Todd Palin talks the Second Amendment in Minnesota A crowd of a thousand or more crammed the parking lot of a Duluth sporting goods store to welcome Todd Palin, husband of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. In staunchly Democratic territory, Todd Palin rallied with Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman and The National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre.5:48 p.m.
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Market Volatility Shuts Two Hedge Funds
Highland Capital has said it is shutting down two hedge funds amid what it called unprecedented market volatility. In a day of major fluctuations, the Dow has jumped more than 400 points. The rise can be attributed to bargain hunters.
Snapshot Of The Economic Crisis From Ohio
Residents of Chillicothe, Ohio, have seen better days financially. The mayor, workers at the local paper mill and others say they're seeing the effects of the Wall Street economic crisis trickle down to all aspects of small city life.
Economic Slowdown Hits Chinese Industry Hard
The rippling economic problems have reached Chinese manufacturers, and, combined with changes made by the government, are creating dramatic slowdowns in production. Economic experts are predicting only single-digit growth after decades of incredible expansion.
McCain's Attempt At Game Change Didn't Matter
Game change is what Sen. John McCain tried to achieve in the debate in the face of widening support for Sen. Barack Obama in the opinion polls. McCain tried both the high road of policy differences and the low road of Bill Ayers: It didn't matter.
How Chicago Politics Shaped Obama
Chicago residents who knew Barack Obama long before he became a political star say he has always had a warrior instinct. And as a student of the city's politics, he picked up key lessons during his time there, like the importance of building multiethnic coalitions.
Amid Meltdown, Retirement Ads Stay On Message
There's one place where it seems the financial crisis has not hit: TV ads for retirement investment. Retirees still seem to be taking misty walks on the beach. Why aren't retirement investment funds running ads that tout their ability to help you beat the market fluctuations?
Man Behind 'Casino' Dies
Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, who died this week, was a critical player in bringing the business of sports betting to Las Vegas. His life was the basis for the character played by Robert DeNiro in the movie Casino. Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote Casino, says at his peak Rosenthal set the odds in Las Vegas.
FDIC Chief Calls For Help For Homeowners
Sheila Bair, chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., says more needs to be done to help homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgages. She says rising foreclosures are at the root of the problem in the financial markets and that existing programs aren't doing enough.
Paulson's Handling Of Crisis Draws Mixed Reviews
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has received mixed reviews for his performance during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. He gets high marks for being adaptive and flexible, but many question his decision to let Lehman Brothers go bankrupt.
Ahead Of Election, GOP Senate Seats Vulnerable
There are a growing number of Republican Senate seats that appear vulnerable this November. Amy Walter, editor in chief of Hotline, says Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi are in play and winning one of these states will allow Democrats to hold 60 seats in the Senate.