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Obama triumphs, will be first black US president
Associated Press - Mon Nov 3, 2008
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama was elected the nation's first black president Tuesday night in a historic triumph that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself. More»

Mercenary Firm Offers to 'Detain Troublemakers' on Election Day
Wired News - Sun Nov 2, 2008
CIA-linked private military contractor Evergreen Defense & Security Services offered to post sentries at Oregon election offices on Tuesday, "detaining troublemakers" and making sure voters "do not get out of control". More»

Republicans in 'Oxford plot' to smear Barack Obama
Times UK - Fri Oct 31, 2008
The Republicans have made a last-minute attempt to prevent Barack Obama's ascent to the White House by trying to recruit an Oxford academic to "prove" that his autobiography was ghostwritten by a former terrorist. More»

U.S. judge orders backup paper ballots in Pa.
USA Today - Tue Oct 28, 2008
A federal judge has sided with Pennsylvania voter groups and ordered election officials to provide paper ballots if half the machines break down Tuesday. More»

As Election Nears, Dirty Tricks Grow More Common
Huffington Post - Tue Oct 28, 2008
As the election nears, examples of political dirty tricks are emerging with greater frequency. More»

New Mexico GOP Sued For Voter Intimidation
Huffington Post - Tue Oct 28, 2008
ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) has sent out a press release about a lawsuit against the New Mexico GOP after reports that minority voters in the state are being intimidated by party officials. More»

Report: Isaac Hayes Will Shafts Scientology
WSB-TV - Thu Oct 23, 2008
Even though he was a member, Isaac Hayes apparently decided to give the Church of Scientology the shaft in his last will and testament. More»

Feds Investigate Vermont Radiation Leak
WPTZ-TV - Tue Oct 21, 2008
VERNON, Vermont - Federal regulators are investigating the cause of radiation exposure that forced the evacuation of 25 workers at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. More»

Are You in the "Constitution Free" Zone?
Wired - Tue Oct 21, 2008
Government agents should not have the right to stop and question Americans anywhere without suspicion within 100 miles of the border, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday, pointing attention to the little known power of the federal government to set up immigration checkpoints far from the nation's border lines. More»

GOP Calls for McCarthyist Witch Hunt
Huffington Post - Fri Oct 17, 2008
In a television appearance that outraged Democrats are already describing as Joseph McCarthy politics, Minnesota Representative Michelle Bachmann claimed on Friday that Barack Obama and his wife Michelle held anti-American views and couldn't be trusted in the White House. More»

Palin: We can't let 'leftist groups .... steal this election'
CNN - Sun Oct 12, 2008
The McCain campaign is fundraising off embattled community group ACORN. More»

Villagers with Torches - The "Terrorist" Barack Hussein Obama
FRANK RICH - New York Times - Sat Oct 11, 2008
IF you think way back to the start of this marathon campaign, back when it seemed preposterous that any black man could be a serious presidential contender, then you remember the biggest fear about Barack Obama: a crazy person might take a shot at him. More»

Raw anger in McCain's crowds as Obama strengthens
Associated Press - Thu Oct 9, 2008
LAKEVILLE, Minnesota - The anger is getting raw at Republican rallies and John McCain is finally acting to tamp it down. More»

Report: Voter purges in 6 states may violate law
Associated Press - Wed Oct 8, 2008
Tens of thousands of eligible voters have been removed from rolls or blocked from registering in at least six swing states, and the voters' exclusion appears to violate federal law, according to a published report. More»

Some state unemployment funds drying up
CNN - Tue Oct 7, 2008
The demand for unemployment benefits across the country has put a strain on state unemployment funds, with such funds in at least 10 states facing insolvency in 2009, according to a policy group. More»

Retirement accounts have lost $2 trillion so far
Associated Press - Mon Oct 6, 2008
Americans' retirement plans have lost as much as $2 trillion in the past 15 months - about 20 percent of their value - Congress' top budget analyst estimated Tuesday as lawmakers began investigating how turmoil in the financial industry is whittling away workers' nest eggs. More»

Mortgage forgiven for woman, 90, who shot herself
Associated Press - Sun Oct 5, 2008
AKRON, Ohio - Mortgage finance company Fannie Mae said it is forgiving the mortgage debt of a 90-year-old woman who shot herself in the chest as sheriff's deputies attempted to evict her. More»

Photo: Credit crisis erodes faith in Washington Credit crisis erodes faith in Washington
Associated Press - Fri Sep 26, 2008
WASHINGTON - As if people needed one more reason to question their faith in Washington. More»

Gas shortages: get ready for more
Fortune Magazine - Fri Sep 26, 2008
NEW YORK - While Congress and Bush administration officials have been working to complete a bailout plan and stem the financial contagion on Wall Street, a different kind of economic crisis emerged across the South this week: A severe, hurricane-related gasoline shortage has curtailed trucking from Atlanta to Asheville, NC, and created a wave of panic buying among motorists. More»

WaMu becomes biggest bank to fail in US history
Associated Press - Thu Sep 25, 2008
NEW YORK - As the debate over a $700 billion bank bailout rages on in Washington, one of the nation's largest banks - Washington Mutual Inc - has collapsed under the weight of its enormous bad bets on the mortgage market. More»

Hundreds of Economists Urge Congress Not to Rush on Rescue Plan
Bloomberg - Wed Sep 24, 2008
More than 150 prominent US economists, including three Nobel Prize winners, urged Congress to hold off on passing a $700 billion financial market rescue plan until it can be studied more closely. More»

Freddie Mac Paid McCain Aide's Firm
Associated Press - Wed Sep 24, 2008
WASHINGTON - Almost up until the time it was taken over by the government in the nation's financial crisis, one of two housing giants paid $15,000 a month to the lobbying firm of John McCain's campaign manager, a person familiar with the financial arrangement says. More»

Cheney must keep records, judge orders
CNN - Sat Sep 20, 2008
Vice President Dick Cheney must preserve a broad range of records from his time in office, a federal judge ordered Saturday, ruling in favor of a private watchdog group. More»

FDIC Funds Are Dwindling
Associated Press - Tue Sep 16, 2008
Banks are not the only ones struggling in the growing financial crisis - The fund established to insure their deposits is also feeling the pinch, and the taxpayer may be the lender of last resort. More»

White House Launches New Attack on Woodward Book
Washington Post - Sat Sep 13, 2008
The White House yesterday launched a formal attack on a new book that criticizes President Bush's handling of the Iraq war, arguing that author Bob Woodward's opinions are not supported by his own reporting. More»

Missing ballots found in Florida
WPTV-TV - Thu Sep 11, 2008
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - You hate to say it, but only in Palm Beach County. More»

Hurricane destroyed Galveston in 1900
CNN - Thu Sep 11, 2008
The worst weather disaster in American history took place in Galveston, Texas, in 1900 when a hurricane estimated as a Category 4 intensity blew ashore, killing thousands of residents and obliterating the town. More»

Palin's Book-Banning Controversy
Associated Press - Thu Sep 11, 2008
WASILLA, Alaska - The McCain campaign is defending Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's much-criticized inquiry into banning books at her hometown library, saying her questions were only hypothetical. More»

DHS Scales Back Plan for Radiation Detectors
US News - Fri Sep 5, 2008
After years of research and testing and at the expense of millions of dollars, plans by the Department of Homeland Security to use radiation detectors to screen cargo and vehicles entering the United States have largely failed, according to an audit obtained by the Washington Post. More»

Photo: Palin: Iraq war 'a task that is from God' Palin: Iraq war 'a task that is from God'
Associated Press - Wed Sep 3, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God. More»

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