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Your Spin-Free Guide to the '08 Election
Election day is nearly — finally! — here. Are you ready to cast your ballot? Many voters are not because their heads are whirling from campaign spin. If you're struggling to understand where the candidates really stand on key issues, here are some resources for you. VoteGopher offers a "nonpartisan and unbiased" side-by-side comparison of the positions of John McCain and Barack Obama on healthcare, the environment, the Middle East, taxes and spending, abortion, gun policy, gay rights, the courts, government reform and many other domestic, international, economic, social and political issues. Feeling confused or even deceived by candidates' statements? Give them a litmus test at FactCheck.org. This nonpartisan "consumer advocate for voters," a project of University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center, monitors the factual accuracy of claims in advertising, news releases, interviews, debates, and speeches. Want to explore the role money plays in candidates' campaigns? OpenSecrets.org calls itself "a nonpartisan guide to money's influence on U.S. elections and public policy." Use this site to discover what key players get from individual donations, PAC

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