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Flip-Flopping? - The Dilemma of the Median Voter

Recently, Barack Obama has been critized for moving to the middle of the political landscape to counter the impression of being liberal given among others by the National Journal. The media and the Republicans immediately jumped on Obama for what they define as flip-flopping. Given the make-up of the U.S. political system (winner-take-all, non-proportional representation, two-party-system, etc.), however, candidates are forced to appeal to the median voter if they want to win elections.

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Doggystyle

You may have not noticed, but it is appears to be obligatory for U.S. presidents to have a dog. A quick research (cf. pictures below) has shown that every president since Kennedy had a hairy pal. Now, the important questions are: How is this issue going to play in November? And when and what kind of dog will Barack Obama get?

 

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Bump, Bump, Bump

On June 3, after the final primaries in Montana and South Dakota, Senator Barack Obama held a victory speech in St. Paul, the site of the upcoming Republican National Convention. Following Michelle Obama’s introduction, the presumtive Democratic nominee entered the stage exchanging a fist-bump with his wife. As a consequence of the two-second gesture, the blogosphere as well as the mainstream media obsessed about what to call it, what it means, and if it is black or not. Below is a small selection of chronological links reflecting part of the online coverage. 

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The Terrymania is Over

Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton for President committee chair, will be very much missed on the campaign trail now that Hillary Clinton has suspended her candidacy. The always forward looking McAuliffe was persistant in delivering and staying on message. Today the New York Times wrote:

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McCain-Obama, amusing ourselves to death?

So, according to the New York Times Caucus Blog, John McCain proposed to Barack Obama to “join him in 10 joint town-hall-style meetings in which the likely Republican and Democratic nominees could discuss the issues this summer.” The NYT goes on to report that McCain claims to have gotten the idea from an agreement between “President Kennedy and Senator Barry Goldwater to fly around the country together to debate the issues.”

According to an update on the blog,

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Reading and Discussion with Christoph von Marschall

Historian and journalist Christoph von Marschall will read from his book Barack Obama: Der schwarze Kennedy on April 3, 2008, 7.30 pm in the Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig. Von Marschall, who has before worked for the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Deutschlandfunk, accompanied presidential hopeful Barack Obama during his campaign gaining much insight at close range.
Admission is free. For more details, please click here.

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Hussein Obama

Leo directed my attention to the attached video clip forwarded to him by a (indo-muslim) friend in the USA. The clip (originally posted at www.livesteez.com?) shows pro-Hillary democrats trying to argue why they would rather vote for McCain than support Obama.

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College Democrats Endorse

The College Democrats of America are unquestionably very tech savy as the generation of citizens they represent. They are present on every major social networking site online to reach out to and to organize their members. To determine who they should endorse, the president and vice-president of the College Democrats took a quite unconventional  survey of their members. They produced a youtube video asking for feedback from College Democrats nationwide. And here is the outcome:

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MDR Info Interviews ASL About Presidential Primary

MDR Info, the most listened to source of news on radio in Central Germany (Mitteldeutschland), interviewed American Studies Leipzig today about the implications of the latest round of primary elections in the United States that are part of this presidential election season.

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Exhibit on Press and Presidential Elections Open to Enthusiasm

Some 70 people gathered to open the Exhibit on “Media, Power, and the White House” on Monday, 28 April. The project is co-sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies and the Institute for American Studies. Generous funding for the exhibit has been provided by the American Consulate in Leipzig.

Under the supervision of Dr. Gerhard Piskol, a specialist in comparative journalism, and Professor Emeritus Hartmut Keil from American Studies, the exhibit was constructed by ten students over several months.

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