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Obama and the Silent Majority?

The International Herald Tribune is reporting that if elected president, Senator Obama would enter into personal dialogue with Iran’s president to offer economic inducements and a possible promise not to seek “regime change” if Iran stopped meddling in Iraq and cooperated on terrorism and nuclear issues.  He also asserted that he would do the same with countries like North Korea and Syria with few if any preconditions.

“We are willing to talk about certain assurances in the context of them showing some good faith,” he said. “I think it is important for us to send a signal that we are not hell bent on regime change, just for the sake of regime change, but expect changes in behavior.” And there are both carrots and there are sticks available to them for those changes in behavior.

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Obama would engage Iran if elected, he says – International Herald Tribune

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Just Wait Till Hillary Gets Home

Moderator Tim Russert tricks Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) into a disagreement with her husband on the use of torture, Democratic presidential debate September 27 2007.

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Election X-Factor:  Our Discontent

A year before the 2008 presidential election, most Americans are dismayed by the country’s direction, pessimistic about the Iraq war and anxious about the economy. Two of three disapprove of the job President Bush is doing. Nearly a year after Democrats took control of Congress, three of four Americans say it isn’t achieving much, either, according to the USA Today.

In all, 72% of those surveyed in a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Oct. 12-14 say they are dissatisfied with how things are going in the USA while just 26% are satisfied. Not since April have even one-third of Americans been happy with the country’s course, the longest national funk in 15 years.

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No Water!

The severe drought tightening like a vise across the Southeast has threatened the water supply of cities large and small, sending politicians scrambling for solutions. But Orme, about 40 miles west of Chattanooga and 150 miles northwest of Atlanta, is a town where the worst-case scenario has already come to pass: The water has run out.

The horror at this week’s 2:

Tennessee town has run out of water

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A Lesson in Dying

Professor Randy Pausch is will be dead soon.  He’s been fighting pancreatic cancer, and doctors have told him there’s little more they are able to do.  If you’ve not had a chance to view his “Last Lecture,” you can see a condensed version, here, which was featured recently on Oprah.

The moving lesson you should see at this week’s 1:

YouTube – Randy Pausch on Oprah

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