Candidates mirror party demographics

MUNCIE, Indiana, 5:25 p.m. — Earlier today, I was driving around the bustling town of Muncie, trying to get a few errands done before trekking back to school later this week. Typical for me, I let my mind wander. It wandered onto Saturday night’s debates on ABC. I watched the debates then, and I watched […]

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Obama attracts international press

MUNCIE, Indiana, 7:45 p.m. — Today was exhausting (*wipes forehead*). Doing nothing is indeed hard work…and now I sound like a politician…but onward, ho… Minutes ago, I decided to search for a summer job. (YIKES!) I opened up Firefox, and the main page of Berliner Morgenpost, a first-tier German newspaper, popped up. Yes, it’s my […]

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Media: Influential but imperfect

MUNCIE, Indiana, 11:30 p.m. – This past Thursday evening, January 3, I watched history and recorded it.

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Dress reflects Edwards’ rhetoric

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 3:40 a.m. - A person’s style of dress is a mode of communication.  Dress is an outlet by which a person says something about themselves.  Dress makes a statement. Presidential hopeful John Edwards made his statement in the final days of the Iowa campaign.  His casual dress was in stark contrast to the formal wear donned by […]

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Obama receives warm welcome in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, 3:38 a.m. – Yesterday, Cedar Rapids radio personality Tim Boyle energized hoards of Obama supporters in his introduction of presidential candidate Barack Obama in the city’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum.”I need your help,” Boyle said.He divided the audience into two segments and instucted one side to yell “O” on cue. The other was […]

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‘American Girl’ playing, Clinton differs with Obama on change

INDIANOLA, Iowa, 11:30 p.m. — The scene this morning in Indianola’s First Methodist Church resembled a pep rally more than a town hall meeting as Yale’s sole representative in the race, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton LAW ’73, stopped here on her trek across the state. That’s when the subliminal advertising began.

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Ally Fields ’11: Crossing rivers for Obama

DAVENPORT, Iowa — During a break from Route 80 adventures earlier this evening, Ryan and I ate dinner at Cracker Barrel with Ally Fields ‘11, a resident of Rock Island, Ill., and a supporter of Barack Obama. Fields has been keeping busy during the winter break: She crosses the Mississippi River almost daily to volunteer […]

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In Iowa, political heat fails to melt icy roads

ROUTE I-80, Iowa – I never thought I would find myself here, but lo and behold, I am now between Davenport (definitely not the college) and Iowa City, heading west on I-80. It’s cold here in Iowa… and flat—and empty.

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