Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has raised more than $8 million for former rival Barack Obama’s presidential campaign since July and plans to barnstorm the country for even more cash, as the New York senator works to show she is aggressively helping the candidate who cut short her White House bid. “I am using every tool that I have to help Democratread more | digg story ...

McCain supported the shadowy group that secretly sold arms to the terrorists and ayatollahs in Iran in the 1980s and illegally funneled the proceeds to the Contras in Nicaragua. The Iranians kept kidnapping US citizens in the Middle East, but this group kept selling them arms anyway.read more | digg story ...

Stuck in a $14,300 debt hole, reader Trixare4kids was able to dig herself out using tips she learned about on Consumerist.com. Let’s learn how she attacked her personal finances and learned to live frugally, and did it all in just 20 months. “As of today I am debt free…My spirit feels lighter. I am free. I am doing a happy dance.”read more | digg story ...

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Tina Fey —nerd-girl hero, Saturday Night Live alum, 30 Rock writer/actor—just signed a book deal.read more | digg story ...

“I think we have to ask ourselves, ‘What exactly is reading?’ ” said Jack Martin, assistant director for young adult programs at the New York Public Library. “Reading is no longer just in the traditional sense of reading words in English or another language on a paper.”read more | digg story ...

Since Sunday, Democrats have been buzzing about the re-revelation that during the 1980s, Sen. John McCain served on the board of a far-right conservative organization that had supplied arms and funds to paramilitary organizations in Latin America.read more | digg story ...

If a Toyota Prius just looks too friendly for your tastes, you’re not alone. People readily see faces and traits in cars, and a new study suggests that they prefer cars to appear dominant, masculine and angry.read more | digg story ...

A man told today how he was shot three times in the street for wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt.read more | digg story ...

FORT MYERS, Fla., Oct. 6 John McCain is collapsing in the polls in Florida and other swing states, but Sarah Palin, God bless her, has a solution. Inciting racism..read more | digg story ...

The Verdict: True. McCain did push to delay regulations that would have cracked down on savings-and-loans practices and intervened on Keating’s behalf, although he was cleared of wrongdoing in the ‘Keating Five’ case. read more | digg story ...

Julian Davis is the Chair of the “Yes on H” San Francisco Clean Energy campaign. He sat down to talk with me about the measure, which is on the San Francisco Ballot. The website is http://www.sfcleanenergy.com ...

If you don’t think Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) is in trouble defending his Senate seat, you probably don’t think it snows in Minneapolis in the wintertime. He’s in danger of losing to a comedian turned author/activist… Coleman’s ads may be almost as negative than McCain’s, but then Franken’s path is almost as improbable as Obama’s. Analysis and reactions after the debate Sunday night. Reader’s digest: Coleman’s attacks are backfiring, arguably reminding voters that he’s...

Great piece in Rolling Stone detailing the life of a rich, spoiled brat who has always put himself first and country second.read more | digg story ...

An offshoot of the uber-popular Lingerie Bowl halftime show that’s appeared during Super Bowls past, there’s now a fledgling league of extraordinary women who will play tackle football in their underwear. Tryouts for the Seattle team, the Mist, are this Friday at Greenlake, although official league play won’t start for another year…read more | digg story ...

What’s wrong with the Cubs and White Sox? RBI Magazine breaks it down!read more | digg story ...

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has urged Israel not to launch a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, an Israeli newspaper reported on Sunday Kouchner, in the region for talks with Israeli and Palestinian…read more | digg story ...

I loved the first movie and the following sequels were watchable but $56 million?! The staggering sum is the largest upfront payment in film history and will see Johnny, 45, move to the top of Hollywood’s rich list – overtaking Will Smith – when he reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.read more | digg story ...

The United States Senate has unanimously passed a bill that requires the Federal Communications Commission to explore what “advanced blocking technologies” are available to parents to help filter out “indecent or objectionable programming.” The “Child Safe Viewing Act” (S. 602) was sponsored by Senator Mark Pryor, Democrat of Arkansas. read more | digg story ...

Seven aides to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have reversed course and agreed to testify in an investigation into whether the Republican vice presidential nominee abused her powers by firing a commissioner who refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law.read more | digg story ...

It seems that Apple is taking further care in hiding new iPhone features in their beta releases. The most recent firmware beta seeded to developers listed “compatibility testing” in its release notes as the only change.read more | digg story ...

An appropriations bill signed by President Bush last week allows the controversial National Applications Office to begin operating a stringently limited version of a program that would turn military spy satellites on the US, sharing imagery with other federal, state, and local government agencies.read more | digg story ...

This is the controversial video making the rounds and really casting light on the idea of the separation of church and state — which does not seem to exist with Governor Palin. Draw your own conclusions but while I’m a powerful believer of God, I’m also very scared that only one perspective of him is presented and used to control Governments and people. I’m going to research this in more depth. ...

I. We Are in the Midst of an Economic Crisis To say that we are experiencing an economic crisis is probably becoming an understatement. Explaining how the crisis unfolded is like watching a “domino effect” in reverse. On September 29th, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 777.68 points, the biggest single-day drop in its history. The market fell on news of Congress’ failure to pass a $700 billion bailout package that, according to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, would save crumbling financial institutions and prevent a credit...

Talking Points Memo reports that Senator Barack Obama’s ahead of his presidential challenger Senator John McCain by a comfortable margin, 50.4 percent to 42.7 percent in a “poll of tracking polls.” It’s the first time Obama has been over 50 percent in a poll of polls. ...

The growing perception that Alaska Governor and GOP VP hopeful Sarah Palin has her own ethics problems is fed by stories like this one. According to the Washington Post, Palin is being sued by a Republican Alaska activist Andree McLeod for her use of private email accounts for public business. Here’s the detail: In a lawsuit filed in Alaska Superior Court, a Republican activist seeks to force Gov. Sarah Palin to produce copies of official correspondence she sent and received on private e-mail accounts. Andrée McLeod filed the...

I sat down with Oakland’s Top Lawyer John Russo just a day after the Vice Presidential debate between Senator Joe Biden and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and to talk about who won the debate, and what Palin’s assendency says about American Government and Culture. We have a difference of views and it centers on the idea that Palin did a terrible job — my contention. Russo says that in debates one must “hold their ground” make sure their point is gotten across. He says she did that. My point was that she...

This is the subject John McCain would like many to forget about, but since it concerns the financial markets, which recently caved, the matter of the “Keating Five” scandal comes front and center in the election campaign. The “Keating Five” scandal consists of five elected officials, four Democrats, none of them active anymore and one Republican — John McCain. McCain had a close relationship with Charles Keating, the CEO of Lincoln Financial. Keating gave each official, including McCain well over $300,000...

Newsweek has an excellent article on “The Palin Problem” which the mag sees as that in representing “Joe Six Pack” is it good or right for the person seeking high public office to be “like average Americans.?” The other problem I have is that I view Joe Six Pack as racist. More on that, later. ...

Today, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin let go and tossed an accusation and an insult at Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama when Palin accused Obama of associating with Bill Ayers, the former member of the Weather Underground. As those who regularly read this space know, the Ayers matter is a red-herring. But in attacking Obama, Palin opened the door to her own Anti-American behavior. There’s a new video going around that details Palin’s involvement in a group that wanted to cause Alaska to quit America. That organization,...

On November 4th a very important vote is coming to San Francisco. It’s called “Yes on H” and if it passes, this is what it will do: Specifically, the Act directs the City to analyze, identify and pursue strategies that: Maximize greenhouse reductions from the electricity sector at the minimum cost including the following clean energy mandates: by 2012 ensure at least 107 megawatts; by 2017 ensure 51%; and by 2030 ensure 75%. The SFPUC shall ensure that 100% or the greatest amount technologically feasible or practicable...

Senator Barack Obama is proposing tax cuts that would help struggling, middle-class families get back on track and provide relief during these financially uncertain times. No matter how many times John McCain claims otherwise, the overwhelming majority of Americans will never see a tax increase under Barack’s plans. Barack’s proposals will lower tax rates for 95% of families, including the small business owners that are the core of our economic well-being. It’s time to help the folks that have been hurt the most by the...

Let’s try a little hypothetical situation: You’re standing on a riverbank and you see more and more people who appear to be trying to get out of the river, but they’re tired and can’t swim to shore so they’re being swept on out to sea. Do you go upstream and figure out why they’re all in the river, or blame the policies of the Bush~Cheney Administration, or ignore the cause and hope sound-bites on the 6:00 news will make it clear that you’re not pointing fingers but definitely in favor of keeping...

Just two days ago an iReporters created a video that reported news that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a heart attack. The result was a drop in Apple’s stock price before the iReport team got wind of the news that the video’s report was false. They took it down 20 minutes later. For some reason, some want to blame CNN for this situation. CNN’s not at fault because the video was never tagged for official use by CNN. ...

I found this and put it up for two reasons: 1) I wanted something about London, and 2) a video that was offbeat and a slice of life outside America. This is it: ...

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This, to me is a crazy. I’m not saying O.J. Simpson was not stupid for not calling the police in Las Vegas and filing a stolen items report, but given the complexities of the overall case, and the assertion that the Las Vegas law enforcement people wanted to score a big arrest of O.J. Simpson, it’s shocking to even hear of the final verdict. But also consider what could be grounds for filing an appeal: that none of the jurors were Black — zero. That’s stupid and for the judge to allow the formation of such a...

The long term impact of Proposition 13 and the changed economy have produced a situation where California finds itself in a cash and credit crunch of historic proportions. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants a $7 Billion loan for California otherwise thousands of teachers in the state will be laid off. ...

Senator and Democratic VP Candidate Joe Biden basically ate Governor and GOP VP Candidate Sarah Palin alive at the “first and only” Vice Presidential Debate. I had the pleasure of watching the debate at a special event held by The Bay Area Democrats at the offices of McKinsey and Company in the Bank of America building in San Francisco. I will share video of the impressions of viewers, but my firs take is that Palin came in with well presented canned lines that more often than not did not match the question that was asked....

Did Governor Palin’s performance change the outcome of the election? Almost certainly not, though she probably did succeed in getting the attention back on Senator McCain. Her answers were obviously much less spontaneous, and accordingly less substantive, less revealing, and generally less related to the questions Gwen Ifill posed. In fact, the debate may have been overshadowed by the revelation that the McCain campaign has written off Michigan, and will even continue running ads there. Both candidates foreshadowed their strengths...

According to Jonathan Martin at The Politico, John McCain is throwing in the towel and ceding Michigan. He will go off TV, discontinue all mailings, and pull almost all of his staff. He has also cancelled a scheduled rally there next week. According to recent polling, Obama has opened up as much as a 10 point lead over McCain in MI. For more details on the Republicans stunning decision to cede Michigan more than a month ahead of the election, see The Politico. ...

This video shows that Alaska Governor and GOP hopeful VP Candidate uses her legs to gain an advantage. But we Democrats must undertand that we’re all gaining from this process — eventually people will get tired of the whole deal of seeing her legs and vote for Obama = Biden. See this on CNN iReport. ...

The U.S. Senate passed the new version of the Bailout Bill 74 to 25 votes. And while credit markets have not recovered all the way — about 70 percent — from Monday, at least it’s not going to crash as it did that day. ...

Remember last week’s debate, when some observed that Senator John McCain acted as if he didn’t like Senator Barack Obama, refusing to look at him during the contest and acting as if he was annoyed at the very presence of Obama? In fact, this CNN iReporter explained it well: Well, here’s even more evidence that McCain’s “got issues” with Barack Obama. According to CQ Politics: Let the record reflect that Barack Obama made the approach to John McCain tonight. As the two shared the Senate floor tonight...

Seriously. It may be to distract people from issues again, or it may really be the soft bigotry of low expectations being heaped on the rookie Governor before her national debate debut as some have suggested. Are Malkin and her ilk just readying their excuses, or really trying to torpedo McCain by undermining Palin’s confidence? One thing I know, it’s not what they want us to hear:it’s NOT about Gwen Ifill. I realize that any number of proud social conservatives have expressed reservations over Palin’s readiness and/or...

Raiders’ Davis Fires Kiffin by Phone (I guess smoke signals would have taken too long) By Dr. Bill Chachkes for Football Reporters Online So what makes this time different from the last? Davis said he had the goods on Kiffin and that his conduct was detrimental to the Raiders organization, to the coaching staff and players, and to Davis personally.“I had to let him Go” Stated Mr. Davis. Sounds like wall street letting go of a few billion and saying Opps, we messed up. It seems like they have messed up plenty of times before. What...

Well, there’s nothing wrong with pointing out that Governor Sarah Palin has great legs, or at least had them when she was competing in this beauty contest. This video — in many copies — has become the rage of the Internet: But the appearance of this video deepens an already large PR problem for the McCain campaign: Governor Palin’s image is being formed into something akin to a young, lucky, ambitious, sexy, dumb..female. That’s the truth and I don’t like it. I’m not a Palin supporter but...

As you know, the U.S. Senate is going to vote on the Senate version of the Bailout Bill, which is now at 451 pages. What are the highlights? As I read past the definitions of the bill, which are many, I find.. 1) This interesting text: 18 (4) In order to provide the Secretary with the19 flexibility to manage troubled assets in a manner de20signed to minimize cost to the taxpayers, estab21lishing vehicles that are authorized, subject to super22vision by the Secretary, to purchase, hold, and sell23 troubled assets and issue obligations. This...

In light of Pakistani President Zardari’s warning that US troops crossing the border into Pakistan without authorization would be subject to attack, a new BBC poll on world attitudes toward Al Qaeda is particularly interesting. Zardari’s cover for his position, while asking out of the other side of his mouth for US aid, is that the terrorist organizations in his country will 1) unify; and 2) attack inside Pakistan in protest if the US continues its policy of only informing Pakistan of its cross border actions instead of asking...

The war of poll methods can be seen in the major difference between Gallup and Daily Kos. Gallup Daily has Senator Obama ahead of Senator McCain by 4 points, 48 to 44. By contrast, Daily Kos has Obama with a 10 point lead 51 to 41. The Daily Kos poll is done by Research 2000 and uses Likely Voters. Since they tend to be Republican, that spells danger for McCain. But it must be noted, Gallup should be more transparent about their methods. ...

Today is the next critical step in the road to the passage or failure of The Bailout Bill. This is the day the Senate takes up the matter of the legislation with Senators and presidential candidates Barack Obama, John McCain, and Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden expected to attend for the voting process. According to the Huff Post, the new version of the bill has tax reductions in it to gain more Republican support than the last version. The vote takes place tonight. Average Voters Don’t Get It What’s upseting to me...