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Sorry, John McCain -- iPads Aren't Built in the Good Ol' USA

Sen. John McCain made a bit of a boo boo the other day on ABC's 'This Week.' Remarking on recent comments made by President Obama that America needs to increase its exports, McCain cited Apple as a good example American manufacturing. "[If] you emptied that house there... if you left a computer there, or an iPad, or an iPhone, those are built in the United States of America," he told host...

Meghan McCain's 'Racy' Twitter Pic Leads to National Crisis

Meghan McCain, daughter of Republican 2008 Presidential candidate John McCain, has stirred quite a firestorm over a photo of herself she recently posted to her Twitter account. In a Tweet documenting her "spontaneous night in," McCain linked to a photo of herself wearing a black, push-up tank top and a sly smile, while holding up a copy of Andy Warhol's biography in front of the camera. The...

McCain Interviewed Via Twitter, Results Disappoint

This Twitter phenomenon is getting out of control. Yesterday afternoon, Senator John McCain conducted an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News via our favorite microblogging service. The results were less than impressive, with McCain's glib answers never actually advancing any sort of constructive dialog, altogether unsurprising for those who follow the Senator on Twitter. The...

Scammers Baiting Internet Users with Fake Obama Web Sites

If you receive an e-mail or visit a Web page asking you to look at BestBarack.com, JoBarack.com or TheBarackSite.com, just don't do it. According to Panda Security, an Internet security firm, scores of malicious Web sites are running a fake news story entitled "Barack Obama has refused to be a president." People who go to the sites are asked to download a file, which (of course) is a virus that...

Used BlackBerrys Sold at McCain-Palin Blowout, Contacts and E-mails Intact

It's pretty much common sense that when you're ditching your old cell phone you want to erase your personal data, contacts and emails -- or at least try to. Oh sure, there are plenty of examples of failing to do so, but this one's rather... shall we say, "special." Some operatives at Fox 5 in Washington, D.C. booked over to the McCain-Palin campaign headquarters' yard sale yesterday, and they...

McCain Supporters Duped by 419 Scam?

We know that overzealous partisan hacks on both sides of the aisle will buy into any crazy accusation tossed at their political opponents, but this is the first time we've ever heard of a group getting so desperate that they were taken in by a so called 419 scam (like those Nigerian princes that keep e-mailing you about their inaccessible fortune). In the last, floundering days of the...

Obama and McCain Campaigns Infiltrated by Foreign Hackers

Newsweek revealed yesterday that computers at both the Obama and McCain campaigns were hacked by a "foreign entity" during the campaign. Though the intrusions -- which started last summer and continued through September and October -- were detected by the campaigns, they were initially thought to be a simple virus or phishing attack. The day following the hacks, the FBI and Secret Service...

Best Election Resources on the Web

Regardless of your political affiliation, there's no denying the historic nature of today's presidential race. Turnout for the U.S. election is expected to reach record numbers. So how do you keep up with the election and gather relevant information without succumbing to the noise and theatrics of the 24-hour-cable news channels? Well, the Internet (and NPR) are here to help offer you more...

Twittering McCain Supporter Lied About Attack, But There's More...

Well, this story has developed quicker than we can draft articles. On Friday, we picked up a story about Ashley Todd, a campaign worker for John McCain, who claimed to have been attacked and disfigured by an Obama supporter at an ATM in Pittsburgh. Before we could even finish the editing process, new details emerged about inconsistencies in her story, and we began reworking our initial report....

Is Electronic Voting Going to Screw Up This Year's Election, Too?

It's actually a 'Simpsons' joke -- Homer selects Barack Obama repeatedly, yet the electronic voting machine disregards his choice and racks up votes for John McCain. The joke would be pretty damn funny too, if it weren't actually happening in West Virginia and Ohio right now. In the last few election cycles, the big names in bungled elections were Ohio and Diebold (which has been renamed Premier...

Candidates Fight Back Against Internet Smears

If you've been getting most of your information this election cycle via the Internet and e-mail, chances are you've come across a series of rumors about the candidates that are just flatly false. The nature of the Web spreads the flames of these lies like the Santa Ana Winds during the dry season. The candidates are fighting back as quickly as possible by using the Web themselves. Obama has a...

Presidential Campaigns Employing Robocallers

With November 4th rapidly approaching, the McCain-Palin campaign has ratcheted up the number of automated phone calls going out to potential voters. According to Shaun Dakin, a Virginian "anti-robocall activist," the McCain campaign is currently issuing 12 automated telephone campaigns, while the Obama camp is only conducting four. The Republican candidate's phone-intensive politicking is, no...

Google VP and "Father of the Internet" Backs Obama

Google Vice President and so called "father of the Internet," Vint Cerf, has thrown his two cents in on this year's election. Cerf has come out forcefully in favor of Obama, based primarily on his support for 'Net neutrality, which John McCain does not support. Net neutrality is a complex issue that we can't possibly cover in a single brief blog post, but we're willing to risk some slight...

Different Joe the Plumber's Web Site Flooded With Traffic

Those who watched this week's presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain may have noticed the heavy-handed introduction of yet another "Joe" to the national conversation. Joe Wurzelbacher (AKA: Joe the Plumber) was mentioned so many times during the first few minutes of Wednesday's debate we thought our TiVo was skipping like a scratched record. While McCain may have been trying...

Spammers Prefer Obama for Spam E-Mails

Politics is one of the most popular topics for spam. Don't believe us? Go check your spam folder. We bet that you'll find e-mails about how Obama is a secret Muslim and Sarah Palin hunts moose from a helicopter in between offers for cheap Viagra and penis enlargement systems . According to a report from Secure Computing, it appears that spammers prefer Obama over McCain and Palin over Biden...