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Spin Control

Tuesday’s quickie political briefing

Today's video: President Bush talked about the financial crisis pretty early this morning. If you weren't up yet, here's the clip

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

Candidates propose raising amount of bank deposits insured by federal government to $250,000

McCain continues focus on Iowa despite polls giving Obama double-digit lead

Early voting begins in Ohio, election officials prepare for rush

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.
Prez/Veep: Barack Obama is scheduled to attend a rally in Reno, Nev. Joe Biden has no public schedule.
John McCain talks about small businesses in Des Moines, Iowa. Sarah Palin has no public schedule.
WA Gov: Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi debate Wednesday in Yakima

“The whole spectrum of Main Street America’s economy is going to be jeopardized unless we pass this legislation. And we didn’t do a good enough job selling it.” — Republican John McCain, speaking about the bailout legislation on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
The Commission on Presidential Debates has assigned 3,100 media credentials for the vice presidential debate — the most ever in the seven vice presidential debates hosted by the commission, the group says.
It's true that Spin Control 2.0 does not normally highlight the Stat of the Day, but given the fact that those 3,100 media types could have been descending on Spokane, rather than St. Louis, we think it only fair to add some emphasis.

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