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Laura Krantz, Assistant Editor

Next month, Weekend Edition Sunday will be focusing on the intersection of race and politics. So in this latest edition of Weekly Washup (which is a day late due to a run-in with some sketchy shellfish), we wanted to see what the blogosphere had to say on the matter. And, in addition, we're looking into the argument that McCain and Obama are as indistinguishable as Pepsi and Coke.

McCain and Obama...Birds of a Feather?

We've all heard it before - there's no difference between Republicans and Democrats. Here are some blogs that attempt to corroborate that argument. Take a look and tell us what you think - are Republicans and Democrats really the same?

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PARTNERSHIP: They Won't Admit it, But McCain and Obama Agree by Matthew Rojansky, Wednesday, July 16, 2008.
Matthew Rojansky, of, lists a few points on which McCain and Obama's sound bites are nearly indistinguishable.

Race and Politics

It's no secret that race is a big deal in the upcoming election. Both McCain and Obama are struggling to handle this political hot potato and bloggers speculate on how these politicos can achieve universal appeal. What do you think? Will people vote in accordance with their race, or with their values? Are the two linked?

Does Obama Have a Problem with White Voters? , by Alan I. Abramowitz, Thursday, July 17, 2008.
Alan Abramowitz looks at the numbers and explains that few Democratic presidential hopefuls in the past 40 years have won a majority of the white vote. He concludes that Obama's difficulty with the white vote is not surprising, and that his popularity is, in fact, on par with elected Democratic presidents of the past 40 years, including both Clinton and Carter.

One Face at the NAACP. Another in the Senate. by Meteor Blades, Thursday, July 17, 2008.
Meteor Blades recaps McCain's Wednesday address to the NAACP in Cincinnati. Although the Republic senator's message was well received, the NAACP won't applaud his legislative record.

Origins of 'Terrorist Fist Jab' Revealed by Jason Linkins, Tuesday, July 15, 2008.
The New Yorker's July 21 cover has sparked intense controversy, depicting the Obamas in the Oval Office, dressed in a combination of military/Middle Eastern garb, "fist bumping." Bloggers are analyzing the cover and HuffPo's Jason Linkins traces the parody to its source.