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  1. -10-02-08 Debate of Vice Presidential Candidates (MSNBC News)
      Provides videos on the debate between Governor Sarah Palin and Senator Joe Biden by topic and presenter by clicking on a timeline. See the lower window labeled "Debates." 10-08

  2. -Presidential Debate (
      Provides the presidential debate in MP3 format. 09-08

  3. Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952 - 2004 (
      Provides television commercials. 09-07

  1. -06-22-07 Unsanctioned 527 Groups Start Forming (MSNBC News)
      "A 527 is an independent political group not subject to federal campaign finance laws and therefore not held to donor limits. The "527" name simply refers to the federal tax code designation for these groups." 06-07

  2. -07-01-07 Presidential Election 2008 Progress (
      "To cover the large field of candidates vying for the White House, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer assigned each reporter a candidate to track. The Reporters' Blog, updated weekly, contains updates on the campaigns, including events, major speeches and online news." 07-07

  3. -07-17-07 Candidates Seeking Support on Web Social Networks (
      "Almost every major Democratic and Republican candidate has built Facebook and MySpace profiles, venturing into territory once reserved for college students and young adults looking to connect with their friends online. Candidates have personalized their profiles, adding information ranging from lists of their favorite books to campaign promises. And most have welcomed thousands of online friends -- in Obama's case, nearly 250,000 supporters between the two networks." 07-07

  4. -07-17-07 Tracking Candidate Support on Web Social Networks (
      Tracks support of presidential candidates on,, and 07-07

  5. -08-25-08 Programming Error Found in Nationally Used Voting Machines (Washington Post)
      "A voting system used in 34 states contains a critical programming error that can cause votes to be dropped while being electronically transferred from memory cards to a central tallying point, the manufacturer acknowledges."

      "The problem was identified after complaints from Ohio elections officials following the March primary there, but the logic error that is the root of the problem has been part of the software for 10 years, said Chris Riggall, a spokesman for Premier Election Solutions, formerly known as Diebold." 08-08

  6. -08-29-07 Who Would the World Elect for President? (
      Takes a "straw vote," an unscientific poll, to see how people from different countries would vote if they could for President of the United States. 08-07

  7. -09-25-07 Candidate Match Game (USA Today)
      "Polls suggest Americans are concerned primarily with a few key issues in the 2008 presidential election. USA TODAY researched candidate positions on those top issues Iraq, immigration and health care as well as a few others that may influence the election. We then came up with 11 multiple-choice questions that would help differentiate the candidates and their stances." 09-07

  8. -10-02-08 Editorial: Style Versus Substance in Debates (MSNBC News)
      "Somewhere along the line, from the great 1858 Senate debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas until now, style seems to have slowly supplanted issue-specific substance as the primary focus of exchanges between political candidates." 09-08

  9. -10-31-07 Funding of Presidential Candidates (New York Times)
      Provides the amount and location by city or state of funding for the 2008 presidential election. 10-07

  10. -Match Your Views With Candidates (USA Today)
      Provides a poll to help you determine which candidate's views match your own. 06-08

  11. -Polls on Presidential Politics for 2008 (
      "An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion." 01-07

  12. -Presidential Election News (CNN News)
      Provides news on the 2008 election. 08-08

  13. -The Science of Experience (
      "And in the end, determining which of the presidential candidates pays more attention to your concerns requires not adding up their years of experience but a far more complex calculation: deciding what their experiences have led them to truly value." 02-08

  14. -What Experience Matters in a President? (
      " 'Experience never exists in isolation; it is always a factor that coexists with temperament, training, background, spiritual outlook and a host of other factors,' says presidential historian Richard Norton Smith. 'Character is your magic word, it seems to me not just what they've done but how they've done it and what they've learned from doing it.' "

      "Experience, in other words, gets its value from the person who has it. In certain lives, a little goes a long way. Some people grow and ripen through years of government service; others spoil on the vine." 02-08

  15. 10-16-07 Response of Presidential Candidates to Global Warming (Christian Science Monitor)
      "Their positions range widely: from a corporate carbon tax (Sen. Christopher Dodd) and an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050 (John Edwards) to a cap-and-trade system on such gases (Sen. John McCain) to a pooh-poohing of the kind of climate threat Mr. Gore warns about (Rep. Tom Tancredo)." 10-07

  16. 10-16-07 Response of Presidential Candidates to Global Warming (New York Times)
      "A growing environmental awareness among Americans has brought the issue to the forefront of the 2008 presidential campaign. Both Republican and Democratic candidates have been asked to explain their stance on global warming during the debates and on the campaign trail. Most of the Democrats say the United States should lead the global effort to curb greenhouse emissions and advocate federally mandated emission laws. The Republicans, many of whom are unsure about the human role in climate change, tend to emphasize energy independence and efficiency." 10-07

  17. Funding the Presidential Election (
      Provides information on how much each candidate has raised and where the candidate gained the funds. 11-07

  18. 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

  19. Presidential Campaigns for 2008 (
      Provides news and commentary on the 2008 campaigns. 08-07

  20. Presidential Courage: An Interview With Historian Michael Beschloss (
      "JUDY WOODRUFF: Do you think it's gotten easier over time to be courageous to do what these great leaders did or harder?"

      "MICHAEL BESCHLOSS: I think it's gotten a lot harder. Andrew Jackson stood up to the Bank of the United States, this corrupt, all-powerful bank that threatened to dominate every citizen of the United States. He was able to conquer it, although they threatened to destroy him. But he was able to do that because he didn't have to raise $50 million to $100 million to run for president."

      "Had he had to do that and have pollsters and polls, focus groups, my guess is that he would have been much less likely to do something unpopular. And that, I think, is the central problem that I try to raise in telling these stories in the book, which is, if you look back through 200 years and you say, 'We wouldn't be here without these moments of courage. We wouldn't have people with civil rights or win the Civil War or keep the British away in 1800.' "

      "What if we had a culture that prevented these presidents from being courageous? And I worry now that we have a system that makes it very hard to choose people who would make the same choice." 07-07

  1. Internet Candidate for President (MSNBC News)
      "To begin busting up the dumb system we have for selecting presidents, a bipartisan group will open shop this week at" 05-06

  2. Internet Candidate for President (
      "Unity08 is committed to presenting a third presidential ticket and platform one that addresses the issues and challenges of the 21st Century to the American voters in 2008." 05-06

  3. Presidential Election Basics (
      Provides basic information aabout the 2008 presidential election. 11-07


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