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Guy Rundle gets an education at the Homeschool Convention:
And now, on with today’s media wrap!
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Obama the law professor. “Before he pushed campaign finance legislation, or outraised every other presidential primary candidate in American history, Mr. Obama marched students through the thickets of campaign finance law. Before he helped redraw the map of his own state Senate district, making it whiter and wealthier, he taught districting as a racially fraught study in how power is secured. And before he posed what may be the ultimate test of racial equality — whether Americans will elect a black president — he led students through African-Americans’ long fight for equal status.” — New York Times
Obama the Untouchable. Slate refutes the notion that the US media is batting for Obama, saying the man’s spent years crafting a non-stick persona. ” What has gone unexplored until now is this: How did Barack Obama achieve superslipperiness without becoming greasy?”
Ted Stevens indictment. The American Prospect blog argues that the indictment of Alaskan Republican Ted “the internet is a series of tubes” Stevens will not only tarnish the GOP brand but could harm the Democrats as well as they may face a new, reform minded challenger in Steven’s place.
McCain cleared of cancer scare. A biopsy has cleared John McCain of fears of skin cancer after he had a small patch of skin removed a few days ago. He’s had melanomas due to sun damage before, courtesy of his time as a Vietnamese POW. — Huffington Post
How should McCain handle the Dubya question at the RNC? If McCain wants to continue to distance himself from his unpopular predecessor, the Republican National Convention is going to be tricky. Slate suggests a few strategies for the GOP to handle the Bush “kryponite”. — Slate
The fruits of Reaganism. Ronald Reagan came to office saying that government was not part of the solution, “Government is the problem.” And it seems to me, the tendency to disdain government… is what led to the profound disrespect that the Bush Administration has shown for even the most basic aspects of governing, like respect for the civil service system. — Swampland