Shifting Racial Attitudes

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

As the election looms near, the narrowing gap between Obama and McCain has some folks wondering if race is playing a bigger role in this presidential race than previously thought. We take a look at how shifting racial attitudes are playing out on the campaign trail. Plus: Get ready to stand. Seatless subway cars are coming to a rush hour near you.

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Obama's Racial Catch 22

"The race card" has been a large point of contention in the both the primaries and general elections. But is accusing someone of playing the card just as bad as 'playing it' yourself? Adam Serwer, writing fellow at the American Prospect, looks at the racial dimension of John McCain's criticisms ...

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Seatless Subway Cars

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The Great Literacy Debate

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