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2008-10-17 06:00:05

By David Jackson WASHINGTON -- Democrat Barack Obama warned supporters Thursday not to get "cocky" about his lead in polls, while Republican John McCain pressed on with his theme that his rival would raise taxes. A day after their final debate, both presidential candidates visited battleground states to make their campaign arguments anew. The Democratic nominee reminded New Hampshire supporters that surveys there in January had him ahead of rival Hillary Rodham Clinton but he lost...

2008-10-17 06:00:01

By Gary Levin NEW YORK -- John McCain made peace Thursday with David Letterman, three weeks after the presidential candidate drew the comedian's wrath by abruptly canceling an appearance under false pretenses only to head for a sitdown with news anchor Katie Couric. In an extended interview on CBS' Late Show, McCain said he "screwed up" but added: "Look at all the conversation I gave you. I haven't had so much fun since my last interrogation." Letterman didn't press McCain on why he...

2008-10-16 18:00:06

Joe Wurselbacher, the Ohio plumber thrust into the national limelight during the presidential debate, isn't licensed and says he doesn't need one. He is also not registered to operate as a plumber in Ohio -- which means, well, he's not a plumber, The (Toledo) Blade reported Thursday. Wurselbacher, identified as "Joe the Plumber" during Wednesday's presidential debates, became emblematic of the American taxpayer. A weekend conversation with Democrat Barack Obama in Toledo about whether...

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2008-10-16 15:45:00

Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama is using his campaign's deep pockets to step up his advertising during the final weeks before the November 4 election, and is making political history by becoming the first presidential candidate to place ads in online video games. The ads will be featured in 18 games on Microsoft's Xbox Live service, ranging from "The Incredible Hulk" and "Guitar Hero 3" to sports titles like "NASCAR 09," "NBA Live 08" and "NFL Tour."  The campaign will use...

2008-10-16 12:00:00

Verizon and AT&T put special towers on U.S. Sen. John McCain's Arizona ranch after his wife, Cindy McCain, requested cellphone service, the companies said. Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. both delivered portable "cell sites on wheels," free of charge, to the Republican U.S. presidential hopeful's remote 15-acre ranch near Sedona, Ariz., this summer, the companies said. The devices are generally used to provide temporary service in places where wireless coverage is...

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2008-10-16 12:25:00

The Oct. 15 Presidential debate offered one last big opportunity for John McCain and Barack Obama to prove their mettle and win over voters in this hotly contested election. Since the first debate last month [BusinessWeek, 9/29/08], I have been paying close attention to each candidate's nonverbal communication, which accounts for as much as 93% of the message actually received by viewers. Nonverbal signals include everything from facial expressions, tone of voice, distance, and posture, to...

2008-10-16 12:00:08

An Ohio plumber who talked to Barack Obama about taxes became John McCain's embodiment of the working class during Wednesday's presidential debate. McCain took a weekend encounter between Obama and Joe Wurzelbacher in the Toledo area, using "Joe the Plumber" as a symbol of how Obama's tax policies would hurt small businesses, The New York Times reported Thursday. "It floored me. It's not something I expected ever," Wurzelbacher said Thursday in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning...

2008-10-16 06:00:28

By William M. Welch MIDWEST, Wyo. -- When delegates to the Republican National Convention broke into chants of "drill, baby, drill," they could have found no more receptive audience than here in Wyoming's oil patch, where workers have been doing just that for 100 years. "I was cheering right along with them," says oil service worker Tyson DeVeny, 26. Like most of his colleagues, DeVeny says he will vote for Republican John McCain for president over Democrat Barack Obama, in large part...

2008-10-16 06:00:06

By Susan Page HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- It was all about Joe the Plumber. In the final presidential debate Wednesday night, John McCain and Barack Obama seemed to be vying for the affections not only of the average Joe generally, but of a particular Joe: Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Holland, Ohio. Wurzelbacher had expressed concerns to Obama on Sunday that if Obama were elected, his taxes would go up when he buys his own small business. "Joe, I want to tell you, I'll not only help...

2008-10-16 08:25:00

The following is a transcript of the U.S. presidential debate between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama Wednesday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. BOB SCHIEFFER, MODERATOR: Good evening. And welcome to the third and last presidential debate of 2008, sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. I'm Bob Schieffer of CBS News. The rules tonight are simple. The subject is domestic policy. I will divide the next hour-and-a-half into nine-minute segments. I will ask a question...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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