With California Debates Over, It's Almost Time for Voting
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With California Debates Over, It's Almost Time for Voting

Both parties have staged their last debates before Super Tuesday, which could be decisive for either Republicans or Democrats. We hear about last night's Democratic "conversation" in Hollywood and look at last-minute challenges and strategies. Also, Microsoft's offer to buy Yahoo, and how a satirist views the culture of Washington--from an anthropological point of view.


Barack Obama greets Hillary Clinton following last night's debate. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

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Microsoft to Download Yahoo for $45 Billion ()

Microsoft has made an unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo in a takeover potentially worth almost $45 billion. The two combined would still trail Google in online advertising, but the Justice Department is already interested in the impact on competition. Todd Bishop is technology reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and writes the paper's Microsoft blog.

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  • Todd Bishop: Technology Reporter, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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With California Debates Over, It's Almost Time for Voting ()

Last night in the heart of Hollywood, Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had a kinder, gentler exchange than had been expected. Obama is working hard for Hispanics, who could make a difference in California, New Mexico and Arizona—even in Colorado, New York and New Jersey. It's conventional wisdom that Clinton has the advantage. Was she happy to sit on her lead? Does he figure he has the momentum? On the Republican side, John McCain and Mitt Romney are arguing about whose record is the most conservative. But who's more electable? With just four days left before caucuses and primaries in almost half the country, it's all about strategy. We review the latest debate and talk about the votes of Hispanics, who could make a difference not just in the Far West but in other parts of the country.

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Reporter's Notebook

Homo Politicus on the Campaign Trail ()

homo_politicus.jpgAll the candidates talk about changing Washington, but from an anthropologist's point of view that might easier said than done. America's capital city has a culture all its own, whoever's in charge. That's according to one recent author who says, that Washington is "extraordinarily tolerant of behaviors that other cultures would immediately attribute to psychiatric disorders." Dana Milbank has written what one reviewer called "an unforgiving field study" of a strange place called Potomac Land. Milbank, a columnist for the Washington Post, calls it Homo Politicus: the Strange and Scary Tribes that Run Our Government.

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