The Republican attack machine has launched a multifaceted offensive to falsely accuse Democrat Barak Obama of being anti-immigrant. In Spanish-language ads directed at Latino voters in the battleground states of Florida, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada, John McCain wrongly claims Obama blocked the path to legalization. At the same time McCain and the GOP are saying to their far-right base (in English) that Obama and the Democrats in general are “soft” on “illegal immigration.”
The most serious financial crisis since the 1930s exploded this week, plunging global markets into a meltdown, pushing credit card rates up, threatening life savings and pensions, hiking the jobless rate, and sending John McCain and the Republicans scurrying for cover.
The idea that the Bush administration is in bed with the oil companies took on new meaning with revelations that Interior Department officials engaged in sex, drugs and partying with oil and gas company representatives. A report from the Interior Department’s own inspector general released Sept. 10 described a 'culture of substance abuse and promiscuity' involving energy company representatives and staff at the department’s Minerals Management Service, which issues offshore drilling leases and handles billions of dollars in oil royalties.
The battle for women’s hearts, minds and votes has gone into overdrive. And for good reason. In 2004, women as a whole made up 54 percent of the electorate, with white women making up 41 percent.