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Texans for Obama Take New Mexico by Storm

Rachel Farris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rachel Farris

"The bathroom," our busdriver Jerry announced, "is like an outhouse. So don't use it unless it's an emergency. An' if you do have to use it, put the lid down. That'll help keep the smell down for the people in the back." Five rows from the back of the bus, I observed those around me looking uncomfortably at one another.

McCain-Palin's Phony Love Affair With Main Street

Jack Rothman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jack Rothman

The Republicans have always opposed regulation of business that protects the "little people" against greed-ridden and corrupt practices of insatiable corporate elites.

Inboxes in South Filled With Warnings About Aliens, Commies and Schizophrenia

Linda Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Linda Hansen

It's getting crazy down here in Dixie. When we're not talking to ourselves, we're talking to everybody else -- whether they want to listen or not. Yada-yada-Muslim, yada-yada-antichrist, yada-yada-doesn't-want-America-to-win, yada-yada-he's-a-commie-socialist!

Sen. Bayh Denounced McCain Campaign Attacks at Obama Rally in VA

Teresa Caviness | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Teresa Caviness

The Obama campaign made a series of stops in the Commonwealth recently. Among those was a rally at J.R. Tucker High in Henrico County, a suburb of Ric...

Escape to Europe, Our Election Follows

Chris Savage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris Savage

In this small Italian town at the base of the Alps, I could watch the presidential debate in English on CNN, in English on the BBC and on no less than three other channels shown with a slight delay and translated instantly into Italian.

Voters in Ohio: We've Had Enough Hard Times

Teresa McCoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Teresa McCoy

I hear real fear in voices when friends and neighbors say they don't know how they will pay their gas bill this winter, how they can possibly raise the money they need to send their children to college. Or how the price of everything keeps going up.

Major Newspaper Endorsements, Polls Inspire Florida Democrats

Ron Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ron Levitt

MIAMI -- Unless Democratic voters get over-confident and stay home on Nov. 4th, Florida will become a Blue State and provide 27 electoral votes to ...

Florida's Early Voting Process Seems Rife For Another Challenge If Election Close

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brian Ross

Most of the poll workers are elderly, and not particularly adept at using the computers. My agent took almost five minutes to find me in the system and issue me a ballot. One woman who exited the polling place after half an hour was apparently dead, even though she looked quite well.

America Needs to Reevaluate Social Conditions That Let Poverty Persist

Jane Devin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jane Devin

In the political dialogue of soccer moms, bubbas, the liberal elite, family values, Joe Six-Packs, and the omnipresent nuclear family, the poor have all but become invisible. It's not trendy to talk about the poor in an age dominated by bootstrap philosophies, plastic surgery, jogging suits, and positive thinking mantras.

Real Change Depends On Replacing Entrenched Party Operatives

David Lucht | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Lucht

There may be good reasons to vote the Republican ticket, but the hope that John McCain will bring change to Washington cannot be counted as one of them.

Time to Define a "Small Business" in America

Steve Colby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Steve Colby

Our friend Joe the Plumber, for instance, can post yearly receipts of up to $14 million -- and still be considered a small businessman.

Lives Were Lost for Your Right to Vote

Robert D. Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert D. Patterson

"A lot of my students say voting is not as important in the post civil rights world ... I first encourage them to become more involved in the political process. The more you understand the process, the more you understand how important the right to vote is."

Middle Eastern Bloggers Commend Powell for Support of Muslim Americans

John Liebhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Liebhardt

Why shouldn't a Muslim child born and raised in the U.S. not be able to dream that she could one day be the president of the U.S.?

Army of Youth Braves Rain to Work Obama Event

Adrienne Birecree | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Adrienne Birecree

Roanoke, Virginia - For what or whom would you stand in line in the rain for over two hours? Anything? In Roanoke, Virginia yesterday thousands from...

My Protest at Palin Rally Finds Some Support From the Crowd

Susan Eleuterio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Susan Eleuterio

Noblesville, Indiana -- A group of intrepid peace activist Hoosiers (members of CodePINK, Women for Peace) braved a Sarah Palin rally in Noblesville, ...

Taxes Are Not Always A Bad Thing

Jennifer Bernard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennifer Bernard

The taxes on Joe-the-Plumber's $250,000 bought me my first-grade textbooks when my family was on food stamps. I do not feel guilty that Joe may have had to drink less-expensive champagne that year so that I could have a sandwich for dinner.

Obama Makes His Seventh Trip to Southwest Virginia

Lisa Solod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lisa Solod

Roanoke, Virginia -- To the music of Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" and against a backdrop of a huge contingent of screaming Virginia Tech students ...

OffTheBus Campaign Journals

Off The Bus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Off The Bus

Go to the OffTheBus Campaign Journals to find the stories of our grassroots correspondents. Take a look to learn more about the experiences of support...

Weekly Roundup, Readers Drowning in the Mud of McCain's Campaign

Chris Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris Nelson

While Obama continues to outspend and outcool his way to national polling margins that are increasingly insurmountable, McCain has latched on to Joe the Plumber as his last vestige of hope while his campaign continues the barrage of negativity through ads and robocalling.

McCain's Tax Plans Also Redistribute Wealth

Edward Rotchford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Edward Rotchford

McCain could have been a real "maverick" and told his party that he opposes the Bush Tax Cuts just like he originally did. But no. That's because McCain is not a true leader when it comes to the economic crisis this country faces.

Most International Bloggers Think Obama Won on Temperament

Amira Al Hussaini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amira Al Hussaini

One blogger wrote: "Obama was unbelievably calm, collected and straight to the point. In fact he went out of his way to be nice while McCain was constantly attacking and putting on that fake, scary smile. Damn, that smile is scary."

We Need a President Who Plays Well With Others

Pam Atherton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pam Atherton

Enough with the campaign promises. That's not what we need right now, especially since most of the promises probably won't happen anyway. What we need is a president who respects others. Especially the women-folk.

Rural Nevada Dems Come Out Of The Closet

Ryan Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ryan Rivera

ELKO, Nev. -- When Mable Kite decided to get involved in a political campaign for the first time in her life, she jumped right into the deep end. She ...

If You Love Jesus, Vote For Obama

Christine Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Wicker

If McCain wins this election, the Religious Right and Sarah Palin will take the credit. The Religious Right's hold on the Republican Party will be even stronger, and the party will be pulled deeper into an extremism that serves only a small minority of Americans.

New Media Brings More People Into the Politically Active Fold

Justin Callaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Justin Callaway

The debate is over and here come the video responses. Larry Flynt and SNL aren't alone in their election opportunism, many an enterprising YouTuber ha...