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Spin Control

Monday’s quickie political briefing

The tracks of those polls

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Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:

Obama invokes Reagan line to criticize handling of the economy; vows to halt foreclosures

McCain, supporters target liberal, feminists, media to rally GOP base in bellwether Missouri

McCain spends $37 million in September, has $47 million for campaign in October

Sarah Palin hits Obama again on taxes

Biden’s medical records show he appears in very good health 20 years after aneurysm

Obama says Powell will have a role in administration if it’s a ’good fit’

Andy the Communicator likes McCain’s tax plan, questions reliance on `Joe the Plumber’ story

For the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.
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COUNTDOWN
15 days until the election
9 days to apply by mail for an absentee ballot in Idaho
Last day to register to vote in Washington by going to the county elections office
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
John McCain campaigns in Missouri. Sarah Palin meets with voters in Colorado.
Barack Obama campaigns in Florida. Joe Biden had no public schedule.
Constitutionalist Chuck Baldwin speaks in the Spokane Valley; 7:30 p.m., Decades Banquet Facility next to Percy's Cafe, 10512 E. Sprague.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Every time we’ve gotten in trouble in this campaign, it’s because we started trying to play ball-control offense.” — Barack Obama, speaking on NBC’s “Today” show.
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STAT OF THE DAY
Democrat Barack Obama is trusted more than Republican John McCain to improve the economy by 54 percent to 44 percent and to handle the financial crisis by 53 percent to 46 percent, according to a recent AP-Yahoo News poll.



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