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Jeannette Finster

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    McCain's advisers released the 71-year Senator's medical history today in a low-key manner by permitting a handful of news media sources access to Mayo clinic records since 2000 (he released his medical records for 2000 and earlier in his 2000 campaign) and through a conference call with his doctors. The boring headlines tell it all: there's nothing juicy there to prevent the Senator from being president. The biggest sign that McCain's medical history is...
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    California is still very much in play for this 2008 presidential race, Republicans be damned. McCain does not plan on conceding the state that carries the most electoral points. Will he win CA? Not likely. Is it possible? It's not impossible. Our own Governor thinks it's possible. But this won't be your typical Republican campaign run by the Republican machine that was successful in the past (the same one that concedes California from the beginning)....
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    On Wednesday, Hillary released round two of her 3 A.M. ad (see the original) in Pennsylvania. It uses the same opening footage, the same opening line, and it's the same 3 A.M. phone-is-ringing scenario. Yep, it's a recycled ad. The differences in round two: the crisis is not a military one but an economic one (3 A.M. seems to be a busy time of day for a president) and she's attacking McCain's economic policies...
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    No, not because he had a record-breaking fundraising day. In fact, McCain sent an email to his supporters asking them to donate to his campaign within the next week in order to make his 1st quarter fundraising numbers look sexy (OK, he didn't actually say he wanted them to look sexy but it's not a bad strategy as a way to compete with Obama). He did, though, pick up the endorsement of former First Lady...
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    Senator McCain is visiting California for three days for the first time since he locked up the Republican nomination. While in the Golden State, The Man hosted a town hall meeting for military families in Chula Vista on Monday, will host a roundtable event for Hispanic small-business owners in Orange County on Tuesday, and will deliver a policy speech to the Los Angeles Foreign Affairs Council on Wednesday. Interspersed, of course, are scheduled fundraising...
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    When it comes to basketball, anyway. The Republican nominee today unveiled a new feature on his website: compare your picks for the 2008 March Madness tournament with his picks. You can even donate your points to the university of your choice so your school can win. Gimmicky? Absolutely. But brilliant. In order to compare your picks, you must create an account; the only required information is your email address and zip code. That's golden...
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    Who knew that today is the 35th anniversary of the day John McCain was released by his captors as a POW in Vietnam? Probably not many people. It's easy to imagine some of the gimmicks campaign consultants were probably tossing around to commemorate the day: McCain sits behind the controls of a replica of the fighter plane he once flew; of a modern Naval fighter plane; McCain's congressional colleagues hold a roast for him...
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    Now that McCain has secured the Republican nomination, much work has to be done to keep his name in the news while that other party decides how to actually produce a winner. So how does McCain's campaign plan on doing that? To start, The Man himself is planning a national tour promoting his life story, an overseas trip to promote his foreign policy experience, and town hall meetings leading through the general election. But...

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