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Politics John McCain

  • Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., answers a question during the first Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2008 election hosted by South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C., Thursday, April 26, 2007. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    When Senator Barack Obama began speaking about the economy on Wednesday, it sounded, at first, as if ghastly news was coming.

  • While the presidential candidates were debating in Nashville on Tuesday night the Asian stock markets were selling off by 10 percent. Earlier in the day the U.S. market plunged by 500 points. These were big-time drops, yet presidential debaters never talk about the stock market. Nashville was no exception.

  • Presidential Debate

    The day after a political debate it seems appropriate to examine just what this presidential campaign means for the TV biz. First, to the debate itself, in which both candidates spent quite a bit of time addressing the plummeting stock market and the financial meltdown, which also surely drove viewers to tune in.

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    Warren Buffett's name was mentioned during last night's debate by both John McCain and Barack Obama as a potential Treasury Secretary, but it seems extremely unlikely Buffett would ever give up Berkshire Hathaway and Omaha and relocate to Washington.

  • Since there should really be no compelling reason to blog or report on Dendreon and Provenge for quite awhile, here's one last hurrah.

  • Financial Crisis

    Governments around the world tried to contain the fast-spreading credit crisis, but stock, bond and commodity markets saw investors bet on a sharp downturn.

  • Barack Obama & John McCain

    The McCain and Obama presidential campaigns traded accusations of mudslinging Monday in the wake of new ads dredging up infamous events from 20, 30, even 40 years ago.

  • I sure hope Sarah Palin talks at some length about drilling in tonight’s debate with Sen. Joe Biden. Palin is an energy expert. And if she is unleashed she can score major points against her opponent, who has opposed every expansion of oil, gas, and nuclear down through the years

  • Sarah Palin

    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin portrayed herself Tuesday as a champion of everyday people while noting her family's stock portfolio took a $20,000 hit last week.

  • If the markets and the election want to make you tear your hair out...here's a much better alternative: laugh. First off--politics. I highly recommend the latest edition of "National Review", where Rob Long, who used to write for "Cheers", has an "article" on suggested reading for pre-teen girls.

  • The single-biggest mistake in the Paulson bank-rescue-plan marketing effort has been the failure to explain clearly how taxpayers are going to recoup $700 billion used to buy toxic assets at auction in order to unfreeze the banking system.

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    With just hours to go, Americans waited for word on whether John McCain would show up for Friday's scheduled debate against Barack Obama, a widely anticipated showdown that has been cast in doubt by U.S. financial chaos and extraordinary political maneuvering.

  • The financial crisis roiling markets in the U.S. and around the world underscores the importance of taking a global perspective, former President Clinton said at the start of his summit of world leaders and celebrities.

  • Crowd of people on the street.

    Not surprisingly, Americans are still down on the economy, according to the latest CNBC survey, with 93 percent of respondents describing it as poor or fair. But, in light of the Wall Street problems on the front page, there are signs that sentiment has bottomed. Nowhere is that more apparent than the huge jump in expectations that the economy will get on track in the next year.

  • John McCain and Barack Obama

    The economic crisis and raw politics threatened to derail the first presidential debate as John McCain challenged Barack Obama to delay the Friday forum and join forces to help Washington fix the financial mess. Obama rebuffed his GOP rival, saying the next president needs to "deal with more than one thing at once."

  • Americans are split on supporting the Bush administration's rescue plan for Wall Street, according to a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll.

  • The financial crisis roiling markets in the U.S. and around the world underscores the importance of taking a global perspective, former President Clinton said at the start of his summit of world leaders and celebrities.

  • Keep France and Soviet Style policies out of the rescue plan. Honestly. A clean bill as requested by Treasury man Henry Paulson, along with John McCain’s oversight board, can help fix the credit-crunch problem. It needn’t be this hard.

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    Much has been made in this Presidential campaign – and much more will be made – about the value of experience and who is qualified to lead. Often, relative youth is cited as a negative.