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as election nears
John McCain charged that
Barack Obama lacks "what it
takes to protect America from
terrorists" yesterday as he sought
to shift attention away from the
economy in the final week of
the race for the White House.
Obama cast his rival as a threat
to the middle class, and readied a
30-minute prime-time commer-
cial at a cost of millions.
Obama, who has led in the
polls for weeks, toughened his
rhetoric as Republicans and even
some Democrats said the race to
pick the next president was tight-
ening somewhat nationally and
in some battleground states.
Yet Associated Press-GfK
polls taken within the past sev-
eral days showed Obama ahead in
four states that supported Presi-
dent Bush in 2004 and essentially .
even with McCain in two others.
A separate survey suggested even
McCain's home state of Arizona
was not safely in his column.
Dow Jones falls
74 points, major
Wall Street received the inter-
est rate cut it wanted, but still
turned 'in a baffling late-day
performance yesterday, shooting
higher and then skidding lower
in the very last minutes of trad-
ing as some investors rushed to
cash in profits after the previous
session's big advance. The major
indexes ended the day mixed,
with the Dow Jones industri-
als falling 74 points - only the
third time in October that the
blue chips had just a double-digit
Analysts were divided over
why the market turned around
so abruptly. Some cited reports
of a lackluster profit forecast at
General Electric Co. - a Dow
component that dropped nearly 4
percent from its late-session high
- and others contended investors
were simply looking to cash in
gains after the Federal Reserve's
decision to lower its fed funds
rate by a half-point to 1 percent.
Palin calls for new
Republican vice presidential
candidate Sarah Palmn called yen-
terday for a "clean break" from
the Bush administration's energy
policien, which abe sayn rely too
much on importing foreign oil.
In her second policy speech in
a week, the Alaska governor said
the recent drop in gas and oil
prices shouldn't deter consum-
ers and lawmakers from seeking
alternative energy sources. She
cast energy independence as a
national security issue and said
dependence on Middle East oil
leaves the U.S. more vulnerable
"We not only provide wealth
to the sponsors of terror, we pro-
vide high-value targets to the ter-
rorists themselves," Palin said.
"Across the world are pipelines,
refineries, transit routes and ter-
minals for the oil we rely on. And
al-Qaida terrorists know where
NASA probe offers
first nearly full
look at Mercury
Earth's first nearly full look
at Mercury reveals that the tiny
lifeless planet took a far greater
role in shaping itself than was
thought, with volcanoes spewing
"mysterious dark blue material."
New images from NASA's Mes-
senger space probe should help
settle a decades-old debate about
what caused parts of Mercury to
be somewhat smoother than it
should be. NASA released photos
Wednesday, from Messenger's
fly-by earlier this month, that
gave the answer: Lots of volcanic
activity, far more than signs from
an earlier probe.
Astronomers used to dismiss
Mercury, the planet closest to
the sun, as mere "dead rock,"
little more than a target for cos-
mic collisions that shaped it, said
MIT planetary scientist Maria
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Daily wire reports
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one can say that a new era will
dawn. I think that it will be an
Tutu said the United States has
seen its reputation hurt by certain
policies duringthe last few years.
"There certainly is a resent-
ment in most parts of the world
at an arrogant, unilateral Amer-
ica that is seen as a bigbully-boy,
refusing to sign Kyoto Protocol
when the rest of the world is say-
ing 'climate change is a very real
threat to the continued existence
A new administration could end
these worryingtrends, Tutu said.
"America is a great country
and it has some of the most gen-
erous people in the world, and
one hopes that it will be that
kind of generosity to the rest of
the world that characterizes the
new administration rather than
an America that says 'we will
do what we like, when we like'
whether the rest of the world
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In addition to the Republi-
can and Democratic parties, the
independent Michigan Election
Coalition will also be sending poll
monitors to Ann Arbor precincts.
The group's aim, according to
its site, is to provide support to
"underrepresented and socially
Poll monitors, who stand by to
make sure election law is being
followed, will be able to challenge
potentialvoters at their precincts.
A monitor can challenge a voter's
eligibility based on their age, resi-
dency and citizenship.
If a monitor issues a challenge,
theyhave to state the grounds for the
challenge and then the voter will be
asked to sign an affidavit swearing
marked as challenged and tabulated.
A challenge cannot be based
solely on appearance, Beaudry
said. For instance, a monitor
cannot issue a challenge simply
because he or she thinks a voter
doesn't look at least 18 years old.
"It should not be, 'I'm just
looking at people and deciding
this who I want to challenge,"
Student D s nt
wants to or not."'
During the lecture, Tutu dis-
cussed how some people find it
hard to keep their faith when
so many atrocities are being
committed in the world, nam-
ing the situations in Darfur,
Democratic Republic of Congo
and Zimbabwe as examples.
He then argued that history
gives us evidence that a better
world is possible, and that good
always wins over evil.
"We won a glorious victory
over the awfulness of apart-
heid," he said. "Hitler, where is
Tutu ended the lecture by
encouragingyoungpeople to keep
on dreaming of a better world.
"Don't allow us oldies to affect
you with our cynicism," he said.
Students liked the optimistic
tone of the address.
"It's exciting to see a message
of inspiration brought to so many
people," Public Policy masters
student Elaine Denney said. "The
more people who feel inspired
and feel empowered to change,
Beaudry told the poll workers.
But Scheps said some monitors .
considered themselves advocates
for voters and sometimes over-
stepped their bounds.
LSA freshman Paulina Sero-
mik, who's served as an inspector
or precinct chair for five elections
and will work as a chairperson at
a poll challenger in 2004. Sero-
mik said the poll monitor would
interject while she was talkingto
voters, making it difficult for her
to work. But she said Tuesday's
meeting provided her with a bet-
ter understanding of the laws
surrounding poll monitors.
City resident Scott Munzel,
who will serve as a precinct
chairperson at Bursley Hall this
year, said he dealt with a number
of challenges at the Mary Street
polling location, next to the Intra-
mural Sports Building.Munzel,
a lawyer, said he was assigned to
serve as a co-chair at Bursley Hall
because of his legal background.
"The thought is that attorneys
may be more comfortable in con-
frontational situations," Munzel
said. "To be honest, anybody who
knows what they're doing and is
comfortable being assertive can
be an effective inspector."
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and it will help immensely in get-
ting those quality legislators if we
have as many challenging questions
posed as possible."
Heading into Election Day, with
a six-seat advantage, Democrats
hold 58 seats to the Republicans 52
in the House. And some of the tight-
est local races in the state are in six
districts, where many students will
travel home to vote.
Representatives Edward Gaff-
ney (R-Grosse Pointe Farms), Jack
Brandenburg (R-Harrison Twp.)
Farmington Hills) have all served
the maximum six years.
In Michigan's 1st District, one
that has not seen a Democratic rep-
resentative since 1992, Gaffney's
absence has sparked a race between
accountant Mary Treder Lang, a
Republican, and Timothy Bledsoe,
a Democrat and political science
professor at Wayne State University.
The two are competingto represent
the Grosse Pointe Farms area of
Bryan Brandenburg, Republican
Jack Brandenburg's son, is run-
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Under the law, people aren't allowed
to wear clothingthat advocates for a
candidate or ballot initiative.
Along with the shirts, which
would be used to cover the banned
clothing, Voice Your Vote plans to
distribute food and hot chocolate
to student voters.
Lieberman said it would be hard
to prevent people from wearing
political gear on Election Day. She
said students planning to wear cam-
paign paraphernalia should bring a
ning against Democratic Macomb
County Commissioner Sarah Rob-
erts for control of his father's 24th
District seat. The seat, which rep-
resents the St. Claire Shores and
Harrison Township areas, had
been a Democratic stronghold
until Brandenburg won the first
of his three consecutive terms in
2002. In the 37th District, which
covers the Farmington and Farm-
ington Hills area, Aldo Vagnozzi
could see his term-limited seat go
to Republican Paul Welday, a for-
mer chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Joe
Knollenberg on Tuesday. Welday
is running against Democrat Vicki
Barnett, a former Farmington
In Michigan's 20th, 39th and
65th districts, upsets and narrow
victories defined the House races of
2006. This year's races appear to be
Out of 39,191 votes cast, Dem-
ocrat Marc Corriveau ousted
Republican incumbent Mark
Abbo by 911 votes during his first
run in Michigan's 20th District in
2006. Seeking re-election in the
Northville and Plymouth Town-
ship areas this year, Corriveau is
running against Republican Jerry
Vorva, who previously served
sweatshirt with them to the polls.
LSA junior Brady Smith,'chair
of the College Republicans, said
he thinks the law is necessary and
plans to reinforce the point with
members of his group.
"It's a very responsible provi-
sion," Smith said.
City Clerk Jacqueline Beaudry
has instructed poll workers to
watch for campaign paraphernalia
on voters entering polling places.
Workers have been told to require
voters to remove campaign buttons
and cover campaign T-shirts or
turn them inside out.
LSA junior Nathaniel Eli Coats
Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 3A
one term in the seat from 1992 to
Edging out a 181-vote victory
over Democrat Lisa Brown in 2006,
Republican David Law won't seek
re-election in the 39th District this
term. In her second campaign for
the House seat, Brown will face
Republican opponent Amy Peter-
man. Republicans representatives
have held the seat for the past 16
In the 65th District, Democratic
incumbent Mike Simpson broke
a 14-year GOP stronghold when
he beat Republican incumbent
Leslie Mortimer by 1,600 votes in
2006. This year, Simpson is run-
ning against Blackman Township
Supervisor Ray Snell in a district
that includes large portions 'of
Though the campaigns of these
candidates haven't received the
same level of attention or funding,
Bebow said he's seen a higher level
of student awareness compared to
"Students want to know what
the future holds when they get out
of school, they want to know what
the job options are, they want to
know why things are the way they
are," Bebow said.
Styer, chair of the College Demo-
crats, said he disagrees with the
legislation, but his group is work-
ing to notify voters of the law.
Styer said the group is teaming
with Voice Your Vote, a nonparti-
san group, on Election Day to pro-
vide T-shirts to students wearing
campaign geartothe polls. He said
he didn't see any problem with the
College Democrats working with
Voice Your Vote.
"They do their thing, we do our
thing," Styer said. "A lot of our
members are members of Voice
Your Vote, but we know when to
take off our partisan hats."
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