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I've been talking for a while about how appalled I am by McCain's negative campaigning. I've been talking for a while about how appalled I am by McCain's negative... more
Nancy Lee Grahn hosts an event in which the soap actresses from The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, and General Hospital all discuss the pros and cons of a vote for Obama.
Jane Elliot, Mary Beth Evans, Nancy lee Grahn, Kimberly McCullough, and Heather Tom speak to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky about the presidential election and the issues surrounding it.Nancy Lee Grahn hosts an event in which the soap actresses from The Bold and the... more
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By Sarah Lai Stirland EmailOctober 14, 2008 | 1:25:11 PMCategories: Election '08
After seeings its videos repeatedly removed from YouTube, John McCain's campaign on Monday told the Google-owned video site that its copyright infringement policies are stringent to the point of stifling free speech, and that its lawyers need to revamp the way they evaluate copyright infringement claims. Obama_love_2
"We fully understand that YouTube may receive too many videos, and too many take-down notices, to be able to conduct full fair-use review of all such notices," wrote Trevor Potter, the campaign's general counsel, in a letter to YouTube and Google. "But we believe it would consume few resources — and provide enormous benefit — for YouTube to commit a full legal review of all take-down notices on videos posted from accounts controlled by (at least) political candidates and campaigns."
The McCain campaign's web video ads have been repeatedly either knocked off YouTube or have had to be revamped for using excerpts of television debate footage, and pop songs as soundtracks, without negotiating for the rights first.
One of its highest profile hits on the web, "Obama Love," for example, faced an embarrassing revamp in July when YouTube received a DMCA take-down notice from The Warner Music Group. The campaign had used Franki Valli's hit tune "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" as the video's sarcastic soundtrack.
The letter is notable both because YouTube and online video generally have become prime platforms for communicating political messages during the 2008 presidential campaign, and because this is one of the rare instances when a member of Congress is speaking out in favor of fair-use rights, after experiencing for themselves the onerous burden put on citizens using media to express ideas.
The concept of fair use has had few defenders in Congress, where it's usually treated by lawmakers as code for piracy.
The letter was addressed to YouTube's CEO Chad Hurley, William Patry, Google's senior copyright counsel, and YouTube's General Counsel Zahavah Levine. Patry, ironically, is known for scholarship on the fair-use doctrine.
The doctrine says that four factors should be used to determine whether the unauthorized use of copyrighted material infringes: Whether the use is non-commercial and transformative; whether it's factual; the extent of the use of the material and the impact of the use on the market for the work.
McCain's campaign on Monday argued that its uses of tiny clips of copyrighted material falls within the scope of the doctrine.
"The uses at issue have been the inclusion of fewer than ten seconds of footage from news broadcasts in campaign ads or videos, as a basis for commentary on the issues presented in news reports, or on the reports themselves," Potter wrote. "These are paradigmatic examples of fair use, in which all four of the statutory factors are strongly in our favor."
Earlier last year, the McCain campaign was the subject of copyright infringement claims from Fox News, which objected to the campaign's use of its debate footage. "By Sarah Lai Stirland EmailOctober 14, 2008 | 1:25:11 PMCategories: Election '08... more
There's nobody that this election has been better for than Tina Fey.
At the same time, the moral standing of his campaign is headed in the same direction.
Obama, please don't take it easy on McCain tonight because you are ahead. Finish him off. Take it to him. Do not let him up off the mat. His record on economics is horrendous, nail him with it. Obama, please don't take it easy on McCain tonight because you are ahead. Finish... more
McCain got an unexpected convention bounce, but he came crashing down this week.
As his poll numbers decline John McCain is getting angry and in the process he is reminding me of Bob Dole circa October of 1996. This table shows some similarities between the two.As his poll numbers decline John McCain is getting angry and in the process he is... more
"We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren't voting from those addresses," Macomb County GOP chairman James Carabelli reportedly told the Messenger in the Sept. 10 report."We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren't... more
Now that Sarah Palin has given a series of disasterous interviews, both conservative and liberal columnists have started weighing in on how bad they feel for her. But Palin is a powerful woman with executive experience, and she should have known exactly what she was getting into. Now that Sarah Palin has given a series of disasterous interviews, both conservative... more
Blender Magazine published the top ten-music list for Presidential Candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.
Sen. John McCain
1. Dancing Queen ABBA
2. Blue Bayou Roy Orbison
3. Take a Chance On Me ABBA
4. If We Make It Through December Merle Haggard
5. As Time Goes By Dooley Wilson
6. Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
7. What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
8. I've Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra
9. Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond
10. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes The Platters
Sen. Barack Obama
1. Ready or Not Fugees
2. What's Going On Marvin Gaye
3. I'm On Fire Bruce Springsteen
4. Gimme Shelter Rolling Stones
5. Sinnerman Nina Simone
6. Touch the Sky Kanye West
7. You'd Be So Easy to Love Frank Sinatra
8. Think Aretha Franklin
9. City of Blinding Lights U2
10. Yes We Can will.i.am
So WHO DO YOU think has the better list????
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During her first national-television interview as the Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin admitted she had never met a foreign head of state before. On Tuesday, she met two of them.
As foreign leaders gathered in New York for sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, Gov. Palin discussed national security and energy policy with the presidents of Afghanistan and Colombia.
Republican presidential nominee John McCain and his campaign have sought to use the U.N. gathering as a kind of one-stop-shopping opportunity to bolster the first-term governor's foreign-policy credentials six weeks before the election. In addition to her sessions with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, she sat down with Henry Kissinger, a veteran of foreign policy who served under former Presidents Nixon and Ford.
Gov. Palin also received a briefing from the Bush administration's Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which a campaign spokesperson said was standard procedure for all presidential and vice presidential candidates.
Gov. Palin's diplomatic outreach will continue Wednesday, when she meets with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. She will also hold joint meetings with Sen. McCain and the presidents of Georgia, Ukraine and India.
Gov. Palin's senior foreign-policy adviser, Steve Biegun, and Sen. McCain's foreign-policy director, Randy Scheunemann, accompanied her in the meetings. Mr. Biegun said the goal of the day wasn't for Gov. Palin to offer "specific policy prescriptions."
"She was largely listening, having an exchange of views," Mr. Biegun said. "And [she was] also very interested in forming a relationship with people she met with today." When asked if the meetings made her more prepared to be vice president, Mr. Biegun said, "She's already fully prepared to be vice president."
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If you care about the well-being of Jews and Israel, by now the incessant Republican attacks on Barack Obama may have persuaded you to be wary of the Democratic candidate. Parse the poison, however, and you will see that it is nouvelle racism grafted to pure unadulterated right-wing bunk.
This election’s top Swiftboating trick (the Jews for Obama Newsletter calls it “schvitz-boating”) is to make you believe Senator Obama is both a secret Muslim and in the thrall of loudmouthed Christian minister Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Right-wing operatives make snide references to black-Jewish conflicts of the past—Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson’s “Hymietown” statement, the Crown Heights riots—in a transparent attempt to associate Obama—merely because of his race—with hostile African-Americans, and to imply that he sympathizes with the enemies of the Jewish people. Scurrilous emails link Obama to the leader of the Nation of Islam, despite the senator having expressly stated: “I decry racism and anti-Semitism and strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements made by Minister Farrakhan.”
Slash-and-burn opposition forces—including, shamefully, Senator Joseph Lieberman—want you to believe Barack Obama is “anti-Israel,” when, in fact, his record of support for the Jewish state has been attested to by such “pro-Israel” lawmakers as Senators Carl Levin, Ben Cardin, Russ Feingold, Ron Wyden, Barbara Boxer and Frank Lautenberg, and by no less a conservative voice than the New York Sun. The attackers also hope you’ll swallow their claim that the candidate is soft on Iran, though he has declared emphatically, “I will do everything in my power—everything—to ensure that Iran does not achieve a nuclear weapon.”
Having so often been the target of rumors and disinformation, Jews ought to be suspicious of crazy and loaded accusations. But some in our community—reportedly many senior citizens, and Jews for whom Israel is a political litmus test—have fallen for the smear and scare tactics.
During the summer, as both candidates migrated to the center, I sometimes found it hard to discern their differences on issues like gun control, privacy rights, church-state separation, campaign finance reform and the Middle East, though the divergences that do exist are telling, and their positions on health care, social security and Iraq offer distinct alternatives.
However, the key issue dividing the candidates that has received surprisingly little ink and not enough voter passion is their position on choice. A woman’s right to choose to bear or not have a child, a couple’s freedom to decide when to start or expand a family, and the composition of the Supreme Court for years to come—all hinge on which candidate wins. In this instance, the difference between the two is vast and demanding of serious attention by wavering Democrats, disappointed Hillary-supporters and open-minded Republicans, for the consequences of a McCain victory would be disastrous.
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Women aren’t just making history as marquee candidates this presidential cycle. According to a new study, they are also leaving a mark behind-the-scenes in the male-dominated world of political giving.
The study, released Tuesday by the Women’s Campaign Forum Foundation, found that women have given $109 million to presidential candidates in checks of $200 or more – triple the amount female donors delivered in 2000, with still two months to go in the race.
Not surprisingly, Hillary Clinton received a major portion of the cash. Women donated about $60 million to her presidential campaign, about half of the New York senator’s total donations of more than $200.
But the presence of the first viable female presidential candidate was just one motivating factor, according to the study and a survey done by the foundation.
The expanded use of the Internet to generate donations fits neatly with the way women evaluate and respond to political appeals , said Ilana Goldman, the foundation’s president.
“Women want to build a relationship and learn something about a candidate,” said Goldman. “Before the Internet, that took a lot more time and was a lot more expensive.”
Internet donations are generally small, the majority of which are often below the $200 threshold for publicly reporting a donor’s name. But if the larger donor base is any indication, female giving is also up in the online community – perhaps at even larger percentages.
Clinton’s campaign, for instance, reports that it received an additional $60 million in small donations from women, bringing the total amount of female contributions to her campaign to $120 million, the study found.
Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s aggressive online fundraising operation also has benefitted on both scales, drawing in thousands of big and small female givers. Women represent 47 percent of his disclosed donors. They’ve given about $75 million to his campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Republican nominee John McCain’s primary campaign collected $34 million from female givers, who represented 28 percent of his donors, center records show.
McCain can’t raise more money for his presidential run since he accepted taxpayer money to finance his general election run. However, he is helping the Republican National Committee’s fundraising operation.
His selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate earlier this month is certain to boost donations from Republican women to help the ticket.
Overall, women political givers are still a minority, representing about 27 percent of all donors. That’s one reason the foundation decided to investigate ways to increase their participation.
“You cannot have the political power we’d like to see women have if they aren’t giving at comparable levels as men,” said Goldman.
A survey of female donors conducted by Celinda Lake, a Democratic polling expert, outlined five key motivators.
Women want to see how hard elected officials champion issues they care about. They also want to be inspired to give, rather than just asked to do so.
Female donors are also more inclined to conduct research before giving, often visiting candidate sites and other Internet sources before committing to writing a check.
Finally, these donors want to see how their money is spent and interact with a broader community of supporters.
“Contrary to conventional wisdom, these donors are voracious readers and they are very big social networkers,” said Lake. Consequently, she said, a campaign that recruits one woman may often “get four or five of them.”
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A GOP lead among white women fueled by Sarah Palin's nomination as vice president is waning. Prominent women's rights leaders staked their support behind Barack Obama during a week when John McCain also stepped up his appeal to female voters.
The last time the National Organization for Women endorsed a presidential candidate in the general election was 1984, the year Democratic nominee Walter Mondale made history when he asked former New York Rep. Geraldine Ferraro to run alongside him as vice president.
In the quarter century since then, NOW has endorsed candidates in primary elections, backing New York Sen. Hillary Clinton this year and Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun in 2000. But no general election candidate has met the group's high standards since 1984 in a general election; at least, not until now.
"It's very unusual for us to endorse in a presidential election, but this is an unusual election," NOW president Kim Gandy said at a Sept. 16 news conference in Washington, D.C. "For more than a decade Barack Obama has consistently said 'yes' to women's rights; Sen. McCain has said 'no.'"
Women's rights groups' support for the Democratic ticket goes beyond the top slot; Gandy and other women's rights leaders fawned over vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, a Democratic senator from Delaware, and rebuked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the first Republican woman to become a vice presidential nominee.
"Women know they need to cast votes based on the policies the candidates set forth, regardless of gender," said Betsy Clark, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, a group in Washington, D.C., that lobbies for social workers, more than 80 percent of whom are women.
Palin is a social conservative who opposes same-sex marriage, comprehensive sex education and abortion in all cases except to save the life of the woman; positions that go against stands taken by NOW and other women's rights groups.
Women's rights advocates also criticized Palin after news reports revealed that while she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, the town charged sexual assault victims between $300 and $1,200 to cover the cost of their rape kits and forensic exams to collect criminal evidence. Alaska has the highest sexual assault rate in the nation.
A GOP lead among white women fueled by Sarah Palin's nomination as vice president... more
Joe Biden made news earlier today -- likely in a way that caused Democratic strategists to cringe -- when he said that the wealthier Americans who would pay more under Barack Obama's tax plan should feel "patriotic" about doing so.
At a union hall rally this afternoon in Akron, Ohio, Biden sought to make a virtue of his accessibilty -- even if it results in the occasional gaffe.
The Times' Faye Fiore is covering Biden and she relates that after he mentioned the tax question he had been asked on "Good Morning America," he said, "I’ve done a lot of press, I’ve done, I don’t know, I was told I did 68, 70 press conferences."
Then he recounted being asked by a reporter what he thought of Sarah Palin. "When she does three, I'll let you know," he quoted himself as saying.
That means the political world will have to wait for one more tete-a-tete between Palin and a journalist. Since John McCain picked her as his running mate, she's done two sets of interviews -- with ABC's Charlie Gibson that aired last week and with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity, which wraps up tonight (previews of what she has to say can be perused here and here).
Biden, as is his wont, warmed to his subject after his comment about Palin, saying: "I don’t know! I don’t have any idea! I don’t know! I don’t know!"
With his crowd rising to its feet, he broadened his riff to include McCain.
"You know, I mean, look, and it’s not, look guys, it’s not just Sarah Palin," he said. "When’s the last time John, when’s the last time John’s had a press conference? I’m serious.”
McCain, once perhaps the most accessible of national politicians to reporters, has changed that policy as the presidential campaign has progressed. The Democratic National Committee, in turn, this week started a "McCain Press Watch," which clocks ...
... the time elapsed since the Republican last took reporter questions.
By the same token, lack of accessibility to the candidate has been an ongoing complaint among those covering Obama.
Biden, continuing a rare day in which figured prominently in the political back-and-forth, stood by his "patriotic" remark during an interview with Katie Couric of CBS.
Asked about the barbs directed at him over it by Palin and McCain, noted that the latter had opposed the sweeping tax cuts President Bush pushed into law in 2001 precisely because it benefited the wealthy (McCain famously has since retreated from that position).
"Give me a break," Biden told Couric. "I remind my friend John McCain what he said. When Bush called for war and tax cuts he said, quote, 'It is immoral, immoral to take a nation to war and not have anybody pay for it.'
"I am so sick and tired of this phoniness. The truth of the matter is that we are in trouble, and the people who do not need a new tax cut should be willing as patriotic Americans to understand the way to get this economy back up on their feet is to give middle-class taxpayers a break. We take the tax cut they're getting and we give it to the middle class."
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The crisis in the economic sector creates an opportunity for Barack Obama.
Meet the woman of the year: White, high school–educated and probably on the north side of age 50, she is getting the worst of a bad economy. She's worrying about whether her daughter will be able to afford college and her father his medicine. Her husband can barely afford the gasoline it takes to get back and forth from a job he's in danger of losing — and with it, their health insurance. She's getting her hair cut less often and sometimes has to put her utility bill on her Visa. She's the woman doing the laundry at 11 p.m., because it's the first chance she's had all day to do it. So it's no surprise that she hasn't yet gotten around to settling on Barack Obama or John McCain — though how she votes may well determine the outcome of the election.
She is, in short, a woman who might have a few things in common with Lori Stern, an administrative assistant in Des Moines, Iowa, who lost her second job at a coffee shop when it closed. Stern went to her state's Republican caucuses last January, listened and left without voting. She still hasn't made up her mind, though she's now leaning toward Obama. "I'm very aware of what's going on, and have paid attention, but I find it really hard to be trustful of politicians in general," she says. That sentiment is echoed by Beth Seidel, a factory worker in Cleveland who works the third shift so she can take her son to school and then to practices for the four sports he plays. Pausing recently at a Wal-Mart, she said: "Honestly, I don't know what to do. I really don't want to vote for McCain. You can tell he only cares about rich people. Sarah Palin wears glasses that cost $300. McCain's wife wears Gucci clothes. Which means they don't know anything about people like me." Into that stew of assumptions, she adds: "I hear that Obama's a Muslim. If he is a Muslim, that would be a problem, because the terrorists already attacked us." (He's not.)
Their profiles change from campaign to campaign, but women like Stern and Seidel have been deciding U.S. elections for years. In 1996, they were the "soccer moms" Bill Clinton captured to win re-election. After 9/11, they morphed into the security moms who helped give George W. Bush a second term. Four years later, they are a little older, and their anxieties have multiplied. Their numbers are enormous: They typically account for as much as 12% of the electorate. The two campaigns are referring to them as Wal-Mart moms, but a better name might be maxed-out moms.
More pragmatic than partisan, "non-college-educated white women are the ultimate swing voters and the ultimate late deciders," says Mary Beth Cahill, who was John Kerry's 2004 campaign manager. "They swing back and forth with every new piece of information." In the Democratic primaries, they came out in force for Hillary Clinton. Many say they wish Obama had put her on the ticket, but on the issues they still tilt toward the Democrats. Given their worries about the direction of the country, their low regard for the current occupant of the White House and the fact that women voters normally trend more Democratic than men do, Obama has some reason to believe he should carry the maxed-out mom vote in the general election.
At the moment, however, McCain seems to be winning them handily — which is a big reason for the growing nervousness among the Democratic rank and file. A new TIME poll, conducted Sept. 11-15, shows Obama and McCain running a dead heat among women overall. But McCain holds an 18-point lead among older, less-educated likely women voters. "Frankly, it's because they are conflicted on Obama," says pollster Geoff Garin, who served as the chief strategist for Clinton's campaign in its final days. "They'd like to vote for a Democrat, but they are not sure Obama is the one."
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A bipartisan panel may meet to discuss delaying the investigation into whether the Alaska governor dismissed a top official because he would not fire a state trooper who was divorcing her sister.
The abuse-of-power investigation of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was unraveling Wednesday, with most key witnesses refusing to testify, new legal maneuvering and heightened Republican pressure to delay the inquiry until after election day.
Palin initially welcomed the investigation, saying, "Hold me accountable," but she has increasingly opposed it since Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose her as his running mate.
In a reversal of position, a key Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday he might convene the committee that is conducting the investigation on whether Palin dismissed her public safety commissioner because he would not fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with the governor's sister.
Some Republican members of the committee have asked for such a meeting to consider delaying the inquiry or to replace Democratic state Sen. Hollis French as its manager. The investigation's conclusions are supposed to be released by Oct. 10.
The Legislative Council, made up of 10 Republicans and four Democrats, had unanimously approved launching the inquiry.
A lawyer for five Alaska Republican legislators suing for a delay of the investigation said he would wait to see what the Legislative Council did before asking a judge for an injunction.
The council chairman, Democratic state Sen. Kim Elton, said he would poll other council members on whether to meet. In a letter Wednesday to House Speaker John Harris, Elton said the situation had become so politicized it was difficult to imagine it could get worse.
Elton also sent a letter to state Atty. Gen. Talis J. Colberg, a Republican appointed by Palin, who said Tuesday he would refuse to allow 10 subpoenaed state employees to testify despite assurances from Colberg's staff last week that they would testify if certain interpretations of state law were agreed upon.
The McCain campaign said Monday that Palin, who was not subpoenaed, was unlikely to cooperate.
One of the witnesses summoned last week, former Palin legislative director John Bitney, said he testified Tuesday.
Bitney said he felt he didn't have a choice. "If I had a publicly funded attorney telling me I didn't have to honor the subpoena, it might have been different," he said.
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In the past few days, as the economic crisis has deepened, Senator John McCain has been decrying the excesses of Wall Street. At a campaign rally in Tampa on Tuesday, he vowed that he and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, if elected, "are going to put an end to the reckless conduct, corruption, and unbridled greed that have caused a crisis on Wall Street." He noted that the "foundation of our economy...has been put at risk by the greed and mismanagement of Wall Street and Washington."
He blasted CEOs who "seem to escape the consequences." He denounced Wall Streeters who "dreamed up investment schemes that they themselves don't even understand" and who used "derivatives, credit default swaps, and mortgage-backed securities" to try "to make their own rules." He excoriated Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for gaming the system. And he slammed financial industry lobbyists for misguiding members of Congress. "I can promise you the days of dealing and special favors will soon be over in Washington." On Wednesday morning, after the federal government committed $85 billion to prevent the collapse of the American International Group (AIG) insurance conglomerate, McCain again assailed irresponsible corporate executives. "We need to change the way Washington and Wall Street does business," he proclaimed.
McCain has been quick with fiery, populist-tinged speeches. But one thing has been missing: any acknowledgment that McCain's own campaign has been loaded with the type of people he's been denouncing. (The McCain campaign did not respond to a request for comment; we will update the post if they do.) As Mother Jones previously reported, former Senator Phil Gramm, McCain's onetime campaign chairman, used a backroom maneuver in late 2000 to slip into law a bill that kept credit default swaps unregulated. These financial instruments greased the way to the subprime meltdown that has led to today's economic crisis. Several of McCain's most senior campaign aides have lobbied for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And the Democratic National Committee, using publicly available records, has identified 177 lobbyists working for the McCain campaign as either aides, policy advisers, or fundraisers.
Of those 177 lobbyists, according to a Mother Jones review of Senate and House records, at least 83 have in recent years lobbied for the financial industry McCain now attacks. These are high-paid influence-peddlers who have been working the corridors of the nation's capital to win favors and special treatment for investment banks, securities firms, hedge funds, accounting outfits, and insurance companies. Their clients have included AIG, the newest symbol of corporate excess; Lehman Brothers, which filed for bankruptcy on Monday sending the stock market into a tailspin; Merrill Lynch, which was bought out by Bank of America this week; and Washington Mutual, the banking giant that could be the next to fall. Among these 83 lobbyists are McCain's chief political adviser, Charlie Black (JP Morgan, Washington Mutual Bank, Freddie Mac, Mortgage Bankers Association of America); McCain's national finance co-chairman, Wayne Berman (AIG, Blackstone, Credit Suisse, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac); the campaign's congressional liaison, John Green (Carlyle Group, Citigroup, Icahn Associates, Fannie Mae); McCain's veep vetter, Arthur Culvahouse (Fannie Mae); and McCain's transition planning chief, William Timmons Sr. (Citigroup, Freddie Mac, Vanguard Group).In the past few days, as the economic crisis has deepened, Senator John McCain has... more
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