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  1. First: Bravo to Krugman.

    Politifact.com has blown holes in the Ayers/Obama connection spouted by the McCain campaign.

    Poltifact.com has given a long analysis of the ties the McCain campaign has made between William Ayers and Obama, the major one being that they ran a “radical education group” together.

    They are referring to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (founded by conservative multi-billionaire Walter Annenberg’s organization), where Obama served on the Board from 1995 until it’s dissolution in 2001 and where he was Chairman for 4 years.

    William Ayers was in the group that petitioned Annenberg for the funds, but he “was never on the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge,” and he “never made a decision programatically or had a vote,” said the Foundation’s Executive Director, Ken Rolling.

    The McCain Campaign has attacked Obama and his involvement with the Foundation and Ayers as radical and far-left oriented when it was hardly more than a fairly conservative educational program.

    This from Politifact:

    In short, this was a mainstream foundation funded by a mainstream, Republican business leader and led by an overwhelmingly mainstream, civic-minded group of individuals. Ayers’ involvement in its inception and on an advisory committee do not make it radical – nor does the funding of programs involving the United Nations and African-American studies.

    This attack is false, but it’s more than that – it’s malicious. It unfairly tars not just Obama, but all the other prominent, well-respected Chicagoans who also volunteered their time to the foundation. They came from all walks of life and all political backgrounds, and there’s ample evidence their mission was nothing more than improving ailing public schools in Chicago. Yet in the heat of a political campaign they have been accused of financing radicalism. That’s Pants on Fire wrong.

    Perhaps this will come up in the next debate… but I doubt it. McCain doesn’t seem to face Obama in live confrontations with the falsehoods he stresses in the campaign.

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