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MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2008

Monday's quickie political briefing

The tracks of those pollsWhere's the SNL video? We had it up Sunday. Click here to get to it.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 foreclosuresMcCain, supporters…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2008

Say it ain't so, Joe!

Joe the Plumber's 15 minutes of pain are turning out to be a bit of a headache.First of all, Joe ain't a plumber. And, when the media hordes descend upon you, God knows what they'll dig up.Go inside to read the Associated Press's latest account.

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2008

Presidential candidate making Spokane stop

If it seems as though the Inland Northwest has been demoted to Nowheresville as far as the the presidential campaign is concerned, take heart. Spokane will once again be a stop on for a presidential candidate next Monday. Not John McCain or Barack Obama, however.Chuck…

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Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Here's how pollster.com sees Washington's gubernatorial race shaping up.Debate watch: Spokane Democrats will be at Toad Hall, 1437 W. Dean; College Republicans will host a party Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press.Final debate offers McCain another chance to shake…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2008

Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Today's fun video: Remember, this is satire.Here are the headlines in today's presidential campaign from The Associated Press:McCain proposes eliminating tax on unemployment benefits as part of his latest economic plan Obama calls for moratorium on foreclosures, two-year tax break for businesses that create jobsPalin…

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MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2008

Monday's quickie political briefing

Today's fun video: The problems of running against a reform campaign (According to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?")Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:McCain campaign sending mixed signals on whether candidate will offer new economic proposalsOusted Alaska safety commissioner says…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 10, 2008

Friday's quickie political briefing

Today's fun video: What's real, what's fake in the presidential race?For those who expected to see the SNL take on the presidential debate, (because Spin Control 2.0 always offers up SNL), it's inside the blog. Click here and scroll to the bottom.Here are today's headlines…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 2008

Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's fun video: The Daily Show looks at Tuesday's debateHere are today's headlines in the presidential race from the Associated Press:McCain says Obama link to ex-radical raises questions about honestyObama says McCain mortgage plan would reward bad behavior of lenders at taxpayer expenseBiden says McCain’s…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

The Nielsen ratings for the second presidential debate Tuesday were up...almost as high as the ratings for the veep debate. Here's a clip of the first chunk of the debate, and the others are inside the blog.Embedded video from CNN VideoHere are today's headlines in…

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MONDAY, OCT. 6, 2008

Wondering about the veep debate?

There were plenty of misstatements on both sides in the vice presidential debate, according to FactCheck.org.Sen. Joe Biden was wrong when he said Barack Obama and John McCain voted the same way on a particular tax bill, and when he said McCain wouldn't even sit…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2008

For tonight's debate

As if the veep debate won't be fun on its own, some Internet wag came up with Sarah Palin Bingo, which gives viewers a chance to bet on which phrases will come up in what order.They have four different cards, and a blank for you…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Today's videos: McCain, Obama discuss the economic bailoutReminder: The deadline for registering to vote on-line or by mail is Saturday.Not registered? Click here for more informationHere are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:Polls show Obama has the advantage in trio of…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2008

John, Sarah and Katie

Bonus video: Katie Couric's interviews with Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin continue this week. For those who missed last night's, here's the sit-down interview that included John McCain, and spends a fair amount of time on invading Pakistan.

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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 PressCandidates propose raising amount of bank deposits insured by federal government to $250,000McCain…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2008


Roll call on the bailout

Here's how the Northwest delegation broke down on the proposal the bailout package, also known as the Economic Stabilization Plan.Voting NoCathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.Doc Hastings, R-Wash.Dave Reichert, R-Wash.Jay Inslee, D-Wash.Bill Sali, R-IdahoEarl Blumenauer, D-Ore.Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.David Wu, D-Ore.Voting YesNorm Dicks, D-Wash.Brian Baird, D-Wash.Adam Smith, D-Wash.Jim…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2008

That was the week that was

John McCain suspended his campaign to go to Washington to help out with the economic talksBut he left David Letterman high and dry for a guest spotSarah Palin met with world leaders at the UN, and with Katie Couric on CBS McCain unsuspended his campaign…

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Friday's quickie political briefing

Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:First presidential debate is on as McCain agrees to participate. Watch the video:Biden meets Georgian president without reporters during opening photo opportunityDavid Letterman continues assault on McCain Watch the video:Palin says she will donate…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2008

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2008

McCain and Obama issue joint statement

This statement on the economic talks just arrived by e-mail from the McCain campaign. Joint Statement of Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama “The American people are facing a moment of economic crisis. No matter how this began, we all have a responsibility to…

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Going, going, GOP

The Washington State Democratic Party clearly doesn't like the fact that Dino Rossi lists his party preference as GOP. It's not like they filed suit just because they've got lawyers sitting around doing nothing.Or do they?In any case, here's another bit of data to consider.…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2008

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 IIListen to part of today's speech: Obama pledges deep cuts in spending to fix economyListen to part of today's speech: Obama and McCain attack each other…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 20, 2008

That was the week that was

It was a week in which the economy dominated everything, even the presidential race and Washington's gubernatorial race.At the beginning of the week, Republican presidential hopeful John McCain insisted "the fundamentals of the economy are strong," a phrase he's used many times in recent months.But…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2008

We gotcher debates, right here

The vice presidential candidates won't debate in Spokane, but candidates for governor and Eastern Washington's 5th Congressional District will. And voters will get a chance to ask questions.Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, and GOP challenger Dino Rossi, and Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her…

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