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In Final Debate, Can McCain Rattle an Imperturbable Foe?

October 15, 2008

By Mark Halperin
Time Magazine

Barack Obama is nearly impossible to rattle. His aides and friends are fond of pointing out that his emotional highs are not too high and his lows are never particularly low. It is Obama’s almost preternatural calm that will be John McCain‘s main obstacle at Wednesday night’s final presidential debate in Hempstead, NY.

Workers prepare the stage at the site of the third and final ... 
Above: Workers prepare the stage at the site of the third and final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 14, 2008.(Jim Bourg/Reuters)

With less than three weeks to go before Election Day, the Republican presidential nominee faces a daunting overall task. He is so far behind in the national polls and in most key individual states that it is difficult to assemble a single combination of Electoral College votes to get him to the necessary 270. Despite Monday’s unprecedented stock market rebound and Tuesday’s campaign announcement introducing a new McCain economic policy proposal, voters largely continue to blame the Republicans for the financial crisis and the gloomy mood of an unstable nation. At the same time, the impact of Obama’s massive fundraising advantage has hit full force, flooding battleground states with television ads, direct mail, and well-paid armies of local organizers. As Obama’s lead has held (and even grown in some polls) pundits and political strategists in both parties have begun to assertively predict an easy Obama win, possibly producing a self-fulfilling wave.

 

Under these challenging circumstances, and with a vast audience of voters tuning in, McCain will enter the debate hall for his last chance to shake up the race…

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Russia Spends Big To Burnish Image Abroad

March 6, 2008

By Peter Finn
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, March 6, 2008; Page A01

MOSCOW — In early 2004, when Svetlana Mironyuk became director general of the Russian news and information agency RIA Novosti, she discovered that the descendant of the Soviet Union‘s global propaganda machine was dying on its feet.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
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Vladimir Putin

Some of its writers were still using typewriters from communist days. The agency was publishing just one English-language newspaper, Sputnik, which was supposedly sold in Britain, although Mironyuk said she could find no evidence of that. Travel agents and dentists had moved into RIA’s stolid Moscow headquarters building.

“It was a desperate situation,” she said.

No more. The agency’s newly refurbished offices include a high-tech newsroom, complete with flat screens and a circular news desk, where 300 journalists disseminate a multimedia package of news to an international audience every day.

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