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President Obama on Friday called the postelection crackdown in Iran "outrageous" and flatly refused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's request for an apology. One leading Iranian cleric, meanwhile, called for protest leaders to be executed.
President Obama, in response to Iranian President Ahmadinejad's demand he apologize for meddling, said the regime should "think carefully" about obligations to those beaten, shot and killed in the post-election marches.
While Henry A. Kissinger traveled to China twice before President Nixon's famous visit in 1972, it's tough to argue that represents the "many times" Sen. John McCain claimed during Friday night's presidential debate that the then-national security adviser visited the communist state.
Columnist Robert Novak reports John McCain will not yield to Barack Obama's efforts to shame him into running a vanilla campaign. Instead, he says, Mr. McCain is lining up crack research operatives. Interestingly, their charge is not to gather dirt on Mr. Obama per se, but "to focus on the real Barack Obama." From where I'm sitting, that looks like one whale of a target-rich environment.
Sen. Barack Obama has edged ahead of Sen. John McCain in the Gallup Poll's latest daily tracking survey of registered voters, but the Illinois Democrat's narrow, three-percentage-point advantage is within the poll's margin of error.
What do the following recent events have in common?  c  The president of the United States has prostrated himself for the second time in five months before the king of Saudi Arabia, pleading for more oil. Despite George Bush's inducements — an array of advanced, offensive arms; the promise of nuclear technology with which the Saudis can expect (like the North Koreans, Iranians, Pakistanis, etc.) to acquire the ultimate weapons; and U.S. help securing Saudi Arabia's borders (something the president has declined to do at home) — the American plea was spurned. The contempt felt by the House of Saud was captured in its oil minister's quip, "If you want more oil, buy it."