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Obama Enjoys Kennedy-esque Popularity in Ireland

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2009 | 5:44 PM

Forget about the luck of the Irish. Ireland is facing its most serious economic crisis in decades. Its government -- led by bumbling Taoiseach Brian Cowen -- inspires the same sort of confidence that charging Gen. George Pickett does among Civil War historians, and after rejecting the Lisbon Treaty in...

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Congress Scraps a Good Car with Bad Steering

(7) Comments | Posted November 19, 2008 | 6:09 PM

Congress might as well be arguing about the sale of the state of Michigan as it debates the proposed bailout of the Big Three automotive makers.

Whatever message voters sent to the GOP on Tuesday, Nov. 4, it's become increasingly apparent the party leadership has not received it. The remarks...

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Cool, Calm and Collected at Grand Rapids Polling Station

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 3:49 PM

With McCain's surprise withdrawal from the state on Oct. 2, and Obama enjoying a major advantage in the latest polling, Michigan's 17 electoral votes are all but in the bank for the Illinois senator. Nevertheless, record turnout is expected today in the Wolverine state - just two weeks ago Michigan...

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Obama Signals the End of Days, Colorado Evangelicals Tell Irish Times

(62) Comments | Posted October 29, 2008 | 3:08 AM

In an unusual piece published in the Irish Times today, evangelical voters in Colorado Springs expressed their belief that the increasingly likely election of Barack Obama "brings to mind the prophecies that the Bible tells us about."

Daniel Lopez told the Times says "it is exciting for us as conservatives...

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Indiana Home to Increasing Numbers of Once-Rare Blue Hoosiers

(14) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 2:31 PM

Another ominous sign for the McCain campaign is the most recent polling average by Real Clear Politics, which has Barack Obama leading -- albeit barely -- in Indiana, a state that hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential contender since Johnson in 1964. A recent trip to the Hoosier state by...

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GM Shutters Michigan Plant, Further Eroding McCain-Palin Support

(38) Comments | Posted October 20, 2008 | 8:00 AM

In a smoke-filled bowling alley in Wyoming, Michigan, Laura Burns unofficially acts as the Wednesday women's league spokesperson: "I'm leaning toward McCain," she says. "But I'm leaning toward the old McCain."

In the wake of news that General Motors will shutdown its metal stamping plant here and leave close to...

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Who Won the Final Debate? Drudge Votes Early...

(77) Comments | Posted October 15, 2008 | 11:24 PM

In the words of Amy Poehler's Katie Couric, "again, and not to belabor the point," but in regard to the Drudge Report's erratic -- even by neoconservative standards -- coverage of the final campaign push, exactly what, may I ask, is the purpose of conducting a poll on "Who won...

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Palin Non Grata: Even Drudge Avoids Wading into the Palin Ethics Swamp

(74) Comments | Posted October 11, 2008 | 3:43 AM

I cannot help but notice that, as of 2:17 a.m. EST on Saturday, the vastly popular Drudge Report hadn't included a single reference to Friday's report that Sarah Palin did indeed abuse her powers as governor in the firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

(Saturday Morning,...

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Go Blue: McCain All But Concedes Michigan

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2008 | 6:09 PM

Hours after the announcement of McCain's pull-out from Michigan, the Republican candidate's local organization in Grand Rapids seemed caught off guard.

The McCain campaign was not saying much about its candidate's decision to abandon Michigan, a move first reported early Wednesday afternoon by Politico during a swing of appearances by...

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War Protesters Confront McCain In Swing-State Michigan

(34) Comments | Posted September 17, 2008 | 9:59 PM

The most dangerous intersection in Grand Rapids, Michigan, may be Division and Fulton, though not for the most obvious of reasons.

For the past six years, a group known as Peace Presence has held weekly vigils at the site, including cardboard signs encouraging passing traffic to "Honk for Peace" and...

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McCain Boosted In Michigan by Economic Gloom and Romney Rumors

(8) Comments | Posted July 24, 2008 | 2:01 PM

On the same morning that Ford posted an $8.7 billion loss, today's Quinnipiac polls shows a McCain resurgence in several key battleground states, particularly Michigan. The gains are not surprising. As Ford and GM continue their reported flirtation with bankruptcy, now more than ever, Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm is taking...

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Midwest Auto Workers Look To Obama For Change

(10) Comments | Posted July 18, 2008 | 3:29 PM

The Rust Belt is losing its red tint. It has been more than 40 years since Indiana voted for a Democrat in a presidential election, but discontent among the state's auto and manufacturing workers has them supporting the Democratic Party and Obama this election season as the best hope to...

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The Holdouts: Michigan's Brewer Yet To Endorse Obama

(7) Comments | Posted June 28, 2008 | 1:49 AM

In all the excitement over Obama's primary victory, many Michigan Democrats seem to have dropped their outrage over their state party's bungled primary. But in the light of this weekend's strangely satisfying and dare I say passionate political makeup by Obama and Clinton, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer seems...

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Midwest Editors Shifting On Gay Marriage

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2008 | 2:31 AM

Coming to an American Midwest near you: gay marriage -- at least in the papers.

On a day when the Obama campaign announced the appointment of Brian Bond and Dave Noble to its high-level national election team -- both men prominent advocates for the LGBT communities -- there...

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Does Obama have a thing for Michigan?

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2008 | 5:34 PM

More newsworthy than Al Gore's endorsement of Obama last night, may be the fact that the formal endorsement occurred in Michigan -- the site of John Edwards announcement back in May.

The point of true interest follows from an article published yesterday by AP, which states:

"Barack Obama's campaign...
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Election 2008: The Race Election

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2008 | 12:50 AM

It can't be denied that Sen. Barack Obama's victory over Sen. Hillary Clinton amounts to an achievement on par with some of the great political coups in American history. In a Democratic primary defined more by circumstance than by policy differences, the children of tomorrow will forever be indebted to...

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McCain Spends $1M Campaigning Without Rival In Mich.

(5) Comments | Posted June 12, 2008 | 11:17 PM

The stumbling McCain campaign it appears has been managing to lose a race against no one in a critical general election state, despite spending more than $500,000 per week since May 28th on TV ads there. The presumptive Republican nominee has had months to campaign without formal opposition in Michigan,...

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Wisconsin Diary: My Grandparents Think McCain's Too Old

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2008 | 11:03 PM

Several weeks ago I received an e-mail from my grandmother in Appleton, Wisconsin. It began:

Dear Dan,

Thank you for the update on your primary. Yesterday we did listen to Obama's speech and were impressed. (Pretty good for two people who have mostly voted Republican)...We even think we might vote...

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Gore's Sacrifice Squandered

(4) Comments | Posted June 2, 2008 | 1:14 AM

Enough about Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party at large. The real loser in this historic battle for the Democratic nomination is Al Gore. Following his defeat by Katherine and the Supremes in 2000, the candidate-turned-caveman-turned-activist quickly became something of a rallying cry for Democrats. Gore was the primary victim...

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Turning Tables In The Temple: Obama In Grand Rapids

(9) Comments | Posted May 15, 2008 | 12:45 AM

If Grand Rapids, Mich., were Jerusalem (and some have suggested it's not far off), its temple would be Van Andel Arena. The 12,000-seat venue is named for the late Amway co-founder and Republican heavyweight Jay Van Andel and it is home to all manner of beasts and beauties-- hosting hockey...

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