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Today we learned that the Republican Party spent an almost unfathomable $150,000 in the month of September alone on clothes and makeup for Sarah “Joe Sixpack” Palin. This is a breathtaking figure, and the irony is certainly delicious. However, I can’t escape the feeling that something here is still missing. Now, if only I could…

I was excited when I saw that The New England Journal of Medicine had today published summaries by Obama and McCain of their health care plans, expecting something quite detailed to appeal to a highly critical expert audience. However, their summaries were still as general and vague as ever. Regardless, these new write-ups are still…

Barack Obama: Health Care Is a Right

When I think back to the presidential debate last night, one moment stands out in my mind more than any other. And, no, it wasn’t McCain calling Obama “that one“. It was the discussion following Tom Brokaw’s question “Is health care in America a privilege, a right, or a responsibility?” Health care came up several…

Recent polls have shown that voters trust Obama over McCain in addressing the economy by a margin of about 10-15%. But, what do the experts think? The Economist conducted its own poll of economists (appropriately), and found that they agreed that Obama is the stronger candidate when it comes to the economy–but by a much…

Obama on Science and Technology

On Saturday, ScienceDebate 2008 and Scientists and Engineers for America (SEA) announced that Barack Obama answered a fourteen-part questionnaire that they put together along with several other scientifically oriented organizations. Major props to ScienceDebate, SEA, and these other organizations for making this happen and to Barack Obama for thoroughly answering these fourteen questions. I’d encourage…

Am I taking crazy pills, or do people honestly believe that saying that being a prisoner of war doesn’t automatically qualify you to be president is the same as attacking someone’s service record? Because, this latest media flare-up over Wesley Clark’s remarks is getting exceedingly absurd. John McCain went through hell in Vietnam, and he…

I’ve been pretty open here about my support of Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency, but one issue I certainly disagree with him on is his support of corn ethanol subsidies. Unfortunately, it looks like that this is one issue he’s unlikely to improve on, as The New York Times reports today that ties to…

As the media circus over Jeremiah Wright continues, it should give us pause that the media hasn’t decided to focus on John McCain and his embrace of a wide range of religious bigots. Although McCain once called these men “agents of intolerance” in 2000, he has since done a total flip-flop and openly embraced them…

This morning, I had to wake up to another article about John McCain’s and Hillary Clinton’s proposal to temporarily waive the gas tax this summer. That’s it. I’m just going to have to come out and say it: this is a really, really, really stupid idea. Period. I’m not an economist–far from it–but you don’t…

Via the ABC News blog Political Punch comes news that senator and Republican presidential candidate John McCain has taken a strong stance on the discredited link between vaccination and autism… a stance contrary to scientific consensus. Here’s what Jake Tapper wrote: At a town hall meeting Friday in Texas, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., declared that…