I haven't started paying much attention to the presidential race, but I was impressed with how Sen. Barack Obama handled harsh criticism from Australian Prime Minister John Howard regarding his position on Iraq. Obama, who gave a speech opposing the war in 2002, has introduced a bill to prevent President Bush from increasing troop levels in Iraq and to remove U.S. combat forces by March 31, 2008. On Sunday, the conservative Bush ally played the terrorists-love-Democrats card on a news program, singling out Obama ... read more

A lesson to all presidential candidates courting the Web 2.0 vote: Don't get snippy with Michael Arrington. After Arrington reported that the My Barack Obama social networking site was displaying a racist user-created group in a find-a-group tool, Obama new media director Joe Rospars lamented that he was playing gotcha instead of covering "the real story." Arrington's response: This isn't Washington DC politics, and you shouldn't assume I have some racist or other bias against your campaign. We're a tech blog and ... read more