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Saturday, November 20, 2004

Saturday November 20, 2004. Just because everyone knows it doesn't mean it's true. For example, that American urbanites voted for John Kerry and ruralites voted for George Bush.

Not where I grew up. Ulster County, NY is mostly-rural, and votes Democratic. It used to be reliably Republican; but it hasn't been for several decades.

Farther south in NYState: Roughly speaking, New York City votes Democratic and the suburbs vote Republican. But that's very roughly speaking: Some suburbs vote Democratic, some parts of the city vote Republican. And the city now has its second Republican mayor in a row.

I would be greatly surprised to learn that this is the only anomaly; that everywhere else in the US, city folk and country people voted the way they were supposed to.
Stirring the Pot
By Susan Q. Stranaha

Journalists are about to embark on an uncommon task in American politics: covering a president's second term. As Ronald Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times wrote recently, only eleven presidents have won a second term since the formation of the modern political party system in 1828.

Bill Clinton did it; so did Ronald Reagan. Now, as George W. Bush outlines his agenda and shuffles his cabinet in advance of Inauguration Day, it seems a good time to ask this question: Will the media, which belatedly conceded that they failed to adequately scrutinize Bush's rationale for the Iraq war in his first term, take off the gloves in the next four years?

"History doesn't give us much evidence of that," says author Mark Hertsgaard. "Look at the Reagan era. The media certainly didn't get tougher in his second term."....
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/econnews.php:
Public Release: 19-Nov-2004
'Fatally flawed' legal analysis will not stand
Legal scholars advising the Alliance for Taxpayer Access quickly dismissed the faulty analysis made by the American Physiological Society's outside counsel suggesting the National Institutes of Health's public access plan will infringe copyright claims of grantees and publishers. [The claims were included in the APS comments filed with the NIH this week.]
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