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USA: Corporate Election Freebees — Fun, But Illegal

A new trend in the U.S. — corporations getting into the election spirit with free handouts to voters. It’s all good spirited democratic cheerleading; it’s also illegal. Major U.S. retail brands like Starbucks, Krispe Kreme and 7-11 are eager to engage with their customers around the election. It’s a convergence of three trends — an…

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USA: The Bush Administration’s Last Ditch Efforts

With a short time remaining in office, “President Bush’s aides have been scrambling to change rules and regulations on the environment, civil liberties and abortion rights, among others,” reports the New York Times. In the midst of a presidential campaign that featured an incumbent party determined minimize President Bush’s visibility, many of these changes have…

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Iranian Parliament Impeaches Ahmadinejad Ally

The Washington Post reports on a rebuke to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by the Iranian Parliament, as they impeach a minister for inflating his resume. An Ahmadinejad aide was fired after unsuccessfully attempting to bribe MPs not to impeach. Washington Post: Iran’s parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to impeach a cabinet minister who has been a close…

Read more Provides Realtime Poll Watching Data

A new website allows journalists and poll-watchers to track polling problems in realtime as voters report on their ballot experience. Using the now ubiquitous Google Maps API, a simple interface allows voters or poll watchers to report conditions nationwide. It’s a simple good-or-bad metric (plus comments), might be relatively easy to distort and doesn’t address…

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