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Spin Control

Thursday’s quickie political briefing

Today's Web site: Think you can do better on the federal budget than the candidates? Take your best shot

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

Biden says paying higher taxes gives wealthier Americans a chance to be patriotic

Obama tells voters McCain is not a moderate on abortion despite that perception

Hagel says it’s a ’stretch’ to call Palin qualified to be president

Their town still recovering from flooding, Cedar Rapids residents wish McCain would tour city

Prez/Veep: Barack Obama holds a rally in Espanola, N.M. Joe Biden campaigns in Ohio.
John McCain and Sarah Palin talk to voters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Green Bay, Wis.
“It’s time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.” — Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaking about wealthier Americans paying more taxes, in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Since their party conventions, the two presidential campaigns have shown ads nearly 70,000 times in battleground states and on national cable and national network television at a total cost of more than $15 million, according to TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group, a firm that tracks ads.

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