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  1. -09-04-08 Acceptance Speeches by Sarah Palin and John McCain (GOP Convention 2008)
      Provides the videos of the speeches of Governor Sarah Palin and Senator John McCain to the 2008 Republican National Convention. 09-08

  1. 09-04-08 Editorial: Reversals in McCain's Key Positions (
      "It’s obvious that the McCain campaign and the RNC have decided to go after Barack Obama as a flip-flopper. What’s equally obvious, though, that Republicans couldn’t have chosen a worse narrative." 09-08

  2. Analysis of Presidential Debate: John McCain (
      "Clearly more confident talking to voters in his cherished town-hall format than standing behind a podium. Authentically displayed feel-your-pain concern over the economy, in a smoother manner than usual." 10-08

  3. Biography of John McCain (
      "John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936) is the senior United States Senator from Arizona and presidential nominee of the Republican Party in the 2008 presidential election." 09-08

  4. Fact Checking Statements Made in the 2nd Presidential Debate (Newsweek)
      "We noted some misleading statements and mangled facts." 10-08

  5. McCain Calls for Tax Cuts (USA Today)
      "Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on Tuesday said he will try to enact sweeping tax cuts for the middle class but end them for corporate 'special pleaders' if he wins the White House in November." 04-08

  6. McCain Defends His Position Against Bill for Veterans (New York Times)
      "The proposal, sponsored by a Democrat, Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, passed in the Senate last week by a vote of 75 to 22 and would provide tuition assistance and other benefits to veterans after one enlistment. Mr. McCain favors an alternative measure that would give returning service members education payments based on years of service."

      'Mr. McCain has expressed concern the bill might lead to reduced enlistments." 05-08

  7. McCain Win Could Push Supreme Court to the Right (MSNBC News)
      "For much of its term, the Supreme Court muted last year's noisy dissents, warmed to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s vision of narrow, incremental decisions and continued a slow but hardly steady move to the right."

      "But as justices finished their work last week, two overarching truths about the court remained unchanged: It is sharply divided ideologically on some of the most fundamental constitutional questions, and the coming presidential election will determine its future path."

      "A victory by the presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, would probably mean preserving the uneasy but roughly balanced status quo, since the justices who are considered most likely to retire are liberal. A win for his Republican counterpart, John McCain, could mean a fundamental shift to a consistently conservative majority ready to take on past court rulings on abortion rights, affirmative action and other issues important to the right." 06-08

  8. Online Rumors About John McCain (
      "Green bullets are used for two similar but distinct types of entries: claims that are demonstrably true, and urban legends that are based on real events."

      "Red bullets mark claims which cannot be established as true by a preponderance of (reliable) evidence. Some urban legends are also placed into this category because they describe events too implausible to have actually occurred, or too fantastic to have escaped mention in the media of the day." 08-08

  9. Will Pro-Choice Women Vote for McCain? (
      "The NARAL survey found that when pro-choice women are told that McCain believes the Roe v. Wade decision should be overturned, their support for him drops substantially. Among pro-choice independent women, who are already more inclined to back Obama, information about the two candidates' abortion positions improves Obama's edge from 53-35 to 66-26, for a net gain of 22 percentage points. Even pro-choice Republican women shift their support after hearing about McCain's opposition to Roe: 76% initially say they will vote for McCain in November, but that number drops to 63%."

      "Under questioning from ABC's George Stephanopoulos, McCain said that he supported a constitutional amendment to ban abortion and that he believed Roe should be overturned, a position he opposed in 2000 when he came under attack from pro-life activists during the G.O.P. primaries." 06-08

  1. "Nuclear Option" Opposed by McCain (Washington Times)
      "Sen. John McCain has once again enraged Republicans by publicly opposing Majority Leader Bill Frist's plan to employ the so-called nuclear option for ending the filibusters against President Bush's judicial nominees." 4-05

  2. -10-13-08 Editorial: McCain Campaign Divided (CNN News)
      "A campaign at war with itself cannot fight its opponent effectively."

      "We have seen two major campaigns this year that could be described as internally divided -- Sen. Hillary Clinton's losing primary campaign and now Sen. John McCain's general election effort." 10-08

  3. Editorial: McCain's Challenge (
      "Last week, the McCain campaign's case against Barack Obama went something like this: He's irresponsible when it comes to Iraq, naive when it comes to Iran and a Big Government liberal when it comes to the economy. But now Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has more or less endorsed Obama's plan to withdraw from Iraq, forcing McCain to argue that al-Maliki didn't really mean it, and even the Bush Administration has accepted a 'time horizon' for withdrawal, if not a precise 'timetable.' The Bush Administration has also engaged in some diplomatic outreach with Iran, just as Obama has recommended, a severe blow to McCain's efforts to portray Obama's willingness to engage in dialogue as appeasement. And on the economy, a TIME/Rockefeller Foundation poll found that 82% of the country supports more federal infrastructure spending designed to create jobs. When Big Government liberalism is all the rage, McCain's courage in opposing water projects or the farm bill becomes less of a selling point." 07-08

  4. Editorial: McCain's Steps to Victory (
      "For weeks now, the Arizona Senator's campaign has been laying its cards on the table, spelling out a strategy for November. Here's a look at seven of their key strategies." 05-08

  5. Editorial: McCain's Tactics vs. Obama's Strategies ( - Klein)
      Senator John McCain's "notion of a 'League of Democracies' seems a transparent attempt to draw a with-us-or-against-us line in the sand against Russia and China. But that's the point: McCain would place a higher priority on finding new enemies than on cultivating new friends."

      "The sudden collapse of McCain's Middle East policy is a stunning event, although McCain's regional stridency raised questions from the start. This is a long campaign — with, I fearlessly predict, at least one major Obama downdraft to come — but John McCain seems panicked, and in deep trouble now." 07-08

  6. Editorial: Pros and Cons of Palin (MSNBC News)
      "For McCain, the biggest thing Sarah Palin brings is buzz. It's something the campaign has been seeking for some time. In fact, it has bothered Team McCain that it doesn’t get the same 'gee whiz' kind of coverage that Obama gets. Palin changes that discrepancy -- for now. She also helps McCain re-introduce himself as a change-reform candidate."

      "The biggest negative about the pick is that on its face, it looks like a political gimmick, a political calculation. And McCain's supposed to be anything but a calculating or gimmicky pol." 08-08

  7. Editorial: Torture's Terrible Toll (MSNBC - Sen. John McCain)
      "Abusive interrogation tactics produce bad intel, and undermine the values we hold dear. Why we must, as a nation, do better." 11-05

  8. Editorial: Why McCain Picked Palin (
      "John McCain needs to persuade swing voters that he's willing to take on the Republican establishment. He needs to persuade conservatives that he isn't squishy about social issues. And he needs to close the gender gap. When you think about it, the real surprise about Sarah Palin's selection as his running mate is that it's such a surprise."

      "Politically, in a year where the Republican brand is so tarnished, Palin will help McCain make the case that he's a different kind of Republican. It might be his best shot to be America's First Dude." 09-08

  9. Editorial: Why McCain Would Not Be Bush III (
      "Presidential elections are about how the present will affect the future, not how it differs from the past. Which means that the most consequential question confronting voters in an election year is how a candidate will govern tomorrow, as president. And (as any objective observer will admit) there's simply no way McCain would ever 'carry out a third Bush term.' " 06-08

  10. Fact Checking McCain's Role With Keating and Deregulation (CNN News)
      "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."

      "In the end, the [Senate ethics] committee recommended McCain and Sen. John Glenn be dropped from the probe — although McCain was rebuked by the Senate for using 'poor judgment' in his relationship with the millionaire banker." 10-08

  11. Fact Checking the Presidential Debate (Newsweek News)
      "McCain and Obama contradicted each other repeatedly during their first debate, and each volunteered some factual misstatements as well. Here's how we sort them out...." 09-08

  12. Iraqi Merchants Take Issue With McCain's Remarks on Security (MSNBC News)
      "On a two-day visit to Iraq, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) declared after a short walk in a market that Baghdad was becoming safer under a new security plan. But after his departure, Iraqi merchants and U.S. military officials said his upbeat assessment is far from the reality they experience every day." 04-07

  13. John McCain's Account of His Prisoner of War Experience (U.S. News)
      "John McCain spent 5½ years in captivity as a POW in North Vietnam. His first-person account of that harrowing ordeal was published in U.S. News in May 1973." 07-08

  14. McCain Anti-Torture Amendment to Pass in Congress (MSNBC News)
      "As passed by the Senate and endorsed by the House, McCain’s amendment would prohibit 'cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment' of anyone in U.S. government custody, regardless of where they are held. It also would require that service members follow procedures in the Army Field Manual during interrogations of prisoners in Defense Department facilities."

      "In recent weeks, the [Bush] administration had sought to add language that would offer protection from prosecution for interrogators accused of violating the provision. But McCain rejected that, arguing it would undermine the ban by not giving interrogators reason to follow the law." 12-05

  15. McCain Picks Sarah Palin for Vice President (USA Today)
      "John McCain plans to tap Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday, selecting the first female vice presidential candidate in Republican Party history." 08-08

  16. McCain's Nuclear Plan (CNN News)
      "John McCain's call for a big push into nuclear power can certainly be met - if the country is willing to pay more for power and tolerate the safety risks."

      "It costs between $6 billion to $8 billion to build a new nuclear reactor, according to Steve Kerekes, a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute. That's about four times the cost of building a new similar-sized coal plant."

      "But statistics from security tests done in the 1990s, the most recently available, are not reassuring."

      "Of the 81 security tests done between 1991 and August 2001, nearly half turned up lapses that could lead to core damage and probable radioactive release, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission."

      "Kerekes said those tests were designed to turn up failures, and they are now corrected." 08-08

  17. McCain, John (
      Provides a profile of a candidate for president in 2008. 03-07

  18. McCain-Feingold Move to Restrict Lobbying (
      "U.S. Senators John McCain and Russell Feingold, who led the drive to ban unlimited corporate and union donations to political parties, will make the first bipartisan effort in a decade to strengthen lobbying laws. Their legislation comes as a scandal threatens to ensnare some colleagues." 12-05

  19. McCain: $300 Million for New Battery (
      "The Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting is proposing a $300 million government prize to whomever can develop an automobile battery that far surpasses existing technology." 06-08

  20. McCain: Military Action an Option in Iran (CNN News)
      "Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers said Sunday there must be major immediate diplomatic action on Iran's nuclear activities, and that the option of military action cannot be taken off the table." 01-06

  21. Obama and McCain Debate the Troop Surge (CBS News)
      "Sen. John McCain supports President George Bush's planned troop surge in Iraq, while his fellow Senator, and likely opponent in the 2008 race for the White House, Barack Obama would rather see a 'surge in diplomacy.' " 01-07

  22. Obama and McCain Have Different World Views (Newsweek News)
      "After last week's debate, it's obvious how different the foreign policies of Barack Obama and John McCain would be. What's less well understood are the key factors that shaped their world views. Here are five of them." 09-08

  23. White House Seeks an Exemption on Treatment of Detainees (MSNBC News)
      "Sen. John McCain and President Bush’s national security adviser remained at an impasse Wednesday over the senator’s proposed ban on cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of foreign terrorism suspects."

      "After initially trying to kill the [McCain] provisions, the White House has more recently switched gears to lobby for an exemption to the ban for CIA officers." 12-05


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