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Mon Feb 25, 2008 at 07:47 AM PST

New Ohio Poll: Clinton +8 (21-24Feb)

by sipples

The Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati has released its latest Ohio Poll.  The poll surveyed 529 likely voters in the Democratic primary from February 21 to 24, 2008, by telephone.  The results:

Hillary Clinton 47%
Barack Obama 39%
John Edwards 9%
Other/Kucinich 2%
Don't Know 4%

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Thu Feb 21, 2008 at 02:27 AM PST

Feingold Poised to Endorse Obama

by sipples

The Associated Press reports this morning that Senator Russ Feingold is "poised to endorse" Senator Barack Obama for President. Feingold is a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention.

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Obama has been doing well among registered Democrats, but he has been doing even better among independents and the few Republicans who are voting in the Democratic primary contests. His performance outside his own party bodes well for the general election if he were to become the nominee.

The CNN exit polls for Wisconsin reveal that an amazing 37% of voters were not registered Democrats (or at least not self-described registered Democrats). So what does that high independent turnout suggest for Ohio? An analysis follows based on the latest polling.

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Democrats Abroad began voting today, starting in the Pacific and Far Eastern timezones. It's a global primary with 22 delegates (equal to 11 full delegate votes) at stake, and for the first time overseas Democrats can vote by mail, fax, Internet, or in-person.

Japanese broadcaster NHK is conducting an exit poll at today's in-person voting center in Tokyo. As of 4 pm local time, Obama is leading Clinton there by about a 9 to 1 ratio.

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The first Money Sunday (Declining Dollar, What to Do) over two years ago offered recommendations on how to cope with our weak home currency. Now the dollar is even weaker, and that article is especially worth reading again.

This edition for Sunday, November 4, 2007, takes a practical and specific look at how to react: where to go on your next (or first) international vacation. This past week I visited Australia, but I didn't buy anything in the shops. The U.S. dollar has fallen about 20% in the past two years (16% in the past year alone) against the Australian dollar. So what countries remain comparative bargains? Read on to find out and for links to past editions of Money Sunday....

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Are you planning to take an international vacation within the next year?

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Like most Americans, I was incredibly frustrated and disappointed in the answers three prominent Democratic candidates for president gave to Tim Russert's question about whether they would remove troops from Iraq by the end of their first term (in 2013).

So here's another question. Would an average citizen like to ask it? How about a smart reporter?

If a Democrat wins the presidency in 2008, will you promise to support the retention of Howard Dean as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee through at least the 2010 election cycle should he wish to continue serving?

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The polls closed at 2000 hours JST (7:00 a.m. Eastern U.S. time) on July 29, 2007, here in Japan.

These elections are for the upper house (the House of Councillors), with half the seats up for grabs. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) isn't liberal or democratic. It's conservative and lately has been trying to amend Japan's pacifist constitution to permit military expansion and more aggressive overseas deployments. The LDP's Bush-friendly Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, could be forced from power with a particularly bad poll result.

Results are devastating for the ruling party, with the main social liberal party, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), cruising to victory.

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In this second installment of the revived Money Sunday series, you will learn about stock options: what they are, how they work, and why they are so controversial. Learn about this huge element of executive compensation so you can become a smarter, more politically savvy Kossack.

Whether you received stock options yourself — are you lucky? — or want to understand more about how top executives receive so much more pay than their own workers, read on. And take a look at past Monday Sunday articles linked below....

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Do you (or did you) have any stock options?

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Monday Sunday is back for this Mother's Day, after a long hiatus. Money Sunday provides Kossacks with a progressive view on the economy and personal financial planning. After all, there's nothing better than thousands more wealthy progressives who can devote more financial resources toward improving our nation and the world.

This month features details about a relatively new class of mutual funds: the "automatic" retirement funds. These funds can play an important role in your personal financial success, especially if you are like most Kossacks: too busy with more important issues to spend countless hours managing your money. Regardless of your age or income, read on for details and for links to past Monday Sunday articles....

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Are you investing in a target/lifecycle fund?

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The Huffington Post reports this morning that somebody may still be logged onto AOL Instant Messenger under Foley's now infamous Maf54 screen name.
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All political parties have hotly contested primaries from time to time. I hope Senator Lieberman recognizes that he's not alone, and that many senior politicians have had to deal with the possibility of losing offices to up-and-coming challengers.

The happiest former office holders are those who have come to terms with that loss. Public opinion is sometimes a fickle master, but we live in a democracy, and life must go on. Should Senator Lieberman lose Tuesday's primary, there are many steps he can take, like President Jimmy Carter, to transcend this temporary setback. He's still young, and he can still do so much good.

Here are some ideas on how Senator Lieberman can help improve our society.

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If Lamont wins on August 8, will Senator Lieberman adjust well to his new life opportunities?

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Paul Begala has the right idea, which is for Democrats to go on the offensive with the Iraq issue.

Much like current Democratic efforts to raise the minimum wage, Democrats in Congress should frame the Iraq issue quite explicitly. It's time for Congressional Democrats to propose legislation that would immediately draft eligible sons (and maybe also daughters) of anyone serving in Congress and in the Cabinet for service in Iraq.

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