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Sept. 30, 2008
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: A scandal unfolding.

Sept. 29, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Ex-prez here and there for Hillary; Bay Keeper eyes muddy waters; Money, money, who gets the money?; Around downtown; Early birds & Eager beavers; Let's have a debate; Popping Palin.

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac favored Obama.

Sept. 28, 2008
Money and justice in Alabama.

Sept. 26, 2008
At 11 a.m. today, Gov. Bob Riley and Mayor Sam Jones join with representatives from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition to help Ford’s Fuels celebrate the opening of the first two E85 ethanol and B20 biodiesel stations in Mobile.  The openings provide new locations for the 7,000 Mobile-area flexible-fuel vehicle owners to fill up their tanks with E85 (85% ethanol and 15% gasoline) and the many diesel owners to fill up with B20 (20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum).

To help promote the opening, Ford’s Fuels is offering their E85 ethanol for 85 cents for an hour from 11 a.m.-12 noon, selling at $2.85 the rest of the day.

Art suggests "We Deserve It Dividend" for ordinary Americans.

Letter to the Editor: Them dirt road blues.

Bush credibility shaky.

Harbinger of these bad times.

Sept. 25, 2008
Taking on the Times: The hedge fund fortune that's threatening the newspaper of record comes from a most unlikely place. A look at the elusive Alabama family behind the shareholder assault on the New York Times Co.

Steve Flowers: McCain/Obama aside, a Democratic tsunami ahead in congressional and senate races.

Sept. 24, 2008
The Political Round-Up: A game is just a game, but a classic is gonna cost you; Blacksher Hall reception; Red Mass;
Chamber survey; Money matters; Potluck & Democrats; Ivey spreading; Glenda gone and Bourne again.

Sept. 23, 2008
"... obviously anytime you are dealing with the government, you better be concerned." -- Birmingham Mayor Larry Clangor, September, 2008.

In 2005, Greenspan warned of course that threatened nation's financial system.

Biden rips Obama campaign ad.

Sept. 22, 2008
Brazil booms Lula's way.

Sept. 21, 2008
Boeing launches defense and government services division, with an eye on $400 billion market over 10 years.

McCain takes veiled shot at Rove, applauds Democrat Cuomo.

Sept. 19, 2008
Stereotypes about the South cling like kudzu to a Burma Shave sign.

Democratic challenger seeks ouster of GOP nominee and incumbent Mobile County Treasurer Al Sessions from Nov. 4 general election.

Is Palin already passe?

The short but eventful life of Ike. Photos tell it all about the huge storm which drove high water in Mobile Bay over the roadway, about 400 miles away from Ike's eye. Beau Rivage Casino in Mississippi had a foot of water inside despite being built more than 10-15 feet or more above sea level.

Sept. 18, 2008
Steve Flowers: Spencer Bachus would be Alabama's political strongman in a McCain administration.

What states are really in play

Sept. 17, 2008
Firefighters not red hot for annexation this time.

Prominent Clinton backer and DNC member to endorse McCain today.

Sept. 16, 2008
Dauphin Island after Ike. Ike uncovers shipwreck near Fort Morgan.

Staggering exaggerations -- or what politicians frequently refer to as 'talking.'

Lehman Brothers got its start in Alabama.

Public Allies: New leadership for new times.

Chevy Chase objects to Sarah Palin: 'I want this woman decimated. This woman is, I can't believe there hasn't been more about it. ... It's just unbelievable to me this woman is actually running for vice president.'

Sept. 15, 2008
Pete Riehm: Mainstream media perform disservice to Democrats.

VP pick Palin catching the eye of 'Wal-Mart moms.'

Sept. 13, 2008
Shalom, y'all.

Sept. 12, 2008
The Political Round-Up: TK, Alabama Power BFF; Drawing the line; Dollars factor; Hilltop burglaries; School's out; Generation Obama Mobile; Bye bye Biden?

Jefferson County commissioners reject creditors' proposal to tap taxes for sewer debt.

Jonah Goldberg: Did Joe Biden fix Barack Obama's problem with Catholics? Did Sarah Palin, the lipsticked pit bull, peel off Hillaryites from the Democratic fold? And who is speaking for the indispensable left-handed Samoans living on fixed incomes in the increasingly gay suburbs around Cleveland?

Charles Krauthammer on Democrats' feelings of buyer's remorse and the evanescence of celebrity.

Paul Krugman on McCain's blizzard of lies.

Sept. 11, 2008
Boeing backer U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt: Pentagon marches to our tune.

"Now, after a collective sigh of relief, the real fun starts," al-Khalili said. "No matter what we find, we will be unlocking the secrets of the universe."

Sept. 10, 2008
Hurricanxiety: Hurricane season just ain't what it used to be. Hurricanes haven't really changed. Technology has changed. Maybe people, too. And government.

Steve Flowers: Mudslinging nothing new.

Jonah Goldberg: Palin-bashing press keeps swinging and missing.

Sept. 9, 2008
Hurricanes past, present and future: Veteran local meteorologist Dr. Bill Williams has good news and bad news for residents of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Sept. 8, 2008
Tim James plans conservative, no-new-taxes campaign for governor.

The 'greasy tallow-catch' roars from the sidelines.

Sept. 7, 2008
Gulf Coast seafood producers fight rising tide of imports.

Sept. 6, 2008
Willie's World: Legendary California Democratic pol Willie Brown says Palin has turned the tables.

Oops.

Sept. 5, 2008
Ethics complaint lodged against County Commissioner Mike Dean over use of public monies to repay private loan on athletic field house at Alma Bryant High School in Irvington.

Sept. 4, 2008
Sarah Palin: The GOP's political 'natural.' Palin nails it.

Brad Warren, chairman of  the Mobile County Democratic Party and its nominee for the District 3 seat on the county commission, advances his case for expanding the commision from three members to five.

Steve Flowers: Negative ads can be effective.

Fun & Games: Obama can forget the female vote.

Sept. 3, 2008
Palin in comparison: Mobile/Baldwin women size up McCain's veep choice.

Jere Beasley Report for September.

Journalist criticizes McCain for reaction to media treatment of Palin pick.

Sept. 2, 2008
GOP Convention Highlight: Fred Thompson's speech.

Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post: Would you do that to your daughter?

Denver Diary: Darby Luxenberg, Part 3 and Part 4.

Sept. 1, 2008
Time -- People in Wasilla are Alaskan tough, so teen pregnancy seems neither like anyone's damn business nor the calamity so many people in the lower 48 might think it is.

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