Obama's Drug Czar - Change is Coming

Cross posted at John 4:20

Obama has selected his Drug Czar, and it looks to be a huge improvement over what we've had for the last 20+ years. Certainly not an advocate for decriminalization, but definitely not another gung-ho "drug warrior", either....

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Gallup Just Exploded

Wow, wonder if Drudge the Fedora will be front paging this one with 42pt fonts and flashing lights.

As of today, all 3 models show decisive leads for Obama.

Of course as we all know, State polls are what really matters right now, but the National trackers are great for surveying trends, and the trends look very good heading into the final weekend.

Here's Gallup's numbers for 10-31-08

The Registered Voter model shows it as: Obama 52%, McSame 41%. That's a gain of 2 points for Obama and a loss of one for McWalking Cane.

The "Traditional" (based on 2004 turnout) Voter model shows it as: Obama 51%, McShame 43%. gain of one point for Barry, loss of two points for Gramps.

The "Expanded" (based on estimations of higher turnout this year) Voter model shows it as: Obama 52%, McFailin 43%. Gain of one point of That One, loss of one point McKitchenSink.

UPDATE: Here's a snippet from the Write-up:
Thursday night's interviews are the first conducted entirely after Obama's widely viewed 30-minute prime-time campaign ad, which ran on several television networks Wednesday evening. Obama held a substantial lead over McCain in last night's polling, however no greater than what Gallup found on Wednesday.

Obama's lead among expanded likely voters is only slightly greater than that seen among traditional likely voters. He now leads McCain by nine-points, 52% to 43%, using this looser definition that does not factor in whether respondents have voted in past elections, but strictly relies on their reported level of interest and intention to vote in the 2008 election.

Again, it cannot be stressed enough that we must continue fighting for this election! But it's good to see the tightening we saw earlier in the week reverse itself, either way.

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Right-wing Chicago Tribune Endorses Barack Obama

Having lived my entire life in Chicago, I have witnessed firsthand the right-leaning slant that the Chicago Tribune carries.

On Nov. 4 we're going to elect a president to lead us through a perilous time and restore in us a common sense of national purpose.

The strongest candidate to do that is Sen. Barack Obama. The Tribune is proud to endorse him today for president of the United States.

First, a quick history lesson on the Trib (from wikipedia):

The Tribune was founded by James Kelly, John E. Wheeler and Joseph K.C. Forrest, publishing its first edition on June 10, 1847.

Amazingly, in the paper's 161 year history, it has never, ever endorsement the Democratic Nominee for President. So this is truly a first, and quite a surprise.

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How They Got Us Into This Economic Debacle

There's a great article over at rasmussenreports.com this morning which examines McCain's trouble addressing our economic problems, and how it was his own "good ole boy", Phil Gramm, who is largely to blame for this debacle.

The fundamentals of our economy are strong," John McCain said as Wall Street went into white-knuckle panic over diving investor confidence. Does he believe that? It doesn't really matter, because the Republican has outsourced his economic policy to the ideologues whose opposition to regulations brought the financial markets to their knees.

McCain's former economic adviser is ex-Texas Sen. Phil Gramm. On Dec. 15, 2000, hours before Congress was to leave for Christmas recess, Gramm had a 262-page amendment slipped into the appropriations bill. It forbade federal agencies to regulate the financial derivatives that greased the skids for passing along risky mortgage-backed securities to investors.

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Obama Looking to Revise Democratic Nomination Rules

The Washington Post is today reporting that Obama is looking to change© the way the Democratic Nominee is selected.

Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign will call next week for the creation of a commission to revise the rules for selecting a presidential nominee in 2012, with a goal of reducing the power of superdelegates, whose role became a major point of contention during the long battle for the Democratic nomination between Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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$52,000,000 - But Will it Silence the "Concerned" Folk?

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In a month where all the know-nothing pundits were speculating on a speculative report that claimed Illinois Senator Barack Obama "only" raised $30M or so in the month of June, turns out they were once again completely, utterly and pathetically wrong.

Please try to contain your shock.

Looks like Obama has had quite a haul this month. A $52,000,000 haul, to be exact. Only $3M shy of his record-shattering donation total in February of this year.

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Enough With the Phony Outrage (UPDATED 2X)

If you like this diary, please recommend it!

There's a lot of people pissing and moaning about the alleged flip-flop on the part of Senator Barack Obama regarding his opting out of public funds for the General Election.

Now, I am all for holding Obama's feet to the fire when the criticism is warranted (such as in the case of Telco Immunity), but the amount of concern trolling going on in certain circles is simply astounding. With all the hand-wringing going on you'd think that Obama just announced that he was going to take Joe Lieberman as his running mate and run on a platform of expanding the Patriot Act for another 20 years.

I think most people are smart enough to figure out what these people's motives are, but just in case anyone here is actually buying into the faux outrage being expressed by a small but vocal group of community members here at MyDD, I will attempt to set the record straight....

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Unity - Stop This War

Obama's speech was a message to people (like me) who have been very angry at the Clinton campaign to realize and respect what she and her supporters have accomplished.

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Hillary Has a Huge Advantage in a Debate Setting

Remember that nugget of Conventional "Wisdom"? The one put forth by not only hardcore Hillary supporters, but also the MSM and even some Obama supporters?

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