

(Newser) - Barack Obama's too busy be a great fantasy football partner, but the man knows his stuff, writes Rick Reilly at ESPN. The candidate accepted Reilly's challenge to help him draft a team for a week in a fantasy football league and the sportswriter found him on the campaign bus poring...

Opie, Andy, Fonzie Endorse Obama

Howard ignites blast from the past in bid to rocket Obama to White House

(Newser) - Ron Howard has taken a trip down TV memory lane to stump for Barack Obama, reports the Chicago Tribune. In a serious-humorous video posted on Funny or Die, Howard reprises his role as Opie alongside TV pop Sheriff Andy Griffith—who tells Opie he could someday grow up to vote...

New York Times: Obama Is the 'Easy' Choice

(Newser) - The New York Times is endorsing Barack Obama, calling the choice between him and John McCain an "easy" one. In an editorial to run in tomorrow's edition, the Times says "Obama has met challenge after challenge, growing as a leader and putting real flesh on his early promises...

Why GOP Name-Calling Is Backfiring This Time

Americans aren't buying 'real America' comments: Greenwald

(Newser) - The spectacle of Republican politicians painting their opponents as anti-American is a familiar one, Glenn Greenwald writes for Salon, but three recent headline-making incidents show that something has changed. "The idea that any of them would apologize for insulting liberals or impugning their patriotism is simply unfathomable," he...

A Black President Will Boost Brand USA

Electing Obama will replace America's battered image with one of equality

(Newser) - Skin color is no reason to vote for anybody, Nick Kristof writes in the New York Times, but there's no denying that electing a black president would give America's image abroad a much-needed boost—"redefining the American 'brand' to be less about Guantánamo and more about equality."...

AP Poll: It's a Dead Heat

(Newser) - Not all the polls are going in Barack Obama's favor. An AP-GfK survey says John McCain has closed the gap with Obama after the last debate by gaining voters among whites and those earning less than $50,000. The poll has the race at 44%-43% in favor of Obama, a...

Obama Passes Off Biden Gaffe as 'Flourish'

'Core point' correct that president will be tested no matter who wins

(Newser) - Barack Obama sought to blunt criticism of Joe Biden today, saying that though his running mate “engages in rhetorical flourishes,” he was right in saying “the next administration is going to be tested, regardless of who it is,” reports the Chicago Tribune. Critics in the McCain...

Shhh. Don't Tell: I'm Voting for Obama

Disgusted Republicans could cancel out Bradley Effect

(Newser) - There are plenty of unpredictable factors that might elude pollsters, Kathleen Parker writes in the Washington Post. Most famous is the Bradley Effect. “While some have minimized the impact of a Bradley Effect in this election, we'd be wrong to discount it. Anti-black has morphed to some degree into...

Is Obama a Radical or Reconciler?

Or Niebuhrian waffler?

(Newser) - Barack Obama may be on the brink of the presidency, but many still wonder whether he’s a closet radical, Michael Gerson writes in the Washington Post. He carries a liberal Illinois legislature record, associations with Ayers, Alinsky, Wright, and ACORN, and an “elitist disdain for bitter, God-clinging conservatives,...

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