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(Reuters) - The Obama administration is expected to announce by Wednesday its updated plan for oil and natural gas drilling in U.S. waters, including whether to allow exploration for the first time along the U.S. East Coast.

The plan could pave the way for a significant new domestic source of energy, helping to reduce U.S. dependence on oil imports and boost supplies of natural gas used to displace coal in power plants as the country works to reduce emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases.

Two industry sources said on Monday President Barack Obama was expected to give a speech about energy security on Wednesday, which could include his views on expansion of offshore drilling.

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This seems to be one of those stories that starts innocent enough and ends up being some really weird mixed up scandal.... Will this reach Ted Haggard epic proportions? Who knows, but it couldn't have happened to a better 2012-in-the-mix Con...

Now questions are clearly leading to two different sets of events...

No, he wasn't hiking nude on the Ap Trail, he was hoping a flight in Atlanta.  And why is it taking him so long to get back to where he came from anyhow? Did he go Int'l?

NBC Atlanta has the scoop that could be the first weeding out of the 2012 field.

On Tuesday, sources told News 4's Nigel Robertson that a state vehicle is missing and was tracked down, not to the Appalachian Trail, but to the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta.

Sources told Robertson that a federal agent spotted Sanford in the airport boarding a plane. Robertson was told that the governor was not accompanied by security detail.

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Luckily in the US, there have been no deaths as of yet from the Swine Flu, however given the level of government response, accelerating at a very fast pace, one wonders if the media reports are truthful, especially centering in on the reports of what's actually going on in Mexico.  We can't know what will happen until we better understand what has already transpired, and some of these first person accounts via the BBC are shockingly chilling.

On regional Preparedness, from Monterrey

Over the last two weeks we started seeing patients with high fever, muscle aches, sore throats and coughs. Those symptoms seemed a bit odd for us, but we didn't diagnose them with swine flu as we didn't know about it.

On Sunday we had our first death in the area. It was someone who came from Mexico City. But we don't have the means to confirm whether it was as a result of swine flu.

More than anything, we lack equipment and laboratory kits. All we can do is look at the symptoms and make a clinical diagnosis.

In the pharmacies, there is no Tamiflu available. They only have another medication and they don't even have enough of that.

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If you're like me, you're on pins and needles right now wondering if the vote that we expect to get out is actually hitting the streets.  In Florida, there is a great website doing reporting online in five representative precincts which are Key for the Battleground, and represent strong concentrations of the 5 flavors of votes:  Blacks, Hispanics (Cubans), Young Voters, Independents, Republicans and Seniors.

As of the Midday reporting, turn out among Blacks and Youth EXCEEDED 2004 levels in these precincts, while Cubans have struggled to match 2004 levels and should fall short.  Seniors are out in force, way up (strongest by demographic) while Independents and  Republicans to outdo a bit 2004.

Now, Precinct by Precinct

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All this talk of the 50% thresholds, mainly looking at those rediculous Mason Dixon polls, has got me laughing at the pundits as they buy into the GOP talking points.

In 2004, Kerry was supposed to take undecides overwhelmingly to win from 48-47 deficit... that didn't happen as Bush's base turned out.

This year, we have one candidate doing GOTV like never before and the other not even with GOTV people on the ground. The media is of course ignoring all this because this is how Obama wins and they are keeping the story on ice until Tuesday.

As of now:

CNN:  
Obama 53%  (51%)
McCain  46% (46%)

Undecideds - 1%... No hope for McCain here

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Argue all you want my Democratic Friends, but the Meme is TRUE... Fox New's Poll is Right!!! The Race IS Tightening!!!  Check this out...

SHOCK

AWE

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Socialist huh?  Well, now that's a hefty charge Mr. McCain... How about a solid rebuff with a soundbite sure to make it into all the evening cycles and zingy enough to connect instantly...  Cut to the video

"By the end of the week, he'll be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten," Obama said, as per the prepared remarks. Then he added: "I shared my -- I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich."

It's a nifty way of highlighting, in a roundabout way, the McCain-Palin attacks in all their utter childishness.

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Pathetic, absolutely fucking pathetic

A teenager was wounded in the arm by a man who said he wanted to stop the boy and another from taking his John McCain yard sign, authorities said.

Warren Township police Lt. Don Bishop said 50-year-old Kenneth Rowles told officers he got out a .22-caliber rifle Saturday afternoon to fire warning shots, not hurt anyone. The two shots hit the van the teens were in.

Rowles pleaded not guilty Monday to felonious assault. A preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 4, Election Day.

Kyree Flowers, the 17-year-old passenger in the van, was wounded in the arm and was treated at a hospital, Bishop said.

I'm really speechless...  And to plead not guilty too... Over a FUCKING YARD SIGN!

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Talking Points Memo breaks this great story

Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.

Williams' daughter told her that up to 40 of her co-workers had refused to read the script, and had left the call center after supervisors told them that they would have to either read the call or leave, Williams says.

"They walked out," Williams says of her daughter and her co-workers, adding that they weren't fired but willingly sacrificed pay rather than read the lines. "They were told [by supervisors], `If you all leave, you're not gonna get paid for the rest of the day."

Resistance is in the air!  This is CHANGE!!!!!

DIGG

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An Icy Nail In The McCain/Palin '08 Coffin

The endorsement opens with a nod to the historic nature of having an Alaskan on a National Party Ticket for President, sort of a given considering the history.  Then it goes something like this

Gov. Palin's nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency -- but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.

with a killer closing

Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.

OUCH

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Please, Don't worry Barack, we've got the field.  We know that this is an important time for you and for your family.  We know that what your doing is what any person would be doing at this point in time.  Yesterday Joe said some amazing stuff about you... that guy really has a mouth, and well, he summed it all up.

"It’s going to be a long trip for him, a long trip emotionally and a long trip physically,” Biden said at a rally in Colorado. “And so keep him in your prayers, because his grandmom who — and grandpop who raised him — is, is not doing well and is not expected to live. And so it’s an emotional journey he’s on, but I think it’s the mark of the man that, right up to the very end here, he knows his priorities. His priorities [are] to take leave and go see his mother who raised him.”

I buried my grandfather in January.  He passed after 94 years as a proud democrat on this green earth, and I do wish he had the chance to vote for you before he left for a better place.  

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Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:49 AM PDT

I Finally Did It, I Went All In!!!

by Steven R

Five minutes ago, I did something I never thought I would ever do.

Five minutes ago, I did something I'd thought of doing all year, but didn't know if I'd make it.

Five minutes ago, I hope I just changed the world.

Ten minutes ago, I got an email from Jon Carson and it said this.

Dear Steven,

I can tell you right now who's going to win this election -- the campaign that steps up its ground game in the final days.

The race is deadlocked in a number of crucial battleground states, including Ohio, Missouri, and Indiana. And we're neck-and-neck in Florida, North Carolina, and Nevada.

We have to make our final, tough decisions about where to fight and how strong we can make our team. And those choices will depend on the financial resources we have tomorrow at midnight.

From the start, the success of this campaign has been due to the generosity of supporters like you -- thank you for all you've done. According to our records, you are at most $461.45 away from your maximum contribution limit.

With just 13 days remaining, please don't wait to go All-In for Barack. Will you make a donation of $461.45 before the deadline?

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