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Following in the footsteps of Amnesty International, the United Nations, and even Obama administration officials, The Guardian today reports that 250 US legal scholars have denounced the detention and treatment of Bradley Manning in a letter aimed at Obama:

Bradley Manning: top US legal scholars voice outrage at 'torture'

More than 250 of America's most eminent legal scholars have signed a letter protesting against the treatment in military prison of the alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, contesting that his "degrading and inhumane conditions" are illegal, unconstitutional and could even amount to torture.

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Most notable among the signatories seems to be Laurence Tribe, professor at Harvard who taught Obama constitutional law, and recent member of his administration.

He told the Guardian he signed the letter because Manning appeared to have been treated in a way that "is not only shameful but unconstitutional" as he awaits court martial in Quantico marine base in Virginia.

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Kagan in '97 urged Clinton to ban late abortions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As a White House adviser in 1997, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan urged then-President Bill Clinton to support a ban on late-term abortions, a political compromise that put the administration at odds with abortion rights groups.

Documents reviewed Monday by The Associated Press show Kagan encouraging Clinton to support a bill that would have banned all abortions of viable fetuses except when the physical health of the mother was at risk. The documents from Clinton's presidential library are among the first to surface in which Kagan weighs in on the thorny issue of abortion.

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This is absolutely outrageous, the Obama Justice Department has announced that it is indicting Thomas Drake. Drake was one of the whistleblowers of NSA programs that were not only severely mismanaged but also tried to circumvent privacy safeguards. It seems Obama has now decided not to bring down actual criminals, but the heroes who expose government screwups and criminality.

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Remember the end to prosecutions of state-sanctioned medical marijuana use that the White House announced back in October? Turns out the DEA is still raiding facilities. Even worse, Obama has nominated Bush appointee, Michele Leonhart, as head of the DEA. More broken promises it seems...

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Obama raised $38 million in the first half of October and now has $66 million on hand.

FEC filing here:
http://query.nictusa.com/...

McCain meanwhile:

McCain, who has accepted public financing for his campaign, is restricted in his spending. As of Oct. 15 he had more than $25 million in hand, but more than $1 in million debts. The RNC, which has been helping his candidacy, had more than $59 million in the bank.

At McCain's spending rate of $1.5 million a day, the Arizona senator likely has only $12 million to spend in the next 11 days before the Nov. 4 election.

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Time to donate some more:
https://donate.barackobama.com/...

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Obama's average lead in the daily trackers is now at 8.25%, up from 7.75% yesterday. Obama also passed through the magical 50% roof. Polls were conducted Wednesday through Friday and include the first day of polling after Thursday's VP debate.

The red line represents the average of all daily trackers.

Rasmussen: Obama +6 (-1)
Gallup: Obama +8 (+1)
Diageo/The Hotline: Obama +7 (+1)
Daily Kos/Research 2000: Obama +12 (+1)
Today's average: Obama +8.25 (+0.50)

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With Gallup cycling out a day of polling that was likely a bit of an outlier, Obama's average lead in the daily trackers is now at its highest ever, 7.75%. Polls were conducted Tuesday through Thursday, before Thursday's VP debate.

The red line represents the average of all daily trackers.

Rasmussen: Obama +7 (no change from yesterday)
Gallup: Obama +7(+2)
Diageo/The Hotline: Obama +6 (+1)
Daily Kos/Research 2000: Obama +11 (no change from yesterday)
Today's average: Obama +7.75 (+0.75)

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Obama's average lead in the daily trackers went up another 0.50% in the past two days, and is now at 7%. Polls were conducted Saturday through Monday, all after Friday's debate. Obama has been trending upwards ever since polling McCain announced his campaign "suspension". It seems that McCain has at least been unable to stop his slippage in the polls with the debate.

The red line represents the average of all daily trackers.

Rasmussen: Obama +6 (+1)
Gallup: Obama +6(-2)
Diageo/The Hotline: Obama +6 (+1)
Daily Kos/Research 2000: Obama +10 (+1)

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Obama's average lead in the daily trackers went up another 1% today and is now at 6.5%. Polls were conducted Thursday through Friday. All polls were taken after McCain's decision to "suspend" his campaign and include one day of polling after Friday's debate.


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Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 10:12 AM PDT

Obama's lead now at 5.5%

by Enzo Valenzetti

Obama's average lead in the daily trackers went up another 0.5% today and is now at 5.5%. None of the polls reflect yesterday's debate yet.

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Since the economic crisis, the race has been relatively stable, with Obama having an average lead of 3 to 4 points in the daily trackers.

Today, this has changed. With the daily trackers including two days of polling after McCain's decision to suspend his campaign, Obama jumped 1.75% and is now beating McCain by 5%. This is the largest average lead and jump since all four trackers were up.

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Is Obama a flip-flopper? Has he been shifting to the right since the end of the primaries?

Let's take a look at Obama's positions on the issues now and then.

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