September 12th, 2008

Politics

catching up, with one recurring theme

McCain and Obama, on the issues. Bonus graphic: the words used.

GETTING BACK ON TRACK:
* Fact-checking the latest McCain ad, plus the previous ad, on sex ed.
* Good read: Howard Kurtz covers the Palin interview. Including her, you know, connecting Iraq to 9/11. (Bonus: Palin FAQ.) Jay Carney, on why Palin should respond to the press.
* Some homeland security questions for both candidates. And twelve more questions on foreign policy.
* Eugene Robinson: "Any day spent arguing about meaningless ephemera is a small but significant victory for a campaign that has nothing to say."
* E.J. Dionne Jr. asks: "Does the truth matter anymore?" And Michael Kinsley, on why lies prevail. Also, how lies take hold so quickly in the political arena.
* "If there was one pre-eminent characteristic of the Republican convention this week, it was the quality of deception. Words completely lost their meaning. Reality was turned upside down."
* More fact-checking of the speeches at the conventions.

News

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"The lesson for voters is to be wary of all ads from the McCain machine. The lesson for Mr. McCain is that if he really believes in straight talk, he should fire his ad writers and any aide who believes that the best way to win the presidency is to lie to American voters."

Top read: Scott MacLeod on what has changed since 9/11.

Neat: a history of political commercials.

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Good read: a crash course on the Large Hadron Collider. (Courtesy my dad.)

Holy cats, Kanye West owns a driveable Star Wars landspeeder.