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Spin Control

Tuesday’s quickie political briefing

Today's fun video: The best skewering of the "race card" over analyzing so far. (Warning: some folks may find this offensive in parts.)

Here are today's headlines in the presidential race, from The Associated Press:
New McCain ad emphasizes independent streak to counter Obama charge he’s same as Bush

Obama says economy is in turmoil, sets goal of ending American dependence on overseas oil

No plans yet for Vice President Dick Cheney to appear at Republican National Convention

Obama, McCain campaigns engage in hard-hitting politics, but show differences in style, tone

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.———
John McCain stops at a nuclear power plant in Newport, Mich. Barack Obama talks to voters about energy at two town-hall meetings in Ohio.
“President Bush, he had an energy policy. He turned to Dick Cheney and he said, ’Cheney, go take care of this.” — Democrat Barack Obama, at a town-hall meeting on energy in Youngstown, Ohio, in which he sought to tie the troubled economy with administration energy policies that he asserted Vice President Dick Cheney helped shape.
John McCain won 70 of Michigan’s 83 counties in the 2000 Republican presidential primary against President Bush.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.