“…the latest news from the presidential campaign trail, along with the upcoming congressional races and other political stories from around the country”

[It’s All Politics’: NPR’s Weekly News Roundup via NPR]

“To help you make an informed decision in the presidential election, The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric will be focusing a lot of energy until Election Day to explaining exactly where the candidates stand on major issues – from energy to the economy, from health care to homeland security. Each piece will be an in-depth look at the issues facing the 44th president…”

Barack Obama and John McCain soon will begin prepping for their final debate, set for Wednesday. Meantime, both nominees and their running mates are putting in full days of campaigning. Obama is mining for votes in states that have been GOP turf, leading McCain to intensify his attacks, asking voters whether they really know what kind of leader Obama would be.[Obama Campaign Marches Into GOP Battlegrounds via NPR]

In the battleground states of North Carolina, Missouri and Indiana, polls show that Sen. Barack Obama is gaining ground against his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain. That may be partly because the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee so far have outspent McCain and the RNC on TV ads in those states by $14.4 million to $5.7 million.
[Obama Outspending McCain On TV Ads via NPR]

With recent polls showing Sen. Barack Obama’s lead increasing nationwide and in several GOP-leaning states, some Republicans attending John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign rallies are showing a new emotion: rage.[Rage rising on the McCain campaign trail via CNN]

A graphic comparison of bear markets:
The bear market is already among the worst in history. Here is how it lines up – in losses and in length – with those of the last 80 years. [How This Bear Market Compares via NYT]

Plummeting stocks in the world markets do not amuse me.