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Spin Control

Wednesday’s quickie political briefing

Today's video: What happens when you start mixing politics with celebrities. Paris for prez?
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Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:
Obama taunts McCain for criticizing him over tire pressure, then agreeing it’s energy-saving

In new ad, McCain questions whether ’celebrity’ Barack Obama is ready to help families

McCain, like Obama, will run TV ads during the Olympics

Obama overexposed? Nearly half say they’re hearing too much about him, poll says

McCain gives Marshall football players pep talk on teamwork

St. Paul police get $50 million federal grant to prepare for GOP convention

To read the stories behind the headlines, click here and scroll down.
Prez: John McCain stopped by the Marshall University football practice in Huntington, W.Va., and campaigns in Ohio. Barack Obama talked to voters about energy at a town-hall meeting in Elkhart, Ind.
Gov: Chris Gregoire talks to members of the Washington National Guard being called up to Iraq.

“Is the biggest celebrity in the world ready to help your family?” — An announcer in Republican John McCain’s new TV ad, which criticizes rival Barack Obama. Click to see the ad.
About 135,000 Wisconsin residents have registered to vote for the first time since the beginning of this year, bringing the total number of voters there to more than 3.4 million, according to the state’s Government Accountability Board. Another 169,000 have updated their registration with their current address or new name.

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