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Jeff Johnson

Obama poised to be first 'wired' president (CNN.com) - 0 views

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    Judging by Obama's savvy use of social-networking sites during his campaign and the interactive nature of his transition team's Web site, Americans can expect a president who bypasses the traditional media's filters while reaching out to citizens for input, observers say.

    "The rebooting of our democracy has begun," said Andrew Rasiej, founder of Personal Democracy Forum and the techPresident blog. "[Obama] has the potential to transform the relationship between the American public and their democracy."
Dean Mantz

grhartman's Bookmarks on Delicious - 0 views

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    Here is a list of website resources for Presidential Inauguration via GHartman on Twitter.
Dean Mantz

@Scholastic - 0 views

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    Meet Barack Obama courtesy of Scholastic.
Peggy George

Change.gov-Barack Obama's site inviting participation - 0 views

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    I really like this web site which models web 2.0 communication inviting participation throughout the site on issues, stories, etc. while providing helpful information. Check it out. It also provides a link to a Presidential Transition Directory. The Transition Directory was developed to introduce Presidential nominees, appointees, and members of the President-elect's Transition Team to the operation of the Federal government and to the resources available to help them begin their service in the new Administration. Very helpful organizational chart and other information for students learning about government.
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    Up to date announcedments and information about Barack Obama. He invites people to share their inspiring stories from the campaign and election day. Every page invites people to provide feedback on his agenda for the presidency. Excellent model for web 2.0 and a tool for communication.
Jeff Johnson

Where McCain, Obama stand on the issues (The Associated Press) - 0 views

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    The plans of presidential candidates are never set in stone, if only because circumstances and the makeup of Congress change after the election. The uncertainty is even deeper in this election because Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain laid out most of their agenda before the government committed up to $700 billion to address the financial crisis.

    Obama acknowledges what is true for both: "The next president will have to scale back his agenda and some of his proposals." Yet neither candidate has spelled out what promises might have to be postponed or changed. With that caution, here's a look at where McCain and Obama stand on a selection of issues.
Jeff Johnson

Surging Obama campaign suggests US racism on the wane (csmonitor.com) - 0 views

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    The issue of race has been intertwined with the history of the United States since its inception. It has brought out the nation's best and its worst - from the courage of the civil rights workers to the murderous terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Barack Obama's meteoric rise already warrants a chapter of its own, and his mixed-race heritage has already played a pivotal role in this year's election. It helped the Illinois senator win key primaries in Southern states like South Carolina. But it also cost him some white support in some struggling industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to polls.
Jeff Johnson

Major Endorsements For Obama - Digital Journal: Your News Network - 0 views

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    News, photos, video and debates from citizen journalists and bloggers around the world.
Jeff Johnson

Obama Rally Draws 100,000 in Missouri (WSJ.com) - 0 views

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    Barack Obama attracted 100,000 people at a Saturday rally here, his biggest crowd ever at a U.S. event.

    The crowd assembled under the Gateway Arch on a sunny Saturday afternoon to hear Obama speak about taxes and slam the Republicans on economic issues.

    Lt. Samuel Dotson of the St. Louis Police Department confirmed the number of attendees piled into the grassy lawn by the Mississippi River.

    To be sure, big crowds don't always signal a big turnout on Election Day. But Obama's ability to draw his largest audience yet in a typically red state that just weeks ago looked out of reach, could signal a changing electoral map.
Jeff Johnson

Questioning Obama (washingtonpost.com) - 0 views

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    He leads nationally in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll by 53 percent to 43 percent. He leads, too, by a wide margin in estimates of the Electoral College. Virtually all of the closest states left at this point voted for President Bush four years ago.

    The presidential race is not over, but at this point, Obama has a better chance of becoming president than McCain, and as a result, the questions ought to be going toward him as much or more than McCain -- questions not of tactics but of substance.
Jeff Johnson

Obama gaining among rural voters (csmonitor.com) - 0 views

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    Barack Obama is gaining support in the rural, conservative town of McArthur, Ohio, reflecting nationwide trends in which the Illinois senator has been consolidating support among independents and in some traditional Republican strongholds.With just three weeks until the election, political analysts say absent an October surprise it will be difficult for Republican John McCain to turn things around. That's a challenge his campaign, which has been written off before, says it is delighted to take up.

Jeff Johnson

Silencing the Students - 0 views

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    For the first time since 1964, Democrats actually have a chance of winning Virginia's 13 electoral votes. Barack Obama is up 4.8% according to the Real Clear Politics average, and according to Nate Silver, Virginia could be one of this election's decisive swing states. And, in a state with 161 colleges and 483,159 students, the predominantly Democratic youth vote could play a huge role in tipping the election Obama's way.

    But there's a hold-up: Virginia's local laws make it exceedingly difficult for students to register in their college towns. Indeed, though other states like Idaho and Tennessee also make student registration so difficult as to border on disenfranchisement, the barriers to student voter registration in Virginia are, some experts say, some of the most problematic in the country.
Jeff Johnson

JS Online: Obama has slight edge in state, new poll says - 0 views

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    In a new Wisconsin poll by CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain by 51% to 46%.

    The survey of 859 likely voters was taken Friday through Monday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

    The results are similar to the last poll by the same sponsors, a mid-September survey in which Obama led 50% to 47%.

    Four other states were polled at the same time. In the latest survey, Obama led McCain 50% to 47% in Ohio and 53% to 45% in New Hampshire. The two were tied at 49% in North Carolina, and McCain led 51% to 46% in Indiana.
Jeff Johnson

Kicking oil habit harder than they say: ENN - 0 views

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    A host of energy policy experts agree that true "energy independence"-a key catch phrase of this presidential campaign-would be far more expensive and disruptive than either candidate is telling you.

    Our oil addiction hamstrings America's foreign policy and military, contributes to global warming and has robbed the nation of trillions of dollars. One of the country's leading energy modelers estimates that foreign-oil dependence cost our economy $750 billion this year, a little more than the daunting price tag of the proposed Wall Street bailout.
Jeff Johnson

CNN Electoral Map Calculator - Election Center 2008 from CNN.com - 0 views

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    With national, state, and county maps, CNN.com's Campaign Fundraising Interactive Map provides an in-depth view into the campaign fundraising of the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.
Jeff Johnson

The Big Sort : Will Rural Voters Make It Three in a Row for Republicans? - 0 views

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    Will Rural Voters Make It Three in a Row for Republicans?
    Rural and exurban voters made George Bush president -- twice.
Jeff Johnson

http://wiscadproject.wisc.edu/wiscads_release_091708.pdf - 0 views

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    * Over $15 million spent in presidential TV advertising since conclusion of conventions
    * More than 55% of McCain ads are in conjunction with RNC
    * Nearly all Obama ads all paid for with candidate money
    * Obama airs larger percentage of negative ads than McCain
    * Traditional battleground states receive majority of ad spending
Jeff Johnson

FactCheck.org: FactChecking Obama - 0 views

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    He stuck to the facts, except when he stretched them.
Jeff Johnson

FactCheck.org: Obama's Celebrity Cred - 0 views

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    A new McCain ad calls Obama a celebrity (true) who says he'll raise taxes on electricity (false).
Jeff Johnson

FactCheck.org: Belittling Palin? - 0 views

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    A McCain-Palin TV ad accuses Obama of being "disrespectful" of Palin, but it distorts quotes to make the case.
Jeff Johnson

Media Matters - NPR's Liasson falsely claimed distortion-laden McCain ad - 0 views

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    Summary: On NPR's Morning Edition, Mara Liasson asserted that a new McCain campaign ad "catalogued all of the false or sexist or awful things that Democrats and Obama supporters have said about [Gov.] Sarah Palin." In fact, the ad did not "catalogue" any "false" statements the Obama campaign or other Democrats have made about Palin and, as FactCheck.org noted, the ad "distorts" each of the three Obama campaign statements it uses "to make the case" that Sen. Barack Obama is "being 'disrespectful' of Palin."
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