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  • October 13, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The Providence Athenaeum is a local jewel, and it's got a great event on tap for tomorrow:

    Tues, 10/14, 7pm: Election Day Approaches: What’s Next? In an increasingly global world fraught with conflicts past, present, and promised, what is the future for US foreign policy? As the 2008 presidential campaign (aka The Hundred Years’ War) closes, what is America’s place in the world? What should it be? Come converse with two contrarian witnesses to history, former Senator Lincoln Chafee (now distinguished visiting fellow at Brown’s Watson Institute), a liberal conservative, and Ted Widmer, former foreign policy speechwriter for Bill Clinton, now Director of the John Carter Brown Library, a conservative liberal.

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  • October 09, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    As Greg Cook reports in this week's Phoenix:

    There are the usual ways of spelling out your support for a candidate, and then there’s this weekend’s “Bike Write for Obama.”

    Sarah Sandman, 28, is organizing a group “typographic bike ride” across Providence on Sunday to signal support Barack Obama for president and to promote alternative forms of transportation.

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  • October 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    This is a timely event times two -- Kearns Goodwin is both a presidential historian and a big Red Sox fan.

    The 2008 U.S. presidential election is heating up, and its results will forever change the modern American political landscape. As Election Day approaches, Roger Williams University will host Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who will present a timely examination of the current and past American presidential campaigns to the University community and general public.

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  • October 07, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    There will be a debate watch tonight at Obama's RI HQ. I came up empty while looking for details of a counterpart event on the RI Republican Party and the Ocean State Republican sites.

    Anyway, in case you missed it, Rick Massimo had a piece Saturday about how local rapper Sage Francis is trying to help some of those arrested at the RNC earlier this year.

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  • October 06, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    than Dan Kennedy:

    Palin calls freedom of press a "privilege"

    All right, I am assuming far more coherence and meaning in Sarah Palin's ramblingly incoherent interview with Fox's Carl Cameron than is warranted. But I do want to call your attention to this amazing passage, flagged by Jake Tapper of ABC News:

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  • September 26, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    In writing a few years ago about the shrinking commitment of TV news to political coverage, I noted this prevalent belief in the broadcasting community:

    "If we had five minutes of politics at six o'clock consistently for one year, our ratings would plummet and we'd go out of business," says a Providence TV reporter, who asked to not be identified.

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  • September 26, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    So says CNN.

  • September 25, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    This event was set before this week's news, so we'll have to wait to see whether it's just Obama . . .

    From RIC:

    Rhode Island College is again partnering with the National Commission on Presidential Debates to hold a public forum on Friday, Sept. 26 to analyze the first televised McCain/Obama presidential debate as part of the college’s DebateWatch project that promotes civic participation and voter education in a presidential election year.

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  • September 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    In advance of the first presidential debate of 2008 on Friday, Media Matters' Action Network has a report out on the shortcomings of the presidential primary debates. It is also calling upon citizens to demand more discussion of the real issues facing America.

    While much attention was given to the trivial questions asked in the final debate of the 2008 primary season, the problems with the debates went much deeper and highlight some of the broader weaknesses in the news media's coverage of the presidential campaign.

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  • September 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From Brown's Taubman Center:

    If the election were held today, 47 percent of the registered voters in Rhode Island say they will vote for Obama, 34 percent for McCain, and approximately 19 percent are undecided. In a Taubman Center poll conducted in August, prior to the Republican National Convention, Obama was leading McCain by 20 percent.

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  • September 19, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    Back in the Democratic primary, we Rhode Islanders got a taste of what it feels like to have presidential candidates marching, a la New Hampshire primary, to our little state. And now, with a shrinking number of presidential battlegrounds, New Hampshire remains in play -- as evidenced by all the Obama and McCain commercials being broadcast on NESN.

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  • September 19, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From the Obama campaign:

    Providence, RI – The Obama Campaign today announced an open house and rally for volunteers and supporters on Friday, September 19, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at the Rhode Island for Obama headquarters in the Heritage Building, 321 South Main Street, Suite 101. A “Change We Can Believe In” rally will fire up Obama supporters behind the Heritage Building on South Water Street at 6:20 p.

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  • September 18, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    Politics ain't bean bag, as we know, and there's plenty of muck on both sides of our election process. Yet some longtime admirers of John McCain, like Washington Post op-ed columnist Richard Cohen, have offered withering indictments of how the "Straight Talk" Republican is conducing his quest for the presidency.

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  • September 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of Palin . . .

    I'm a few days late in noting this item from the Washington Post:

    Republican presidential candidate John McCain's campaign today released a radio ad that four times trumpeted his support for stem cell research but never mentioned that his vice presidential pick opposes it.

    The ad, which the campaign said is running in "key states,'' says that the "original mavericks'' will work with congressional allies to improve America's health and mentions the use of stem cell research to, among other things, "help free families from the fear and devastation of illness (the full text is below).

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  • September 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    Steven Stark says, "Yes," and he says it means prolonged trouble for Obama.

    Hers is a persona that usually doesn’t attract educated Easterners. In fact, when Irving Berlin was asked to help write a musical based on Oakley’s life (Annie Get Your Gun), he needed a fair amount of persuasion — because he had never even heard of her.

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