October 31, 2008 If Barack Obama wins, pundits are sure to make sweeping pronouncements about what it all means. Does a Democratic victory signal a massive, lasting political realignment? Maybe not. Has blue America vanquished red America? Not necessarily.
October 29, 2008 Some observers have christened 2008 that way, but if you look beyond Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, you'll find a landscape that is at best mixed for women. The outlook is not so great for Senate and gubernatorial hopefuls, although better for women competing in House races.
October 28, 2008 The winning performances of Phillies pitchers Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton were marked by some off-the-field oddness. And while the Philadelphia fans have plenty to celebrate, they shouldn't be too proud of their creativity in devising taunts to chant at the opposition.
October 28, 2008 Black baseball players in this year's World Series have been asked repeatedly about how to sell the game to young black athletes.
October 27, 2008 Californians will vote soon on a bid to ban same-sex marriage. Humorist Brian Unger imagines what failing to pass the ban will mean for schools. Perhaps field trips to the gay bar Mother Lode on Santa Monica Boulevard? Or lessons on how plaids and stripes can work together?
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October 26, 2008 Iraqi leaders, having written off the Bush administration, are presumably counting on the election of Sen. Barack Obama, who has shown willingness to accept a timetable for withdrawal of American troops.
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October 25, 2008 This week, the European Parliament conferred its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Hu Jia. The advocate for freedom of speech, religion and democracy is currently in solitary confinement, according to his wife, shackled at the hands and feet.
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October 23, 2008 The only bromide in Hollywood older than "boy meets girl" is that "movies are recession-proof." And it seems to be true — local theaters can offer a cheap getaway from life's troubles. John Ridley says that often, the boost in box-office sales seems to inspire some great movies.
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October 23, 2008 It appears the electorate is going to do something it rarely does anymore: decisively give the levers of power to one political party. There are ironies to this.
October 22, 2008 Regardless of what happens to John McCain on Nov. 4 — and, with two weeks to go, it's not promising — there's going to be a new Republican Party come Nov. 5. The GOP is likely to feel a post-election tug toward the right, but it could also turn into a tug of war.
October 15, 2008 Commentator Frank Deford introduces a new character to his weekly sports commentary. The Duchess is a sports connoisseur who sees the grace and beauty in athletics. But lately, she's been distressed by all the spitting she sees in Major League Baseball.
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October 15, 2008 The fatal nail in the heart of the era of small government came with the recent financial panic and the piercing dagger of greed. Ideology and free-market theology lasted for about five days of full market crash before it collapsed in its own true motives.
October 11, 2008 Major party campaigns for president often belittle independent candidates, especially as the election draws near. But this year, independent candidates may have a reason to run that they have lacked in other years.
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October 9, 2008 As the attack ads, smears and post-debate spin fests pile up, it has become virtually impossible to see through the fog of the presidential campaign and get a sense of who John McCain and Barack Obama really are.
October 8, 2008 In their town-hall-style debate Tuesday night, Barack Obama projected calm and John McCain unveiled a new plan for bad mortgages — but didn't explain how the $300 billion plan would work. McCain needed this debate to be a game-changer, but it wasn't.
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