NYT: Following the Script: Obama, McCain and The West Wing

I knew it… Today the New York Times featured an article that describes the similarities of the last two seasons of “The West Wing“ and the current presidential election. It’s stunning and if you haven’t seen the series yet, you should, it’s fabulous.

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Senatorial Races to Watch: Stevens vs. Begich (Alaska)

Another congressional race to watch is the senate race in Alaska. Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Stevens, who is the longest-serving Republican senator in the U.S. Senate, has a tougher time than expected defending his seat. The Republican has recently been indicted for lying about gifts he received causing the Republican leadership in Washington to call for his resignation. But Ted fights on. The first poll after the indictment shows a clear advantage for Begich.

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What If Obama Loses?

The polls have been very clear over the last couple of months: An Obama victory on November 4th seems very likely according to the pollsters. Some commentators have even started talking about the possibility of a landslide. And they have good reason to speculate, states that haven’t voted for a Democrat for President in decades are suddenly in play.

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UPDATED: Guest Lecture: Simon Koschut of the DGAP Speaks on the Upcoming Elections

 

In a room packed with over 30 students, Simon Koschut of the DGAP spoke on the future of German-American relations in face of the upcoming election. Among others, Koschut discussed the areas of the global financial system, the trade system, foreign policy, and climate change as areas in which different dynamics are going to unfold.

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Controversial Interview: Florida Reporter Questioning Biden

The following interview on a local Florida TV station (WFTV, Orlando, FL) made the national news. According to news reports, the interviewer, Barbara West, is married to a Republican media consultant. It shows in the questions. See for yourself:

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"In a week and a half, it'll be over. What will we do to fill the void in our lives?"

In today’s Washington Post, Eugene Robinson,  compared the campaign with an “epic novel.” Here is an excerpt (for the whole article, click here):

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Senatorial Races to Watch: Franken vs. Coleman (Minnesota)

Former comedian Al Franken is running against freshman Senator Norm Coleman for a senate seat in Minnesota. The race has become a wild card. After leading the polls in double digits, Coleman is losing ground to Al Franken, who is now pulling ahead in the polls. The Big12Battleground poll has Franken leading Coleman by 6 percent, a recent Rasmussen poll has Franken up by 4 percent. The independent candidate Barkley makes things even more unpredictable.

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:) Class Wars, a Party Announcement(, and some election notes)

Next to the secretariat on the fifth floor, American Studies Leipzig’s unique Offline Message Board is enjoying increasing attention. Most recently, a party announcement for 30th October has popped up, squeezed in on the left hand side of the board.

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"Unbelievable McCain Vs. Obama Dance-Off"

Here is an entertaining video I just found through the Huffington Post. I dedicate this to all Hip Hop Awareness activists. To check it out, click here.

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