Monday, October 27, 2008

NATIONAL & WORLD DIGEST - October 26, 2008

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New York Times
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-Desperately Seeking Seriousness
As the economic scene has darkened, Americans have rediscovered the virtue of seriousness. And this has worked to Barack Obama's advantage.

-Mayor of Moscow Exports Russia's New Nationalism
Yuri M. Luzhkov has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the last decade to support ethnic Russians and stoke separatism in nations on Russia's borders.

Washington Post
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-Campaign Contributions Get New Scrutiny Online
Obama's record $150M donations in Sept. raises bipartisan concerns about fundraising through faceless credit card transactions over the Web.

-A 21st Century FDR?
Assuming office in a crisis, the next president has a chance to achieve greatness.

-Military Probes General for Guantanamo Actions
The Air Force is investigating a top official in the Guantanamo war crimes trials following complaints that he inappropriately sought to influence the prosecution of cases, military officials said Saturday. Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann supervised the prosecution of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the legal adviser of the military commissions, until he was reassigned last month.

Fort Report
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-Many factors test limits of loyalty for political wives, therapists say

-GOP challenges to new voters set back by courts

-Obama on winding path to historic goal

-The U.N.'s Pick - Obama

-Obama for President - St. Petersburg Times

-Swift Boat Financier Finds Efforts Are Muted

-Palin allies report rising campaign tension

Forwarded from Ron Mills
About Obama: Great Moments in Election-Year Blogging
Here Is a Tongue And Cheek Look At Stories From The Wing Nuts
No matter what happens in this year's election, the conservative blogosphere deserves to win a collective Pulitzer Prize for its election-year coverage.

Forwarded from Leon VanDyke
Nice Obama story making the rounds
The Norwegian newspaper VG has reported a truly amazing story about a newly-wed trying to get to Norway to be with her husband, and the stranger who helped pay an unexpected luggage surcharge. The blog "Leisha's Random Thoughts" has translated the story. It was 1988, and Mary Andersen was at the Miami airport checking in for a long flight to Norway to be with her husband when the airline representative informed her that she wouldn't be able to check her luggage without paying a 100 surcharge: When it was finally Mary's turn, she got the message that would crush her bubbling feeling of happiness. -You'll have to pay a 103 dollar surcharge if you want to take both those suitcases to Norway , the man behind the counter said. Mary had no money. Her new husband had travelled ahead of her to Norway , and she had no one else to call. [...] As tears streamed down her face, she heard a "gentle and friendly voice" behind her saying, "That's okay, I'll pay for her." Mary turned around to see a tall man whom she had never seen before. [...] The first thing I thought was, Who is this man? Although this happened 20 years ago, Mary still remembers the authority that radiated from the man. [...] Who was the man? Barack Obama.


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