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Spin Control

Monday’s quickie political briefing

Today's video: Thoughts on takeover of Fannie and Freddie

This just in: Spokane will restore alley trash pickup in areas it axed last year. Issue may have helped tip mayoral election. Read story here.

Here are the headlines in the presidential race from The Associated Press:

Palin: Obama shouldn’t ’go there’ when talking about earmarks

Bush, Cheney say Palin would be a good veep, praise her speech as “superb”

Biden tells Wisconsin: Obama administration would make middle class top priority

Obama drops daughters off for first day of classes at University of Chicago school

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.

Republican John McCain has a 5-percentage-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama — he has 49 percent to Obama’s 44 percent — among registered voters in the presidential race, according to the latest Gallup Poll daily tracking update.
Prez/Veep: John McCain and Sarah Palin campaigned in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Barack Obama has scheduled stops in the Michigan cities of Flint and Farmington Hills. Joe Biden campaigned in Green Bay, Wis., before heading to Des Moines, Iowa.

WA Gov: Republican challenger Dino Rossi tours the Port of Bellingham Monday afternoon, Bennett Lumber in Clarkston on Tuesday. Democratic incumbent Chris Gregoire
“The idea that somehow, there’s a woman, ’oh my God, I don’t know how to deal with this,’ I think guys who think that way have never been around strong women.” — Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, on debating his Republican rival Sarah Palin.
Four Arizona politicians, including John McCain in 2000, have run for president. All lost.

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