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Spin Control

Monday’s quickie political briefing

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

McCain says economic crisis worst since World War II
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Obama pledges deep cuts in spending to fix economy
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Obama and McCain attack each other in new television ads

Biden calls for stronger voice for National Guard within the Defense Department

AP-Yahoo Poll: Blacks, whites still see society through different lenses

To read the stories behind the headlines, and the campaign ads mentioned above, click here and scroll down.

Democrat Barack Obama holds a slight edge over Republican John McCain — Obama has 48 percent to McCain’s 44 percent — among registered voters in the presidential race, according to the latest Gallup Poll daily tracking update.
Prez/Veep: John McCain is scheduled to hold a town-hall style meeting in Scranton, Pa, before joining Sarah Palin at a rally in Media, Pa.
Barack Obama is scheduled to campaign in Green Bay, Wis., before attending a fundraiser in Chicago. Joe Biden planned to address National Guard Association of the United States in Baltimore.
WA Gov: Dino Rossi attends the National Federation of Independent Business retreat in Lake Chelan. Chris Gregoire campaigns with James Carville in Seattle.
“We cannot give a blank check to Washington with no oversight and accountability when no oversight and accountability is what got us into this mess in the first place.” — Barack Obama, on the nation’s economic crisis.
Undecided voters and those who say they might switch candidates preferred Democrat Barack Obama to be their child’s schoolteacher over Republican John McCain by 18 percentage points, according to an AP-Yahoo News survey.

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