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Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute teams converge on strategies to defeat McCain’s form of brain cancer

Research teams at Virginia Tech are developing new approaches to treat the aggressive form of brain cancer recently diagnosed in U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Andy Schmookler: John McCain has combined cowardice, folly

Many of us who have followed politics for a generation or more have found things to admire in John McCain’s role upon the political stage.

Poll: Is John McCain in trouble in Arizona?

John McCain could be in serious trouble in Arizona, facing a tough Republican primary and more uncertainty in the general if he survives the spring.

Punk’d: That’s what Donald Trump is doing to us

It is with good reasoning that Huffington Post is covering the Donald Trump presidential campaign on its entertainment pages.


Warner, Kaine, McCain introduce legislation honoring Phyllis Galanti’s service to America’s military families

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senate Armed Services Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) have introduced bipartisan legislation honoring the late Phyllis Galanti’s service to America’s military men and women and their families by naming the outdoor arboretum at Richmond’s McGuire VA Medical Center The Phyllis Galanti Memorial Arboretum.

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Tim Kaine urges President Obama to create humanitarian safe zones in Syria

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ), sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to immediately establish and enforce humanitarian safe zones in Syria to protect civilian lives and supply lines for food, water and medical supplies.

Chris Graham: Syria, and the role of the U.S. on the world stage

Assad, no doubt, will be emboldened in Syria if the West fails to act in some way, shape or form to his internal aggression, and he won’t be the only one. Ally Russia, with an increasingly aggressive Vladimir Putin pushing the buttons, is calculating the next move in his quest to further strengthen the former superpower. North Korea and China are also watching with great interest to see what the United States does, or as the case may be doesn’t do, in Syria, with their own geopolitical fortunes in mind.


Kaine joins McCain in effort to reform War Powers Resolution

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine delivered remarks on the Senate floor today to announce his efforts with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to reform the War Powers Resolution in a way that lays out a clear consultative process between Congress and the President on whether and when to engage in military action.

Analysis: Susan Rice move no surprise at all

The only surprise with the news that United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice is removing herself for consideration to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State is that it took Rice so long to fall on her sword.

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Chris Graham: The Sarah Palin ‘mistake’

The right-wing echosphere is howling once again. Another lefty critic has come down hard on Sarah Palin

Chris Saxman: Cold Fusion-Game Change Edition

The book Game Change by Mark Halperin and Joh Heileman is about the historic 2008 presidential election. There are twenty three (23) chapters in the book. The first fourteen (14) are devoted to the Democratic nomination. The next three are about the Republican nomination which are followed by the final six chapters covering the Obama-McCain […]

The World According To ChrisGraham.com: What the mosque issue is really all about

Chris Graham breaks down the controversy over a proposed Muslim community center in New York in terms of the burgeoning divide that marks American politics and American civil society. Link to the column on TheWorldAccordingToChrisGraham.com.

Webb: Reverse decision on Gitmo trials

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. joined five other senators Tuesday calling for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to reverse his decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in civilian court rather than military commissions. The six lawmakers, including Sens. Joe […]

‘Rogue’: TMI

  Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net I didn’t expect that the one thing that would stick out the most from my read of Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue would be the bit about an unnamed former state legislative director in Alaska, what with all the innuendo about the inner workings of the John McCain presidential campaign, […]

David Cox | Unscrewing up

+ I screwed up.” -Barack Obama, 2/3/09 after Tom Daschle withdrew as a cabinet appointee over unpaid taxes. + “I screwed up.” -John McCain, 10/16/08 to David Letterman after finking out on him to be interviewed instead by Katie Couric. + “To err is human.” -Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism, 1711

Bloom off Obama rose

Or should I use every rose has its thorn as my opening cliche? Either applies to the stupefying decision of the president-elect to have ultraconservative windbag Rick Warren deliver the invocation at his inaugural, the appeal for which has dramatically gone down for me and millions of progressives like me who worked our tails off […]

Stop the Presses | The death of the Dems

We can’t leave well enough alone. Barack Obama won the keys to the White House, and our liberal and progressive friends are fretting over how he’s going to govern. We’re going to be Republicans fighting each other to the death before you know. Stop the Presses commentary by AFP editor Chris Graham. Length: 2:18.

Larry Yates | Careful what you say

We have an unprecedented situation in this country, with the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. For some of us, this is a wonderful moment. But we all know that for some Americans, this election result is painful, even hateful. Given our economic crisis, President Obama and his administration will have plenty of opportunity […]

Stop the Presses Videocast | Still talking about Palin

” The Sarah Palin hysteria is bound to die down at some point soon. Right? Her side did lose on Election Day, after all. Right? AFP editor Chris Graham explores the Don’t Believe the Hype that is the Gov. Palin in this week’s installment of “Stop the Presses. Length: 2:31.

What about that Obama-McCain meeting?

Some are suggesting that Barack Obama might be ready to offer John McCain a spot in his administration – perhaps as early as Monday when the two are scheduled to meet.

David Cox | Notes from the polling place

Before last Tuesday’s election fades totally into memory — not that it will — I’ll share a few observations of various sorts in no particular order … At least in Lexington, the process of voting went swimmingly. Registrar of Voters Carol Rendleman and the Electoral Board obviously took great pains to make sure it would. […]

‘Wake up, damn it!’

For the uninitiated, Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene told it like it was in his world on the Washington, D.C., airwaves on WOL during the late 1960s and early 1970s before succumbing to cancer. The ex-con, who described himself in his boss’s word – a miscreant, because it sounded more sophisticated – would no doubt be […]

As blue as the Blue Ridge will allow it to be

The Northern Virginia numbers were what turned it Election Night, but don’t be misled by the TV drama that is Election Night. Because Barack Obama wouldn’t have won Virginia if he hadn’t done as well as he did in the Fifth and Sixth congressional districts.

David Reynolds: Who killed the elephant?

Column by David Reynolds It was not some jackass. No donkey got hold of an elephant gun and shot the aging beast. Rather, it was a self-inflicted wound. It was a suicidal squeeze play – the elephant tried to become a donkey. But voters from the Left Coast to the Atlantic, plus a few in […]

Election ’08: History!

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States, in no small part due to Virginia, which voted for a Democrat for president for the first time in 44 years as it also elected a Democrat in Mark Warner to the United States Senate by a historic margin […]

Election ’08: Obama, Warner get nod in final pre-election polls

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Gallup and Larry Sabato are calling it a Barack Obama landslide, and a summary of the other major national polls has the Democrat on the verge of making history. Gallup’s final pre-election estimate has Obama winning 55 percent of the vote to Republican John McCain’s 44 percent. Sabato, the University […]

White House: Obama will turn Virginia blue

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net He started his general-election campaign here in June after sewing up the Democratic Party nomination, and he’s going to end it here late Monday night. Still want to quibble over how seriously Barack Obama is taking Virginia? “What better way is there to showcase the importance of this state as […]

Valley Blue Dog: Republican Tricks, Democratic Treats!

Column by Steven Sisson Halloween is a time for dressing up in a costume and wearing a mask and having fun. But grownups wear masks, too, especially politicians, and more than ever Republicans are masking the truth behind their agenda. According to nationwide polls, 70 percent of leaders can’t be trusted. The Blue Dog says […]

David Reynolds: The Pendulum

Column by David Reynolds As usual Thomas Jefferson got it right. He wrote, “The most effectual means of preventing the perversion of power into tyranny is to illuminate the minds of the people.” TJ would not have been pleased with the lack of illumination during the 2008 presidential campaign – much heat, little light. Jefferson […]

The Valley Blue Dog: Sarah Palin is a Closet Socialist

Column by Steven Sisson Yes, Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin is a Closet Socialist. The governor’s state of Alaska receives more federal dollars, in subsidies and earmarks and government assistance, than any state in the USA. The Blue Dog says Palin is a tried and true socialist. Like I wrote in the Blue Dog column […]

W.R. Marshall: The Game Changer

Column by W.R. Marshall As a longtime political writer (not that length matters), I’ve become a member of the elite media, or media elite — take your pick. And as a member of the elite media I have access to sources the non-elite media can only dream of – and my sources in the McCain […]

Virginia: Obama up 10, according to Rasmussen

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The latest Virginia data from Republican pollster Scott Rasmussen has Democrat Barack Obama with a solid 10-point lead over GOP nominee John McCain. The Rasmussen poll has Obama at 54 percent in Virginia to 44 percent for John McCain. The same poll has Democrat Mark Warner leading Republican Jim Gilmore […]

Chris Graham: Why are we blaming the chain gang?

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Read Bruce Kesler’s Counterpoint. The idea that the mainstream media leans liberal is bandied about as fact by conservatives and Republican partisans whenever it is either convenient or necessary. We could call this one of those “necessary” times, given where their favored candidate, John McCain, is in the polls with […]

Bruce Kesler: Whose opinion counts in 2008?

Column by Bruce Kesler Read AFP editor Chris Graham’s Counterpoint. My friend, editor Chris Graham, and I disagree on many things, but agree on the importance of speaking our minds and giving others their due listening. However, in 2008, the major media has particularly fallen down on this obligation. There are two major causes: Most […]

White House ’08: Who’s the real plumber here? Not so fast …

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net And here I was beginning to like Joe the Plumber, when I find out that his first name is not Joe, but Samuel, and he’s not even a real plumber. That on top of not being anywhere near the $250,000 tax bracket, not really being in a position of being […]

Videocast: The third and final presidential debate

Video from C-SPAN’s coverage of the third and final presidential debate. Length: 1:30:35

White House ’08: McCain locks up the GOP vote

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net John McCain did exactly what he wanted to do last night, which could have been the game-changer that he has been trying to make happen for weeks were it the case that all he needed to do was convince fire-breathing Republicans that he was their man. He hit on Bill […]

Robert McElvaine: McCain and the Missiles of October

Column by Robert McElvaine Reprinted from OpEdNews.com Here’s a question Americans ought to ask themselves as they assess the presidential nominees and decide how to vote on Nov. 4th: Where would we be today if the president during this week in 1962 had been JSM, instead of JFK? Or maybe the question should be: Would […]

White House ’08: The Obama Effect

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Not a day goes by that I don’t hear from an Obama-Biden supporter about the Wilder Effect – or what some folks call the Bradley Effect, the basics being a major-party candidate who is African-American whose support in pre- and post-election polling registers higher than actual performance in the polls. […]

Steven Leser: Which John McCain will we see at tomorrow’s debate?

Column by Steven Leser Reprinted from opednews.com Who is the real John McCain? Does HE even know who he is anymore? In just the last six weeks, we have seen six different John McCains. We saw the John McCain at the Republican convention who claimed he was the guy who was for real change. He […]

Virginia: Not the day the McCain-Paliners were hoping for

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Twenty thousand people, give or take, showed up to hear Sarah Palin at the Richmond International Raceway today. Good news. She yelled at some of them who were trying to tell her to speak “Louder! Louder!” because they couldn’t hear her and called them protestors while making a snarky remark […]

Mike Hodge: Necessary roughness

Column by Mike Hodge Interesting column by Bill Kristol in today’s New York Times. He says “fire the campaign” to John McCain. He has a very valid point. It seems the McCain campaign has been fumbling the ball a lot lately. I hate to pile on (in keeping with the football theme), but the campaign […]

Winners and Losers: McCain, $528,000, ‘Drill, baby, drill’

Compiled by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net LOSER: McCain campaign loses a friend in John Lewis I was sitting in the press box at Scott Stadium on Saturday at halftime of the UVa.-ECU football game when I saw something in my e-mail in-box from the John McCain campaign that caught my attention. “Congressman John Lewis’ comments represent […]

Chris Graham: An open letter to John McCain

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Do the right thing, John. Call it off. Now. Not because it will do you well at the polls. That ship ain’t gonna sail at this point, not with the cannons misfiring as wildly as they have been the past couple of weeks. You’ve got to call these shenanigans off […]

Winners and Losers: Frederick, Gilmore, Rasoul, Bush, McCain

Compiled by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net LOSER: Jeff Frederick and the right to vote The guy whose aim seems to be to sink the Republican Party of Virginia to the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay was at it again this week. “This might not be illegal, but it sure stinks to high heaven. Is this really […]