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Obama and McCain: Torture Enablers

Both presidential candidates say they'll stop torture and close Gitmo. Scratch the surface, though, and their commitment to human rights is less than skin deep.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  08-06-2008  |  Crime & Justice

I Was a Clinton Volunteernew

We go undercover as a campaign volunteer for Hillary Clinton, and find the story of a campaign in a make-or-break primary where messages are tightly controlled.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Tom Namako  |  04-21-2008  |  Politics

New Database Could Make it Tougher to Track Illegal Spendingnew

San Francisco's recent move to a privatized electronic campaign finance database will make it more difficult to track amendments to reports on political spending, a change that has caused a conflict between top-level staffers at the Ethics Commission.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Sarah Phelan  |  01-23-2008  |  Politics

Who's Afraid of John Edwards?

Mainstream media is giving four to five times more coverage to Obama and Clinton than Edwards, far more than their share of popular support. Their corporate owners have reason to fear him.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  01-22-2008  |  Commentary

Dean Wins! How Howard Dean Became President of the

In the most stunning election-day upset in American history, Howard Dean was elected president Tuesday. Karl Rove was so unhinged by the defeat, he strangled a jackalope to death at the Bush compound in Crawford.
New Haven Advocate  |  Tom Gogola  |  11-05-2004  |  Comedy

What Did Ralph Nader Do With Our Money?new

The public’s money, it seems, went to fund a sloppy and sometimes incompetent attempt to get a candidate whom nobody wanted on the ballot, onto ballots.
Boston Phoenix  |  David S. Bernstein  |  10-28-2004  |  Politics

How GOP Billionaires Bankroll the Bushiesnew

Republicans are filling the GOP’s 527 gap, and a group of super-rich supporters has funded them with massive donations. With sidebar on the GOP's dirty donor (baker's) dozen.
Boston Phoenix  |  David S. Bernstein  |  10-28-2004  |  Politics

Underdog Senate Candidate Hiked Alone Across Ohionew

Democrat Eric Fingerhut doesn't have the money his powerful opponent, Republican George Voinovich, does. So he's walking across the state of Ohio, where nobody walks anywhere if he can possibly help it. Trudging along a two-lane highway could make a candidate look like a nut.
Cleveland Scene  |  Chris Maag  |  10-25-2004  |  Politics

Vermonter's Internet Ax-Grinding Attracts National Attention

A Vermont blogger, best known for starting the first grassroots Howard Dean Web site, is now affecting political change by raising money for web-media campaigns targeted to local races.
Seven Days  |  Cathy Resmer  |  10-20-2004  |  Media

Survey Says?new

News organizations especially should insist on the best methods for the polls they commission. However, the reality is that newspapers and television stations across the country are only interested in sharing credit for the surveys and making news by announcing the results.
Arkansas Times  |  Warwick Sabin  |  10-08-2004  |  Media

Bush’s Turnnew

Finally, the media turn their sights on the president. But Kerry supporters shouldn’t get too excited by the claims of gossip diva Kitty Kelley and a flawed CBS report.
Boston Phoenix  |  Dan Kennedy  |  09-21-2004  |  Politics

Going Negative

In his recent book Politicking, Bill Rauch, mayor of Beaufort, S.C., and former press secretary for Mayor Ed Koch, recounts the 2000 smear campaign against John McCain and how it cost him the South Carolina Republican primary. Are those same forces at work in the Swift Boat attacks against Kerry?
Charleston City Paper  |  Kristen George  |  09-16-2004  |  Politics

Political Notesnew

Music has played an important role in every American election since George Washington waltzed into office.
Boston Phoenix  |  Matt Ashare  |  09-10-2004  |  Politics

Ground Zeronew

Republican convention protesters prepare for permitless rallies in bunkered-down city.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Marisa Handler  |  08-25-2004  |  Politics

The Math to Beat Bush: 10 States Could Swing the Electionnew

Forget the polls. Forget the national campaign. Even more than in 2000, the presidential race will be decided in a handful of states that could go either way. So far, it’s looking good for Kerry.
Boston Phoenix  |  Dan Kennedy  |  08-16-2004  |  Politics

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