September 25, 2008 Three experts — a political science professor, a fashion writer and a TV critic — weigh in on what they'll be watching for in Friday's presidential debate. Opinions range from substance to style to wardrobe. Also: guidelines for a debate-watching drinking game.
September 23, 2008 William Faulkner's hometown of Oxford shows it has changed a great deal from the turbulent integration of Ole Miss in 1962, when 30,000 federal troops were sent in to control hostile mobs.
September 22, 2008 The group was formed to urge Congress to put President Clinton's impeachment to rest and "move on." In 10 years it has amassed 4.2 million e-mail addresses and helped define new forms of fundraising and activism in American politics.
September 17, 2008 With the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the sale of Merrill Lynch and the bailout of insurance giant AIG, long-standing financial fortresses of America are imperiled and the stock market is like a Six Flags roller coaster. In the midst of such upheaval, history offers a few lessons.
September 12, 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is a polarizing character in an already fractured electorate. Back home in Alaska, where Palin has enjoyed an 80 percent approval rating, women have mixed reactions as the spotlight hits their governor.
September 12, 2008 Sarah Palin threw down the gauntlet when she said, "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities." What does it take to be mayor of Wasilla, Alaska? How about a community organizer in Chicago?
September 11, 2008 Careful with the jokes, male politicians. If you're running against a female candidate, avoid witticisms that mention lipstick. Or references to feminine grooming products or hairstyles or gender-specific clothing.
September 4, 2008 For the moment, Sarah Palin is the toast of St. Paul. But as the cool Minnesota day turns to night, the attention of the Republican National Convention swivels toward John McCain and the campaign to come.
September 4, 2008 NPR's Linton Weeks tests the St. Paul skyway system to rise above the pedestrian life. But he realizes there are some pleasures of that life he misses during his time in the labyrinth of above ground, covered corridors that run between downtown skyscrapers.
September 3, 2008 McCain's vice-presidential choice is unknown to most Americans. What she chooses to emphasize in her speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, and the issues she decides to sidestep, will reveal a lot about her.
September 2, 2008 The recent disclosures about Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin seem to have done little to dampen enthusiasm for her among conservatives. The very objections that liberals raise about Palin, conservatives hold up as points to recommend her.
September 2, 2008 As Sen. John McCain prepares to accept the Republican nomination, his challenge is to distance himself from President Bush's failures while holding onto the party's conservative core that still believes in the president.
August 28, 2008 When Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination in his bid to become the first African-American president, he'll join icons who made history on Aug. 28, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Emmett Till and even John Hinckley Jr.
August 28, 2008 During the Democratic National Convention, Obama has benefited by being surrounded by a mostly adoring base. But as the election moves forward, delegates and party leaders say that he needs to extend his message to a broader audience — beginning with his speech on Thursday night at the city's football stadium.
August 28, 2008 Now that the Democratic candidate has been acclaimed and the seas have been momentarily calmed, there's time to savor the flavor of a main Denver artery: 16th Street. From a reindeer-hot-dog vendor to a talking sidewalk, it's quite a trip.
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